Urban living is a way of life for many people and with countless city dwellers now living in trendy loft apartments and modern homes, the industrial interior trend is still a favourite. This look can be achieved in many ways and is not just limited to modern spaces, although that tends to be the desired aesthetic. We have selected a few of the traits associated with the industrial interior trend to help you incorporate this look into your home.
Reveal not Conceal
In design there is a tendency to conceal anything remotely building or function related, such as pipes, vents, brickwork and ducts. With the industrial trend this idea is thrown out of the window. Successful industrial interiors embrace the raw functionality and unfinished appearance by purposely exposing the elements that people are usually so quick to cover up. With the growing popularity of converted warehouse and factory apartments, proudly showcasing these elements is a lovely way of remembering and respecting the history of the building and its original purpose. Of course, if you live in a regular house this can also be achieved but usually requires a little more work. (Tip: Pipes, ducts and vents can be added to provide aesthetic appeal without functioning) Revealing brickwork is another really trendy option that is growing in popularity. The colour of the bricks add a warmth to an otherwise quite cool and masculine trend.
An important part of the industrial trend are the surface materials used. Walls are usually kept quite bare and are white washed however this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. As previously mentioned, this trend can appear cold unless the correct balance of materials are used. Metal is a hugely popular surface to use within an industrial interior as it is smooth, sleek and has that industrial warehouse look. Metal is a great way to add warmth into a space by using tones of copper and brass. Alternatively nickel and iron are popular options. Metal can be used in a plethora of different ways, including furniture, wall panels, fixtures, ceiling beams, kitchen cabinets etc. The neutral earthy tones found in wood also work incredibly well within an industrial space as the textural element adds warmth and will also prevent the space from echoing as much. Wood can be used in a number of ways throughout the home, for example; a rustic wooden table made from scaffolding planks teamed with mismatched metal chairs creates the ideal industrial aesthetic. Concrete is rapidly growing in popularity and is being used more and more often within interior spaces. This versatile material can be highly polished, mixed with other materials or left in its raw natural state and can create beautiful work tops and other industrial surfaces.
The industrial trend harks back to a time when the use of factories and warehouses were in full swing. The design inspiration for almost everything in this trend is related to mechanics and industrialization. Items from ships, hospitals, studios and even old cars make wonderful focal points in a room. Industrial vintage furniture and accessories are still reasonably easy to find and they are the real deal! Ebay, salvage yards, antique stores and car boot sales are a great way to pick up original medicine cabinets, stools, stainless steel kitchen counters, metal factory chairs and lighting. Alternatively there are many companies now out there that are reproducing these vintage pieces of furniture such as Loaf. Adding original or a replica pieces of furniture or accessories into your scheme will add an authentic weathered flair to your home.