Create a warm industrial living space

One of my favorite looks is the Industrial look. Combinations of steel and wood in contemporary shapes hint to an earlier time and place. I can see these pieces in an industrial loft, a modern apartment, or even a more traditional home, propped with an antique camera collection, old film cases, and lots of design books.

What it is: It used to be that industrial wasn’t even a style — it was a fact of workaday life. But somewhere along the way, we began to appreciate its lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects. It exploded into a trend that shows no signs of waning, and these days, you’re as likely to find industrial décor within the walls of a multimillion-dollar mansion as in a converted loft in a gritty part of town.

Why it works: There’s a hardworking, proletarian quality about industrial style that resonates, and because it celebrates humble materials, it can be as affordable as you need it to be. Pared back to the essentials, it showcases the beautiful interplay between pure form and function. It’s unassuming, comfortable in its own skin and all the more chic for it.

You’ll love it if… You’re allergic to big-box furniture stores. Your favorite shop is the salvage yard. Your classmates wore neon and Keds; you paired steel-toed boots with vintage dresses. You had cinder-block shelving well beyond your student days.

Have Fun reading!

Ok…My place don’t look like this either so here are the Industrial look key pieces:


1. Marconi Floor Lamp   2. Iron Bookshelf 3. Right on Track Coffee Table 4. Industrial Steel Chair   5. Side Table   6. Set of 2 Metal Stools


Living room: Beyond wood and metal, Warm Industrial welcomes with worn leather, natural elements, and the comfort of things that have a history.The opposite of formal, this living room is made for relaxing.

Mix new pieces with reclaimed ones — search thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales, and don’t be shy about investigating curbside castaways. Repurposing is central to this style: wooden crates turned into tables, old lockers used as storage, battered ladders turned into shelving.

Though an ancient Chesterfield or a simple rustic-framed sofa would do, the relaxed shape of this option would look equally at home in an expansive loft or a cozy A-frame.

Padded pieces should be simple and free of frills — nothing breaks the tension of industrial décor like an overstuffed wing chair or a tufted ottoman. Choose solid upholstery in natural textures and neutral colors.

Style Secret: Cool Colors

Start with a background of neutrals that have cool undertones, and then you could bring in a measured dose of citron, tangerine, fuchsia or another saturated hue.

Smart strategy: Even if you decide to stick mostly with grays, vary the shades — some light, some deep, some in the middle — to keep the space from feeling one-dimensional. Because of the emphasis on materials such as concrete, corrugated metal and perhaps a smidgen of rust, industrial style usually has built-in texture to break up the monochromatic palette. But if a room feels flat, consider adding a few more tactile elements to lend depth.

Source: & Restoration Hardware


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