Establish Your Style Series: Industrial

Perhaps you shop at the thrift store, seeking vintage treasures or you are drawn to the salvage yard. It’s time to embrace your edgy side. No more is industrial style only appropriate for converted warehouses, factories and expansive, city lofts. 

Industrial design bares it all and resides just as much in the architecture as the decorum. It promotes hard work, humility and functionality through its utilitarian form. Industrial style gives us an added bonus: it’s affordable! Let us explore the elements: 

Tip#1: Raw Materials: Industrial style centers around manufacturing, industry and factory cues where affordability  and function vs. the overall look rule the norm. The style showcases materials such as concrete, brick, steel and wood in their most basic form and pairs them together for an aesthetic with impact. Subway tile is another fixture gaining popularity in the genre. Forget the high gloss and polish. Remember these structural elements look their best when shining under soft lighting. 

Industrial Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Jane Kim Design

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Industrial Kitchen by Amagansett Interior Designers & Decorators Reiko Feng Shui Design

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Industrial Kitchen by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Egue y Seta

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Tip#2: An Open Layout: Industrial design embraces its own construction and you can see it. The architecture is just as important to achieve the look, embracing an open floor plan reminiscent of industrial inspiration such as factories, garages and warehouses. Functional design elements such as built-in bookcases, stairways and glass walls serve as natural room dividers while preserving the expansive space and open feel.  

Industrial Living Room by Culver City Architects & Building Designers Ehrlich Architects

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Industrial Living Room by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators jamesthomas Interiors

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Industrial Bedroom by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers MARTIN architects

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Industrial Living Room by Culver City Architects & Building Designers Ehrlich Architects

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Tip#3: Exposed Plumbing, Piping and Architecture: It is time to get naked and down to your birthday suits, even skeletons! Industrial style centers around exposed mechanics and machinery, revealing how things operate, unveiling gears, cranks and movement. Pipes, plumbing and architecture is laid bare to the duct work, hence why industrial design is imperative to industrial style and why it is affordable. Remember it is difficult to achieve this style when these functional elements are already concealed. 

Industrial Kitchen by Portland Architects & Building Designers Emerick Architects

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Industrial Bathroom by New York Architects & Building Designers Jane Kim Design

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Industrial Dining Room by New York Architects & Building Designers Jane Kim Design

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Tip#4: Heavy On The Metal: Time to rock out yo! Use tin, steel (including stainless), iron and aluminum as your material go to, tarnished or untarnished, it doesn’t matter. We are going for the machine era, promoting pieces that can be welded and forged by the fires of Mount Doom (yes, a LOTR reference). This creates the sleek, cool and edgy look that is industrial style. Remember to stay away from the metallic glimmer of gold, brass and copper. 

Industrial Kitchen by Salt Lake City Architects & Building Designers Renovation Design Group

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Industrial Dining Room by West Vancouver Architects & Building Designers PLACE architect ltd.

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Tip#5: Furnishings With An Edge: Industrial style promotes functionality over style. Your chosen furnishings are no nonsense and need to serve a purpose. Embrace your finds from yard sales, salvage yards, flea markets and thrift stores and restore them. Keep an eye out for wooden shipping crates, mesh shelving, old storage lockers and metal piping. DIY is heavily promoted in the industrial genre. 

Industrial Kitchen by Pacific Palisades Architects & Building Designers SUBU Design Architecture

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Industrial Kitchen by Telluride Interior Designers & Decorators Studio Frank

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Industrial Dining Room by Sacramento Photographers Kat Alves Photography

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Tip#6: A Cool Palette: Neutrals such as grays, black and whites and cool colors thrive in industrial style. It is not as if colors are unwelcome, but you must ensure that your palette is not overpowering but supporting your blend of raw materials to enhance the look. Cool undertones such as blues and greens work in this space. Remember if you choose to go neutral, don’t stick with just black and white. Mix in different shades of gray (not 50) to create dimension and promote the exposed textures. 

Industrial Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers Matiz Architecture & Design

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Industrial Kitchen by Amsterdam Media & Bloggers Holly Marder

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Industrial Kitchen by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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Tip#7: Minimal Accessories And Gritty Art: Every aspect of a room must serve a purpose including your accessories and decor. Less is more and we are looking for simplicity. Industrial style is about the architecture and design of the space itself so accessories should not be distracting. Art should be on theme and can allude to machine inspiration: mount wheels, old pulleys, stumbled upon signs (or stolen, if you are like me) and rustic marquee letter lights on the walls. Don’t shy away from abstract art with some color either. 

Industrial Living Room by New York Kitchen & Bath Designers threshold interiors

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Industrial Bedroom by Santa Monica Furniture & Accessories Marco Polo Imports

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Industrial Bedroom by Washington Architects & Building Designers FORMA Design

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Industrial Dining Room by Atlanta Media & Bloggers Living2Design

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Tip#8: Bare Flooring: Say goodbye to carpet and intricate tile patterns. We are going for the warehouse or factory look. Cement, large, square tiles in muted hues and wood preserve the hard edge of industrial style. Remember well chosen rugs are OK to keep your toes warm such as shag for a chic look, but nothing too busy.  

Industrial Living Room by Portland Architects & Building Designers Emerick Architects

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Industrial Kitchen by Brisbane Interior Designers & Decorators ReNew Design

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Industrial Kitchen by Silver Spring Architects & Building Designers Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.

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Exterior style: time to check out what your industrial palace could look like on the outside: 

Industrial Exterior by Melbourne Architects & Building Designers S2 design

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Industrial Exterior by Sydney Architects & Building Designers carterwilliamson architects

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Industrial Exterior by Newtown General Contractors Sterling Associate LLC.

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We have covered Traditional, Hollywood Glam, Contemporary and Eclectic. Next up is Rustic style.
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Until our next adventure,
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Jenn

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