Out With The New, In With The Old: A Guide To Industrial Decor

Modern design trends at the moment seem as though they’re taking a step backward. Polished and precise decor is taking a backseat in favor of a more rustic flavor. There are a thousand restaurants and bars with exposed brick and antique lighting and people are starting to adopt the style at home. The mixture of natural materials and bold furniture is flexible enough that it lends itself to anybody’s style. Industrial decor looks easy but it isn’t. There’s a lot more to it than just getting some second-hand furniture, sticking it in an undecorated room, and taking the lamp shades off all of the lights. There is actually a lot of thought and planning that goes into creating good industrial decor. The trick is to make it look natural, as though everything has just fallen into place without any planning. If you’re planning an overhaul in the house and you think the industrial look is for you, check out these great tips to make sure it doesn’t look too manufactured.

Color Palette

Get the color palette wrong and you’ll spoil the whole aesthetic of your new industrial design. All of your furniture choices will be built around your color choices and so they form the basis of the entire design. Your first port of call should be to see what colors you already have in the home. For example, if you have exposed brick or wooden floorboards, you should look at the colors of those fixtures and build a palette around them. You absolutely need to steer away from anything too bright and vibrant. Choose colors that look natural and quite understated. Most industrial decor palette’s focus around dull reds and a lot of beige. Gray is a good neutral shade that you can add bursts of color onto. Some shades of green and blue are ok but stick to the darker ones otherwise they’ll look out of place and won’t fit with the rest of the palette.

Living Room

Let’s start with the living room. If you have any exposed walls, you should keep them as they are. Using one large exposed wall as a feature wall and painting the rest in a shade that accents it well creates a great focal point in the room. Your living room furniture ideas will make or break the aesthetic and if you don’t pick wisely, you won’t create a cohesive industrial look. Instead, you’ll end up with a room that looks half decorated. A good coffee table is a must, it should be all wood ideally or wood with exposed metal legs. Don’t pick anything that is painted or covered in a heavy varnish. Choose furniture that brings out the natural features of the wood rather than covering them up. For a really rustic look, try getting some furniture that has been repurposed from old salvaged wood.

Alternatively, some people are choosing to use a reinforced concrete table instead. This can look good but only if you are opting for a warehouse style over a rustic, exposed brick building. If you already have lots of concrete walls in the living room then it fits well.

When it comes to getting a sofa, the key is to make sure it’s a bold piece of furniture. Leather is a very popular choice because the color complements the wooden flooring that people often use when trying to create industrial decor. However, if leather isn’t your thing, you can get away with a linen upholstered sofa instead. Gray or dark red are some of the only colors that will really work here. If you are going to use a linen sofa instead of a leather one, pick a traditional Victorian looking style over anything modern.

All of that wooden flooring and blank decor can stop your room from feeling homely and comfortable to a certain extent. One great way that you can remedy that while injecting a little bit of color and pattern into the room, is by using a rug. That doesn’t give you license to go wild with something overly vibrant though. Thick, hand woven rugs are perfect and if they have patterns on them, ensure that it isn’t too overpowering. It needs to blend with the rest of the room and getting a second-hand one is often the best way. Usually, you wouldn’t want your rug to be faded but in this instance, it works well.

Bedroom

When it comes to the bedroom, you might need to scale back some of the more rustic elements in favor of modern touches, so you still have a comfortable room to sleep in. You’ll still want to use the same color scheme but you need to add some thicker, more comfortable textures to take the edge off. Rugs work well in the bedroom as well as the living room but instead of a thinner, more understated rug, choose something fluffy and soft.

The bed should be either wood or metal framed but you can use a bit of artistic license when it comes to the bedding. As long as you don’t go too mad, it shouldn’t take away from the decor and it’ll make the room feel more inviting.

Lighting choices are a little easier when it comes to industrial decor. You can either go traditional or modern, but keep it consistent otherwise it’ll be jarring. If you decide on traditional, get yourself some old antique lamps, copper works really well. For the main lighting, do away with the coverings and get yourself some vintage style Edison bulbs.

Bathroom

The bathroom requires even more care than the bedroom does. It needs to be inviting and clean looking. Granite tiles are ideal for a rustic bathroom look but the main thing you need to consider is the bath and the sink. A big Victorian style claw foot bathtub tops off the whole look and you can pick up some great authentic ones at antique stores.

Overall, the basic concepts behind industrial decor should guide you, and from there, you’re free to experiment. Try to make as much use of the existing features as you can, and let the room design itself. If you do that, you can’t go too far wrong.     

 

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