7 Keys to Incorporate an Industrial Accent into Your Home

Many houses, especially in urban areas, apply industrial-style concept. This style is inspired by old industrial buildings, it represents the lifestyle of urban community that is active and productive. Industrial design has been around for a long time but it’s become more popular these recent years as some industrial elements are widely used in houses at any style.

Incorporating industrial elements into other decorating style is quite easy, and it will give a charming, unexpected touch to the interior. Follow these 7 industrial decorating ideas to implement industrial elements to your own home.

 

1. Open Concept Spaces

Just like the old industrial buildings, an open-plan space becomes the characteristic of this style to ensure the rooms to flow together. Therefore, it’s the first element you should put attention to if you want to apply industrial style. Combine a kitchen, dining area, and living space in one big room without permanent insulation.

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When putting the space together, you should really plan out the proportion of each functional space. This concept is suitable for a studio apartment.

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To define each space, you can use different flooring, placing shelves or plants, or grounding it with rug.

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2. It’s Not a Minimalism

Even though both minimalist and industrial styles emphasize simplicity, also combine the modern and classic elements, they are different in general. Actually, the both have different, even contrasting choices, from the color, to the furniture and decorating options. Industrial style usually use earthy tones, while minimalist style stick to bright neutral or monochromatic color schemes. Moreover, in industrial style, you are more free to add as many accessories as you like.

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Besides function, industrial designs also focus on the aesthetic. There are plenty of unique pieces and accessories, also custom-made furniture.

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As for the decoration, you can create a gallery wall. You don’t always have to expose a brick wall to get into industrial style, a bold green wall looks as amazing.

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3. Expose the Wall

Unlike the conventional houses with smooth and neat walls, industrial style usually exposes unfinished walls. You can expose brick walls, or raw finished concrete walls.

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Decorate the brick wall with industrial themed decoration, like these gears.

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4. Rustic Feel

You might find some industrial designs have a dark and rustic nuance. That’s because the color selection for industrial style is limited to earthy tones or shades of gray that sometimes make the room feel gloomy. And the “old” feel usually comes from the rustic or vintage decorations.

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You can bring the warm, rustic feeling into the room by incorporating raw finished wood furniture, and complement with vintage chairs.

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5. Warm Lighting

The placement of lamps in industrial style is not merely for the source of light, but also to give an add to the aesthetic. And instead of bright, white light, industrial designs tend to use yellow light for it gives a more warm and dramatic look.

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The standing lamp makes for a great accent piece in this room, it gives a luminosity to the accent wall and the dark corner space.

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6. Combine Vintage and Modern Elements

Industrial style can’t be separated from its “old” characteristics, but it’s a great idea to embed modern and contemporary elements in the design. You can mix and match the furniture, vintage on one side and modern on the other. Or, you can choose different materials for the walls or flooring, that can expose the old and new elements.

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You can make your industrial room a glamorous space by adding modern furniture.

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7. Wood, Leather, and Metal

Besides brick or natural stone walls, there are other materials that characterized industrial style: wood, leather, and metal. They often appear in the furniture or other decorative elements. Each element can stand alone or be combined with one another.

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You can find the combination of those three elements in this room in any industrial room. There are leather couch, wood coffee table with metal wheels, and chairs with metal feet.

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