Industrial interior design has been making a huge comeback. As more people have moved back into inner cities, they have sought to highlight the history of reclaimed warehouse and industrial space into their bars, restaurants and homes. With its raw edgy style, this trend has no indication it is slowing down any time soon.

 

Here are a few elements of Industrial Interior design to help you get your creative juices flowing.

 

Open Space

Industrial Design got its rebirth in converting huge open spaces (factories, warehouses, etc.). It only makes sense to keep your floorplan open and expansive.

Let the form and function of your furniture define your spaces, not walls and artificial barriers. Most importantly, keep two words in mind. Minimalist and utilitarian. Allow some well-placed furniture to break up the space without constraining it.

Allow natural lighting, floor lamps and some well-placed hanging lamps to illuminate your interior. If privacy is a concern on your windows, maybe add a slight frosted touch.

 

Exposed Pipes, beams and ducts

This is one of the signature elements of industrial interior design. Instead of covering up all the piping, air ducts and ceiling beams. Highlight and incorporate these elements into your overall design. Don’t hide them behind plaster and drywall.

Keep your walls as unfinished as possible. If you are lucky enough to have authentic brickwork, expose it.

 

Basic Flooring

The resurrection of Industrial design is one of the biggest reasons behind the resurgence in concrete floors. They can be honed or polished. Choose a flat, neutral color that blends the other elements in your space together.

Alternatively you can choose wood, but keep it distressed and showing its natural age.

 

Metal, Metal and More Metal

By definition industrial design highlights the power and creativity of industry. That means metal and lots of it. Choose furniture and architectural elements that bring this material into your space. Metal barstools and chairs, if they are appropriately designed can be comfortable as well as stylish. You may choose to soften the feel of the home with a selective use of cushions but these should be used as an accent to the metal and not a covering.

You can achieve a great interplay of textures by incorporating wood in with the metal elements, but keep plastics to a minimum.

Hopefully this gave you enough ideas to get started redesigning your space to take advantage of this smart design style.

Written by Kevin Painchaud — October 09, 2015

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