Industrial style is inspired by industrial design from the 19th and 20th centuries and is characterized by the use of metal, concrete and wooden elements, often with rougher surfaces, exposed joints and finishes. His role models are, for example, warehouses, historic factories and industrial buildings that have been transformed into modern housing or office space. Furniture and home accessories such as industrial tables, cabinets, chairs, chests of drawers, shelves or lights draw from this environment.
Key elements of industrial style
In industrial housing design, interior walls were more or less optional in the first attic conversions, leaving a large open space without a defining structure. The space was therefore defined with the help of furniture and other home accessories: the kitchen was defined by kitchen cabinets and appliances, the bed and storage shelves were the bedroom, and the sofas and chairs formed a space for entertainment. Strategically placing rugs and other floor coverings helped to indicate different areas of the home. Any internal barriers were usually temporary screens or rolling walls that could be placed where needed.
Exposed structures and other elements in the building
Because it was expensive to build in or cover what was left over from industrial production or factories, such as pipes and ducts, they were left in place and became a defining element of the style. Also, unplastered brick walls, ceiling beams and concrete or wooden floors have been retained as a reminder of the building's original purpose.
Metal and wood
Metal and wood are two materials that remain after a business leaves its industrial space, and thus have become an integral part of the industrial style. No other style is so strongly identified with metal elements. Wood adds warmth and texture, while metal is sleek and modern.
In the current production of industrial furniture and accessories, care is taken to preserve the originality of the elements, and therefore wood from old demolished factories, beams and floors is often used. In the industrial style, you will therefore often come across furniture made from sustainable materials.
Rough surfaces and structures, various patinas of wood and metal with exposed joints of individual furniture parts (tables, cabinets, chairs, shelves, racks) are used. There are also typical metal handles and table legs, as well as the use of concrete in the production of shelves and other home accessories.
In keeping with the simple aesthetics of the industrial style, the color palette tends towards warm neutral shades. Warm colors such as brown, ocher to orange soften the industrial edge to make the space cozier and neutral tones do not distract from the exposed elements.
Today's evolution of industrial style
Industrial style is popular these days in living spaces other than just warehouses converted into lofts. Purpose-built buildings that mimic authentic lofts can be found in most cities, and many elements of the industrial style have made their way into other, more traditional housing.
How to furnish a standard apartment in an industrial style?
By adding a few signature industrial style elements, you can easily bring industrial style into your home without having to have a loft space.
Industrial style works best in an open space, so remove all non-essential elements. If you're renovating, consider using industrial-style materials like brick walls, concrete floors, and beams. Let the raw edges and walls speak for themselves.
Furniture and accessories should emphasize the primary materials of this style: wood and metal with clean and uncluttered lines. Look for furniture and accessories that combine these two basic materials in a unique way. Even with small accessories like industrial-style light fixtures, wall art, and metal accents on wooden furniture, you can complement this style beautifully.
Currently, the so-called Modern industrial is coming to the fore in combination with the modern rustic style, which is slightly based on the traditional industrial style, but is more applicable to today's classic interiors, where there is a combination of industrial furniture with natural materials and softer materials in earthy and warm tones in textiles and decorations. It is more cozy and does not need as much space as the traditional industrial style. But stick to the rule that less is more.
There is no need to choose everything industrial, so don't be afraid to combine it with modern elements such as leather chairs and lamps, which you can complement with a good piece of wood near the shelves or a rustic table.
Leather fits very well in an industrial interior, whether in the form of a sofa or a carpet.
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