Some people, when they think of Industrial decor, they think of a loft apartment or maybe even a building that used to be an old factory but has now been transformed into a living space.
In fact, that’s how the style got its name since it’s reminiscent of industrial buildings. Fortunately, you don’t have to move into an abandoned factory building to get that factory look.
The lure of resurrecting a design era focused on production, technical innovation, and an appreciation for raw and unpainted interiors is a stunning way to integrate industrial style into your house.
The Industrial decor style is a unique style that makes a lasting first impression. The use of sustainable materials makes the furniture last longer while giving a space a modern and classic look all in one. Here are a few ways you can give your home an industrial look:
Interior Brick Walls
So most homes do not have brick walls on the inside, but you have the option to remove the drywall covering the brick.
In this case, it is advised that you consult a professional, but there are other ways to obtain the brick look. Instead, you can put up a brick wallpaper design. Don’t worry, wallpaper designs look much more realistic nowadays.
Concrete was commonly used for both surface and architectural construction in historic factories, mills, and workshops. This substance functioned effectively in 19th-century industrial industries due to its strength, low cost, and longevity.
To create an immediate accent wall in your bedroom or living area, use strong images, murals, or even paint strong symbols on an exposed brick wall.
Create your own art using concepts available in your city, such as symbols, textual numbers, and letters, or even art pieces, to transform a plain and dull wall into a piece of beauty. You can add big frames to the wall and abstract artwork.
Industrial buildings are very spacious, so this decor works well in an open concept type of home. This basically means that there are fewer walls.
While you can choose to have some walls taken out, you can also arrange your furniture in a way that allows space to flow throughout each room. You can even opt for a modern rustic look, which is less harsh than the roughness of the Industrial look.
Lots of Wood & Metal
The key to nailing the Industrial look is lots of wood and metal furniture. You can even have furniture pieces that are a combination of the two. If you haven’t already, switch to hardwood or wood-laminate floors and countertops.
Simple metal furniture is an excellent way to infuse an industrial feel into any interior area. If you’re looking for a genuinely vintage aesthetic, you may check-in thrift stores for pre-loved items that would look great in your house or company.
An Industrial style decor palette uses a lot of neutral colors, as well as metallics. Use lots of browns, beiges, and whites with golds and silvers/grays. These colors pair well with the metal and wood decor.
Large windows are associated with industrial buildings, but if you don’t have large windows, use what you have to try to let in as much natural light as possible.
What’s an Industrial theme without industrial lights?
Some of the most common include Edison bulbs, which mimic Thomas Edison’s lightbulb; cage lighting, in which the bulbs are covered by metal bars; and dome lamps.
Always remember that when installing light fixtures or anything electric, it is best to have a professional electrician do it.
You may not have any beams in your home, but you can have faux beams installed. This gives that “unfinished” look, which is highly associated with Industrial decor. These will pair well with your industrial lighting.
A Career in Remodeling?
While the home decor is fun, it is also more than just buying furniture and accent pieces. Some projects require electric work and plumbing. If you’re really interested in getting into remodeling homes, consider becoming a contractor.
Just be sure you’re familiar with the requirements of your state. The contractor requirements for Idaho state that you need to be registered with the Idaho Contractors board, especially if you plan to take on big projects over $2000.
A license isn’t necessarily required in this state (although you can easily obtain one), but if you ever plan on starting your own construction business, you’re going to want to get licensed for better credibility in your work.
You don’t have to live in an old industrial building to get the full Industrial style vibe. There are many aspects that you can incorporate into your current home, a guest home, a friend’s place, or even a fixer-upper.
If the industrial style is your vibe, then go for it! Just remember to consult professionals on projects you’re not sure about. Also, consider a career in home remodeling if you find that you’re always wanting to switch things up and try out different styles.