If you find yourself attracted to the unsightly, behind-the-scenes working aspects of interior design, you probably have a bit of industrial style preferences. An industrial space has a raw, utilitarian aesthetic that, rather than appear harsh and run-down, can exude sophistication and warmth. In this article, we’ll look at various pieces of industrial décor (you should know, of course, that the decorating possibilities of industrial décor are limitless) and why they work.
Sure, we’re talking about industrial bookcases so they all share the same style. But this doesn’t make them all the same. The variations are numerous and the design possibilities offer a long list of options. Geometrical designs are versatile and quite popular nowadays so perhaps this can be your inspiration.
Along with the use of metal on furniture or in the piping/ductwork of industrial interior designed spaces, industrial décor can also include adding metal onto doors and walls or as the defining element of a lighting fixture. This serves to increase the rough and tough sentiment.
Whether a space has true vintage pieces or merely vintage-inspired ones, the effect is largely the same. It’s something of a hard-life-lived-but-still-going-strong mentality that is effusive in industrial décor. Old factory, laboratory, farm, and warehouse pieces (or replicas) are great vintage items that lend a solid industrial vibe.
In the past, “decorating” involved hiding away those parts of a space that reminded inhabitants that the space was actually constructed of something, and that different building materials were necessary in order to make the space function, such as the wiring for wall sconces or ceiling light fixtures. Industrial décor goes against that by adding (or allowing to exist) a raw, unfinished aesthetic. In fact, many design enthusiasts now specifically seek out this ‘unfinished’ look.
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