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.
The is also smart. Its compact design makes it ideal for small or shared spaces. It evokes quality and current trends in an unpolished shell and this allows it to stand out and to explore its functionality without also focusing on secondary features.
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.
Wood pieces reflect a design’s ability to scale things back to the basics. The high profile use of the humble material that is wood comes to the forefront in industrial décor, where it seems that the more worn, battered, and/or mismatched the wood, the more celebrated the piece. The effect is an earthy, organic look…that, when paired with other elements of industrial décor (such as metal), becomes modern as well.
Furnishings that successfully inhabit an industrial styled space are pared down, fundamental, no-nonsense pieces. Clean lines and simple forms are a must. Of course, you may love the style but haven’t an inclination to perch solely atop hard metal stools for the rest of your life – that’s okay. Although industrial style embraces bare-bones, it doesn’t mean comfort is excluded altogether. Just keep padded, upholstered pieces simple, without excess frills or adornment.
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