Because the style itself began in the large, cavernous spaces inherent in warehouses and packing plants, replicating industrial style into your own home will require a similar feel. An open floor plan is the optimal layout for an industrial style foundation. You can achieve this feeling, even in small spaces, by editing the number of pieces in the space, keeping windows bare, and simplifying the space’s overall aesthetic.
Another strategy for achieving the mixed wood-and-metal aesthetic is to group wood objects with metal ones, as was done in this industrial-style dining area. The effect, when they are paired together, is the same.
It isn’t too far of a stretch to say that the colors of “industry” are often natural, muted shades of browns and greys. Think of plaster and exposed brick, old galvanized pipes, copper plumbing, and worn leather. Of course, you can soften the edges and add some color in your space with plants, rugs with texture, modern art, or stand-out lighting.
Industrial style was born within the commercial market when old, bare warehouses and similar structures became new shops, offices, restaurants, even apartments. Rather than demolish the remaining essence of the warehouse, designers began to embrace the rawness and conscientiously construct a style around it. Industrial style is known for its utter lack of pretense, for its salvaged utilitarianism, and for its exposed architecture.
Notice how this traditional lamp is given an industrial-type edginess with its perforated metal lampshade top.
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