And, although the colors themselves can be harsh, the industrial space can actually feel softened with warmer, lighter versions of those colors.
Like with a lot of other pieces of furniture, an industrial bookcase can either be bought or crafted. If you decide to treat this as a DIY project, you’ll need a bit of inspiration. Check out for a simple design which you can adapt to your own home. It’s a set of open and wood boards.
Almost any salvaged object constructed of, or including, metal in its design fits in with industrial style. Think used gears, pipes, vehicle parts, and machinery. Keep in mind the colder metals, though (such as aluminum, tin, steel, and iron), rather than warmer toned metals (e.g., gold, bronze, and brass). Grouping these industrial pieces together will create a greater impact. Repurposing salvaged finds into furniture, large or small, is an excellent way to lend a functional, cool sensibility to the deconstructed pieces.
The visible emphasis on these metal sheeting joints is completely effective in creating a cool, retro .
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.
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