The “Industrial” look in the world of interior design is a lot warmer, inviting, and less menacing than hanging out in your average, actual factory. Who knows? you might even get to relax once in awhile without some foreman on a power-trip, breathing down your neck for 15 straight hours.
Here are some tips for capturing that authentic, industrial scene in your domicile without the dehumanizing effect of forced labor.
1: Vintage Advantage
Metallic light shades and filing cabinets, combined with vintage mid-century storage chests and antique-style furniture pieces, are all a precise fit within the industrial design puzzle.
2: Tone Down Color
Many industrial themes utilize greys, steel colors, neutral hues, wood-tones and noninvasive shades that sort of blend into the background. Mid-century modern furniture pieces tend to look the best in this kind of scheme, because of precise angles and inclinations towards trimming the excess.
Notice the antique whiskey barrels being used as a side-table. They not only evoke memories of an earlier time, but the natural wood element adds a layer of visual depth to the unfinished wall, look.
3: Brick by Brick
A common trademark in industrial designs is use of brick in the walls. Quality masonry gives the wall a raw, earthy feel that can be expanded upon with neighboring natural wood pieces, metal buckets, polished/steel finishes, and other accessories that fit into the rugged, naturalist scheme.
The Danish-style, industrial kitchen relies on the idea of form over ornamentation. The result is the production of simplistic, solid-wood tables/cabinets, and metal chairs that utilize the bare minimum in manufacturing and design concepts.
The perfect chair for this kind of arrangement is the Hans Wegner-inspired Wish-bone chair, seen in the above photograph. One of the most replicated chair designs in history, the Wish-bone quintessentially embodies the functional practicality, of what “industrial” is supposed to be all about.
4: Air it out
An airy arrangement is crucial in an industrial floor plan to maximize negative space and natural lighting, while reducing the carbon footprint seen in more elaborate design trends.
5: Natural Boundaries
Floors and walls rely on natural textures for the authentically minimalist, industrial effect. Natural stone or wood floors can combine with a chain-link style wall, or another type of metallic surface. Soft rugs should be incorporated as well, to warm the hard floors during colder times of the year.
There are a few extras you can add to throw some of your own flair to the classic, industrial design. Atlases, maps, and striking wall clocks can be applied to certain areas within the scheme, and look spectacular in conjunction with the rustic-type materials.
Perhaps some posters that feature creative typography, or framed, antiquated scenes from a bygone-era, are a few more fresh ways to round off the industrial feel.