The next time you order an almond milk nitro cold brew, take a look around. Are you in an expensive coffee shop that resembles a 1920’s textile factory without the dirt and danger? Welcome to the phenomenon known as industrial interior design.
Lucky for you, your experience with industrial interior design does not have to be limited to these establishments. In fact, industrial style has become one of the most in-vogue interior themes for modern homes. While it takes root from renovated warehouses, factories and other industrial spaces, the basic design concepts can be utilized in many homes with just about any structural styles. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate industrial interior design into your home.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN BY DEFINITION
Industrial interior design leaves furniture and structures unadorned to champion the raw, functional form. Industrial and warehouse structures are, by nature, minimalist and raw when it comes to finishes. Exposed beams and trusses constitute the ceiling components. Concrete and weathered wood make up the floor. Steel, brick, poured concrete, painted concrete block or wood deck the walls. We’re breaking down our design guide into three elements: exposed structure, weathered wood, and the finishes that tie these together.
Exposing ceilings, walls, or columns is one of the attributes that gives industrial design its trademark raw aesthetic. Utilizing this design technique is completely dependent on the structure of your home itself. If your setup is limited, feel free to flex your creativity to get the look.
CONCRETE AND BRICK
Most homes tend to limit brickwork to the fireplace area, but in an industrial design, whole walls are often expose to show the brick structure and floors and other concrete structures are typically exposed as well.
Industrial Style Kitchen
Where structural steel is absent, embellish wooden edges with metal and steel. If you want to go all out, install a cast iron or metal stove instead of the traditional fireplace. Using steel angles on exposed corners, or steel baseboards and/or crown molding, is a quick design hack.
Industrial Style Bathroom
Nothing really brings the industrial design look together in your bathroom like a cast iron claw foot tub. Our Doris Cast Iron Slipper Tub achieves that classic vintage look with Lion’s paw detailing, finished in warm polished brass. For a more contemporary look that still appeals to the raw industrial aesthetic, our Woodward Cast Iron Freestanding Tub features a unique brushed stainless steel skirt.
While wood floors are signature in industrial interior design getting real weathered wood to cover all of the floors of your house can be very expensive. Our last blog post covered the benefits of vinyl flooring. To briefly revisit, vinyl flooring grants the aesthetic and longevity of real hardwood flooring for significantly less. New technology enables our vinyl flooring to resemble real hardwood more realistically than ever before, not just in visuals, but in texture as well.
Because the material is completely waterproof, will never fade, and resists wear and scratches due to a thick “wear layer,” vinyl flooring is a smart option for high traffic rooms, such as the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. You’ll get the industrial look of hard wood in a more affordable version.
ood-patterned vinyl flooring can give a warm and inviting or a more dramatic touch depending on the shade and tone of the vinyl planks. Darker tones pair well with stainless steel appliances and all the other steel and metal you’ve incorporated into your industrial style kitchen.
Industrial Style Living Room
The glow of your fireplace is natural match for wood tones on your living room floor. Our Pecan Luxury Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring and Trail Oak Luxury Vinyl Locking Plank Flooring will capture firelight beautifully with their rich warmth.
By now you’re probably picked up on the universal rule of industrial interior design: anything that can be exposed, should be. That holds especially true for ceilings, which offer a wealth of opportunity to showcase gorgeous for trusses or wooden beam structures. Nothing to show off? No problem. You can install weathered wood faux ceiling beams. Deck these across your ceiling and quickly transform your room to an industrial look.
Weathered wood on walls is another design feature that works well for all rooms of the house. Here’s a tip: you can use our Heirloom Pine Plank Vinyl Flooring and Pine Plank Vinyl Flooring on your walls since they’ve installed via adhesive. Don’t let the name “flooring” fool you.
When it comes to the final details, besides repurposed wood furniture and angled steel edges and baseboards, there are a few more touches that complete the industrial style. Let’s finish up with lighting and accessories to accomplish this goal.
Light fixtures in any design concept are critical in finishing the aesthetic. Industrial lighting is the perfect compliment to your metal, bricks, and wood, and hits your exposed structures with the right amount of illumination and shadows to set the proper atmosphere.
When it comes to really tying the industrial design look for your home together, accessories play a major role. Small things like hooks, handles and latches all play a functional as well as a design role. Go for weathered steel handles and pulls on any cabinet or closet doors. Be sure you have plenty of hooks by your front door for coats and bags. Our Ghent Robe Hook has a vintage-inspired design face (here’s a secret: it works for other things besides robes). Hooks are essential in bathrooms, obviously, and bedrooms as well—pretty much any room in the house, in fact. Make sure you choose the oil rubbed bronze finish for the dark, rustic look.