Industrial Furnishing Style

Interior design experts still argue about the exact moment when industrial style was born. Some say it was celebrated in the UK and US as early as the 1940s, while others say it was invented in the 1980s in New York's trendy SoHo district. One thing is for sure: the industrial style originated in old, disused warehouses and factory buildings that were converted into living space. The style is characterized by rough, unfinished walls, ceilings and floors; angular, minimalist and linear furniture that exudes a more masculine look; and materials such as metal, wood, concrete and glass. Exposed brick walls and pipes are also typical of the industrial look. Industrial style is all about functionality, but the nostalgic elements combined with modern influences add a unique charm. In this article, you will learn what makes the industrial style unique and how to incorporate it into your own home, even if you do not live in a loft or an apartment with 10-foot ceilings.


Typical Materials in the Industrial Style: Metal and Wood Elements

The materials used play a crucial role in creating the perfect factory look. Metals such as steel, brass, aluminum, and iron are a must. They can be found in the form of lamps, iron chairs and stools, metal shelving and, characteristic of the industrial style, metal lockers. Metal table frames or coffee tables also complement the industrial style perfectly. Matte finishes or rusty metal are also part of the trendy factory chic. It is important that the materials speak a rough, cool or unfinished material language. Combined with the contrasting and warmer material of wood, the factory look is harmonious. Untreated wood with the patina of yesteryear, cracks and roughened surfaces are a must. Furniture such as shelves, solid wood tables, coffee tables made of wood and metal are a great addition to the industrial look. Wooden pallets and wine crates that have been assembled into cool pieces of furniture make the mix of soft and hard materials perfect.

Typical Furniture in the Industrial Style - straight and austere

Materials such as wood, metal and glass are most commonly used in industrial style furniture. Significant signs of wear such as patina, scratches, peeling paint and dents are not an acceptable evil, but a must. The use of old and new furniture, as well as the improvised and abused use of it, is also welcome in the industrial look. Furnishings in the industrial style follow a clear design and are rather reduced, a few selected statement pieces fill the room and leave a certain space that is also present in factories. Our inspirations for the industrial style would be:

  • Sofas and Armchairs: one thing should not be missing in industrial chic: chunky and harsh leather sofas and armchairs! These create comfort and warmth in the otherwise harsh factory environment. The striking leather suite can become an eye-catcher and loosen up the atmosphere.
  • Lights: Impressive industrial lights, photo lights or pendant lights, which hang from the ceiling on loose cables and are equipped with large light bulbs, provide the right lighting. Floor lamps and large black lampshades are elegant and rustic. Warm white light ensures cosiness.
  • Tables and Chairs: A dining table made of pure solid wood or with a metal substructure fits perfectly with the factory charm and becomes a real eye-catcher. Combined with weathered metal chairs, height-adjustable swivel stools or old school chairs, the dining room is complete. Chairs with fabric covers in colorful pastel shades also complement the dining room set perfectly.
  • Shelves, Sideboards and Coffee Tables: robust metal shelves or filing cabinets, lockers and containers with a vintage look should not be missing. They can also be converted into metal coffee tables and sideboards. If you would rather buy a new coffee table, the coffee table VESINA X or DEVANA X from Metallbude could be interesting.


This is how you decorate in an Industrial Style

Since industrial style furniture is often made of hard and rough materials, use softer materials for decorating. The industrial style thrives on contrasts such as rustic and elegant, cool and warm, and hard and soft. Match the decorative items to the existing furniture. You can find some decorative treasures not only at home improvement stores like Metallbude, but also at flea markets. Here are a few ideas:

  • Home accessories such as bowls or flower pots in a concrete look or made of metal, as well as vases, filigree glasses and light bulbs in warm brown tones fit perfectly into the factory ambience.
  • Cozy textiles, such as decorative cushions and blankets in bold colours, light linen curtains and vintage carpets and skins look cozy and soft and thus form the perfect contrast to the industrial atmosphere.
  • Metal clothes rails or towel racks are great metal furniture for an industrial-style bathroom .
  • Large mirrors and posters ensure a comfortable room climate on the walls.
  • Other vintage treasures such as neon signs, gear wheels or tin signs can become trendy eye-catchers on the wall. Wire mesh or cast iron elements also fit into the factory look.

Industrial-Style Walls: Concrete look and bare brick Walls

If you don't have a solid hardwood floor, huge factory windows, and high ceilings with exposed pipes, you can bring the industrial style into your home with concrete-look walls or exposed brick walls. While these may not be present in every home, they can be easily mimicked with wallpaper or certain staining techniques. If this is still too complicated for you, consider using wall colors such as metallic gray or rusty brown. An open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom that flow seamlessly into one another also reinforces the factory look.

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Colors to match the Industrial Style: Earth Tones

Whether you're just decorating your living room industrial style or want to give your entire home an industrial chic makeover, the color scheme is the key. Focus on muted and earthy tones for a harmonious industrial atmosphere. Colors like dark brown, black, gray, beige or taupe are the most subtle tones here. But rusty browns, rusty reds or muted oranges also work well with the industrial style. Just be careful that it doesn't get too loud if you only use these colors on smaller walls.

Implementation of the Industrial Style in smaller Apartments

You don't have to own a large loft for the industrial look, even in smaller apartments it can be easily implemented with a few tips:

  • Metal tables, chairs or shelves made of metal as well as industrial lamps immediately bring this rough factory atmosphere into your four walls and are available everywhere in a wide variety of designs.
  • Leather sofas and armchairs not only make your apartment comfortable, they stand for a masculine and extravagant ambience.
  • Decorations made of concrete and special individual pieces also enhance your apartment. Maybe you will find an old tin sign or a neon sign that you like and that refines your apartment.
  • Vintage carpets or cowhide make the industrial style more comfortable and homely.
  • Paint in muted colors, wallpaper your wall with brick wallpaper, or opt for a concrete look constructed using a wiping technique.

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