Inspired by industrial spaces from the late 1800s and early 1900s, an industrial interior design style is all about a seemingly unfinished look, clean lines, raw materials, and sparse decor. It may even appear unrefined to some people. However, an industrial-style home can be authentic, harmonious, and inviting. An industrial aesthetic is purpose-driven and functional yet timeless and original. 

This interior design style was born over 40 years ago in New York. Initially, industrial-style (or “loft” ) interiors were warehouses, factories, and other infrastructural and commercial areas. In the 50s this design started seeping into the design of the apartments and homes. At this time many abandoned industrial spaces turned into “loft-type” urban residences. This interior design style remains very popular even today. Read on for tips on how to transform your space into an industrial-inspired sanctuary. And how to do it in a way that isn’t reminiscent of a soulless cold warehouse. 

Leave Brick, Ceiling, Metal Beams, Ducts Exposed

Raw architectural elements of industrial space help you recreate the industrial vibe at home. Exposed brick walls, concrete floors, pipes, ductwork, and steel beams give the space that unfinished “factory” look. Instead of hiding them, transform them into focal points in their own right. Elements of exposed brickwork quickly evoke images of old warehouses and capture the essence of this style. And there is no need to completely renovate your home if you don’t have any brick walls! You can also opt for faux-brick wall fixtures and decorative beams, ducts, and pipes. 

Use Metal And Reclaimed Wood Elements

A mix of metal and wood is a key combination of industrial interior design. Industrial-style spaces will be incomplete without metal accents. Metal elements can be part of built-in shelves, bookcases, dining tables, console tables, and chairs. Consider using metal mirror frames, metallic surfaces, and decorative pipeworks. Another key element you need to achieve an industrial aesthetic is reclaimed wood. Rustic wooden furniture softens the sleek metal surfaces and creates an interesting contrast. For example, you can place leather-covered armchairs with steel legs in your gaming room, where you enjoy playing at on your PC. The dining table made of reclaimed wood and metal counters make a gorgeous industrial mix in the kitchen.

Embrace The Open Plan Layout And Natural Light

An airy and open floor plan is a key to industrial aesthetics. Industrial-style homes draw inspiration from warehouses. They often look spacious and open and have high ceilings. Minimal partitioning and large-sized windows with black metal grills will add to the industrial vibe. Abundant natural light contributes to the sense of spaciousness. Bare Edison bulbs, filament lights, and metal dome lamps will not only light up your space but highlight industrial style in its glory. The magic of this interior style is in its details! 

Balance The Industrial Interior With Colors

A neutral and warm color palette for walls and ceilings is a great backdrop for other elements. The industrial-inspired aesthetic of raw materials is all about shades of black, white, gray, and brown. They will set the general atmosphere and correctly play the features of the style. Pale blue, ruby, umber, and yellow accents can liven up a bold industrial-looking space. To create a multi-faceted effect, try using different shades of the same color.

Complete Industrial Look With Decor

For that clean industrial look, the decor has to be sparse. Opt for raw materials and natural textures like brick, cement, metal, iron, leather, and linen. One of the best ways to decorate an industrial-inspired space is to use wall art. And since this style is a mix of rustic wood and metal, you can decorate your home with some vintage and modern elements as well. Fabrics with geometric, tartan, and plaid will also fit in this style. However, while you are decorating your industrial interior, focus on minimalism and practicality. At its core, the industrial-style space has to look clean, sleek, and uncomplicated. 

Exposed structural elements, well-placed wooden and metal furniture pieces are the main decor elements that pull off the industrial vibe. Key features of this style are also large windows, bulbs, and color accents. Other decor elements only add some finishing touches. An interesting way to liven up the interior is to add some plants to it.

We think the beauty of this interior design style lies in its imperfections. And what do you like about industrial style the most?