As far as interior design trends go, we have seen quite a few over recent years. The most obvious recent trend has to go to the minimalist style, which has been just about everywhere since mid-2016 and is still going fairly strong today. But, we have also seen touches of Scandi-style (influenced by the hygge revolution) and bohemian-chic come into play recently too. If none of these styles are doing it for you, you may wonder where on earth you can take inspiration from for your next home decor project. The answer could well be in the trend of industrialism, something that has been quietly simmering on the interior design spectrum for a while now. But what exactly is it, and how can you bring this look into own home? If you’re curious, read on to find out how.
Authentic, raw materials
One of the key themes of industrial chic is leaving things exactly as they are, and not fussing your home up with manufactured materials. For example, a carpet would stand out like a sore thumb in an industrial-style home, as it looks far too cozy and fussy – remember that industrial style isn’t a million miles away from minimalism, too! Opt for hardwood floorings instead, as these will look far more modern in your home. You don’t even have to stop at wooden floors – you could also incorporate wooden wall paneling into your property, or go for some exposed brickwork. All will give your home that kind of ‘unfinished’ look that is so integral to the industrial style.
Another factor that contributes hugely to industrial chic is the inclusion of exposed piping. These are the kinds of things that most people usually try to conceal in their homes, so exposing them can help to create a pretty edgy vibe. Even if you don’t live in a warehouse apartment, there’s nothing to stop you exposing your pipes if you want to – just make sure you speak to a professional to check that it is safe for you to do so first. If you want to expose your piping but aren’t completely satisfied with how they look, you could try getting hold of some pipe-friendly paint to improve their aesthetic. Rose gold is a good color option to bring the look up to date and keep it fresh.
Metallics and muted tones
You rarely see an industrial style home that features an array of bright and bold colors – it simply doesn’t work. Try instead choosing a color palette made up of more muted tones that all flatter each other. Industrial buildings like factories and warehouses rarely featured many colors, so take inspiration from places like these when choosing your color scheme. If you want to add a bit of interest among all the grays and browns, consider adding a metallic shade such as silver or gold. There are a huge range of metallic accessories and paints on the market, so let your creativity run wild.