The raw attractiveness of industrial interior design
(4 min read) The industrial interior design style is undoubtedly on the uprise in the past couple of years. Its unfinished look and functionality have captured the hearts of interior trend buffs from all over the world. So what exactly is the secret of this quite unusual style and what makes it one of the most beloved interior design trends at the moment? Stick around to find out.
One of the first things that pop into mind when you enter a space designed to fit the Industrial style narrative is the visibility of building materials. Naked bricks, unpolished wood, and exposed ductwork are the usual components of this interesting design trend. Basically, if the space you’re in reminds you of a warehouse, chances are it is an Industrial design representative at its finest.
Think large spacious rooms with high ceilings, dangling metal lighting fixtures, and visible old timber here and there. Industrial design spaces will always look kinda unfinished, but kinda not. The unfinished vibe ends with its appearance, but you will never feel like the space itself lacks something. “Unfinished finished” is what I’d call it.
As for the furnishing, it is sparse at most. By that, I don’t mean it is minimalistic and impractical, but simply — functional. Highly functional. Wood and metal are the usual choices when it comes to Industrial design, but no one will judge you if you add a comfy cushioned sofa in front of your TV. The aim is to achieve balance. To avoid minimalistic coldness, as well as that maximalist sense of overdoing everything to the point of hoarding. Just think — functional.
As for the color palette, bare building surfaces add their own colors, but the color most Industrial design enthusiasts go for is gray. It might have something to do with trying to achieve that metallic look on most surfaces. Weathered gray walls, gray furniture covers, and gray decor, in general, is always welcome if you are going for the Industrial vibe.
As for the decor itself — the less, the better. You don’t want anything to draw the attention of the naked materials because they should be the key component in your space. So if you want to have that Industrial look in your home, the first thing that should go are those lovely floral curtains you bought on a whim or that fluffy carpet that never looked the same after you washed it. Just think — naked. You won’t be wrong and you might end up having some fun in the process. (yasss, double entendre it is!)
So those were some basics and secrets to achieving the marvelously simple Industrial design style. In our next article, we will chat about combining the magnificence of mosaic art with the raw magic of the Industrial design trend. Stay tuned!