You don’t need to go far back in time to go back to the Industrial Age and to those that were its most pronounced characteristics, warm tones, woods and “brick tones” are some of the best known.
One of the places where the industrial style was most practiced was in New York, something that served as an inspiration and that was repeated all over the world. Of course, at the time, it was never thought that a certain point in time would inspire an interior decoration trend, but the truth is that this is precisely what happened and that it has lasted until today.
As in fashion, interior decoration trends are also cyclical. The colors that were used, the objects and types of furniture that were “in fashion” for decades, are back to being almost without this notion.
The industrial style has kept its identity intact to this day, conveying an appearance that seems unfinished, but actually completes itself through different decorative elements. Get to know better how the sophisticated and rustic details build the distinct characteristics of the industrial style.
Burnt cement and concrete
These are two of the most used materials in industrial style. We know that, by now, you must be thinking about the exterior of a building, but the truth is that this is a trend that also extends to the interior of a house, which benefits from this very original form of decoration.
It is, therefore, very common to see burnt cement, in orange tones, applied to interior walls and the same happens with concrete. This is a trend that is widely used, especially on a single wall in the room, leaving the rest painted in complementary tones.
Have you ever thought about having a brick wall in the room? If this is an idea that has already crossed your mind, know that this is characteristic of industrial style.
Of course, we are not talking about that typical building brick, but a smaller one, in warmer tones. This is a technique that, when properly applied, is very well complemented with objects such as floor lamps in dark tones (in black, for example).
And, speaking of lamps, here is another strong feature of the industrial style: the various types of lighting used in a single room. One of the most common practices of this decorating trend is actually the choice of different lighting sources such as table lamps, pendant lamps and even the most modern chandeliers.
High windows and doors
The inclusion of industrial-style windows and doors is thought out to detail, as only the tallest and widest are used. It is important that this design is maintained and respected as much as possible, as both are an element capable of completely changing the decoration of a room. It is preferable that the frames are in steel, or another darker material, and everything else in glass (even the doors).
One of the main characteristics of the industrial style is the integration of spaces, that is, the absence of dividing walls from one space to another (from the kitchen to the living room, for example). Space is king in this decorative trend and asks for the movement to be made freely and therefore not limit any division.
The truth is that, nowadays, it is very common that there is no partition between the kitchen and the living room, another factor that proves that this style is back to stay. In terms of furniture, it is also worth noting the preference for dark materials, especially leather, which complement common spaces such as the living room, this sofa is a great example of this.
Exposed installations, wires and piping
It may seem almost impossible and even very unaesthetic, but the truth is that there is nothing that better identifies the industrial style than the light installations and the exposed water pipes.
If this is something you would like to do in your own home, choose to paint everything that is exposed black. You will quickly realize how original and “out of the box” the decoration of your space is.
Furniture and appliances in robust materials
Think of furniture and appliances in materials such as steel, solid wood or iron as these are the main ones used in industrial style decoration. This does not mean that you should opt for a single “line” of furniture, because you can also opt for vintage pieces (such as this sideboard furniture ).
Whatever industrial style feature you like best, or want to replicate in your home, make sure you always opt for robust materials and warm tones. Give preference to large spaces and prefer a diversified and original decoration.