Why Industrial Decor is so Simple to Achieve

Industrial style home interiors are all about industrial elements and a stripped-back aesthetic. The industrial look is characterized by its utilitarian simplicity, which can be achieved through the use of raw materials such as wood, concrete or metal.

Industrial design is often inspired by industrial architecture with natural textures or processes like welding and riveting. There's no right or wrong way to achieve this look in your own home - it's all about personal preference which is why it can be as complex or as simple as you like.  While some like to go full on exposed beams, pipework and concrete, others may decide on just adding touches here and there.

In this article we explore the signature elements of a typical Industrial style interior, the benefits of creating and maintaining this look and some simple ideas on how you can blend this vibe into your own home decor.

What are the Main Elements of an Industrial Interior?

The typical Industrial look is simple, pared-back and open-plan.  Airy, open spaces allow the main focus to be on the raw, natural and functional features of a home, giving them a voice of there own.

Exposed Brickwork

One of the best ways to achieve an industrial style look is by exposing brickwork. This can be done in a number of ways, such as removing plaster or paint from bricks to reveal their natural colour and texture, or using exposed brick panels as a feature wall. If you're not confident with doing this, there are now great wallpaper and mural options that replicate the look of brick, concrete or plaster.

Exposed Beams, Rafters

One of the things that really gives industrial style interiors their edge is exposed ceilings. This look can be achieved by removing all coverings from your ceiling, including tiles, plaster or even insulation. This is not for everybody and some properties may not suit this.  If you have a wide, open-plan space to play with then exposing beams is definitely worth considering.

 

Natural Elements

Natural materials such as wood and stone play a big part in creating the industrial feel.  Select interesting, modern furniture pieces or showcase wood flooring in parquet or board pattern in whitewashed or distressed finishes reflecting the raw, organic beauty of the timber.  Similar to wood, are vinyl and laminate options on the market that replicate the authentic look of natural wood or stone.

Upcycling

One aspect of an Industrial style home that is truly unique is the upcycling of old and disused items of furniture and other natural materials like rubber, wire and chipboard to create a functional piece with personality.  This can be anything from light fittings and side tables to a wall-hanging.

 

Unique Lighting

When it comes to lighting, exposed lightbulbs, intricate metal pendants and upcycled lamps are the go-to option for that undressed, relaxed ambience.  Make a big deal about your individual lighting choices that celebrate their mechanical design elements.

Simple Colour Palette

Stick to a neutral colour palette on main features such as walls and flooring.  Think white, beige, grey and earthy tones.

 

Main Benefits of an Industrial Look

Going for an Industrial scheme in your home or room has a number of benefits. Apart from looking fantastic, let's look at what else the Industrial look has to offer.

Cost-Effective

By upcycling and using reclaimed materials to evoke the stripped-back style of an Industrial design can be very budget friendly.  Saving money on sourcing second-hand furniture items and selecting basic, simple materials such as ply-wood is one of these plus points.   Reusing materials and choosing sustainable options is also eco-friendly, another great benefit.

Low Maintenance

The main design elements of this style of decor do not require much maintenance.  If you are going with the raw, unfinished look you don't need to be too concerned about clean finishes and sparkling paintwork. Industrial style is all about imperfection so relax and enjoy it!

Timeless

Because so much of this look is made up of a mix and match of old and new the overall look is classic and will not age as trends come and go.

Versatile Styling

This is the fun part.  Industrial style lets you be imaginative.  If you have an affinity with technical design, enjoy sourcing creative accessories for your scheme such as pipes, lighting, fixtures and fittings.  Think metals, wood and brick.

Simple Ideas to Consider 

Industrial style is all about appreciating the craftsmanship in functional elements of your home. By keeping things stripped-back and modern, you can create a look that is both timeless and edgy. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

 - Use natural materials wherever possible. Brick, concrete and timber are all perfect

- Keep the colour palette minimalistic and muted. Think greys, blacks, whites and beiges on walls and ceilings

- Opt for industrial lighting fixtures such as pendants or track lights

- Use furniture with clean lines and simple shapes.  Avoid anything too fussy or ornate

- Bring in a unique element that showcases raw, industrial design

- Add in some plants and fresh flowers to soften the look

Final Thoughts

An Industrial style home is both practical and stylish.  It can be cost effective and gives you the ability to create a completely unique look that can be appreciated for years to come.  The basic elements of an industrial design are ultra contemporary and will not grow tired while interior styles change.  To achieve this style in your own home there is no need to make dramatic changes.  By introducing small aspects into your decor, you can bring the unfinished, raw qualities of an Industrial look in a few simple steps.

 

January 26, 2022 — Katie McKay