Among the younger generations who are just entering the world of real estate and home remodeling, the interior design style which is currently taking the market by storm is utilitarian, unfinished, and unapologetically industrial. From exposed brick and metalwork to open layouts and subdued color palettes, no home remodeling style is poised to explode in popularity quite like the industrial interior design which has been creeping into repurposed warehouses and factories over the past few years. That said, you don’t need to be a starving artist in New York City to appreciate the unique style and feel of an industrial designed home or to bring some of that raw, unpolished appeal to your own home! So before you start packing up your things to move into the closest factory you can find, why not try these keys to industrial interior design in your home decorating and see why homeowners are falling for the industrial look more and more each year.
Raw Material Appreciation
The most iconic part of an industrial interior design is the exposed metal, wood, brick, and concrete surfaces that not only lend the space an unmatched rustic design but also celebrate the history of the repurposed warehouses and factories of yesterday which now serve as the trendy and modern lofts of today. In homes which already come from these repurposed roots this design choice was initially a matter of convenience and affordability and while your home may not feature any interior brickwork or metal pipes and ducts, working with the natural, minimally touched beauty of your home’s structural materials is a great way to invite the industrial feel into your home. Unpolished hardwood floors, or better yet concrete flooring, along with metal and wood components in your furnishing, lighting fixture, and decorating accents, are easy ways to begin inviting the industrial style into your home.
A Place for Everything
While many interior designers tend to apply minimalist style features to industrial style homes, the only real goal which this serves to meet is to remove clutter which would otherwise distract people from the natural, untouched charm of the materials. To achieve that same goal while still enjoying all the things which make your home feel like home consider installing cabinets and other storage units which are stylized to fit the metal, hardwood, and hardworking aesthetic you’re creating. This increase in storage can be tailored to fit just about any budget since industrial interior design is welcoming to everything from trendy features from the likes of Restoration Hardware all the way to vintage, antique, and handmade pieces which can add an abundance of character and personality to your new interior design.
Subdued Color Scheme
Another trademark of industrial interior design, a color palette of grays, blacks, whites, and earth tones lends a universally appealing background for your design choices and, similar to minimalist painting and decorating, ensures that the natural beauty and charm of the structure is on display without any distracting bold colors to draw focus. For those particularly skilled at artistic endeavors and DIY projects consider some interior painting points which harken back to the factory setting of the first industrial properties. Hand-painting your own exposed portions of brick can lend a stylish edge to your interior design if done well.