The industrial style is inspired by the high grade changes that came with the industrial revolution. It celebrates the idea of mass production that gave use aesthetics like modernism, transitional, contemporary and more. It is very ‘brutalist’ in style. This means that there is a lot of emphasis on the organic representation of materials. The industrial style vies to be authentic with a modern edge that bleeds in with the use of minimalistic furniture and accessorizing.
Let's look at these 5 ways you can bring out the industrial in your home.
1. Soft, cloudy greys
One of the most distinctive and ubiquitous design interventions you’ll find in any contemporary industrial interior design is the grey feature wall. The idea is to mimic the authenticity of ‘mortar’ in a trendy and stylish way. So we use meter by meter tiles in cloudy grey color to build up the desired aesthetic. One can go as far as to say that it’s become quite a requisite in the mainstream industrial aesthetic of today.
2. An emphasis on modern materials
The industrial style is all about highlighting the modernity that was lured in by the industrial revolution. As such, there is a lot of emphasis put of showcasing modern materials in industrial style interior designs. You can use porcelain tiles, high-cut glass leafs and even modern fixtures to create an authentic industrial vibe with little to no effort at all.
3. Avoiding embellishment
The industrial style is all about showcasing the authenticity of materials used. That used to be a prerequisite for the modern style as well. While not completely and truly followed, you can always find some truly authentic material applications in contemporary industrial interiors. Many of these include wooden surfaces.
4. An earthy color scheme
The industrial style is characterized by its soothing, earthy color scheme. It is mostly interpreted through browns and greys in the form of wooden accents, perforated sheets and floor/wall tiles. This color scheme has become one of the defining characteristics of this particular style. Its trendy, casual, cutting edge and relaxing all in one go.
5. The Edison bulb
There are some design trends that literally become the ‘face’ of a particular aesthetic. It takes a while to catch on, but eventually you cannot simply design that particular style without that design trend. For the industrial style, this trend is the ‘Edison’ bulb. You’ll find many interpretations of this light fixture in catalogues around the world; the most notable being the Bulb Pendent from the &tradition collection.