Natural and unrefined, industrial chic is all about celebrating the beauty of organic materials and textures.
What Is Industrial Style?
Industrial style embraces natural beauty – and effortlessly creates a laidback ambience – with unfinished materials and textures, organic colors and exposed frameworks.
Industrial Style Décor Tips
The two key elements used in industrial design schemes are wood and metal – both embraced by industrial designers for their unique ability to add natural contrast, balance and definition.
Industrial Style Living Rooms
As with all industrial spaces, the industrial living room will highlight the unrefined beauty of raw materials and designs. For example, a distressed wood table with unfinished paneling and exposed screws, decked out with welded zinc hardware, plays to the ‘form follows function’ motto of industrial chic with organic silhouettes and rustic textures.
Industrial Style Bedrooms
When styling an industrial bedroom, don’t worry about accents, because when it comes to industrial chic, the simpler the better; when strategically placed, main staples like the bedframe and dresser often serve as décor in themselves. Do pay attention to greater silhouettes, and let organic, unrefined edges speak for themselves. Avoid embellishments, engravings and other signs of intricate craftsmanship. Keep wooden surfaces distressed, and include pops of metallic contrast whenever possible – an iron drawer pull, for example, will bring out the natural beauty of a cherry wood dresser and balance an overall earthy color scheme.
Industrial Style Dining Rooms
Nothing beats the feeling of a homemade meal prepared with fresh, whole ingredients – so celebrate it! In the dining room, honest artisanship and all-natural materials will bring out the farmhouse side of industrial chic – the perfect setting for tasty, organic farm-to-table fare.
First, start with the dining table and chairs; embrace clean lines, simple tabletops and lots (and lots!) of wood. Next, choose the buffet or server. While a classic industrial scheme will encourage a raw metal finish to contrast with the wood table and chairs, consider playing to the farm-inspired charm by keeping it in the same wood as the rest of the décor.
Keep in mind, though, that an all-wood dining room can easily give heavier cottage vibes – so stay away from comfy textures like cotton throw blankets or shag rugs, and incorporate sleek, distressed décor. A glass vase and a couple iron candleholders on a farmhouse tabletop will provide a balanced aesthetic and offer an elegant country twist on a classic industrial style.