Friday, November 29, 2013

Industrial style in interior design

One of the hottest interior design trends today is the industrial style. Characterized by neutral hues and a paring down to rough textures and materials, the industrial style has a distinctive personality all of its own. 

The hallmarks of a true industrialist style are rough materials, such as exposed brick walls and cement flooring.

The style is usually seen in commercial spaces such as restaurants and retail stores. While some are not all-out industrial, influences such as exposed pipes are very common these days. 

This interesting design style can also be incorporated in your residential spaces, but its rugged character has a tendency to make rooms seem cold and severe. For a warm and homey take on the industrial trend, check out these tips for applying it to your home. 

The hallmarks of a true industrialist style are rough materials, such as exposed brick walls and cement flooring. If your space already has these elements, take advantage of them and show them off. Use the brick wall as your accent wall, and position your living room area or bed against the wall as a backdrop. But to keep the wall from looking too severe, hang some wall art on it to break up the rugged monotony. 

Ceilings are usually downplayed with an industrial style. Use exposed pipes as a decorative element, by leaving them exposed with just a fresh coat of flat paint. Popular lighting options are pendant lights with wire cages, decorative incandescent bulbs and vintage lamps with porcelain shades. 

To keep the focus on the raw architectural bones of your home, furniture is best kept neutral with clean lines and forms. To break away from the rough textures, furnish your space with ceramic accessories, glass jars, rugs and plants. These can add the much-needed softer side to the look. 

Another way to infuse warmth into your industrial home is by adding wood textures. You can stay true to the industrialist style with reclaimed wood. But you can also create contrast by opting for a more elegant finish. - Aislinn Kee 


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