How does one describe industrial interior design? Here at Elsie Wolfe Wondrous Antiques, it’s all about simplicity, natural textures, clean lines, unfinished surfaces and most importantly, celebrating the characteristics of the property you’re in. Instead of masking those blemishes, try highlighting their irregularities by making them a focal point.
Will and I have a passion for industrial inspired home ware, we are always on the hunt for industrial antiques and offer a collection of statement furniture and decorative accessories through our website, helping the creative, industrial lovers create character in their homes.
But how, exactly, do you do that? Well, today we’re sharing five ideas that make up an industrial inspired interior.
We’re not sure anything embodies the industrial vibe in home décor more than materials such as wood, metal and exposed brickwork (hard to come by in NZ though). Even unfinished plasterwork can scream “stylish” in an industrial inspired space, especially when combined with brushed steel, copper, enamel and galvanized metal lighting. In terms of furniture, consider vintage leather, repurposed woods with natural cracks engrained and steel piping.
Industrial lighting has become a go-to style over the last few of years, it works well across both modern and period properties. Looking especially good in a kitchen and dining setting, consider sleek back metal fixtures and signature Edison bulbs. Glass or metal pendant lighting is a great way to highlight a kitchen island, while oval bulkhead lights are an interesting alternative to bedside lighting. Old workshop and angle poise lights look amazing in an industrial space. For something even more quirky, check out our amazing hazardous locations runway light.
From vintage leather Chesterfields to metal display cabinets, swivel bar stools and more, the key to achieving an industrial-inspired interior lies in your choice of furniture. Less is more when it comes to this style of home décor, so storage needs to be a consideration. Whether you’re upcycling old treasures, discovering vintage finds or buying brand new, be sure that clutter is tidied away with old school lockers, ladder shelving, wall storage, wicker and wire baskets.
When it comes to industrial-inspired interiors, natural tones are a must and work the best when teamed with materials such as wood, metal and leather. Think concrete grey, walnut brown, black, and off-white alongside splashes of olive, petrol blue, and mustard to add a little interest to the scheme. A tip to remember is stick to matte rather than anything with a glossy sheen as this always adds to an industrial look.
Thank you for reading!