On top of the practical benefits of an industrial living environment, there are a number of stylistic advantages as well. That’s because those considering an industrial design theme for their living space have a number of options at their disposal, and the best part is that many of these design schemes won’t break the bank. In the end, the budget friendly nature of industrial-style interior design is one of the main draws.
In stark contrast with the formal timelessness of traditional interior design, the industrial style is all about the raw and unfinished. That means the less formal the living space, the better fit an industrial design scheme will be. With that in mind, here are some tips to give your space that perfect industrial look.
CONSIDER THE LAYOUT
Those who have are actively looking for a living space with an industrial feel should consider the characteristics that make up this design style. Lofts, with their high ceilings and industrial history, are the natural choice. But any living space with an open floor plan will lend itself well to this particular style of interior design. And if the living space is equipped with ceiling beams or pillars throughout the room, then this only adds to the industrial look.
One other aspect to keep in mind is the flooring. For a traditional and functional industrial flooring idea, many people opt for concrete. Concrete flooring provides a number of benefits. It can be poured over any existing floor and once it has set it is low-maintenance. It’s also versatile, coming in many different styles and colors.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE
You don’t have to purchase a whole new home with industrial features. In fact, you don’t need to do much to your own living space, especially if it is unfinished, to achieve this look. The more “raw” the living space is the better. If the walls in the home are old or there is exposed brick then this is perfect. Avoid painting bare walls and it can even help to remove paint in places in order to make walls appear more run down and unfinished.
And exposed brick, steel surfaces and cement columns are not necessary features of a living space in order to get that industrial look. Wooden furniture, cabinets, walls and even flooring can add warmth to an industrial environment that can be more welcoming than a cold steel décor.
Industrial interior design is commonly regarded as “minimalist,” so that means there’s no need to get fancy. Not only are recycled items perfect for an industrial space, but second-hand and old tossed-out industrial items are perfect as well. These include everything from old sinks, carts and vaults work well in this environment, and innovation and redesign is key. An old trunk used as a coffee table is one idea; metal electronics racks used for basic shelving is another.
BRING LIFE TO THE SPACE
As mentioned above, the industrial living environment, while stylish, can come off as cold if it’s not done right. That’s why it’s important to infuse life, color and warmth wherever possible. Adding some wooden elements is one way to achieve this; plant life is another. Strategically placed plants and ferns will provide the color and life necessary to brighten an industrial space, and artwork, paintings and large framed posters can provide color.
These are just a few tips to giving your home an industrial feel. The best part about this particular interior design style is that it allows for much creativity and innovation. The homeowner can mix and match near limitless amounts of items and colors in order to achieve their ideal industrial look. And the best part is the whole point of industrial design is to be functional and inexpensive.
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