Industrial Interior Design

As more inner-city warehouses become residential, the trend is to honour the buildings’ origins. Here’s how to make your industrial interior sleek yet comfy.

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Industrial interior design focuses mainly on combining raw and rough with clean and streamlined. It is a showcase for everything related to industry and fabrication.

The look is minimalistic, clutter free, open plan and there are many ways to achieve it.

  • Lighting: Keep with the industrial by choosing pendant lights with metal shades and exposed bulbs, but use softer lumens to give the room a dimmed warm feel.
  • Walls: Leave any brickwork, exposed beams, wires, cords, air-conditioning ducts as they are; paint them only if it will enhance the effect. Choose deep rich colours for feature walls or go for black if you are feeling bold.
  • Floors: Finish floors in wood or polished concrete.
  • Colours accents: Stay within shades of white, black or gunmetal grey to give it a crisp, clean look, but add some lift with brick-red or brown.

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Mixing old and new

A key style element of industrial interior design is the seamless blend of old and new. Try and find some beautiful timeless pieces such as a vintage leather couch and pair it with modern accessories to bring it up to date.

Kitchens can be sleek and clean in design using stainless steel bench tops and neutral cupboards. Adding a quirky piece of retro art to the kitchen area will bring colour and warmth to the room.

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Make it comfy

Use furnishings to make your streamlined space comfortable.

  • Add large, plump couches and scatter cushions mixed in with sleeker industrial chairs.
  • Place generous floor rugs under tables, desks and in living areas. Keep the industrial look with plush in gunmetal grey or cream, or branch out with some colour; this really depends on the space as well as your own preferences.
  • For dining and kitchen tables look for distressed wooden furniture, or add a solid wooden top to a wrought iron base. Find dining chairs that look streamlined but have padded seats for comfort.
  • The industrial look might be minimalistic, but doesn’t exclude using old timber boxes and chests for storage. Scour secondhand dealers for pieces made from steel, metal or wood that have been salvaged and recycled.
  • Indoor plants: Pot up a couple of palms, bamboo or Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) in large tubs and let them grow as tall as they like. They’ll help to delineate areas, and create a homely feel without detracting from the sleek industrial look you’ve created.

Industrial interior design can make your home feel modern and edgy. Pairing sleek modern pieces with more comfortable accessories will make your home cosy but still stylish. 

395 West Parade, Perth.  Early 1900’s 2 bed cottage renovation.

 

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