Posted: May 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm
With its gritty sophistication and urban appeal, industrial décor is a trend that’s here to stay.
Industrial interior design is all about form that follows function. It’s utilitarian — focusing on reclaimed, salvaged, repurposed and raw materials to create an urban warehouse look and feel. It evokes the manufacturing factories of the past and celebrates the original purpose of the components from which it is comprised. Hallmarks of the industrial style include exposed brick and rafters; visible pipes and ducts; weathered wood; large, open windows; concrete floors; industrial lighting (such as pedant and string lights with Edison bulbs); and natural, neutral colors.
As more and more people head to the cities, developers are looking to meet housing demands in new and interesting ways that appeal to a young, affluent demographic that values authenticity. This urban renewal has led to an uptick in converted lofts and high-end dwellings in old factories and warehouses. These structures tend to feature open floor plans, large windows, high ceilings with exposed rafters, and unique architectural features that are holdovers from the buildings’ previous purposes. Instead of attempting to hide these characteristics, people are embracing them and their idiosyncrasies – meaning a burgeoning style of interior design has arisen to complement this new take on old spaces.
Aesthetically, industrial furniture exists to serve two purposes. First, it incorporates the attributes of industrial edifices: unfinished wood, distressed metals, stainless steel, pipe fittings and anachronistic embellishments. Industrial furniture particularly showcases the interplay between natural, raw wood and man-made metals.
Secondly, industrial furniture should break up the airy vastness of a converted industrial floorplan. Large sectionals and kitchen islands outfitted with barstools are often used to create the illusion of separate areas within the home. In a bedroom, you may find throwbacks to vintage brass beds in a brushed, aged metal or distressed wood with stud, rivet or nail head accents. Because of their wide-open floor plans (and the people who inhabit them), converted lofts often make for excellent entertaining. You’ll frequently find modular furniture, wine cabinets and standing bars within their walls.
All that said, the industrial look isn’t just for urban residences. This look is popular in any locale; you’re just as likely to find it in a rural bungalow or multi-million dollar mansion as you are a converted condo.
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