At Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing, we make it our mission to help our clients achieve the space of their dreams, and this starts with understanding the different interior decor style options. Just one of these options is the minimalistic, no-nonsense industrial style. Keep reading to learn how to implement industrial decor in your home.
Exposed Ducts and Pipes
Industrial decor was likely born during the early 20th century when globalization took factories abroad, leaving empty warehouses and industrial buildings that would later be transformed into residential buildings. Rather than change the style of these buildings, architects worked with it, highlighting architectural elements such as exposed ducts, pipes, and beams; bare or brick walls; and other mechanisms.
Vintage Furniture and Accessories
Incorporate vintage and recycled furniture and accessories that are both provincial and contemporary, such as the suitcase coffee table, leather couch, retro lighting fixtures, and wood pallet bedframe in the above photos. Industrial spaces are generally made up of blocky pieces with clean lines for a utilitarian feel.
Remember to keep these items to a minimum so that your space looks open and clutter-free.
Wood and Metal
Raw materials such as wood and metal (think aluminum, steel, iron, copper, and tin) are staples for any industrial space. While wood may work best for flooring, walls, and larger furniture pieces, metal can be incorporated with chairs, lighting fixtures, side tables, and other accessories. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new pieces and different types of wood and metal.
Cool, Neutral Tones
Start off with a neutral color scheme of gray, beige, white, and black to create a harmonious look. The wood pieces you incorporate will warm up the space, and you can add in bold tones with small accents, such as the plant in the photo above.
The last key element of industrial decor: simple flooring. While wood flooring is an obvious choice, polished concrete flooring is an excellent alternative and lends a modern look to any space. Rugs aren’t typical of industrial style, but if you want to use them, avoid plush or colorful options that stand out.
Is industrial decor calling you? Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing can help you create this look in your home with a number of different services: Reupholster or refinish worn vintage furniture, work with us to custom-design the perfect pieces, or shop our premade furniture ready for purchase at our showrooms. Whatever route you take, one of our in-house custom interior decorators will be happy to make recommendations and even visit your home to help you cultivate an industrial look.
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