Get the Look: Industrial Chic

Industrial Decor

When city dwellers began converting abandoned factories and warehouses into loft-style living spaces, industrial style was born. Think weathered wood, stainless steel, concrete, exposed brick, and anything that nods to the country’s industrial history (spools, work desks, and metal chairs). No-frills furnishings with raw, unfinished surfaces and clean lines contribute to the casual utilitarianism of the look. Read on to discover five ways you can bring this look into your home.

Architectural Details

Want to incorporate industrial chic into your suburban home or newly built apartment? Try adding in utilitarian materials, like steel and concrete. In the kitchen these materials work well as countertops. We also love sealed concrete floors—just don’t forget the rugs. Exposed beams in the main living spaces infuse even more character into the look.

Treasure Hunt

Salvaged materials—bathroom fixtures, hospital cabinets, and recycled wood plank flooring—give an authentic industrial feel, and are easy to find at flea markets and antique shops.

Fake it ‘Til You Make It

Don’t be a purist. Getting your hands dirty in thrift stores isn’t the only way to get the look—well-made reproduction furniture has the advantage of modern workings and are often more in scale with the average size home. We especially approve in this new, but made to look old approach in the bathroom and kitchen with features like faucets and sinks.

It’s all About the Little Things

Accessories, such as a metal table or an antique accent lamp, infuse a subtle industrial edge into any decor. Look for factory-inspired trinkets—vintage sewing machines; wooden dress, hat, or shoe molds, or gears and bolts—to complete the look.
Don’t forget about lighting. Old school-style pendants and table lamps featuring mostly metal or glass shades instantly exude industrial style.

Warm it Up

Cozy up the chilly impact of this style with textured rugs, warm woods, and soft pillows ​and throws. We love kilim-style and hide skin rugs to add comfort to floors. Pillows and blankets in plush knits with fringe or cabling lend snuggly appeal to sofas and chairs.

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