Nowadays we observe that a new wave is getting stronger when it comes to decorate your house with style. Being modern it is more than using proper colors or specific fabrics and materials, it has to do a lot with your power to recreate, recycle, reinvent a new story for what used to be an industrial building, a barn or an old warehouse. You might want to use exposed finishes and special structural elements to recreate that industrial look that you like so much. It is interesting how design gets inspired by an age where everything was about manufacturing and mechanical devices. You too can convert your home into an industrial looking space. There are a few guidelines that you have to follow to obtain the desired result.
Historical buildings are a great source of inspiration
There can be many industrial details you could create with. So, before you start the redecoration of your house, it is recommended to search and pay a visit to different buildings with interesting historic past. This way you can decide which industrial details are appealing to you. You might notice a timber roof, steel columns or exposed brick walls. Your city can offer you a good source of inspiration. Look especially for old buildings that have been restored to their former beauty. The revitalization of an old building can be full of exciting details that you might want to remember when you redecorate your house to look as industrial as possible.
Search that specific rustic metal for your interiors that tells you a story
During industrial age, all over the world, people start using steel and iron to make a statement. You could see industrial products used all over the place. They were used especially in lighting fixtures or in plumbing, for doorknobs or structural parts in the roof. Today the modern home borrows these industrial elements (such as wrought iron) to recreate that atmosphere and incorporate the past in the contemporary day to day life. Make your home industrial looking if you use copper, cast iron metals and brushed nickel.
Get a great look by exposing mechanical details in your contemporary home
For a complete industrial look, you must choose a few mechanical pieces to display in your home. Use wheels, cranks, pulleys, gears and leave them uncovered for a unique appearance. If you want to obtain a chic rustic charm, leave exposed some nail heads and screws. You can always repurpose some vintage kitchen furniture to match your new contemporary industrial atmosphere.
Combine old and new to obtain that industrial look
When you combine modern accessories with old ones, you are adding more charm to your industrial inspired house. The kitchen can be a good place to start. Modern appliances are made of stainless steel most of the time and when you add on old looking piece of furniture; you create for sure an industrial kick in your kitchen. Retro lighting is always recommended for an industrial atmosphere. Use pendant lighting with filament lighting. Transform your kitchen using just a few elements.
Use inspiring artwork for an artistic atmosphere
Industrial architectural details are best expressed though art. Paint one of your walls with powerful symbols, use murals or graphics. Leaving a brick wall exposed it is another way to achieve an industrial specific look. It is recommended to use letters, numbers and symbols. Abstract painting can bring a new life to a plain looking wall. Wall graffiti can be a bold statement, especially if you paint it on exposed brick wall. Gigantic sculptures are also very inspiring and if they are made of some sort of metal, they will definitely look industrial.
Use concrete for an authentic industrial look
Focus on specific spots in your room. Reface them with industrial materials that you leave exposed. Accent walls and fireplaces can serve as starting points. Give them an industrial look, but leave the rest of the room simple and modern looking. If you want to use concrete, you might find it easy to work with. It can be polished for an elegant appearance or you can leave it unfinished if you want more of a rustic note in the room. Don’t be afraid to use concrete on sinks, bathtubs, floors, countertops and fireplaces.
Choose furniture that is both minimalist and modern
Many furniture manufacturers are turning for inspiration to the industrial style. It shouldn’t be hard to find the right furniture for your living room and bedroom. You can have a chic atmosphere in the bedroom if you go with wrought iron beds. Make sure the lighting fixtures are matching with general theme of the room.
Recycle and repurpose to for an industrial appearance
Use reclaimed metal, wood or building structural elements that were used once in barns and warehouses or any other buildings that have been demolished. Reclaimed timber and former railroad ties are great to give a rustic charm to your ceilings.
Transform your bedroom by recycling old milk can and a shabby looking barn window. Make the milk pan part of your bed lampshade and reuse the barn window as artwork above your bed.
Industrial look for your garden
You can bring the industrial accents even outdoors, into your garden. Large bulbs for your exterior lighting are a great way to add a special glow to your favorite outdoor space.
Do it yourself works always
Don’t avoid making yourself specific pieces or lighting fixtures to enhance the industrial look in your modern home. Do visit from time to time the flea markets. You can always find good ideas and you might go home with your next favorite piece of industrial inspiration.
When you decorate with raw surfaces and colors like gray, white, black and beige, the interior of the house might get a cold appearance. That’s why it is a good idea to bring comfort in by using soft cozy sofas covered with velvety fabrics. Follow the same line of simplicity and good taste!
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