Industrial Interior Design

The industrial interior comes from the manufacturing age and focuses on function. The look is raw, unfinished, achieved with rough surfaces and materials that suggest an industrial past. Wood and metal are used heavily, as are exposed pipes and ducts, cement screed, and vintage furniture (think a Chesterfield sofa). Done well, the style never looks sloppy and can look highly coordinated.

You’ll love it if…

Uninspired by cookie-cutter furniture from the usual stores, you possibly have a few home DIY projects up your sleeve, including up-cycling salvaged materials and reclaimed furniture. While you definitely prefer function over form, you manage to stay cool with sturdy and solid pieces to go along with your raw and direct personality.

How To Work It…

Fret not, the industrial look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Simply follow these few rules that define its aesthetic:

  1. Bring that gritty edge with raw,rough textures like bleached woods, matte metal finishes or cement screed.
  2. Incorporate structure to your industrial space with grids, boxy silhouettes, and bold, straight lines.
  3. Keep colours neutral, dark or bright! Greys are commonly featured in industrial homes (for that raw cement look). Otherwise, white or dark browns and blacks equally fit to the theme.
  4. Add that element of ‘bare’ with exposed features - like pipes, wiring, track lighting and exposed brick walls.