The Secret Behind Industrial Interior Designs

Industrial interior design is inspired by factories, warehouses, and industrial spaces built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

Nowadays, many of these abandoned buildings have been transformed into beautiful living spaces. It was a movement that produced an entirely new style that continues influencing interior designers around the world.

In order to create an Industrial design, we must apply strong architectural elements within a space. For example, exposed rafters, reclaimed wood, iron, brick, concrete, and much more. The approach must be raw and almost unfinished while providing an uncluttered casual atmosphere that’s comfortable to live in.

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The secret behind Industrial Interior Designs relies on 3 main components, the rest, is your creative-fingerprint:

1. Layout:

As you can see, industrial design is about creating spaces that fee like it was once used for that purpose. One of the main architectural elements that you will see is the concrete, high ceilings, the steel, and old custom artifacts just to name a few.

  • Keep the layout as open as possible.
  • Stay with clean lines.
  • Expose architecture or unfinished elements within the space.
  • Include antiques or industrial artifacts 
  • Use Concrete elements whether polished or left unfinished.

2. Color Palette:

One of the main characteristics of this kind of designs are neutral colors such as gray, white, brown, green, and blacks for a more dramatic effect. Organic elements also play an important role like bricks, wood, and steel.

  • Main colors should stay neutral, almost monochromatic. Gray tones that match concrete, white, or black are preferred.
  • Accent colors are adaptable. Add pops of vivid color or stick to rust, wood, or brick tones to keep the clean industrial aesthetic.
  • Use Iron, steel, glass, chrome, copper, or brass finishes.

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Source: Man-Man

Now that we have covered the first 2 components of Industrial Interior Design, we can easily identify open spaces, gray tones, organic elements such as the wood vanity, wall mounted bathroom faucets, external rustic pipes, modern copper-brass bathroom sinks, and stylish bath accessories. There is no doubt that by combining design, color palette, and rustic bathroom fixtures, you can create a beautiful and elegant industrial bathroom design.

Designer: Dawson & Clinton

3. Décor:

There is no need to say that adding a textured rug, a vintage vanity, vintage coffee table, unique bathroom accessories, antiques, or a piece of abstract instantly enhances the character within a room.

  • Incorporate plants
  • Include furniture that is made from wood, iron, or steel.
  • For lighting, check out floor lamps, pendants, or track lights.
  • Incorporate vintage statements and use them as focal points

Designer: Antonio Martins

Believe it or not, the Industrial Interior Design scheme can be incredibly elegant, and the details doesn’t have to be completely rough or tough. Take a look at the bathroom designed by Antonio Martins and see how he matches the dark oak wood floor with an old mechanic-like fixture intentionally used as a vanity; and on top, a beautiful piece of white & gray marble with a smooth white counter-top bathroom sink, stone bathroom accessories, wall mounted faucets, and a stylish white back-splash holding the rounded wall mounted bathroom mirror.  A very sleek design that combines the principles of industrial functionality and elegance. 


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