Interior Design Style: Industrial

industrial style

Industrial style is no longer confined to urban lofts and converted barns. While we may drool over the idea of either of those, most of us can only add touches of industrial style to our existing houses. Luckily, industrial style marries well with modern and contemporary décor, adding a touch of rustic sophistication.

One easy way to interject industrial style into a room is to add industrial style lighting. In my kitchen I have very modern cabinetry, and industrial steel pendant lights over the concrete-look “Raven” Caeserstone on my island, with rustic wood beams above. Whether an old fashioned Edison style bulb in a mudroom, or the old pulley style pendants in a kitchen, industrial lighting is sure to bring the elements of that old industrial warehouse construction into your home. Click pictures for detail.

Nuvo SF76-622 Industrial Style Large Wall Mount, Metallic SilverWood Handle Industrial Hanging Pendant Light with Vintage Style Wire Cage Guard - Hanging Lamp hand crafted by Industrial Rewind60 Watt Vintage Reproduction Original Edison Light BulbKichler Lighting 2664PN 1-Light Incandescent Mini Pendant, Polished Nickel

Working with Concrete (For Pros By Pros) by Rick Arnold

While it may not be practical to redo a two-level foyer wall in concrete (as much as I long for it), a concrete kitchen counter top and/or back splash will add a great industrial touch. At the same time, why not add a pot-filler – with the industrial style, you don’t even need to worry about hiding the plumbing pipes.

Danze D205057RB Opulence Single Handle Wall Mount Pot Filler, Oil Rubbed Bronze
click picture for details

Look for the following in construction and fixtures:

  • Exposed steel support columns, beams or trusses
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Concrete
  • Reclaimed wood in such things as flooring, ceilings, mantels
  • Exposed HVAC, electrical or plumbing systems
  • Pulley inspired steel light pendants
  • Cast iron hardware
  • Filament style lighting with Edison-style bulbs
  • Exposed brick

LCN 4040 Heavy Duty Door Closer, Dark Bronze Powder Coat Finished, Cast Iron, Non-Handed, Regular Arm with Parallel Arm Shoe Komar 8-741 8-Panels 12-Foot 1-Inch by 8-Foot 4-Inch Bricks Wall MuralAmazing Hardware Iron Cabin Door Hook Black Powder Coat Finish, 2-pack

Industrial Trouble Light Pulley Wall Sconce with Wooden Handle and Wire Cage - Hanging Light Pendant Hand Crafted by Industrial Rewind42 W X 7 D X 3inch H, Reclaimed Floating Wood Mantel Shelf, Antique, 1800's, Wooden, ShelvesArtiquity Zanzibar 5inch Engineered Heart Pine Flooring in Antique

In terms of home furnishings and accents, its easy to slip a bit of rustic industrial style in here and there. Scattering a few industrial stools around is a good start. In my ensuite bathroom I love the industrial style stool at my vanity, similar to the orange one below. It looks right at home with huge mirrors over modern cabinetry, a modern crystal and chrome chandelier, and large wood beams on the ceiling. I have the orange one pictured below at my desk, and an industrial style stool like the middle one in my kitchen. I love the old school style stool shown on the far right too (click stools for details).

Moe's Home Collection Wheel Stool - OrangeForeside Industrial Adjustable Stool  Old School Pub Chair in Natural Elm

Reclaimed wood is a throwback to the industrial warehouses, bringing industrial style to your home in a manner of ways, such as shelving, tables, desks and cabinetry, as well as home accents. Click pictures for details.

Kastholm Industrial Loft Style Cast Iron Reclaimed Wood Dining TableReclaimed Wood Vintage Industrial Wine Cellar TableLeslie Dame CD-456W Solid Oak Library File Media Cabinet, Walnut

Colby Reclaimed Wood Industrial Loft King Bed with Side TablesHomelegance 3228-12 Bookcase Shelves, Brown BlackIndustrial Maison Coffee Table, 31inchx47inch, DISTRESSED

Look for the following in furnishings and accents:

  • Industrial coffee table or dining table combining rustic wood with a raw steel base
  • Bold, graphic, often huge or wall painted artwork
  • Carpenter clamp lamp
  • Reclaimed wood in items such as benches, tables
  • Steel accents
  • Midcentury modern card catalogs for craft or collections storage

Bassett Mirror Decorative Wall Art Industrial CollectionIndustrial Cage Edison Bulb Rust Metal Table LampBassett Mirror Co. Industrial Gears - 7500-620

Industrial End TableIndustrial Loft Military Style Old Iron Rolling Cabinet Locker ConsoleHome Collection 15.8-Inch Loft Group Side Table, Blue

Metal Industrial Style Round Framed Mirror, 24-Inch70inch Modern Industrial Wood TV Stand Console Ash Grey Reclaimed Look with Powder coated Black Trim

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