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.
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.
Look for the following in construction and fixtures:
- Exposed steel support columns, beams or trusses
- Exposed nail heads
- 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
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).
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.
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