Reminiscent of city dwellings where warehouses are converted to residential lofts, industrial decorating is now creating a buzz of mass appeal in spaces of every type. Industrial style is characterized by mechanical, utilitarian elements such as exposed beams, pipes and ductwork. Decorative objects, furniture and fixtures have a distinctive industrial character.
You can achieve the industrial look in your home by using lots of natural wood combined with steel, industrial lighting fixtures and decorative elements. Rough exposed brick walls, cement floors and creating your own furniture finishes for a distressed look can further accentuate an industrial flavor.
Use exposed rough-hewn hardware on doors and sand down glossy wood finishes. Leather furniture pieces incorporate nicely into an industrial themed space. This style of decorating can be very masculine, lending itself well to the bachelor pad.
Accessories such as metal gears, vintage signs and letters, and industrial style lighting add touches of this modern interpretation of urban loft living into your home. Wire shelving and organization bins bring a functional element to the space.
You don’t have to live in the city to enjoy industrial flair in your home. Any space can be transformed with the right accessories and furniture pieces that are readily available through retailers now. For a more authentic industrial style, search salvage yards and industrial auctions for unexpected treasures.
Warmth can be added to the industrial style of decorating with the use of wood and cozy leather seating in comforting tones of brown and tan. Balance lighting carefully, using warm amber bulbs in accent lights to add a warm glow. Industrial style does not have to be harsh and unwelcoming. By adding your own personal touches, industrial style decorating is a fine balance of character-rich and city-slick.