Defining A Style Series: Industrial Design? The Perfect Blend of Old and New

Considering its appealing blend of old and modern, the emergence of industrial design as one of the most popular interior design styles in recent memory is unsurprising. However, many people mistakenly believe that the industrial look is only suitable in urban environments, and therefore miss out on the opportunity to decorate their homes in this style. An industrial style look can be created in any room of your home just by following a few easy guidelines. The first place to start is with a neutral color palette. Brown and tan shades should dominate, while other neutrals—including natural materials—serve as accents. Next, try to mimic the open layout of an urban loft space. To decorate, use a mixture of wooden and metal furniture pieces and accessories. Your wood should be weathered and antique looking. If you want a more modern look, then choose metal with a polish finished. To create a more rustic and vintage vibe, choose metal with brushed or oiled finish. Finally, choose industrial accessories to pull the room together.

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite common misconceptions, industrial design is suitable for any environment, not just urban areas.
  • Industrial design relies on warm neutral colors as the dominant color palette and uses other neutrals for accent
  • For furniture and accessories, choose items that have weathered wood and either polished metal (for a modern look) or brushed or oiled metal (for a vintage look)

“There’s no questioning why so many people have fallen in love with industrial design. It allows us the freedom to embrace antique beauty while still enjoying modern conveniences.”

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Gail Doby

Gail, with her team at Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting, has helped more than 10,000 designers in 76 countries. Many of them have achieved amazing results... doubling, tripling (and more) their revenue and profit... with clarity and confidence. Gail and her team build one-of-a-kind experiences, walking beside Interior Designers to help them create and implement their plans.
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