Industrial Furniture & Home Décor Tips
Inspired by the open floor plans and bare bones of factories and warehouses, industrial style celebrates raw elements of metal, wood, brick and concrete. However, despite its edgy, urban appeal, industrial style furniture is incredibly malleable. With the right color palette and addition of subtle accents, it’s easy to incorporate a touch of modern, mid-century, or even boho-chic style. Best of all, you don’t have to live in a renovated loft to achieve an industrial look. Key pieces such as reclaimed wood coffee tables, metal bookcases, or distressed console tables can go a long way in creating this style just about anywhere.
Start with the bare bones
Take a look at the walls and internal makeup of your home. Exposed pipes and ducts, worn brick, unfinished flooring, and wood are great inspiration for industrial décor. Celebrate imperfections and other oddities that give a room character.
Tone down color. Amp up texture.
An industrial color palette typically consists of earth tones. Shades of gray, tan, and ivory closely reflect the colors of metal, wood, and white-washed spaces. Add depth and warmth with pieces that incorporate fabric. Industrial style benches will often feature metal legs with canvas or linen upholstery. Rugs featuring distressed patterns add some softness underfoot and a pop of subtle color. Industrial style bar stools and coffee tables often feature natural textures such as worn leather or knotted wood surfaces that add character to your space as well.
A vintage or refurbished look gives furniture and décor an instant industrial vibe. Think worn wooden surfaces, metal frames (iron, copper, aluminum, stainless steel), and exposed hardware, especially pieces that combine two or more of these qualities like an industrial desk. Eclectic items such as old street signs, maps, and blueprints add a sense of utilitarianism to your décor story. Use caged lighting to top it all off with a vintage glow.
With hundreds of industrial inspired pieces at all price points, Hayneedle is the perfect place to get your design gears turning and create the industrial style living space of your dreams.
Further Reading: What is Industrial Design Style? A Guide to Industrial & Distressed Interior Design.
Get Inspired: Industrial decorating ideas for your living room, bedroom, and entryway!