Continuing my 'how to identify interior design styles' posts, I want to take a look at Industrial interiors. This particular style is instantly recognisable but what are the key principles which underpin an industrial interior?
I've got 5 top tips for perfecting an industrial interior whether you're renovating an industrial warehouse or living in a modest terrace house.
- Exposed Brick is trick No. 1
No industrial space is complete without exposed brick, of which you'll be in abundance if living in converted buildings, a converted warehouse for example... or if you're working on a smaller scale you may look at uncovering original features, when renovating a Victorian terrace I uncovered all the original brick fireplaces. There are also some fantastic wall coverings available now which allow you to replicate a brick wall if you do not live in a property with original features, take a look at Dreamwall wall coverings.
- Raw Materials
The use of raw materials is fundamental to creating an industrial interior...
...They all have a place in an industrial interior and are easy to incorporate too, in some cases they are actually a very cost effective solution. Concrete floors for converted buildings or perhaps compromise with a worktop in your home, Copper bathtubs, unpolished wood furniture, galvanised steel chairs at the kitchen table... any table for that matter, they all sing industrial interiors.
*Top Tip for Bathrooms:
Use exposed copper pipes and handles for an inexpensive statement in your bathroom, saving costs on hiding pipework and taps!
- Exposed Structural Materials
This will be a feature of many converted warehouses and you don't want to hide them, instead embrace the supporting beams, exposed pipework and create a focal point with them.
Essential for industrial interiors. Don't be afraid to knock down walls! Its not uncommon now to knock through to adjoining rooms to create larger, functional spaces and for vast areas you can zone them off with furniture to create 'rooms' within the space.
- Unique Finishes
Along with raw materials, industrial interiors will use nontraditional materials and accessories. Some ideas may include:
. Ladders in the bathroom utilised as towel rails
. Scaffolding planks fitted as shelves
. Exposed copper pipes instead of traditional bathroom taps
. Vintage metal filing cabinets used for storage
. Pallets converted into coffee tables
. Photography lamps doing double duty as art and lighting
Industrial interiors come in all shapes and sizes, so be creative, you don't need a Manhattan loft or converted warehouse.
If you would like to know more, why not contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or if you're interesting in learning about another style and want to see it feature on my blog, I'd love to hear from you.