Creating an Industrial Home Decor Style: Tips for a Modern Look

The industrial decoration trend, which flourished in the 1970s, took center stage when it became popular to transform warehouses, factories and mills into living spaces. These abandoned spaces became urban refuges, and the mainstay of industrial design is simple, practical furniture with flat fronts that look elegant and age incredibly well. In fact, much of what we think of as modern design dates back to the 1930s. Even the elegant, pull-free designs so typical of modern industrial design have existed since the 1960s.

And of course, these unrefined features fit right in with the rustic decor style, leading to a favorite combination of industrial decoration styles: rustic industrial interior design. When it comes to decorating your home, practicality and simplicity should be your top priorities. Rustic, transitional, bohemian and traditional spaces look great with industrial furniture scattered throughout. Eye-catching pieces such as tables and shelves can be combined with more subtle details like Edison light bulbs or metal bar stools.

Pillows, artwork, table lamps and other decorative pieces can also be used to create a modern industrial look. Industrial interior design has become popular again due to its clean lines, simplicity, functionality and industrial elements such as metal, concrete and industrial lighting. To achieve a modern industrial style in your home, you should focus on rustic woods, metallic details and colors in black and white or earth tones. Other features that are perfect for industrial-style lighting are wood or black metal details and unconventional objects (such as tubes and chains) reused as parts of a lamp.

If utilitarian and cheeky designs aren't your thing, you can incorporate the industrial look through materials such as brick, concrete, aged metal, reclaimed wood and natural textiles like leather and linen. Lady Gaga's Malibu mansion is a great example of how to incorporate luxury bathroom decor into an industrial space. Thanks to their robust appearance and use of raw materials, industrial decoration ideas are now more popular than ever. Coffee tables, TV stands, decorative chairs and side tables require the durability and functionality required by the industrial style, and can be easily combined with other styles of furniture and decor.

Industrial spaces may not be the most aesthetically pleasing but they are incredibly functional and make for interesting homes.

Earl Salstrom
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