8 Industrial Design Elements for the Home

By Botond Laszlo

Exposing it all, architecturally speaking, is extremely popular. Industrial style aims to proudly display what is often hidden away in other homes. Exposed lighting, brick walls, and piping are core elements of a strong design that can seem unfinished but still manages to create a cohesive look. A mixture of exposed steel elements and rustic wood with neutral colors creates a simple style with an aesthetically pleasing balance. Through contrasting basics, an industrial style home can be achieved.

Here are eight different ways to implement this style in your home:

  1. Exposed Functional Elements. Before, designing a house entailed hiding away all the functions that made the house run. Now, it’s popular to show off the features that make your house functional. Industrial design showcases a raw, unfinished aesthetic that displays the wiring or the light fixtures.
  2. Rustic Colors. The color palette you choose will create the feel of the room. Every interior design decision you make should relate back to your color scheme. To achieve an industrial design in your room, try to aim for a rustic palette that includes browns and beiges. Your room should combine finishes that contrast but still stay with the warm, neutral theme. If your home has exposed brick walls, wood, or cement walls, use accent colors in your decor to add color!
  3. Metallic and Wood Combination. The combination of the warm, earthy wood and the smooth metal is a common trait in industrial interior design. By using chrome accents in the kitchen and with light features, you can highlight the presence of metal without it being overwhelming. Metal accents can be added in many ways. Metal light fixtures, kitchen hardware, faucets, and railings are available in different colors and finishes.
  4. Distressed Wood Contrasted with Clean Lines. Blending sturdy textures like distressed wood with distressed wood.jpgmetals, marble, and cement can add elegance while keeping the design clean and simple. You can add a combination of distressed wood and metal to countertops, cabinets, or to parts of the walls, ceilings, and floors. By adding sharp lines and edges, it can harmonize the blending of textures and colors.
  5. Steel Staircases. Instead of a wood staircase, adding an element of steel can create an industrial look. With this design, you can have steps made of wood while the handrails are made of metal. This creates a contrasting balance of elements that emphasize an elegant and clean appearance.
  6. Commercial Fridge at Home. While it might be unorthodox, some people are now choosing to have a commercial sized fridge in their home. Due to the sleek, stainless steel exterior and large capacity, the aesthetic of the fridge adds to the overall style of the kitchen. Stainless steel fridges are much more wear-and-tear resistant and easier to care for and clean.
  7. Exposed Brick Walls. This particular design element became popular in the 1990s when people discovered it was less expensive to expose the brick in older homes than it was to repair the wall covering it. The element is still gaining in popularity thanks to its range of warm, natural colors. An exposed brick wall adds charm and character to the room and can be accented by metallic accents and copper lighting.
  8. Lighting. There are many great lighting options for an industrially designed room. Vintage hangingindustrial lightinglights can add a metallic finish to the room while keeping the design clean and simple. Edison bulbs are an option for an exposed, raw look. Floor lamps can also be a great addition to the room to add focused lighting.

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About the Author

Botond Laszlo is the owner of Marvelous Home Makeovers. He is passionate about high quality, environmentally conscious design.