Humanity has always had an obsession with order. We just have to have everything perfect. According to American scientist Alan Lightman, this obsession with order is hardwired into our brains because we crave symmetry amidst all the chaos that the universe presents. But more recently, a trend emphasizing imperfection has begun to surface.

The industrial look, while still adhering to our traditional sensibilities, presents itself in a manner that’s a little rough around the edges. Key landmarks all over the world embody this look, as you’ll see in the ideas below.

Back in Black

The tenets of industrial design are founded upon minimalism. That’s why it makes sense that black, white, and grey are staples of the style. Mix up your décor with splashes of black, beginning with accessories or even individual pieces of furniture. You can start small with your picture frames, but for those who really want to commit, go big and have your bathtub and door frames painted black. An example of this would be these interiors put together by Ukraine-based design studio YoDezeen. Subtle changes like this will have a massive effect on your interiors, as black is a good complement to cooler colors, while still giving your home that undeniable industrial look.

Leave it Exposed

Another way industrial interiors embrace minimalism is by leaving bricks, ducts, and pipes exposed. Ideal Home notes that exposed brickwork, and sometimes even brick wallpaper, is all the rage in the United Kingdom. By doing this, it will not only save you money, it will also contribute to your interiors’ overall edgier industrial aesthetic.

For those refurbishing their homes to achieve this look, it may be tempting to just do all the redesigning on your own. However, when dealing with exposed pipes and ductwork, it’s best to consult a professional before making any major modifications to ensure that you aren’t sacrificing structural integrity and safety. UK plumbing experts HomeServe warn that burst pipes can be a costly and tedious to put right. So if you’re looking to paint, decorate, or replace exposed pipes for your chic industrial space, then be sure to take all the necessary steps to ensure that your home’s form follows its function.

Real Steel

The industrial age was the age of steel. And to pay homage to this, you may want to consider getting metal furniture and décor. Even the Germans, who love functional living spaces, couldn’t get enough of this style as seen in its prominence at the IMM Cologne International Furniture Fair. The minimalist and sleek nature of steel will definitely go well with the entire industrial aesthetic that you are trying to achieve.

For those considering this idea, it would also be wise to look into how to maintain steel furniture. The Chicago Tribune’s guide to fighting off rust recommends sanding off your furniture and brushing on a primer and a coat of paint. If you’d like to have a raw metal finish, skip the paint and cover it with a sealer for protection.

Upcycle Everything

Contrary to popular belief, upcycling doesn’t mean taking old furniture and refurbishing it so that it looks new. Upcycling is taking components of a redundant object and using them to create a newer, and more useful object. An interesting example of this would be this unique table made of corbels and blue shutters at a Hamptons cottage. Aside from adding a one-of-a-kind twist to the dining set, it also breathes new life into old materials. So whether you’ll be using stacked wooden crates as shelving or repurposing aluminum containers as pots for plants, upcycling will give your interiors a good utilitarian and industrial touch.

For more insights on interior design, feel free to check out Dsigners for all the new trends.


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