Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Get industrial chic in your home
Industrial home trends have been around for a while now and they’re really filtering down from stylish home magazines into actual homes — at least if Pinterest is to be believed.
While industrial styles may not sound that comfy, you couldn’t me more wrong. It’s more about materials and textures than sitting on packing crates so imagine bare bricks with retro steel accessories, a worn leather sofa and oversized, low-hanging metal light fittings and you’re very much there. The best bit about it is that it can be mixed with modern and traditional styles to really give it the right twist. So you could keep your Regency style armchairs, just match them with some retro steel lockers for storage and a worn mid-century modern coffee table and you’ve got an industrial chic living room.
So what can you do to give your own home an industrial makeover? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that it may only take a few touches here and there to help you get the look. We’ve pulled together some of the most defining industrial chic characteristics to help you give your home the edge.
One of the defining industrial chic features is bare brick, in the style of a New York loft. Ideally every wall in the room would be bare, but this isn’t always feasible — especially if you live in a new-build, where your interior walls are stud walls, or an old Victorian terrace where it could get a bit chilly. Here you can look at alternative options such as bare bricks on the chimney breast only or even a brilliantly deceptive wallpaper to make it look like you have bare brick!
Retro steel lockers
Lockers are one of the key focal points of industrial chic homes and they tend to either be used as intended, acting as cupboards, or you see them adapted into sideboards or tables. However, you absolutely do not want a shiny new looking locker as this would not chime with the industrial chic theme. Instead, go for a retro steel locker that has a vintage, worn look to it. It will settle much more nicely against your bare brick wall!
Whether you’re kitting out your living room or kitchen in industrial chic, steel shelving is a must. Steel shelves make ideal food storage or bookcases and, while you may think they look a bit utilitarian, they will look amazing when covered in a selection of vintage books and cool ornaments and retro lamps.
The ideal flooring for industrial chic is polished concrete but, again, this isn’t always going to be feasible. Other options worth looking at are retro wooden floors with a polished finished. You can check out reclamation yards and then polish up the wood or you can look at laminate floor options — just be sure to go for realistic looking laminate with a quality aged effect.