In an industrial interior design, building materials and elements that most designers try to conceal, are left open. This gives the interiors an unfinished look that is both raw and often captivating.
In this form of design, pieces are selected more for their function than their looks and this style of interior design is a growing trend, especially in buildings or spaces that have been converted from their original purpose. So, factories and warehouses are being turned into offices and residences and no attempt is made to hide the original structure or any elements that functioned as part of its earlier working life. In this design, you will find utilitarian objects, neutral shades, and many exposed metal, wood and brick surfaces.
Industrial interior design gives a warehouse look to the decorated living spaces. Styles can be from the polished to the earthy. It is a style that is increasingly being adapted even for newly built homes, which can have features like stainless steel, vintage furniture, and metal light fixtures. Pipes and ducts that may have been part of the earlier interiors are left exposed. Metal on doors is left untouched and makes a key feature of industrial interior decor. Industrial decor uses a blend of metal and wood, with the wood being mainly rustic. This helps to achieve an aesthetic balance, that can be bold while being refined and remain both organic and engineered.
Industrial furniture in these decor designs can use raw and unfinished wood. Using frames or supports made of metal further enhances the industrial look. You can also use concrete in its raw or unfinished form to give a further character to any industrial interior design. It does not mean you have to compromise on comfort and well-upholstered sofas and chairs with leather can fit in well into these designs. Decor items can have leather or woven textures that are not highly finished. Rugs and carpets must be solid or dark and even faded items can help to increase the effect of the overall design.
Industrial interior design is very popularly used while converting old buildings or lofts into living spaces. The accent is on creating an illusion of rough surfaces that give an idea of being from an industrial past. Leaving walls and surfaces unfinished accentuates this look, while you can add other metal or other elements that add to this feeling of an industry. Colors are largely neutral and a combination of gray and white can add to the clean and crisp look. Walls and any structural elements are left exposed and will look better if covered with large art pieces.Floors of concrete can be polished or left as patchy and rough as you please.
Industrial interiors are all about usability, functionality, and utility. Most of the material used in this decor is durable and long lasting. It gives a practical look to most living spaces so decorated, with their open plan and expansive spaces. Most of the ideas in this form of design are well adapted to DIY and allow for recreating and recycling of any items made or material used.