How To Embrace Industrial Design

April 21st, 2018

There’s something subtly refreshing about industrial interior design. This style embraces both form and function, in a way that sheds new light on aspects of a home that would otherwise be concealed. Instead of covering the support beams and air ducts in hopes of a flawless aesthetic, industrial design highlights these features by incorporating the bare bones of the apartment into its overall style. This perfectly unpolished technique originated from the renovation of old warehouses. While turning abandoned factories into loft-style homes is now widely embraced, the foundation of this approach was born out necessity. Designers didn’t have enough money to conceal the structural elements of the building, so they had to embrace the otherwise unattractive aspects of the space, resulting in a new approach to interior design. Don’t live in a repurposed loft? No worries! You can still have an industrial-styled apartment. Check out these simple techniques on how to bring industrial design elements into your home.

Exposed Brick

When industrial style originated, designers had to figure out ways to work with the structural elements of the space. So rather than adding drywall, they chose to embrace the concept of brick inside the home. If you have the option of working with exposed brick or cement, then industrial design is perfect for you! Renting an apartment without this feature? You can still get that industrial vibe through some (incredibly realistic) brick-lined wallpaper. shutterstock_627683552

Metal & Wood

Similarly to the exposed brick, industrial style embraces basic structural elements as a part of it’s design. Distressed wooden beams, old metal pipes, and exhaust vents are all melded into the the overall aesthetic. If you’re interested in embracing this design in a more newly-renovated apartment, incorporate these elements in your decor. Repurpose old copper pipes by creating a simple DIY towel rack for your bathroom or kitchen. Find coffee tables that feature distressed wood over a more polished look. Or add a dark metal chair to compliment your desk. Combining these elements will help create the industrial aesthetic, even without the converted loft.

Color Palette

When it comes to color scheme, think greyscale. This style embraces cool, neutral tones that will give your home a uniform look that reflects the subtle ambience of the industrial age. And while you’ll certainly want to keep this baseline palette, don’t be afraid to add a pop of color! A simple accent chair, piece of artwork or plant can help liven up the room, while still adhering to the overall genre. shutterstock_552178423


When it comes to lighting, you’ll often see one of two approaches in this design: steel-based lamps or bare bulbs. Both of these methods really reinforce the idea of blending style and function. So while you may want to stick to this general concept, don’t be afraid to play around with different styles. Implementing various levels of lighting will help you adapt your home to fit any mood.   shutterstock_789449839

… Now Make It Your Own

While industrial design certainly incorporates the elements we’ve listed here, these factors aren’t the entirety of this style. Industrial decor ranges from a modern, minimalist approach, to incorporating vintage pieces often highlighted in shabby chic style. Industrial interior design creates excellent foundation for your apartment, but don’t be afraid to add your own flavor to the mix! shutterstock_372291631