The industrial style has evolved from the large factories of the 19th century into a creative haven for artists, professionals architects and even homeowners who fell in love with the open space and the acoustic of an industrial design. There’s a sense of creative chic that combines functionality, lost vintage approach and modern thinking in the same space. That’s probably why many Millennials love the urban touch of an industrial loft decor to give their home just the right contemporary edge. Thankfully, if you want to copy the key elements of this timeless style, you don’t need to buy an abandoned factory anymore. You can make your own DIY industrial home.
Weathered wooden items
When you think of old factory floors and furnishing, you probably picture the wear and tears of time, its rough surroundings, and the weather — doesn’t it rain in all decent abandoned factory? While you probably shouldn’t leave your wooden furniture in the garden over the winter in the hope of achieving a similar ageing look — you’ll just get your chairs to rot, unfortunately — you can find ways of repurposing unwanted and unused wooden items to get the right battered edge. A typical use is to turn wood pallets into couches, tables or even bed frames. If you love chalk paint, you can even create a distressed feel for your weathered decor.
Use industrial hardware
It doesn’t take much imagination to picture an old factory. Industrial hardware is part of every single room, from metal benches to steel door frames. There are nowadays modern alternatives to achieve a similar hardware and functional look, such as using a bifold door system by Debar with an aluminium frame or maximising the presence of metal appliances. For example, you can imitate an industrial design in your kitchen with a metal counter, which will look just like a professional restaurant kitchen.
Exposed structural elements
There’s an indefinable charm in exposed structural elements, as if beauty and elegance were purely functional. Admittedly it can be difficult to expose your plumbing systems or your HVAC. But you can create a multipurpose feel to your interior decor by using galvanised pipes as shelving brackets or table legs. The effect is not only very stylish, but it also creates an almost steampunk-like ambiance in your home. And what better use of industrial trends can you find than by giving your home a Victorian steampunk touch?
Exposed bricks are the essence of the perfect industrial decor. Except that not everybody happens to have exposed bricks in their lounge. In fact, most modern houses can’t offer any interior brick exposure… At best, all you can get is decades-old wallpaper, but you’re more likely to hit the 1970s vibe instead of the industrial trend. But you can replace the brick effect by concrete, which was widely used in old factories and workshop for all structural elements and floors. Too much greyness to handle? Try using cinder blocks as a functional and decorative element instead. You can repurpose cinder blocks as plant pots, to add a dash of colour to your industrial look. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even build sturdy shelving units using wood and cinder blocks.
Giving your home an industrial look doesn’t mean that you should buy an abandoned factory. With smart DIY touches, you can change your home sweet home into a home sweet factory.