How To: The Industrial Design Trend
You might think that industrial style is limited to modern spaces - think New York City lofts and hip Berlin coffee shops - but this popular interior design trend isn’t dependent on where you live. Whether you call a new-build, a conversion, or a 1930s semi-detached your home, it’s easy to splash a little of the industrial design trend around, either through small details or big, bold statements.
More Than Meets the Eye
You’d be forgiven for thinking that industrial style equals drab, hard surfaces and not enough furniture, but it’s important to remember that industrial spaces were built with efficiency and safety in mind. Far from uncomfortable, they’re the ultimate in functional. Modern industrial décor provides a blank, sleek, and easily customisable space – effortlessly stylish, easy to live in and the perfect contrasting canvas for whatever it’s paired with. These Industrial Black Matt Wall tiles are an ideal starting point.
The Perfect Partnership
Materials like concrete, wrought iron, and brushed nickel are beautifully complemented by distressed wood, vintage accessories, and piles of soft furnishings. Create drama by adding contrast wherever you can with both texture and colour: adorn stripped back flooring with a large shag-pile rug and a rustic coffee table, or match reclaimed copper bedside lamps with luxury cotton linen.
Industrial doesn’t always have to mean rough and unrefined. If you prefer a clean, bold look, opt for sleek subway tiles like these Industrial Gold Wall tiles, smooth enamel light fittings and polished stainless steel appliances.
Nothing to Hide Behind
Far more than just colour, it’s texture that seals the deal. The right blend of polished concrete, smooth steel, and the seemingly unfinished edges of exposed brickwork can create an adaptable environment that feels as interesting as it looks. And while industrial style was born from letting what lies beneath shine, you don’t necessarily need original period features to embrace it – you can fake it! HD Technology Concrete tiles will provide that minimal look for your walls and floors. Start small by using them to draw attention to existing architectural focal points, like archways, chimney breasts, or accent walls.
Do It Yourself
Kitchens and bathrooms can be given an industrial feel without tearing out the fixtures and fittings. Small DIY projects like a cooker splashback can be completed over the course of a weekend with easily available supplies. The industrial style gives budding interior designers the chance to try out quirky techniques like dark grouting on light tiles, or even artificial distressing. Even a few well chosen accessories can bring a hint of industrial chic, so why not give it a try?