Our interior-based voyage of discovery is one that is ongoing, this time taking us to unexplored realms with the industrial trend. This look really is making waves in the industry, and this is set to continue.
We make no bones about it, success here is dependent on the commitment of the designer. Not everybody’s cup of tea, this style is set to divide opinion, but we’re convinced that as statement interiors go you’d be hard pressed to find better.
It’s so tempting to dive into the vast array of accessory options that go hand in hand with the industrial theme, but we need to get the basics right first.
Let’s start with the walls. Of course, for a true industrial feel it may be worth leaving these uncovered. A bit of red brick on show – it doesn’t get more vintage industrial than that. But we appreciate that this isn’t always possible, so if you’re opting to paint then we recommend keeping things light.
Understated tones tend to work well, greys and fade effects in particular. We love the Natural Hints collection from Dulux, especially the chic Cornflower White.
When it comes to flooring, we recommend going for something really distressed and avoiding the pristine finish, again a particularly current look. We’re looking to achieve that somewhat dated feel, superb distressed options such as UK Flooring Direct’s Barlinek Vintage bringing this in all its glory. Of course, similar effects can be gained in laminate floors if maintenance or price point are factors.
Fittings and furniture must also be taken into account. There are two routes to go down here, although (as always) creative license should allow for a healthy mix of the two. Firstly, many interiors of this type venture into a shiny, glossy realm, and there’s nothing wrong with this.
But equally, we can further the distressed feel emanated by the aforementioned flooring, worn wood looks bringing character and warmth through hearty knots and grain marks. There’s plenty of inspiration in this department at etsy.com.
Few themes have given us so much fun, and we’re sure your search will be just as exciting and fruitful. Here we’re looking to vintage milk bottles, eye test charts and large-scale clocks (Heal’s), the like of which you’d see in train stations and public places in times gone by. There’s great scope here, but remember that this is a minimalist look, so try (as hard as it may be) not to go overboard.
Everything down to the light fittings (Mondo Luce) must come together in this theme, if attempting to recreate at its fullest.
We know that not everyone is blessed with the sort of vast spaces that work so well with the industrial feel. This doesn’t mean to say you can’t use little accents here and there. This Brooklyn desk from Alexander & Pearl (above right) would look great in a small study, a vintage touch without committing to a complete interior overhaul.
But if you do have enough open space (and indeed an open mind!) then why not go all out and prepare to see jaws dropping… it’s time to get designing.