Industrial Style in 5 simple steps

30 Aug, 2018

Industrial style has been a thing for almost twenty years. With its concept of renewing old factories and transforming them into living spaces, it is really fascinating and different from any other interior design trend.

Industrial style is modern and bold. It is characterized by many different and unusual pieces and material and it can be very hard to use all of them without making the space too overwhelming.

Architecturally, industrial style is mainly represented by tall ceilings, bis windows and open floor plans

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This design was created by Medeleine Ketiya, Homestyler floor planner user

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This design was created by Denise Lombardi, Homestyler mobile user

As for the materials, when entering in an industrial space, you would always expect to see raw materials such as concrete, exposed bricks, wood and metal.

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This design was created by Poly Muller, Homestyler mobile user

Other items that can help us identify this style are exposed pipes and ducts as a decorative elements for ceilings and walls.

Everybody among the Homestyler users seems to love industrial style, although some confessed they still do not have quite clear in their mind what this design trend implies.

It is very easy to recognize industrial style when we see a home decorated in this way – but it might not be just as easy to design an industrial interior indeed!

We can’t forget that the space that we are wishing to decorate as a home was first a working space.

For this reason, it can be a very difficult challenge to make a cozy home out of a cold and huge interior.

On top of all, industrial style requires the use of accessories and decorations that are considered quite unusual for a home.

To guide you through the mystery of industrial style, we have listed all the main key elements that industrial interiors are characterized by. Now, let’s see together how we can organize all these materials and items in the best way.

1. Metal

Metals such as copper and steel are a must in industrial designs, but it is important to know how to use them well.

These kind of surfaces scream modernity and tend to take the whole attention for themselves.

For this reason, it can be wise to use their presence to make a bold statement, for example with a big ceiling fixture for our living room or a row of three metal ceiling lights right upon our dining table.

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This design was created by maisarh janabi, Homestyler mobile user

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This design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler mobile user

2. Decorative pipes and ducts

While all the other interior design and home decor trends tend to hide these elements, industrial style is a strong ambassador of exposed pipes and ducts.

These items are not exactly traditional, and for this reason they can be extremely eye-catching.

They can take the place of wooden beams, or they can even accompany them to decorate the tall ceilings of our industrial interiors – plus, you will be surprised to see how good they look with brick walls!

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This design was created by Revita Indriani, Homestyler mobile user

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This design was created by Teke Tin, Homestyler floor planner user

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This design was created by Andrew Randall, Homestyler mobile user

3. Exposed bricks

Aren’t brick walls the first thing that comes to our mind when we think about industrial style?

Whether we we like them all around our house or we just want to limit their presence to accent walls and decorative elements – such as columns, exposed bricks have to be in our home if we want to obtain an industrial look.

Most of the time, honestly speaking, we don’t have the chance to exclude them from our project – as many old factories used to be build with them!

Exposed bricks are beautiful and make a great impact in every interior, but we need to admit that their presence can be a bit too overwhelming for a private space!

This is why it’s better to accompany them with big and tall glass panels, and to furnish our place with neutral tones – not all the colors go well with the bold red shade of the bricks!

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This design was created by Madeleine Ketiya, Homestyler floor planner user

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This design was created by Tracey Mcconnell, Homestyler floor planner user

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This design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floor planner user

4. Concrete walls

A much more discrete option is concrete. Its soft gray shade goes well with almost everything, therefore it can be used with the all house.

Concrete walls give you many options in terms of furnishing, as their neutrality allow you to play more with color and textures compared to bricks.

Concrete present a totally different problem compared to brick walls, as they might be too monotonous. For this reason, a good idea is to decorate our tall and big walls with bold and colorful paintings.

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This design was created by Laura Leticia Lizarraga, Homestyler mobile user

5. Wood

While all the other key traits of industrial style tend to make your interior look colder, wood can make the whole ambiance cozier, more welcoming and more inviting – just like a home should be!

Wood helps neutralizing the metal accents and can warm up your place in a significant way.

You can use wood to create panels for your walls, as well as the main material for your furniture, like in this example by our mobile user Ailleen Félix.

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This design was created by Ailleen Félix, Homestyler mobile user

In this blog post, we showed you the five main key elements that an industrial interior really can't miss. We know the contest is over but we are looking forward seeing your iterpretation of this design style!


How to adjust the height of your walls on the Homestyler floor planner?

If you want to adjust the Global Height of your walls, you can click on Create room and select the option Wall setting. There, you will be able to adjust your own value.

If you want to adjust the height of a single wall, you can right-click on it while in 3D view and adjust the value from the Property section it will appear on the right of your floor planner.


Do you know what are the Homestyler Contests?

Most of the designs in this post have been created as entries to participate to the Homestyler Industrial Contest.

Every week, the Homestyler team organizes Homestyler Official Contests, to let users challenges themselves and their friends, while they learn some new interior design techniques.

Make sure to follow our Community in the Homestyler app to find our about our next contest!



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