Interior Design Style Guide: Industrial Design

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Industrial style is

Industrial style became common in homes in the late 2000s and remains stylish today, but its origin hails from the Industrial Revolution. That period of innovation allowed for growth and success, resulting in warehouses popping up all over urban areas. These warehouses featured exposed, raw materials, metal-framed lighting and big windows, much like you see in industrial interior design today.

The style is most commonly found in flats and urban lofts. These locations are prime spaces to introduce industrial design because of how open and simplistic they are, creating a blank slate for designing. They also typically include exposed brick walls and beams, big open windows and concrete floors. Although this style fits well with these urban living spaces, many suburban homes are using the design too!

The color palette for industrial design is often viewed as limited, as it typically includes neutral colors that pair well with raw materials. However, there is opportunity to bring accent colors into play. A red couch, yellow lamp or a light blue rug are all ways you can pull this off. Just be sure to keep it simple!

Elements of Industrial Design

  • Neutral
  • Open
  • Earthy
  • Raw materials
  • Exposed
  • Clean
  • Minimal
  • Edgy
  • Sharp

Industrial Style 3 Ways


Industrial Living Room

Industrial style is ideal for the living room. Mixing and matching wood tones, leather and other raw materials can be an exciting project for your common space! Warm the look by introducing an area rug, colorful art and accessories.


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Industrial Bedroom

Softening up industrial design is key for implementing it in a bedroom. The hard edges and cold nature appear to be the opposite of what you want in your bedroom. However, adding soft accessories and warm colors to your bedroom design will give it the cozy feel you’re striving for.


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Industrial Home Office

Create a workspace that keeps you focused. An industrial office is sleek and has minimal distractions. Keep yourself organized with an edgy filing cabinet. When it comes to your office chair, don’t feel like you have to stick to the hard surfaces of industrial style! Look into leather options that still combine the clean lines of industrial interior design, and the comfort of a plush office chair. Industrial design doesn’t mean letting go of comfort!


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