While some prefer sleek, urban minimalism, others tend to find solace in design styles that require far less maintenance and are a touch more unpolished in nature. Designed with immaculate elegance by BAK Architects, the exceptional Concrete House in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina is all about embracing cool industrial charm. Flanked by the mighty Atlantic Ocean on one side and a lush green forest strip on the other, the unassuming façade of this modern residence blends in beautifully with the sandy landscape that surrounds it.
Over the table are two geometric dining room pendant lights. The frames are large and impactful but thin enough not to appear overbearing or block out any of the natural light from the windows.
This city house in Minsk, Belarus, is 151m2 of modern loft style. Designed by VAE, the interior is decked out with metal and concrete industrial features, softened and warmed by generous amounts of wood tone. Grey and green is the colour palette here, and much of that greenery comes in the form of large leafy potted plants that add a calming natural look to the scheme. The industrial decor of this home achieves a welcoming and comfortable look thanks to plentiful soft furnishings and interesting moments of strong pattern. Take this home tour to see more instances of how the cool industrial trend can be homey too.
Natural greenery works in tandem with other green-blue notes here in the bedroom scheme. A nest of tables are used as bedside units, with bedtime reading books casually stored underneath. Another instance of contemporary portrait art is propped on the entertainment unit beneath the TV.
While you may only think the industrial design style is for your interiors, why not borrow some of the architectural details to your outdoor entertaining areas? Industrial style exterior lighting along with larger bulb string lights look great together and will bring a magical glow to your outdoor entertaining areas. Your favorite lighting store will have a line of outdoor fixtures that are inspired by industrial details that is perfect for your application.
This grey bedroom is a less dramatic scheme than that of the master suite but the scheme still has plenty of impact thanks to a pairing of art print and wall mural.
The coffee table in front of the sofa has a black metal frame to match the staircase balustrade in the background. A decorative vase of fronds adds a another shade of green to the jade and grey palette.
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The wall mounted television could be viewed from both the lounge and dining areas.
A brown couch in the home office matches the wood tone floors.
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Another way to bring industrial architectural details into your home is to use artwork to express your creative design style. Bold graphics, murals, and even painting bold symbols on an exposed brick wall to make an instant accent wall in your bedroom or living room. Create your own artwork using ideas found around your city such as symbols, literary numbers and letters, or even abstract painting can turn a bland and boring wall into a work of art.
Even the walk-in wardrobe has a small succulent plant to carry the scattered botanical theme right through.
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In the days of steel and iron manufacturing in the United States and other areas across the world the use of industrial products and metals were prominent in plumbing and lighting fixtures, cabinet and doorknob hardware and for structural members in roof and column members. Today the use of wrought iron as in ornamental and structural is an industrial element that looks wonderful in the contemporary home. Also look to brushed nickel, copper and cast iron metals to bring organic and industrial appeal to your home.
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A centrepiece of candles on the dining table creates a twinkly atmosphere, and a tray holding a teapot and stack of mugs tell us this is a social space day and night. The fruit bowl holds a colourful stash of lemons that adds zing to both the drinks and the table decoration.
In the master bedroom the decor is a little more dark and moody, like a cozy cocoon. Two understated wall sconces brighten the black stained wood over the headboard wall. 4 poster beds always add a sense of grandeur to a room and this simple black framed design is no exception.
Inside the frame, an upholstered bed base and headboard bring us right back to that sense of cozy comfort again.
The backsplash in the kitchen is an installation of intricate patterned tiling, bringing a beautiful rustic feel to the prep and cooking area. More wooden cabinets are found here in the form of exposed kitchen shelving and double banked wall cabinets.
The exposed duct around the ceiling adds to the industrial style.
Copper pans and cooking utensils warm and brighten the look over the black kitchen worktop. Potted herbs over by the window are useful and pretty.
The Flos Mod 265 Wall Lamp extends out over the centre of the bed.
The landing is a mezzanine that overlooks the open plan living area.
If you are a fan of the industrial rebirth in furniture, fixtures, and lighting you probably already have your eye on a few one-of-a-kind pieces that you must have in your interiors. From pulley inspired lighting, to scissor accordion lighting sconces, the mechanics behind these pieces are not left to the imagination. Instead, the mechanical workings of these pieces are left exposed and are the appeal of industrial details. This island in this kitchen was repurposed into a new use and is also multifunctional with its industrial inspired casters and legs.
Another instance of bold patterned tiling can be found in the bathroom, this time as flooring. From the ceiling, industrial style lighting descends in a random arrangement, fed by a maze of rustic piping.
While the emphasis can be on buying new there are plenty of ways to repurpose, reuse and recycle from other areas of your home to bring out the industrial appeal in your interiors. If you are renovating, look to reclaimed wood, metal and building structural members used in barns, warehouses and older buildings that are being demolished in your area. Many lumberyards specializing in reclaimed timber and architectural elements such as railroad ties can be used for a rustic and industrial appeal to your ceilings for a faux structural aesthetic.
Before you can know what type of industrial details you like, look to buildings that share a historic past to reveal creative ideas you may not know about. Exposed brick walls, timber roof trusses and steel columns without drywall wraps are common in warehouse and manufacturing districts. Consider traveling to your local downtown city to see if there is a revitalization of older buildings. For many cities across the world the restoration of warehouses, barns, and manufacturing facilities into swanky condos and office buildings is on the rise.
The guest bathroom has another wooden wall hung vanity, with a plant held by a Menu Willmann Vase.
The beauty of adding industrial elements into your home is the ability to mix and match your current contemporary styles with older inspired architectural details. The easiest room to do this is in the kitchen. Modern day appliances with sleek stainless steel or integrated cabinetry with matching panel on your appliance fronts can borrow cues from the industrial era with simple hardware to give a nod to industrial elements. Pendant lighting such as filament lighting that uses Edison-style bulbs creates the look of industrial and retro lighting along with choosing fixtures with rustic metals and details can transform your kitchen instantly.
A wall-hung vanity unit follows on with the warming wood tone.
What initially appears as a bulkhead of sorts is actually a built-in wine holder.
The decor in the living room and the bedroom continue this rustic vibe with the interior being clad in cozy, neutral shades. A splash of bold green in the guest bedroom and the large glass windows offer a hint of visual and textural contrast to the space. Relaxing and ravishing, this Argentinean residence is a perfect example of how to bring home the industrial design style…
1. Seek inspiration by looking to buildings with historic pasts
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Large grey bathroom tiles back the shower, matching the grey of the concrete bathroom wall.
In recent years the ability to renovate and give life to old warehouses, barns, and industrial buildings has taken the design world by storm. From rustic exposed finishes and structural elements to industrial inspired lighting fixtures, there is no doubt that industrial details are here to stay. The appeal of bringing back a design age that focused on manufacturing, mechanical ingenuity and appreciating raw and unfinished interiors is a gorgeous way to bring industrial style to your home. If you’ve been admiring those urban lofts and barn conversions in your latest interiors magazine, take a look at these 10 ways to transform your home with these industrial style details.
Draped in a trendy industrial style, the intentionally unrefined look of the house gives it a unique identity of its own while adopting a clean and well-defined contemporary outline. Raw concrete, exposed steel beams and unfinished wooden surfaces combine to make the interior both inviting and inimitable.
A low console against the chimney-breast holds a store of logs for the woodburning fire and shelves a few ornamental items below the TV.
A mirrored sliding door provides a full length reflection without taking up any precious wall space in the closet. Banks of shelving add additional storage opportunities at either end of the dressing table.
A neat cube shaped dressing stool offers compact seating.
Over the last decade in home design there’s been an increase of furniture manufacturers embracing the industrial design rebirth style and it’s reflected in bedroom and living room furniture with minimal detailing with simple materials. Simple wrought iron canopy beds can be made more formal or informal based on the bedding ensemble you choose to adorn your bed with. While pairing similar style lighting fixtures and monochromatic colors can bring the look of industrial chic into your bedroom.
The chrome table lamp is a detour from the black ceiling lights.
On the adjacent wall, subtle pattern creates a traditional backdrop behind a contemporary freestanding bath tub. A simple tree stump holds the soap dispensers.
In the open plan living space, a grey modern sofa ties in with the hue of the concrete on an adjacent wall. Though the sofa is of a simple linear design to suit the no frills decor, it is stuffed with cozy cushions.
The throw pillows are the first moment of jade green on entering the home, and this colour story can be seen to continue over in the dining area opposite. A huge portrait mural fills an alcove, adding a quirky arty feel to the room.
The Husk chair, by Patricia Urquiola, makes a comfortable reading chair over in the lounge. Two black dining chairs head each end of the dining table, teamed with six dining chairs that are upholstered in a shade similar to the throw cushions on the sofa behind.
Another pot of leafy decoration adorns this tabletop.
Place on an elevated part of the site, the house offers unabated views of the scenery outside while promising ample privacy. The main floor of the house features an open living area with an ergonomic kitchen, a spacious dining area, twin bedrooms for children and a gorgeous wooden deck. On the top floor is the master bedroom that offers a private entrance to the sweeping terrace through its large sliding glass doors.
At the top of the stairs we encounter two much larger indoor house plants, in matching white pots.
An L-shaped run of grey base cabinets stop at double height wooden units that house the oven.
For many homeowners who don’t have the pleasure of having an exposed brick wall or concrete floors, you will be surprised how many DIY’ers or do-it-yourselfer’s are taking to their local paint and home improvement centers for ideas! Look for faux finish techniques or if you’re handy with power tools, consider building furniture, making your own lighting fixtures and other do it yourself crafts to transform your home with industrial details.
7. Seek ideas from industrial inspired furniture with minimal detailing
The lighting options all have a distinct industrial vibe, almost all are comprised of black metal and many are track mounted. The many lighting installations and tall windows give this home a bright and spacious feel.
Moments of concrete take the comfortable decor back to the industrial style.
If you’re considering renovating your home a wonderful way to bring in industrial details is to find architectural focal points that need a new face. Fireplaces and accent walls can be refaced with industrial exposed materials to create a finished look that is industrial inspired while leaving the rest of your room looking modern and clean. Concrete is a great finish to work with, as it is functional structurally and can be polished for a high gloss or left matte or unfinished for a rustic appeal. Leave nail heads and seams exposed to bring out the industrial appeal of this versatile building material. Concrete can be used on floors, countertops, sinks, bathtubs, fireplaces and more.
5. Bring an artistic flair to your interiors with expressive artwork