Destination warehouse: raw utilitarian appeal for your home
Industrial design has been a popular trend in home decor for a while now, being a great match for certain kinds of architecture, usually hard wearing, and providing a chic yet casual atmosphere that can feature furnishings from all kinds of sources. The utilitarian look is generally reminiscent of warehouses and converted factories, featuring exposed bricks and beams, a minimal colour palette and incorporating metal fixtures. Even better, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Do this at home
Not everyone can live in a warehouse or a factory loft, and if you don’t, you can still create the stylish industrial look in your home. Wallpaper with an exposed brick design can take care of that element. For other surfaces, stick to neutral shades, or greys. Rustic colours can also work well, and rustic furniture, such as tables made from reclaimed timber, can look great.
Focus on a balance of concrete, wood and metal, and look for simple furniture and fittings in these materials. Leather also complements this kind of decor as well. For some inspiration on how to do industrial chic effectively, see this report from The Guardian.
Pare back and replenish
An industrial look for the home is in some ways about stripping back, especially if you are fortunate enough to live in a building that has great original features, and then adding layers. The final touches are sofas, throws and cushions for the area to be welcoming and comfortable. Add some rugs and plants into the mix, and you have a space perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Shelves are also important for storage, and if you are lucky you might be able to source shelving from a warehouse or factory.
It would be a good idea to consult an expert if you want to find out more about industrial shelving in Ireland such as Rackzone. A company like this will be able to give you a lot of information and options regarding industrial shelving in Ireland.
With the industrial look, all kinds of items, such as buckets and benches become interesting home accessories. Once you start reclaiming objects for industrial decor, you will find inspiration everywhere. Even things that people throw away can be beautiful and practical in the right context, so look around and start getting inspired.