With the influence of factories and old warehouses, Industrial style design is undeniably edgy, trendy, and cool. The use of metal, from unrefined to welded metal is a common element both structurally and decoratively with this design style. You'll also find a modern approach with streamlined aesthetic and cool tones in Industrial style design. Like most design styles, Industrial style interior design isn't made up of one pure aesthetic. The industrial style combines the best of a few worlds; modern sleekness and the old-world charm of the early 1900s. One of the biggest hindrances of this design style is believing that you can’t pull this off in your home if it’s anything less than an urban oasis of high ceilings, exposed brick, and beautiful piping. This simply isn’t true, Industrial design can be folded into any space if you just incorporate the core elements of this style. Though Industrial style design isn’t traditionally made up of warm and fuzzy materials, it doesn’t boast a starkness that modern spaces can evoke either. With a color palette of warm neutrals and less contrast than its sister style, modern, Industrial style interiors are typically inviting and cozy spaces to be in. The neutral color palette comes into play with more than just the addition of decor or paint, but more so with the materials used in the space. If you’re lucky enough to have old wood floors or brick walls, then these will greatly influence the color palette or your space, but the palette is really derived from the wood tones, stone and other natural materials used in the design. Pops of bold color is not common, though this doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a color here in there to add your own personal touches. When one thinks of Industrial style, images of open lofts or warehouses pop into mind. These spaces have the luxury of wide-open layouts, high ceilings, and flooding of natural light, but if your home doesn’t necessarily cater to that, you can follow one guide to achieve a similar feel; create an open layout. Keep the focus of your design on the function and not the small decorative items that can clutter up a design quite quickly. The negative space in an Industrial style interior is just as important aas the space that is taken up, so keep pathways flowing around furniture, and try to use as many pieces with function or double duty as possible as opposed to purely ornamental elements. Of course, no design is complete with finishing touches. Be sure to add the little details that speak to the turn of the century details like Edison bulb light fixtures, distressed wood or leather items, and even some vintage items you collect along the way. These will all add an authentic touch that drives your Industrial style space home!
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