Grittily urban, industrial style has been on the decor radar for some time, but warehouse-look interiors have recently matured, embracing a modern twist. Traditional industrial style is best described as ‘unfinished’ – rough timber, exposed pipes and a patina of rust-speckled age. The new take is a more polished version.
The look still highlights raw architectural materials, stripping a space back to its utilitarian shell, but those materials are more refined – polished concrete, honey-toned timber – or are juxtaposed with smooth, matt surfaces and modern, organic shapes. The effect is simple and uncluttered, elegant and deliberate, and delightfully easy to live with.
Start with a feature table
Pair a feature table in the kitchen with minimalist chairs and shapely glass vases to achieve an industrial look in the kitchen. Pendant lighting will also help add an extra element to the space, whilst also lighting it up.
Outdoor surface appeal
A change of flooring helps to delineate zones with different uses in this neat outdoor area. Good combinations can include timber decking and decorative paving using larger pavers with contrasting coloured pebbles to fill in the gaps. Add in another layer of texture by placing an outdoor mat, if space permits.
Matt black finishes, cement tones and shades of grey are perfectly in tune with industrial style in the kitchen. Monochromatic tiles and charcoal cabinets allow the warmth of rich timber grain to shine through.
A mix of materials creates a richly textured palette in a bathroom. Complete this look by adding a round hanging mirror, free-standing bath and a pot plant with a cement look planter.
Give the harsher features of industrial style a softer edge with the addition of lots of greenery. For the cooler months, fire pits are a stylish and practical way of heating up your outdoor entertaining area whilst adding to the industrial look.
Bring the industrial style into your home
Head into your local Bunnings to view our range of products to complete an industrial makeover.
Photo credit: Brigid Arnott.