Create an industrial style decor with our tips
Created and developed between the 1950s and 1970s in the United States, industrial design began to gain a lot of strength among decor lovers in recent years. It has become synonymous with elegance with a purposefully thought out “touch of carelessness”.
The industrial style began as a way to reuse spaces used by old factories that had been abandoned after years of use. Gradually, the style was disseminated and reached the homes of many people, especially young adults connected to new trends in subjects such as decoration, architecture, design and communication. In Brazil, for example, this portion of the population was very present in neighborhoods such as Centro, Pinheiros and Vila Mariana, some of the favorites of the new residents of São Paulo.
Now being one of the biggest decoration trends today, the industrial style is with everything and conquers more and more followers every day. If you are thinking of bringing this style to your home, we have separated some tips for you to implement all the characteristics of industrial design in your home in a natural way.
Less is more
Before you start doing anything in your apartment or house, it’s very important to understand something about industrial style: it also takes planning on your part. It’s not because styling is usually associated with a lack of finish that it can be applied anyway in an environment, especially in your home. This is a very common mistake that young residents tend to make when buying their first property.
The vast majority of these choices are far more aesthetic than functional. Therefore, always ask for the help of professionals specializing in decoration to offer assistance, either in person or taking small tips online on how to execute your vision correctly.
That said, the big secret of the industrial style is precisely the absence of props, knickknacks and/or gadgets around the house. With less finish, you can invest in a visual style that emphasizes exposed pipes, raw concrete columns, pipes that run through and connect all the furniture in the house, and more.
These small demonstrations of “lack of care” are precisely the charm of the style as a whole, which makes you appreciate the basic structure of your property in a new way. Of course, you can make this “lack of care” done on purpose, investing in the application of beaten cement walls, for example. But, in this case, never sin for the excess, but for the lack.
The charm is in the rustic
With this lack of finishing, it is precisely the rustic and old look of the property that makes the industrial style so unique. The idea here is to know how to use other things to create a good balance between the soulless cold of gray with the life of elements such as wood or plants.
In addition, you can (and should) recycle and reuse as much furniture and appliances as you can. By doing this, you extend the life of items that could offer much more to any environment and manage to reconcile this ecological proposal with the new style of your home, since recycling is at the base of the foundation of industrial design.
Therefore, one of the aesthetic and functional foundations to maintain the industrial style in favor of your home is lighting. It is responsible for giving one of the most important and characteristic touches of the industrial style, but it doesn’t demand crazy things and gadgets like chandeliers, chandeliers and so on. Here, the idea is for the lamps to be exposed, like the traditional copper filament lamps, which are very beautiful and offer a cozy atmosphere wherever they are installed.
And a classic feature of industrial design are the brick walls, which fit well in any decor, whether for your bedroom, living room, kitchen and even your bathroom. If you prefer, you can also give it a personal touch by painting the bricks white or applying a little varnish to make them look different.
Embrace the metals
As mentioned above, exposed pipes and pipes are an essential part of bringing industrial-style charm to your home. However, this is not the only place where metals can work in your favor. Oxidized or brushed iron also helps make the environment feel like an abandoned factory. That way, you can use this material in furniture such as chairs, decorative items or anything else you can imagine.
Another type of metal that you can also adopt are wires that appear in the surroundings. They are the urban touch for a home environment. A good tip is to choose focal points in each room to make these hairs more apparent so that they don’t become obstacles for your guests and are also a focus of admiration at eye level.
If you don’t want to change much the structure of any place or your house as a whole, just start investing in decorative accessories such as benches or chairs in metallic tones. This way, you bring the atmosphere of the metals into place in objects that can also be removed if you don’t like it anymore, adapting them to new rooms in your house.
Cold colors make everything warmer
Generally speaking, gray is the color that has always been associated with industrial style since its inception. Of course, you can also invest in new colors for your home that go with almost any type of shade, such as white and black, and other cool colors.
A great example of this are colors like brown, blue and green. For this reason, as we said above, plants are very welcome elements to contrast with the coldness of metallic surfaces, being vital for common environments, such as the living room, kitchen and pantry, for example.
But if that five minutes of courage comes, you can apply small spots of warm colors in certain spots. To illustrate this, you can paint a specific pillar in red or yellow, leaving it as the decoy of the environment and letting the rest be discovered gradually by your visit.