It’s Monday and this weeks Interior Style is Industrial. Being from Melbourne, Australia I remember walking through the back streets of industrial suburbs like the Docklands to get to the cool clubs as a teenager. Artists and creative individuals would take up residence in the surrounding warehouses and convert them into trendy homes. I would walk past these homes in awe of the large spaces, metal staircases and concrete floors. This is when I fell in love with this style.
Since then, I’ve always wanted to live in a converted warehouse. I just love the tension that the industrial style creates between the old and the new. The reason I love this style so much is that it highlights the beauty in something that could be seen as ugly, old or needing replacement. Objects such as rusty pipes, exposed ageing brick walls and worn concrete floors are cherished and displayed rather than discarded.
THE KEY ELEMENTS
- This style likes large cavernous spaces with high ceilings and open plan with very few walls
- Surfaces are left unfinished, rough and exposed and used as a display feature such as an exposed brick wall or worn concrete floors
- Rusted metal in the form of windows, furniture or doors are prominent
- The colour palette is mostly grey and black. Neutral colours are used to soften against the cold colours
- Wood and texture is used to bring warmth to the space through large rugs, furnishing with soft materials or leather and throws
- Furniture is usually vintage
THE REALITY CHECK
I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I am a big fan of this style. However, the reality is that you can’t go halfway with an interior like this. The beauty is in the decay and age of the surroundings. In my opinion, you either go all the way with this style or not at all.
That’s it for today. As we run up to Christmas I’ll be posting less frequently over the next few weeks. I’ll be popping in every now and again to say hi and to provide some inspiration but will resume my normal frequency in the New Year hopefully refreshed and invigorated. I hope you have enjoyed reading my new blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing to it. With Thanks, Doris
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