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Industrial Chic

The industrial design trend that has long been reserved for lofts and the more masculine condo spaces has now well and truly penetrated mainstream urban design.

With it’s focus on raw materials, clean lines and simple shapes, this look can easily be incorporated into any home without expensive refurbishments and can also be easily integrated within more feminine style areas to create a unique juxtaposition of designs.  We’ve put together a few simple ideas to help get you started!


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Texture

Texture will predominantly come from the materials you use. Industrial chic relies heavily on raw materials such as steel, iron, reclaimed wood, glass, brick etc.  One of the easiest ways of adding texture is to contrast materials with pre-existing elements of your home. For example; if you have pre-existing brick walls, look into directly contrasting it with raw timbers and metals.

Lighting

Repurpose old lamps and industrial lights that you can find from thrift stores and antique shops to cover or add to your existing fixtures to add to the industrial of a room through simple changes.

Colour

Industrial chic relies heavily on neutral colour schemes to augment the natural and raw materials being used throughout. Avoid bold colours and stick to sandy beiges, ivory, black, greys and white.

Furniture

When considering furniture, one of the most effective methods to create a cohesive space without over-use of material, is to juxtapose wood with metal. Try using a repurposed wooden pallet as coffee table with metal end tables. Mixing and matching contrasting pieces will help bring the space together without risking the room becoming boring.


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Window Furnishings

Whilst open window spaces are a clear favourite for many people decorating in an industrial chic trend, it is not always the most practical solution in high-sun areas or houses that lack natural privacy. Shutters are a great way to give you the best of both worlds.  Timber shutters that have a dark stain can give you both an ideal texture and colour combination, or alternatively, aluminium shutters can also be used; painted black or done in a dark-timber look-alike finish.





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