New York, New York, is there a city that better presents the American dream? The skyscrapers, the sound of horns, the crowds of people and these pretty buildings, memories of the industrial era, endowed with a very special charm. We have seen them a lot in American films and yet we continue to fall in love every time such an interior appears on the screens. The good news is that today you don’t even have to live in an old loft to afford such a design, because the industrial is more accessible than ever. In this article, we’re going to provide you with some awesome tips and ideas for decorating your own. industrial show.
Idea how to furnish an industrial living room – an example that displays full of characteristic details for the style
- The origins of an unpretentious trend
But what are the origins of this trend, which never fails to fascinate us? Indeed, the industrial style has a rather interesting history that goes back a long way in time. As the name suggests, the aesthetic in question drew its inspiration from the industrial revolution of the beginning of the previous century. At a time when the Fordist spirit was at its peak, we saw the emergence of innovations that would forever transform working life. Machines are gradually starting to replace humans and the work chain becomes a recurring practice that explodes in productivity … These changes in the way of working will also have their repercussions on production itself. The furniture that we make in factories therefore becomes more practical, more robust and heavier..
An industrial living room model in gray, enlivened by a very original yellow accent
Reintroduced in the 1980s, these uniquely charming pieces of furniture seem to adapt perfectly to the decor of old factories, artist studios and lofts. The potential of this vintage-inspired combination was soon noticed by decorating experts. The style quickly spread to Europe and the whole world, fascinating people with its raw, functional and unpretentious character. But what attracts us most is the idea behind it. This principle of seeking and finding beauty even in ugliness is reinterpreted in decoration … Because the industrial style does not hesitate to praise wear and destruction.
Industrial details mixed with artistic accents – great idea for a chic industrial living room
- How to adopt the industrial style in the living room
Today, however, industrial design is not just reserved for loft-style homes. You can find industrial touches in any interior. However, be aware that the industrialist usually needs more space to realize his potential without the scenery appearing too overcrowded or even oppressive. This is why a large number of interiors, designed according to industrial aesthetics, are open spaces. In fact, in our gallery, you will find a multitude of examples of living rooms opening onto a kitchen and dining room. Otherwise, there are certain materials, materials, accessories and furniture that are very characteristic for the industrialist and below we will provide some clarification on this subject.
A kitchen open to industrial living room. Spacious room that embraced industrial decor
- The perfect imperfections
The first thing to do before setting up an industrial show is the inventory. Is this an interior that already has some imperfections? These could turn into a big advantage for you! Not only should you leave them as they are, but also seek to display them. Old piping and reinforcement, for example, are often left uncovered. The same goes for damaged and faded walls. The industrialist feeds on imperfections and it is up to you to make an advantage.
A faded wall that communicates well with vintage furniture for a spectacular effect
- The triumph of materials and raw materials
The materials and the materials are far from refined and indeed on the contrary – they are as raw as it gets! The sofas and armchairs are often dressed in leather and the walls – in waxed concrete or those famous bricks that give the room a very personal touch. Sometimes you see waxed concrete invading the floor as well, but apart from it, parquet is another great option. However, an important clarification must be made because it is no longer a question of light parquet reserved for Scandinavian design but rather darker variations of this coating. Details in metal, steel and zinc are also quite common. But what really matters is the state in which these materials are found. That is to say, if it is metal, it would have to be rusty and brushed and if it is wood, the latter would sport a worn and weathered look..
Parquet with a raw appearance – an excellent coating suggestion
- Dark colors
As for the colors, they also incorporate this movement of research into raw aesthetics. The industrial show demonstrates a craze for dark tones very often balanced by a few neutral touches. Grays, beiges, blacks and whites are then a fairly common solution. However, it is not uncommon, especially in recent times, to see a few touches of color creeping into this type of living room. After all, it is a space that is by vocation friendly and must therefore remain welcoming and warm. You can opt for small accents of yellow and green that will refresh the atmosphere. The dark blue hues which have recently seen quite considerable success are also a nice idea. Do not hesitate to introduce tones of duck blue, peacock, petrol and navy in your interior.
A large open space with dark tones with some blue and yellow accents to break up the chromatic scheme
- Functional furniture from yesteryear
As we have already mentioned above, industrial furniture is inspired by the industrial era and the search for functionality. They are therefore quite practical, refined and resistant to all kinds of attacks. These are pieces of furniture made with the ultimate goal of serving people and not just beautifying your home. To get such pieces of furniture, the best option would be to hunt for flea markets and garage sales, where you will undoubtedly come across “treasures” from this period. It is much cheaper and in addition, it is more authentic to have at home a piece of furniture marked with its own history.
Otherwise, you can also salvage old wooden pallets and crates to turn them into nondescript furniture. These could easily take on an industrial character! However, it is essential to know that there are quite a few re-editions of industrial furniture that you can buy off-the-shelf. The raw wood coffee table on wheels, the copper sofa, the shelves and the metal TV cabinet are among the essentials of industrial decor in the living room..
Here are some examples of industrial style furniture too characteristic for the style in question
- The essential details and accessories
If there is also an accessory that is considered essential for industrial decor, we must first mention the industrial lighting. Whether it’s a metal pendant light, a simple bare bulb, spotlights, a floor lamp and even a projector or a sign-style lamp. And speaking of the latter, notice boards, as well as old advertising signs are a great idea for your decor. The same goes for all kinds of objects in cast iron, copper and metal and of course everything that is vintage and evokes the working-class spirit. From old books, to the industrial clock to finish with an antique telescope for example. An interesting detail are the canopies which are often introduced to separate the space.
Several vintage accessories to add interest to the living room and immerse the room in the industrial era. A charming industrial fair
Still feeling stuck for ideas? Check out our selection of photos now, which will give you plenty of inspiring examples. Stay with us until the end because we have selected only the best of the best ideas.
An industrial style living room dominated by metal, leather and concrete
A kitchen open to an industrial living room which has retained its warm side
An industrial loft decor in a living room inside an old factory
A show that combines industrial decor with Scandinavian-inspired accents … And the result is wonderful
A big vintage projector in a living room that exudes industrial style. An interesting example of industrial lighting
The leather sofa – a piece of furniture widely represented in the industrial living room
The industrial style living room could also appear feminine. Here is a beautiful proof!
Lots of industrial pendant lights to illuminate this show, whose limits seem to be lost in infinity
Industrial mezzanine living room decoration – a wonderful example of how to set up a small relaxation area
The industrial coffee table on casters – a Scandinavian design staple
Industrial living room in an old factory which still bears the imprints of its glorious past
Bricks, bricks and more bricks – the industrial design element that fascinates us the most
Industrial loft decor in white, black and brown with furniture and accessories, with history