Love the look of industrial chic, but don't have a loft or factory conversion home? We look at some of the best ways to integrate this style in a traditional home setting.
If you are not lucky enough to have that luxury loft space or fabulous factory renovation, there are ways to include industrial chic in the traditional home. We look at some of the key elements that provide some of the distinctive looks we associate with this contemporary trend.
Not surprisingly this design theme takes its foundations from industrial warehouse and old factory spaces which emerged towards the end of the 90s when commercial buildings started to be brought and converted into domestic spaces. This left loft living homeowners with a dilemma – to use traditional interior design theories or work with the modern, angular and raw edges of industrial design? The emergence of industrial chic was a combination of adding the practical comforts associated with traditional homes with the sharp corner and bold edges of commercial design.
Industrial chic lends itself well for introducing a variety of materials into your home such as metals, poured concretes and quartz elements and rather than trying to box in infrastructure, such as ducts and beams or plastering over brickwork and concrete walls, they were celebrated and integrated.
Keeping to a neutral colour palette works beautifully with this look and industrial greys, whites and blacks have proved a popular. One thing that often get’s forgotten is light. Commercial buildings focused on maximising the use of light to allow workers to connect with the outside world, while also being a practical way to naturally light large spaces. This can be seen in the original Crittall style doors and windows that have seen a sudden popularity resurgence. They add the formality of geometric design while maximising the amount of light. Homeowners have also used Crittall styled room partitions to add a division in large rooms, without blocking essential light.
Example of Crittall style windows in a traditional setting
The addition of plush fabrics adds the comfort element while the stark lines of the window and furniture in the same charcoal black adds a sophisticated and welcoming twist. The addition of the dark tones of Arcadia from our Titanium XT collection.
Bathrooms are a great way of adding an element of industrial chic as the combination of various materials can add a contemporary twist to a practical space. Here the walls are painted in the same calming white as the sink. The burnt red painted storage platform not only provides a practical spot and also gives a glimpse of the chrome pipework. Taps are also chosen for their simple form in bright shiny metal finish. Combining a focus on texture, the Bolivia vinyl floor form our Ultimate Tones collection uses varying greys that add an extra layer of interest along with a practical option for bathroom areas.
Practical spaces such as kitchens are the perfect spaces to add industrial chic. The practical elements such as taps, sinks and handles can be highlighted in bright metals while dark painted cupboards can add the drama. We chose our Brighton 96 from the Ultimate Tones collection for its tile design and subtle grey details.
On social media platforms it would be hard not to notice an increase in panel and slat work for walls. This gorgeous study area uses a mix of materials in varying textures to create a clean, calm look that does not need a multitude of accessories and almost celebrates the need for decluttered, functional spaces. Playing on the cool neutrals within this space, we used our Bristol 92 which adds an extra textural layer along with warm grey accents.
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