Not so long ago, the industrial style emerged, born from the needs of workday life as people creatively integrated ex-industrial pieces into their homes.
Here at Industville, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with bar and restaurant owners in helping to create their perfect industrial interior. Our wide range of industrial lighting is not only versatile, but it remains true to the industrial trend in its craftsmanship, quality and durability.
Now, this design trend is lauded for its unmistakable use of bold lines, rough architecture, raw materials and vintage objects. Restaurants, pubs, and bars across the world proudly showcase this one-of-a-kind aesthetic where functionality and strong foundations become the focal point. Check out these incredibly diverse bar interiors, each of them using the industrial trend to deliver a different experience.
1. Speakeasy Industrial Home Bar
Speakeasies – the name for popular illegal bars during the 1920s US Prohibition – are iconic as establishments with a particular ambience. As a modern trend, this style is known for its subtle intimacy with simple but effective industrial designs.
Focus on wooden surfaces to create the intimate atmosphere that’s so common in a speakeasy bar and heighten this feeling by choosing dim lighting.
An alternative is to have lights installed underneath the bar counter as in the image above and use vintage décor, mirrors, and lampshades to complete the room.
You can always get creative with lighting fixtures and incorporate industrial-style designs or products for an even better outcome.
2. Simple Sophistication
Your home bar doesn’t have to rely solely on industrial-style décor to stand out. Sometimes, subtle nuances and cleverly-chosen pieces are enough to make or break a room.
An all-wooden bar (showcasing beautiful panels and a raw, unfinished counter) paired with industrial-style bar stools and some chrome light shades are all you need to give a home bar the edge it needs.
3. A Splash of Colour
Though industrial interior design gravitates around neutral, warm tones, you can still make a bold move and choose from a colour palette with a dominating bright colour.
Strategic splashes of red beautifully complement the earthy tones of wooden surfaces as well as the metallic frames of the stools.
4. Maximise Tiny Spaces
In spite of our dreams, having a home bar isn’t always an option. If you live in an apartment building or a loft, a basement bar is out of the question and so is a home bar if your space is more compact. That’s where a furniture revamp comes in handy.
Industrial décor is all about finding functionality in everyday items. Make sure everything in your home bar contributes not just aesthetically but purposefully, too, to maximise your small space.
5. Revamp Unexpected Pieces
Speaking of refurbished, revamped items, what better way to impress a roomful of guests than to greet them with a giant pink cow’s head?!
This DIY industrial furniture design certainly brings a twist to a classic industrial interior.
Orlando Wire Cage Wall Light - 4 Inch - Brass, by Industville (Image Supplied by Andy Haslam Photgraphy)
6. Polished Wood, Precious Surfaces and Chrome Bars
You can easily play with textures to add character to your home bar. Whether it’s aged pieces of furniture, hardwood floors or black, textured surfaces, they add appeal to a space.
Make sure not to overwhelm the room, though, by choosing too many textures and colours. Try to ensure that the space maintains a clear style throughout.
7. Unfinished Concrete and Exposed Brickwork
Exposed brickwork is a hallmark of industrial interior design, so why not incorporate it into your home or basement bar?
Brickwork is a cornerstone of the industrial style and pairs beautifully with more refined wooden features. If you are converting a basement, unfinished concrete flooring looks stunning when paired with the proper lighting and a couple of cleverly-placed industrial furnishings.
8. “I Will Have Order”
Industrial design is predominantly masculine, that’s why it works so beautifully in bars and home bars. You can easily polish off this gritty look by choosing softer materials and more luxurious textures.
For instance, a marble bar with a sleek counter paired with identical bar stools and a corresponding number of light shades. Symmetry at its finest.
9. On Whom the Spotlight Shines
Lighting is one of the most essential elements when designing an industrial style home bar. Ceiling lights are becoming more and more common, and industrial style illuminations can offer a unique take on more traditional designs.
10. Repurposed Wood
Industrial interior design focuses on showcasing humble yet functional materials, so what better to use than wood?
Use leftover materials to construct an entire home bar and mirror the warm, wooden colours by choosing wooden bar stools and elegant cabinetry.
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Industrial interior design is all about proudly displaying raw materials and elements that most of us attempt to conceal. Humble materials and salvaged pieces take centre stage, as do unfinished woods, metals, and utilitarian surfaces.
Industrial style, which lies at the core of industrial interior design, is an aesthetic trend associated by many with loft and warehouse apartments, as well as with modern homes. Nevertheless, the style is extremely versatile and can be utilised in many ways to transform any space into a dynamic and trendy environment.
The style has many facets. Along with the concept of creating a setting that is as much about utility as sophistication, industrial designers craft unexpected pieces by utilising particular colours, materials, and finish elements.
11. All-White Surfaces
Light colours and minimalist furnishings brighten up a room and here’s a perfect example of how a bar can still retain its industrial style without having to rely on bulky, antique pieces.
Choose white and light furnishings and paints, go for floor or under-the-counter soft lighting and some quirky industrial-style ceiling lights and you’re all set.
12. Industrial Meets Sophistication
This combination is one not everybody expects. However, the strong lines of the industrial style can take on a new refinement in a more sophisticated bar layout.
Blending industrialist effects with a sophisticated design works so well because it can be as affordable as you want it to be: if you’re absolutely in love with a particular element, like a crystal chandelier, you can balance out the cost with unfinished surfaces or salvaged pieces.
13. Wooden Beams and High Ceilings
A home bar doesn’t necessarily mean a basement bar. Many homes boast beautiful attics with high ceilings and undervalued wooden beams that work wonders with the industrial style.
Choose hanging ceiling lights so you don’t draw from the raw appeal of the wooden beams. A minimalist bar and metallic bar stools are all that’s needed for a polished look.
14. Leather and Wood
Numerous designers celebrate industrial design by incorporating pieces that evoke the past. Leather bar stools with a hint of vintage influence are just such an element.
When placed alongside a luxurious-looking wooden bar, they create the perfect ambience.
15. Different Types of Wood
Wood comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. Try playing with different elements and see how they interact with the industrial style.
The wooden bar below is smooth and refined yet maintains a great character thanks to its darker shades that pair perfectly with metal features.
16. Bulky Wooden Seats
A space can easily feel too cold if you don’t strike an adequate balance between raw materials and softer design elements.
Channel this interior design style into a chic look by choosing textures and soft materials. The exposed, metallic interior below is nicely offset by white tones and welcoming wooden seating.
Retro Enamel Pendant - 14 Inch – Orange (Discontinued), by Industville (Image supplied by Clock Jacks)
17. Showing Your Stock
For some, a home bar’s finest feature is its drinks cabinet! If you have some luxurious bottles, incorporate them into your bar’s style.
Wine bottles are known for their sophistication, but their mass-produced nature also makes them the perfect accompaniment to any industrial style.
18. Farmhouse Home Bar
Having an eye for detail is very important when designing a home bar.
Because industrial interior design relies so much on raw materials such as weathered wood, metal, forged steel, copper, and aluminium pipes, you’ll have to compensate with natural textiles and lighting to avoid an uninviting atmosphere.
19. Exposed Brick Walls
Having an exposed brick wall is an interior design jackpot since it adds raw charm to any room. However, exposed brick walls are that much better when used to delineate an industrial style home bar.
Exposed walls, metal lampshades and vintage-looking bar stools are everything you need to create an unforgettable industrial atmosphere. Bring eyes to your walls by covering them with characterful decorations, while keeping some of the brick detail exposed, of course!
20. Strong, Raw Pieces
Incorporating pipes into your home bar may seem easier said than done, but at the end of the day, there are many innovative ways to showcase this unfinished, gritty look.
While particularly handy home-owners may choose to turn an old, rusty pipe into a beer-tap, you can simply place it atop the bar counter and have it serve as a statement piece. Exposed frameworks, metal lighting fixtures and unfinished surfaces complete the gritty look.
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Neutral Tones vs Bright Colours
Colour choices play an essential role in the way we perceive the objects around us. While most of us associate industrial-style spaces with earthy tones and neutrals, vivid colours are also popular yet surprising choices for such interiors.
Industrial home décor is all about contrasting tones and textures. Scroll down to find the ideas and inspiration you are looking for to add a unique industrial feel to your environment.
21. Functional and Stylish
This white tile and wood combination is surprisingly refreshing. Even if such a bar may seem cold, you can always compensate by using warm wooden panels to dress-up your bar alongside soft, hanging lighting.
22. Glamorous Modern with a Hint of Industrial
Your industrial-style bar can rely on impressive structural elements if your space allows it: whether it’s a massive glass frontage, an arched ceiling, or stripped-back wooden beams.
Luxurious leather benches add glamour, while the simple wooden table and metallic bar stools don’t overwhelm the space with unwanted details.
23. A Bar for Two
Home bars can often be constructed in the tiniest of kitchens. Strip your bar back to its bare essentials to create a chic industrial feel.
Tall Vintage Real Leather & Metal Work Bar Stool - 32 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by Humble Grape)
24. Statement Shelving Units
You can get as creative as you want with shelving when it comes to your home bar. For the industrial look, most people choose to have their shelves as exposed as possible.
Showcase your items with minimalist shelves that tie into the colour schemes of your home bar. If you can find a metal shelving unit, that’s perfect for the industrial look!
25. Your Unforgettable Bar
The home bar should be somewhere you can escape to, so making it a place that appeals to your style but also your preferences is essential.
If you find the industrial style to be a bit too unwelcoming, perhaps swap your metals out with woods? This design below captures the energy of an industrial interior but also has incredible softness thanks to the wooden elements and plants.
26. Rustic Industrial
Pairing industrial elements with earthy tones is a great way to create a rustic vibe for your home bar.
Exposed brickwork is perfect for the rustic style. Soft lighting and calm, warm metals complete this natural, sophisticated look.
Brooklyn Wire Cage Pendant - 5 Inch - Pewter - Cylinder, by Industville (Location Stillhouse Moira. Design by John Diven)
27. Nuts and Bolts
If you’re a fan of stripped-down, minimal décors, consider subtle detailing as the defining aspect of your bar.
Showcase nuts, bolts, screws, and metal hinges for a bit of flair. Standout colour contrasts can be excellent for highlighting these otherwise unnoticed elements.
28. Skip the Barstools Altogether
You can always ignore the barstools altogether! If you have a standout bar design, making it standing-room-only provides space for your design to stand out.
Having no bar stools can also bring other elements into play, drawing the eye upwards and towards other features like hanging lights.
29. Flower Wall
While it might not strike you as industrial, there’s no denying that flower walls have surged in popularity! Incorporate them into your home bar to add some modern energy to your style.
Floral walls themselves aren’t industrial, but they can accompany the style. Pairing plants with raw, metallic features is a great way to soften the rough edges of the industrial style while maintaining its natural energy.
30. Warehouse Influences
Depending on the space you have at your disposal, you can easily take advantage of air ducts and unfinished ceilings to give your bar an exclusive edge.
If you’re fond of quirky pieces, you can take advantage of vintage bar stools and unique lighting ideas. However, make sure not to overwhelm the space. In the below example, the abundance of grey balances out the eye-catching cabinet lights.
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Raw Materials and Rough Textures
Industrial style interiors combine raw surfaces, exposed brick walls, metal, and wood pieces.
Industrial style furnishing, for instance, is mostly based on the use of raw metal and wood. For walls, brick or unfinished concrete can also be utilised in innovative ways to add an industrial touch to any space.
As you are about to discover, the use of these materials is not limited to shelving units or building foundations; it also contributes to surprising lighting fixtures and unique décor elements.
The beauty of industrial interior design is that you can play with different textures, forms, and colours to add a unique look to your home. Even though industrial designers work with ordinary materials, they can elevate everyday objects by highlighting their hidden beauty and unexpected uses.
31. Repurposing Old Items
The industrial style often makes the most of old, vintage items. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another’s treasure!
Try to repurpose as much as you can for your industrial home bar. It can be something as simple as an old stool or extravagant as a retro fridge. Often, it’s the quirkiest ideas that make industrial home bars unique.
32. Old Classics
When does a pub become a bar? The classic British aesthetic continues to inspire designers who are looking to bring modern trends back to their roots.
While the bar below is relatively modern in itself, the metal bar lights above and old wooden floor help to create a more rugged and traditional aesthetic.
33. Painted Ceiling and Bar
There’s an unmistakable industrial vibe to this bar. Despite the statement metal lights, it’s the masterful all-black ceiling that ties it all together.
What’s more, the leather bar stool seats create a warm accent while the unfinished, rugged look of the stools themselves creates a beautiful contrast against the light, tiled bar and polished countertop.
34. Garage-like Cave
Some men enjoy the idea of sipping a drink in concrete bliss, inside an open, garage-like bar with attention-grabbing tables and quirky ceiling lights. This bar is certainly one from which to draw inspiration.
35. Black and White Tiles
Black and white concrete tiles can look stunning when appropriately showcased. The contrast can create incredible depth, pairing beautifully with the rough edges of a traditional industrial bar.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch – Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by Kaz William Designs / Rudecafe)
36. Let Rare Finds Take Centre-Stage
Obsession-worthy cocktails and unforgettable atmospheres aren’t only the stuff of old London industrial bars, though you can certainly draw inspiration from these establishments.
For instance, if you come across a rare find (such as an old typewriter or cash register), focus on the piece just as you would expect to see in your favourite speakeasy.
If you want to add a modern flair to your industrial bar, consider adding some quirky geometric patterns to your style.
The possibilities are limitless when it comes to patterns – you can go all-in with a geometric counter or simply add some glasses or fixtures with the design. These quirky shapes and tones are the perfect style accompaniment to the unrefined edges of the classic industrial style.
38. Play Around With Colours
Traditionally, industrial-style interior design is based on earth tones and metal pieces; however, you can always play around with splashes of colour.
Turquoise and blue, for instance, look wonderful alongside light-coloured wooden panels. What’s more, you can always use patterned walls to accentuate your home bar further, adding even more tones and depth.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by The Three Crowns, Devizes @emma_simmonds_fd Focusdesignltd)
39. Metal All Around
Metal is the backbone of any industrial style. A minimalist bar gives space for your metal fixtures to stand out, helping to showcase the functional qualities of industrial design.
To avoid your home bar becoming too cold, opt for wooden furnishings with metal legs for the perfect industrial look.
40. Rugged Industrial Accents
Most people, when thinking of the industrial style, think of rough edges and dark spaces. If you want to capture this style, consider choosing darker elements that capture this moody atmosphere.
If you’re creating a darker space, this needs to maintain a sense of warmth. The wall lights below, and how the light looks almost red when paired with the wood, helps to create a raw yet cosy industrial atmosphere.
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When it comes to lighting, making smart choices can really help you ooze a rugged style and create an intimate, cosy atmosphere at the same time — no wonder the industrial vibe is high on lighting trends right now.
Be bold and creative. We offer a wide range of metals, shades and even bulbs. We also offer bespoke lighting services to help you create the perfect industrial fixture.
41. Natural Warmth
If you plan on creating an inviting atmosphere and a homey feel, focus on intuitive and natural materials.
The bar below uses a range of soft tones and colours to create a welcoming vibe that maintains the rough, industrial style.
Brooklyn Wire Cage Pendant - 5 Inch - Pewter - Cylinder, Brooklyn Wire Cage Pendant - 8 Inch - Pewter - Rose & Old Factory Pendant - 12 Inch - Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by Lunya)
42. Charming Cabinetry
An industrial kitchen boasting charming grated cabinetry, exposed brick walls and patterned seating. The hanging ceiling light and illuminated shelves all work beautifully together to give the room an exclusive, tight-knit feel.
43. Pipes and Ducts as Key Industrial Elements
If you’re planning on turning your basement into a home bar, you can showcase your pipes and ducts as key elements of the bar’s design. Combining your lighting with these fixtures is a great way of drawing eyes to statement parts of your bar.
44. Exquisite Detailing
It’s all in the detail when it comes to the industrial design. Highlight the edges of your home bar to ensure every element and angle brings something to the bar.
Detailing isn’t just about the nuts and bolts of your bar, though. Patterns, wallpapers and tiles can all add something unique to your design.
45. Sharp and Classy Touch
Hardwood floors and bars have something particularly classy about them, and that’s why their luxuriousness can sometimes balance-out the harsh, raw feel of an industrially-designed space.
The metal cage lights create a striking contrast with the elegant wooden bar and cabinets behind.
46. Run-down Bar Tops and Vintage Lampshades
The appeal of this particular bar lies in its intentional wear and tear.
Run-down, wooden bar tops have an undeniable appeal which pairs brilliantly with vintage industrial light shades. Other vintage features, like ceramic walls and classic bar stools, complete the look.
47. High Ceiling and Unexpected Décor
If you’re lucky enough to have a high ceiling, make sure your bar design makes people look upwards. Adding quirky, eye-catching wall features and standout hanging lights can help you make the most of your vertical space.
48. Contrasting Tones and Textures
Creating contrast is a great way to add depth to any space. However, you need to know what tones and textures contrast effectively.
Sometimes, you don’t have to go all the way to black and white to create contrast. Sometimes, a simple accent like a brass light can add that element of variety without overpowering your bar’s style.
49. Writing on the Wall and Chipped-off Paint
The simplicity of this bar’s design is refreshing: instead of simply having bare walls, choose to add personality with writing.
When done effectively, writing can be such a simple and effective way to make a design uniquely yours. There’s no denying the style and character of the bar interior below!
50. Shine On
This inspirational bar hasn’t made it on our list because of the thick metal fixtures, but because of the jaw-dropping illumination.
Small, industrial caged lightbulbs hanging from the bar give the whole room a sophisticated yet unmistakably industrial feel. Most importantly, such a design is quite easily incorporated into a home bar.
Orlando Wire Cage Pendant - 4 Inch – Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by Benchmark Designs_Top Golf Watford)
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Industrial-Style Signature Elements
To capture the ‘warehouse look’ that’s common in industrial interiors, you need to rely on key fixtures or furnishings. If you have any standout items for your home bar, consider putting them front and centre in your design, regardless of whether they fit neatly (or at all). Rough edges are a part of the industrial style, so don’t shy away from something quirky.
Finding a winning design for your home bar isn’t easy, yet with time and patience, you’ll find something perfect!
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