An industrial style kitchen with grey cabinets and three pewter pendant lights

9 Ways You Can Achieve The Industrial Look

The industrial look remains a gloriously timeless style for your interiors and can effortlessly add a stunning splash of character to any room.

The style was born over 40 years ago when property developers and architects began converting industrial buildings into modern homes. In the last few decades, the theme has increased in popularity tenfold - luckily, this interest in the style shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.

Here at Industville, we specialise in industrial lighting and know a thing or two about pulling off the coveted style!

If you want to embrace the industrial look, here are some of our tried and tested tips to help make it happen.

How Can You Get The Industrial Look?

1. Make the Most of Minimalism
2. Practice Practicality
3. Embrace Individuality
4. Favour Metal Features
5. Experiment with Colour
6. Look for Vintage Inspiration
7. Expose Imperfections
8. Add Natural Touches
9. Upcycle Accessories


    1. Make the Most of Minimalism

    Industrial kitchen pendant lights hanging over an island in grey kitchen
    Brooklyn Cone Pendant - 7 Inch - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by @redbrick.renovation)

    The combination of industrial and minimalist looks is a staple pairing in the interior design world.

    Minimalism is all about making the most of your space by creating clean interiors with carefully selected pieces that focus on practicality. Understanding that you can make an impact with the bare essentials is an important element of the minimalist look.

    In many respects, this aligns with the ideas behind the industrial style, where a stripped-back look is often favoured.

    An excellent first step on the road to a minimalist look with an industrial flair is to clear out the clutter from your space, stripping it back to just the necessities. Leave walls and floors as exposed as possible, allowing room for your statement fixtures to shine.

    Adding a Subtle Industrial Touch to Minimalist Spaces

    Kitchen ceiling pendants having over a kitchen island in a modern interior
    Brooklyn Dome Pendant Light - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by @arcadiainteriors)

    A modern, minimalist interior is the perfect place to experiment with hints of the industrial style. In clean and precise interiors subtle touches can bring a new energy to the space, providing a wonderful focal point or statement.

    Hanging pendant lights are the perfect accompaniment to a sleek, minimalist design. For a classic industrial look, consider our Old Factory Pendants that effortlessly catch the eye with their stunning design and sheer size.

    Alternatively, for a more modern twist, combine our smaller Globe Collection Pendants to create a unique chandelier with an all-important industrial element.


    2. Practice Practicality

    An industrial globe cluster light installed over a dining table
    The Globe Collection Pendant - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by @callown)

    Industrial interior design is all about practicality and versatility; this is what gives industrial interiors their unmistakable flavour. So, when deciding how to decorate your space, the practicality of your chosen pieces should always be at the forefront of your mind.

    When it comes to furnishings, an industrial interior requires features to be practical and uncomplicated. Clean lines, simple forms and stark contrasts are a must, but this simplistic approach does not mean you have to compromise on comfort.

    Living areas are particular spaces where you should be able to relax comfortably; it is possible to make a warm, welcoming environment even if practicality is prioritised. Make use of a few key textures while sticking to a cool, neutral colour palette. Try to avoid too many accessories, like an excess of cushions.

    Practical Industrial Kitchen Lights

    A vintage glass wall light in a farmhouse style white kitchen
    Brooklyn Glass Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by @sw20_nest)

    Nowhere is practicality more important than in the kitchen. You can have the nicest looking kitchen in the world, but if you don’t have the right lighting, using the space to cook, socialise or do homework will be less enjoyable.

    Task lighting is crucial to creating a wonderful kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style.

    Our Brooklyn Cone Wall Lights are a great choice for bringing an industrial twist to task lighting, as they capture practicality in a sleek design. For something a touch more elegant, you could consider our range of Glass Funnel Wall Lights, which pairs perfectly with lighter spaces.


    3. Embrace Individuality

    An industrial bedroom wall light with exposed bulb installed beside a bed
    Brooklyn Flat Wall Light - 8 Inch - Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by @Coorie_at_corvisel)

    Clean lines are an essential part of the industrial look, but that doesn’t mean your style needs to be simplified.

    Industrial interiors look their best when they embrace a quirky finish that highlights individual character. Once you’ve stripped your interior bare, make sure you add touches of your unique style to transform it into a place that reflects you.

    Original statement art fits in well with an industrial style – the edgier, the better! Here at Industville, we have a variety of original art, so check out our gallery for pieces that are guaranteed to work in an industrial interior.

    Quirky Industrial Lighting

    An industrial ceiling fixture made from three exposed bulb pendant lights installed in a bedroom with lots of wooden details
    Brooklyn ES E27 Bulb Holder - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied by Fresh Start Living)


    Industrial lighting is often associated with sharp edges and bright fixtures, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room to experiment!

    We offer a range of bespoke lighting design services, allowing you to create the perfect light for your space. Whether it’s rewiring, unique colours for our fixtures or something else entirely, with our in-house manufacturing facilities, we can help you create a completely unique design for your space.

    4. Favour Metal Features

    Vintage-style brass bathroom wall lights on either side of a mirror
    Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Wall Light - Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by @dovecotebarns)

    It should go without saying, but metal fixtures are a vital component of this look. Depending on your overall theme, handcrafted metals can add to the feel of rough, exposed loft spaces brilliantly but can also provide a sleek, refined look perfect for a range of spaces.

    Many people who are new to the industrial style are surprised by how versatile metal can be, with various colours and textures available.

    Our industrial lights come in a range of shades, including warm coppers, subtle pewters and bright brasses. Try experimenting with different tones to discover unique sides to your design.

    Incorporating Metal Stools

    Brooklyn dome industrial kitchen lights above a kitchen counter
    Cooper Leather & Metal Adjustable Bar Stool - 34 Inch, and Brooklyn Dome Pendant Light - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by Karen Stagg)

    However, the industrial style doesn’t stop with smaller fixtures. Metal furniture is a great way to bring the industrial vibe into any interior.

    To achieve the industrial look with your furniture, look for pieces with exposed legs or arms that enhance its bare functionality. Dark toned materials, such as leathers and woods, also pair particularly well with metal industrial features.

    If you are in search of metal furnishings but don’t want anything too stark and cold, we have an extensive range of bar stools with comfortable leather seats that can help you to achieve the industrial look.

    5. Experiment with Colour

    A brass Edison-style wall light in a green bathroom
    Sleek Edison Wall Light - Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by @my_fantasy_extension)

    Often, there’s a somewhat undeserved notion that metal-heavy interiors are grey, cold and tough. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

    There is a huge variety of metallic shades and textures to experiment with that you can then also pair with a vibrant colour palette throughout the rest of your interiors.

    Finding the perfect colour combination for your fixtures and other design choices is often one of the most exciting things about creating a dynamic space that has everything you want from a stylish interior.

    Finding the Right Shade for Your Industrial Interior

    Three pewter and brass industrial pendant lights in a kitchen
    Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by @ourplaceinsale)

    Here at Industville, we’re huge fans of adding colour through raw metals, allowing their natural tones to shine through. That’s why we offer most of our lights in a variety of finishes, including:

    Copper is a classic industrial material perfect for adding a splash of brightness to the dark, rugged industrial look. Alternatively, it is also a fantastic metal for bringing warmth and modernity to a space.

    Pewter, a dark grey metal, is perfect for those looking for more of a subtle look. While keeping that natural metallic texture, our pewter shades offer sophistication and versatility for any space.

    If you’re after a lighter industrial style, our brass lights add lovely visual texture to a space while having a slightly softer quality. Brass lights are often popular for bathroom spaces, but they can also bring energy to lighter-toned kitchens and hallways.

    With a range of colours available, the industrial look can be combined with almost any other interior style!

    We also offer shade only products, allowing you to effortlessly swap out your lights when you feel the need to ring in the changes or try out a new style.

    Find out more about how changing your light shades can do wonders for instantly refreshing your interiors.

    6. Look for Vintage Inspiration

    Three small glass kitchen lights hanging over an island in a modern kitchen with pink details
    Brooklyn Glass Cone Pendant Light - 7 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by @house_on_the_crescent)

    Like with minimalism, a vintage-inspired look also pairs wonderfully with industrial fixtures - the two concepts combine excellently to create a space bursting with character.

    Vintage industrial lighting is one of the best ways to incorporate the industrial style in your home or business in a way that is as practical as it is decorative.

    Finding the Perfect Vintage Light

    Retro glass pendant dome lights in a blue kitchen
    Brooklyn Glass Cone Pendant Light - 7 Inch, by Industville (Image supplied by @charliepea_interior)

    There are so many choices when it comes to vintage lighting, with countless elegant and eye-catching designs for every interior style.

    If you’re going for a more luxurious industrial-vintage vibe, handing glass pendants can add a touch of sparkle to a bright industrial interior. On the other hand, cage lighting can provide a dramatic design that’s perfect for darker spaces!

    7. Expose Imperfections

    A copper exposed bulb living room wall light in a modern industrial space with exposed brick walls
    Sleek Edison Wall Light - Brass, by Industville (Image supplied by @sailorandscout)

    Many modern design styles promote precision, whether this is through refined colour schemes or clean edges. When incorporating the industrial style, we encourage you to bend these design rules a little bit by exposing intentionally unfinished corners or uneven features.

    The important thing is to lean into these imperfections and make them a design feature in their own right. Incorporating untidy finishes gives your space a wonderful ruggedness and humanity, giving it an instinctive appeal.

    Incorporate Exposed Brickwork

    A modern globe cluster light with several brass pendants in a living room
    Sleek Edison Wall Light - Brass, and The Globe Collection Pendant - Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by Leon Bell)

    One of the go-to features for people seeking the industrial look is exposed brickwork. Evoking images of worn-down factories and warehouses, it’s an element that speaks to the vintage and practical aspects of industrial interior design.

    It might be slightly more challenging to bring an element of exposed brickwork into existing homes or businesses that don’t already have it, although not entirely out of the question.

    Those looking for a complete renovation may wish to speak to their builders or architects about the possibility of including exposed brickwork for a modern contemporary approach that takes inspiration from the industrial period.

    Nowadays, many people use stencils or faux-brick wall fixtures to achieve the desired effect where it otherwise would have been impossible to get the same look. Incorporating brick and terracotta colours in other elements of the decor can also do the trick!

    8. Add Natural Touches

    Pewter and copper industrial kitchen lights hanging over a countertop decorated with flowers

    Brooklyn Dome Pendant Light - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by @my_renovating_diary)

    For some people, the thought of combining rugged, industrial fixtures with the smooth, curved lines of a natural look seems counter-intuitive. However, it’s never been more in style to include nature within your design schemes, and industrial fixtures can make the perfect highlight or contrast for a green space.

    Wood, stone, and earthy colours also complement more traditional industrial interiors particularly well.

    Using the Four Elements 

    Small pewter dome kitchen pendant lights in a rustic-style kitchen
    Brooklyn Dome Pendant Light - 8 Inch - Pewter, by Industville (Image supplied @thehivebarn)

    Using earth, fire, air and water as inspiration is a great way to begin experimenting with different natural textures in your space.

    Different lighting schemes can bring out distinct elements of a natural interior. Copper shades pair wonderfully with earthy woods, while brass is great at emphasising rich green tones. A subtle pewter shade looks great with other metals and dark natural fabrics.

    9. Upcycle Accessories 

    A brass Edison wall lights next to a bookcase full of various decorations
    Sleek Edison Wall Light - Brass, by Industille (Image supplied by @lornalaff)

    To the great relief of all you industrial fans out there, creating a space that conveys the industrial style doesn’t have to come with an eye-watering price tag! In fact, this style encourages you as the designer to get creative with the available materials and make the most of your resources, leaving you with an interior that truly reflects you.

    Making the most of pieces you already own and discovering new life in something old also brings sustainability to the forefront of your design. Finding new, functional purposes for once cast-aside objects contributes wonderfully to the ethos of industrial design and helps create a stunning, inspiring space.

    Industrial Lights for Rustic Spaces 

    Vintage swan neck wall lights with glass shades in a floral bathroom
    Swan Neck Outdoor & Bathroom Wall Light - Brass - Globe Glass, by Industville (Image supplied by @a_victorian_house)

    If you’re looking to incorporate more upcycled furniture in your interior, you’ll need a lighting style that complements these unique touches.

    Often, more subtle touches will highlight upcycled features that already stand out, especially if this involves lots of lighter wood tones. Our Vintage Edison Light Bulbs offer a dramatic vintage feel while casting a warm, welcoming glow over your interiors.

    By embracing these top tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the ultimate industrial look. Remember, lights are often the crowning jewel in any industrial-inspired space, so browsing our fantastic range of industrial lights perfect for any room is a great place to start!

    For even more industrial interior ideas and inspiration, head over to our Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook pages. We’re always posting our favourite designs, so be sure to join in the conversation using #Industville.

    Header image credit: @renovation_at_5A