Raw, exposed and unfinished, are the key characteristics of industrial décor. The honest and authentic interior trend looks at embracing the raw materials which many would try to conceal, blending perfectly with any style whether it be traditional or modern. Here at Industville, we can’t get enough of the industrial look and want to inspire you to trial the trend in your home or business, read on to find out more about the trend, how to get started and for our top tips on how to embrace the natural materials in your interior!
History Of Industrial Interior Design
Blossoming in the ‘70s, the industrial interior trend was born when warehouses, factories and mills were transformed into living spaces. These abandoned spaces were converted into interior havens, with their clean lines and open floor plans enabling industrial chic to coincide with any style. Instead of covering up the rough bricks and exposed metals, interior designers would embrace the natural elements and style homes around them. Fast forward fifty years and the industrial trend is still in full force, with searches for industrial décor having doubled in the past five years.
Brooklyn Rusty Cage Pendant – 5 Inch – Cylinder, £39, Swan Neck Round Wall Light – 11 Inch – Brass, £89 & Orlando Wire Cage Wall Light – 4 Inch – Brass, £49, by Industville (Image supplied by Heritage Bathrooms, Project - Blenheim suite)
Neutral Colour Palette
Rather than an eccentric colour palette, most industrial spaces have tended to centre around a neutral background. Mainly incorporating greys, browns, beiges and blacks, to enable the focus to be on the dynamic architecture instead of the colour of the walls. However, in recent years it’s not uncommon to see a variety of different colours incorporated in an industrial space, although there are some colours you should avoid if industrial is your style of choice, there is no longer the need to stick to the fifty shades of grey! Rather than splashed over the walls or floors, the colour pops have been accentuated via decorative elements, such as a colourful sofa or lively wall art.
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Metal is the material of choice when focusing on industrial design, whether you incorporate metal handles, ornaments, taps, candle holders or lights, there’s a simple way to add the raw material into your décor. Original industrial buildings had large windows which brought in a lot of natural light, however, if your space lacks light, incorporating industrial lighting is the perfect way to add a rustic feel to your space while also adhering to the trend. Whether you decide on copper, pewter, brass or a combination of all the metallic finishes, lights can act as the focal point in your space!
Lighting plays an integral role in any interior; it affects our mood and impacts how we view certain things in the space. High street shops have been including industrial lights in their interior; including Next, Lush and Liberty London, as they have understood the importance for well-lit areas, as inadequate lighting has the ability to affect whether a customer wants to visit a store and determine whether they make a purchase or not.
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Lighting highlights architectural elements, with architecture being an important aspect of the industrial trend, it is essential you think about where you want to place your lights to accentuate certain aspects of your space. With exposed brick walls, wooden beams, visible pipes and large windows being common in industrial spaces. Anything interesting and unusual is the perfect way to channel this trend. If you don’t have these elements in your space, you can channel an industrial feel by displaying exposed vintage light bulbs and bulkhead lighting.
Although businesses more commonly use bulkhead lights, they are the perfect accessory in homes too. Due to their IP ratings, these lights can be placed outdoors and in bathrooms as well as any other place you wish. Our range of bulkhead lights have been inspired by nautical themes and are the perfect crossover between classic and contemporary. Whether you prefer brass, gunmetal, copper or black finishes, we have the perfect metallic finish for you!
Bulkhead Cage Pendant – 11 Inch – Gunmetal, £99, Bathroom Sconce Wall Light – 12 Inch – Copper, £289, Bulkhead Motorcycle Pendant – 6 Inch – Gunmetal, £89, & Bulkhead Outdoor & Bathroom Round Light – 8 Inch – Gunmetal, £89, by Industville.
If you prefer a subtle approach to the industrial look, incorporating caged lighting and exposed wires are a perfect way to achieve a minimalistic look that will never go out of trend. Gone are the days of hiding wires, it’s all about proudly displaying them, whether they’re draped, twisted or simply hung.
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If a bare bulb doesn’t appeal to you, try adding a cage fitting. Cage lights are a delicate way add a futuristic element and create clean, simple lines, being a stand-alone piece or working perfectly as a cluster. As ever, our cage lights are available in all metallic finishes, and our selection includes pendants, wall lights and flush mounts in a variety of different shapes and sizes.
Orlando Wire Cage Wall Light – 4 Inch – Pewter, £49, Handcrafted Wire Cage Pendant – 11 Inch – Round, £45, Handcrafted Wire Cage Pendant – 9 Inch – Cone, £45, & Brooklyn Wire Cage Wall Light – 8 Inch – Pewter – Rose, £49, by Industville. (Image supplied by Grove Beer Tap & Grill by Snook Architects - @grovebeer @snookarchitects)
As we’re heading into the darker days, it is essential to have reliable outdoor lighting to not only add security to your property but also to allow you to make the most of the crisp, fresh air. Outdoor lighting doesn’t need to be boring; you can easily achieve the chic industrial look in your exterior too! Our wide range of outdoor lights are weatherproof, so you can shop and be rest assured that your lights will battle through all conditions.
Bulkhead Bathroom & Outdoor Round Light – 8 Inch – Gunmetal, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by Grumpy’s)
Choosing lights for your outdoor space is just as important as selecting ones for your interior, depending on the size of your exterior will determine what type of light you require and whether a single light will do the trick, or whether you need a few to light up your outdoor space.
We hope this blog has given you some ideas on how to achieve the ultimate industrial interior and exterior! If you need any guidance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. Don’t forget to share your images with us by tagging us on Instagram - @industville – or by using #Industville. Which lights will you be picking to channel the industrial trend? We’d love to know!