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Industrial Style: Bare and Exposed, but Polished

This design style celebrates the rough, matured, weathered, and unfinished look that is simultaneously cohesive and chic.

What is the Industrial Design Style

Developed during the early 20th-century wave of converting industrial spaces into residential homes, where brick walls,  pipes, steel beams, and unprocessed wood were left exposed to reveal a space’s structure.

Furniture is often minimalist and soft to off-set the room’s raw appearance, without layers of cladding and paint to achieve an edgier ambiance that is stylishly unexpected.

Taking style clues from old factories and industrial spaces, structural elements such as supporting beams and pillars become focal points around which everything gravitates to construct a cohesive space.


Typical Colors

The typical industrial color palette is rich with the raw tones of brown, black, concrete, white, and a gradient of greys, contrasted by light-colored fabrics and the greens of large and luscious plants.


Matching Materials

Straight, minimalistic lines characterize the rough environment, running along concrete surfaces, matured natural-wood floors, and expansive windows that blend with the structure’s exposed brick walls and steel beams.


Suggested Décor

Amidst the industrial mix of unexpected materials, innovative furniture fits in well, where no detail is random and where every bolt or screw contributes to the overall look.