No longer an emerging style, industrial chic is now clearly visible in fashionable stores, local restaurants and converted lofts. It’s also becoming increasing prevalent in home interiors ~ and not just those of urbanites. This trend’s appeal has gone mainstream and it’s easy to see why. Here’s a look at what’s involved and how to use it.
Basic background: this design aesthetic was adopted from old factories and industrial spaces, many of which have been transformed into hip hotels or large, light-filled living spaces. Inherent to this style are exposed elements like building systems (think ductwork) and raw materials such as bare brick, weathered wood or polished concrete. Then throw in utilitarian lighting fixtures for full effect.
Get the look: to achieve this in one’s own space, imagine maximizing space, minimizing clutter and eliminating ornate items and accessories. Choose a pragmatic palette of black, grey and white. And as it’s all about utility, consider using reclaimed goods such as a pipe bookcase, a vintage table with casters or a galvanized metal plant pot. Finally, have fun with it, ensuring it's functionality suits you lifestyle.
Peter Oudejans, founder of OUDEJANS INTERIORS, provides feedback on his latest projects as well as highlighting exciting trends in the world of interior design.