The Ins and Outs of Industrial Design

Many design trends have been making comebacks and surging in the modern interior design world, but one which has risen among those looking to put a unique touch on their space is industrial design. This theme is incredibly raw and rugged, creates a warehouse-style setting and has taken off in recent years for lofts, offices, and apartment complexes.

So what are the basic tenets of industrial design and how can you make it work in your space? Here are a few helpful tips and tricks to follow.

Principles of Industrial Design

Exposure, exposure, exposure. Being able to see the "skeleton" of a building is a hallmark part of proper industrial design. This interior design theme is comprised of exposed pipes, beams, and ducts to give off a warehouse feel and very raw, unfinished design which is still luxurious and stylish.

Instead of covering up pipes and ducts with drywall, leaving them exposed will help finish the industrial feel. Are your lucky enough to have brick exposed inside your home? Be sure to leave this exposed. If you have standard walls, an all-white finish is a great way to create the factory look as long as you have pipes exposed from the ceiling and the walls.


In order to create a fantastic industrial design in your space, having plenty of metal present in the space is absolutely vital. From furniture to wall fixtures, there are a wide variety of ways you can incorporate this material into your industrial style and take the design to the next level.

One of the most obvious ways metal can be present in your industrial design is the metal being exposed as the pipes and ducts bring in the raw, natural metal look to the space. An excellent way to complement these structures is through your furniture selection throughout your space. Metal barstools at your kitchen counter are a place to start, as you can match them with a set for your dining room table as well.

Do you have a coffee table in your living room? Make this a metal piece as well, or at least have a metal frame with a glass tabletop. Completing the metal look with rustically structured fixtures such as lamps are a great way to add subtle touches which truly complete the industrial look.

Decorations and Accessories

Just like any other design theme, the accessories can make or break the look of your industrial design, so picking out the right accessories is crucial to the complete look. A fireplace is an excellent place to start with your theme as it can bring some natural warmth, as well as add to the industrial look with a metal frame.

Finish off areas with concrete or brick to give a room an added touch of the outdoors. Don't be afraid to opt for concrete for countertops or bricks for accent walls.

Do you have an industrial designed home? How do you make this look work? Let us know in the comments.

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