I find that industrial has become the new “contemporary” of yesteryear. Not the style, but the word itself, being used for anything and everything that seems old or rusty. That being said, the Chic Industrial definition of this genre is very refined in its own rough way.
Here are some of the style’s key features
Who is the industrial lover anyways? Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your loft and you readily invest in top-of-the line home and cooking appliances—all gas-powered, of course. Your bathroom has the look and feel of a Finnish sauna, with its utilitarian and nature-inspired design. You’re attracted to 1920s German Bauhaus, but you have a real passion for designs inspired by the technologies of the Industrial Revolution. In your home, function and purpose reign supreme, and you avoid frivolous accessories like throws, faux-fur cushions, or coffee tables piled with trays of candles and books. Your design inspirations include: The films A Clockwork Orange and Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; designers Walter Gropius and Tom Dixon; the Eiffel Tower; and the city of Amsterdam.
How to make it work: When it comes to walls, ceilings and floors, choose materials such as concrete, stone, red brick or untreated wood. Your colour scheme should include blacks, whites and coppers (especially caramel or espresso hues), interspersed with a few well-chosen primary colour accents. Go for furnishings and accessories that remind you of the Eiffel Tower—think metal, rivets and pipes—and invest in some large-scale light fixtures to fill the vast space between your furniture and your 14-foot ceiling.
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photos: One Fine Stay