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Tips For Creating the Perfect Industrial Aesthetic

When it comes to interior design, there are a lot of styles you can choose from. From classic to modern and everything in between, there’s bound to be one style you’re going to gravitate towards. One style that has remained timeless and one that people keep going back to is the industrial look.  The industrial aesthetic may seem cold and straightforward to some but it’s a great way to effortlessly add character to any space without sacrificing functionality.

Industrial design started over 40 years ago when industrial buildings were first converted into modern homes. The industrial architectural elements were left behind forming the raw yet beautiful foundation that is the industrial design.

Applying this design to your home’s decor is easy. If you’re a fan of industrial design and want to incorporate it into your home’s aesthetic, here are some tips to help you achieve it.

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Tip 1: Less is More

Having a stripped-back design that’s clean and free of clutter is one of the hallmarks of industrial design. It’s no wonder that one of the staple pairings in the interior design world is industrial and minimalism.

So, a great first step on the road to industrial design is to keep it simple and keep it clean. Take away the clutter and focus on things that serve your space. Get into the mindset where you don’t need to go all out with your design and know that even the essentials can make a big impact.  


Tip 2: Expose Everything

Unlike other design aesthetics, industrial design takes pride in exposed architectural elements like brick walls left without paint or plaster and exposed pipes and ducts. These exposed raw elements have become the signature feature of industrial design. 

So don’t be afraid to leave things bare and exposed.  These raw elements are what make up the industrial aesthetic.


Tip 3: Wood and Metal Ensemble

Another staple in industrial design is the combination of wood and metal. There’s something about combining the warmth of natural wood and the coldness of steel. You can combine these two elements into any furniture or fixture you want to fill your space.

Create furniture like shelves and desks with industrial pipes and wood to give it a raw industrial look. There are plenty of ways to do this and you can even choose DIY to dial in the details that you want.

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Tip 4: Keep the Space Open

Industrial design is typically associated with loft spaces with an open-concept layout. This is crucial in achieving an industrial design no matter the space you’re working with. Even small spaces can benefit from an open design to create an authentic industrial aesthetic. Relating to minimalism, having an open space means you’ll need to make sure that there’s no clutter.


Tip 5: Keep It Neutral

Industrial design has a neutral color palate which is consistent with its core minimalist design philosophy. Neutral colors are essential in achieving a truly industrial look. It’s best to stick with monochromatic colors in neutral shades like black, white, grey, and brown. 

That’s not to say that these are the only colors you can work with.  You can add in different colors as accents to break the monotony of the design. A great example is rust - it’s a great way to add interest to your color palate while being highly complementary to the overall design aesthetic.


Ready to Give Your Space an Industrial Makeover?

Achieving an industrial aesthetic is easy. With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating an awesome industrial-inspired space. You can make it even easier by shopping at PIPE DECOR®.

PIPE DECOR® offers pipe furniture that looks great no matter what aesthetic you’re going for but is perfect in complementing the industrial design. From shelves to desks, we have the furniture you’re looking for. Have a design of your own? No problem. PIPE DECOR® also offers pipes, fittings, and wood tops for any of your DIY needs. Visit PIPE DECOR® and start on your Industrial makeover today.

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Clare Martin - April 10, 2024

I will be opening a bar in Norwalk this summer, and I was thinking of using an industrial design for the interior. It’s good that you brought up how industrial design combines wood and metal to fill the space, which is why we are advised to create furniture like shelves and desks with industrial pipes and wood. I’ll take note of this while I look for a general contractor in Norwalk to hire for the industrial decoration I need for my bar layout soon.

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