The industrial style is gaining more and more support. Born in New York in the 1950s, he has undergone many changes over the years, especially after he landed in Europe. Here in the last decades, this style has been adopted in the big cities like London, Berlin, Amsterdam, on old industrial complexes, abandoned factories, old power plants, artisan laboratories abandoned for a long time. [source photo cover here ]
Nowadays, it is no longer a matter of relegating it only to lofts, former warehouses, and open-spaces, now the loft-industrial mood has entered the most disparate houses in the world. What is striking is its mix of simplicity and vintage, which immediately gives character to an environment, while maintaining clean lines and practical and functional design.
The so-called “chic” industrial style is a more eclectic style, which also lends itself to being contaminated with other styles of furniture such as Scandinavian or shabby.
Certainly, the trend pushes us to move away from the shabby style, which is often becoming a little too coy and conformed to the formula “all painted white”, towards the loft-industrial style, with a lived-in flavor and some reference to the mid-century factory. Not to mention that this no-frills decor is more transversal, as it meets both male and female taste and it is no small thing to find a family arrangement, let us tell you that we are a couple both in work and in life;)
FACTORY ELEMENTS: MATERIALS AND FINISHES
The “old factory” style industrial elements are the main ingredient, but certainly not enough to buy two or three pieces of furniture, to convert to this style.
The environment and the structure of a house contribute to the charm of the industrial style: pillars, beams, bricks and pipes left on display, large windows also used as partition walls, materials such as cement and iron left natural, aged wood and raw, are the elements that most characterize this style.
High ceilings, mezzanines, and resin floors are welcome and will help create the right atmosphere. But do not worry, with the help of a professional, it is not so difficult to restructure or make a careful restyling on an apartment giving it the appearance of a loft.
NATURAL LIGHTING: LARGE GLAZINGS
The amount of natural light radiated inside the house is very important for this type of style. So, even if you can’t modify the external fixtures, surely you can insert glass walls that help to separate without optically dividing and help not to stop the beams of light coming from the external openings.
Greenlight then for glass walls as a separation between kitchen and dining/living room or between anti-bathroom and bedroom or between wardrobe and bedroom … The windows will marry better with the style if they will be framed with minimal frames in natural iron or painted black.
LIVING AND VINTAGE FURNITURE
Forget the hyper decoration and the excess of objects: the furniture must be composed of a few well-coordinated elements. The decor must be minimal, but at the same time rough and lived.
Yes to metal chairs like the legendary To lix, leather armchairs, old tables with iron legs. Yes also to all those furnishings recovered from the former artisan laboratories, such as filing cabinets, desks, tables, and work lamps.
The vintage accent, even in the choice of lighting is a must: few, but selected elements, will be able to give that unique character.
If you love DIY, like shabby chic style, you can do it because recycling and recovery are part of this style. Some tips? Partially sand down old drawers, leaving them with a rough appearance; add industrial wheels to a pallet; to compose lamps or small tables with metal tubes and so on. The wear and tear of time and therefore the lived appearance must, however, be evident.
In our opinion, for the living area, furnishings that convey a feeling of warmth and experience are preferred. As the factory is generally a similar open space, it is important to obtain welcoming and comfortable corners.
In this style, both light and dark colors coexist, but still without excesses of too strong colors.
The use of aged natural wood combined with dark metals is very suitable to enhance this style. As a result, hazel and gray shades, combined with black, can easily fit into a white context.
Now it’s up to you, let yourself be inspired by the industrial style! And if you want to see how to turn the 60s-70s house into a loft look at this very interesting article.