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Industrial Inspired: How to Incorporate the Look Into Your Home

January 29, 2018

Industrial style, in our humble opinion, is a champion among decor. With simple, clean shapes and utilitarian materials, it has the “no fuss” allure of the minimal movement, but doesn’t seem to ever go out of style. And let’s be honest, it accomplishes all of these things while still looking effortlessly cool.

It’s easier to style industrially than you might think. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have a cavernous converted warehouse in Brooklyn to get the look. In fact, an industrial element  or two will add a warm, historical touch to any contemporary home, no matter the size of the space.

One of the easiest ways to achieve an industrial look is through lighting.

Most of the warehouse loft spaces that you would want to emulate have an open floor plan with rooms carved out with furniture and lighting rather than walls. This often means that lighting is a large focal point, as pendants and chandeliers can be seen throughout the space.

You can quote this style without the spatial arrangement by strategically placing industrial style pendants in the center of a living room, over a dining room table, or along a kitchen island. Consider one large fixture or smaller fixtures in multiples.

The Prospect 4-Light Linear Pendant in bronze styled above a dining table.
The Bergen Globe Pendant adds a modern, “warehouse” touch to an otherwise Scandinavian interior.

You can also achieve this look with the use of directional sconces. These are best placed flanking a mirror, a couch or a painting you’d like to feature. Elongated, fixtures with cages and a turn-of-the-century inspired Edison bulb are perfect for this.

A general rule: Look for fixtures that have a clean, linear shape. The more it looks like piping, the better. As for finishes, matte black or brushed metals give off “a fresh from the warehouse” vibe.

While you can always complete the look with plumbing piping bookshelves and reclaimed wood furniture, you don’t have to. A touch or two will give a simple, yet vintage charm.

Two aged brass sconces featuring long, Edison bulbs with hairpin filaments add a vintage warmth to the foyer.