Creating stylish living room designs that are suitable for lounging around with family and entertaining friends is a wonderful way to make sure your house feels like a home. Whether you are updating your living space with a new style, upgrading to a leather sofa or cool concrete coffee table or undergoing a complete interior design makeover, there are plenty of living room design ideas to choose from! This week we are honing in on one of the lesser known styles for living room designs—industrial interior design.
What is industrial interior design?
Industrial interior design is all about celebrating a vintage and rugged past. The industrial style is synonymous with the warehouse look—both make use of cool raw and unfinished decor and wide open spaces. Industrial living room designs use materials like Edison bulbs, exposed ductwork, pipes, unfinished woods, concrete, metals, leather and utilitarian objects. the overall feel is like an old-timey factory setting. The design even extends to the architecture—think of big, airy spaces with concrete or brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.
There are so many ways to bring industrial interior design ideas to life in your living room! We love combining this style with other living room designs for a unique look—adding elements from different styles can make a living room more comfortable than just pure concrete. We put together this list of 14 industrial living rooms to show you how versatile industrial style can be! Take a look and get inspired for your own industrial living room.
This super chic industrial living room design sticks purely to industrial elements. Natural materials like wood, leather and wicker create a neutral palette and the orange leather sofa, rug and red brick add warmth. The cool coffee table on wheels is a very industrial touch and feels old factory-like with raw metals, spotlight lamp, and an urban gallery wall. The wool rug adds a pop of texture and pattern and ties in with the pillows and decor.
Design Tip: Keep the color palette simple for pure industrial design.
Modern + Industrial
Combining modern and industrial interior design is a great way to make an industrial living room design welcoming and warm. This living room uses a black and white color palette against blue walls for a striking contrast. The wood industrial style furniture and leather sofa help warm it up. Industrial materials take a refined form, like the sculptural lighting, concrete and glass coffee table, leather and metal armchair and more.
Design Tip: Add extra comfort by balancing the edgy furniture with soft touches like the round sofa and pillows.
Industrial + Transitional
Industrial living room designs tend to look great with a neutral color palette. This one steps it up with a contrast of navy and black. It has mix and match seating for a casual look and the variety of colors and patterns add depth and visual interest. Leather, wood and brass add extra warmth to this cozy space and the natural light makes it feel super bright and welcoming.
Design Tip: Transitional pieces are a great choice for beginners dabbling in industrial living room style because they are so versatile and easy to mix and match!
Minimal + Industrial
We are super into this industrial living room design with a minimal edge. The neutral color palette uses black and white for contrasting pops, giving the living space a dramatic edge. The living room benefits from low profile furniture and minimal clutter to keep it serene and calm. Items like this puffy leather sofa add comfort and a lounge-like feel to industrial living room designs—and plenty of seating for family and friends!
Get more tips on how to design a comfortable industrial home here!
Design Tip: Use industrial materials like raw wood and metal, but opt for streamlined pieces to stay in line with the minimal look.
Industrial + Mid-Century Modern
If you’re into mid-century modern style, you might just love this swanky living room design! It uses a grey-scale color palette warmed up by the camel leather chair and pops of brass—both signature mid-century elements. It’s an edgy space with lots of metal and sculptural furniture set against a cool brick wall. Mid-century modern and industrial living room designs together create a masculine and urban vibe that is both sophisticated and sleek.
Design Tip: You can keep the industrial space monochromatic with a grayscale color palette but add warmth with metal tones and leather.
This wide open living room design is a perfect example of industrial style living room design. The room features an earthy color palette with green, cream, rusts and browns to make it feel cozy and inviting. The big, airy space lends itself to a loft/industrial feel and the raw wood and metal furniture is very industrial. The Eames lounge chair adds an iconic mid-century touch but it uses industrial materials that fit right into the design. Saturated walls add warmth and color so the lofty space doesn’t feel so cold.
Industrial + Boho
We love the look of industrial living room design combined with eclectic elements! This room features a neutral color palette with black and white contrast—it gets added warmth from the tufted leather sofa and wood furniture pieces. Everything in the room is lifted off the ground on legs to give the room a lighter, airier feel than typical industrial, which is much heavier. Patterns in the pillows and the layered art and basket wall are extra eclectic.
Design Tip: Blending eclectic decor into industrial living room design instantly creates a curated look and can rely on pieces you already own!
Industrial + Rustic
If you love earthy color palettes, this mix of rustic and industrial living room design might be your dream come true! This down-to-earth style relies on lots of natural material that is put to use in a refined way. Rustic touches like the hide pillow, cozy rug and orange leather sofa blend well with the industrial elements. And the art and splotchy colors of the rug tie it all together in a cohesive look that is all around cozy and comforting.
Transitional + Industrial
This industrial living room uses transitional pieces to create a mod, contemporary look. The design has a neutral palette with black and wood tone and a balanced look with the sconces and distribution of color throughout. The black sofa is super edgy, but it’s warmed up by the wood coffee table and bookcase. And we love the concrete decor on the shelf! Living room designs like this are great for reading, entertaining or just kicking back with the fam.
Design Tip: Look for furniture that mixes metal and wood or concrete for any industrial space.
Industrial + Traditional
For a classic look, try incorporating some traditional elements into your industrial living room design. This leather chesterfield sofa is both traditional and industrial in style and the room has traditional art that has an urban edge to it. It’s a great way to make use of an open space and a living room and office combo! The plush leather sofa, rug and pouf add tons of coziness to the look. Visually light furniture pieces like the coffee table balance out the heavy sofa to create a more even flow throughout the space.
Design Tip: If you like a more classic look, find traditional pieces to set the stage for your living room and then incorporate industrial decor.
Contemporary + Industrial
Contemporary design makes a great counterpart to industrial style! This living room features neutral colors with bright pops of yellow from the pillows. The overall vibe is very light and bright and black and white patterns add extra personality. The tables are wood and metal but also contemporary and minimal so they don’t clutter up the space. And the highlight of the design is the funky sculptural industrial light fixture!
Design Tip: Great for just a touch of industrial design—not overly committed to the style but enough elements to give you a taste!
Industrial + Eclectic
If you love warm, outdoorsy living room designs, try pairing industrial living room furniture and eclectic decor! This gorgeous living room has an earth tone color palette warmed by the deep green walls for a saturated look. The leather and metal/wood chair adds a cool sculptural element and the copper light fixture has a moody, rich texture. Overall it has the vibe of a dark and cozy outdoorsy getaway.
Design Tip: Painting the walls a deep color like moss green can add a great backdrop to neutral furniture.
Industrial + Minimal
It doesn’t get much cooler than this ultra-mod industrial living room design! Minimal stylings and clean lines are the perfect accompaniment to the grayscale color palette and high contrast black and white edge. The architecture and materials are industrial but they are minimal in styling for a dramatic effect. The concrete coffee table plays off the comfort of the plush sofa—and the swanky striped rug adds just the right pop of pattern.
Industrial + Vintage
Another awesome example of the magic of mid-century and industrial living room design, this space is stylish and serene! The black and white living room color palette is warmed up by the gingham rug pattern and leather sofa and the large black and white art adds personality to the space. The variety of patterns add tons of visual interest and are perfectly balanced so they don’t feel overwhelming.
Design Tip: The tufted leather sofa is always a safe bet when mixing industrial and mid-century modern style in living room design!