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Industrial Interior Design: 11 Ways to Bring This Cool, Edgy Style to Life

 industrial interior designIndustrial interior design is a super trendy warehouse look that’s naturally suited to big, unfinished living rooms and celebrates everything rugged, vintage, and raw about design. Often seen in loft spaces and converted warehouses, the architecture itself is central to industrial style. Industrial interior design inspiration features like unfinished concrete, exposed brick, steel/metal architectural supports, exposed ductwork, and factory windows.

Elements of Industrial Interior Design

Outside of architectural elements, the industrial design style is characterized by vintage decorative objects (think: old fans, steel stools, drafting desks) and new objects inspired by the vintage industry. Industrial style and interior design elements generally showcase raw/untreated wood and metal or materials that show signs of aging. Wood and metal furniture with a distressed feel to it is also popular. You can find industrial design pieces made from metal, brick, reclaimed wood, concrete or pipe. Gray, wood, block, brick and brown are the staple colors in industrial interior design.

 industrial interior designIndustrial style is great for:

  • Urban dwellers (think anyone who lives in loft spaces, restored buildings, etc)
  • Anyone who appreciates the history of their living space and raw, gritty furnishings
  • Anyone who’s into the unrefined look and wood and metal, rugged style

Industrial design is all the rage these days—but it’s rare to find design ideas that are 100% industrial interior elements. The industrial style is so stark and cold it can feel kind of uninviting on its own. That’s why the metal and wood of industrial interior design is usually paired with elements of other styles to create a cool melange of style.

If you need some design inspiration, check out these 11 industrial interior design ideas that offer a more livable take on the style.

industrial interior designPure Industrial Style

We thought we’d start this list of industrial interior design ideas off with an example of an undistilled industrial style that still feels like home—not an easy feat with industrial design! The neutral color palette leans toward warmer earth tones in the leather and the hide rug instead of cold metal grays and blacks. Layering with decor like the pillows, hide rug, and jute pouf adds cozy texture to offset the rugged, industrial nature of the concrete coffee table and bookcase.

The raw beams and ceiling are some of our favorite industrial interior design ideas, as is the funky accordion lamp on the side table. The sectional sofa sits low to the ground and is substantial and dark in order to ground the space. Everything in this industrial interior design is all function, no-frill—even the clock is functional art. The space is stark and bold but this industrial design uses the right mix of elements to create a cozy layout.

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Industrial + Eclectic Style

This industrial interior design plays off the gorgeous exposed brick wall to amplify the industrial interior aesthetic. To bring in an eclectic feel, we used a variety of patterns and furniture styles and kept everything in a neutral palette that leans into warmer colors. The cognac leather sofa and earth-toned pattern rug add a livable twist to offset the warehouse design.

Mixing materials like leather, jute, wood, and metal gives living rooms like this a layered look that’s key to making the industrial design feel cozy and plush. One of our favorite industrial design ideas, it has a casual layout with asymmetrical furniture and the soft, rounded form of the sofa! And don’t forget to include some plants in the industrial style mix—organic touches like this immediately take the edge off of industrial interior design.

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industrial interior designAtomic Industrial Style

One of our favorite ways to warm up industrial style is with the retro flair of mid-century modern furniture! A high-contrast color palette, strong lines and raw metal and wood are cornerstones of this totally ‘grammable look known as “Atomic Industrial.” This space is super functional and even has a modern desk to polish off the multipurpose industrial look.

The layout maximizes space in small living rooms, which is great if you need to work from home, are a student, or just need to make the most of small city apartment designs. Many industrial interior design ideas begin with neutral in color but this one has an added pop with the unexpected teal rug. No one said you can’t add color to industrial interior design! We love the bold modern art that’s simple in form but still serious and plants come to the rescue to add a little extra life. And a great rule of thumb in warming up industrial interior design is to go big on cushions and poufs for extra comfort.

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 industrial interior designMinimal Industrial Style

For a softer, more modern take on industrial style, pair it with minimal elements for a sleek and sophisticated space. The simple, pared-down styling is more versatile than pure industrial and great for someone who likes industrial accents but wants to steer clear of unfinished industrial looks. One trick with industrial style is to float furniture away from the wall to give a space a more airy feeling.

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 industrial interior designIndustrial + Mid-Century Modern Style

Another combo of mid-century modern and industrial style, this room takes on a super bold and moody interior design that makes an immediate statement. The saturated colors and oversized elements add impact and contrast with the light rug and stark white ceiling for a sharp and stylish look.

A cozy and modern sectional sofa adds practicality to this lounge-style living room—it’s also one of our fave kid-friendly industrial interior design ideas with lots of open floor space and room to kick back. The subtle use of earth tones like rust, gold, and sand add a mid-century feel and sculptural light fixtures like this have that awesome atomic edge. This modern industrial interior design is perfect for anyone undaunted by vibrant color and bold spaces.

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industrial interior designIndustrial Chic Style

For a fabulously modern take on industrial interior design, get your glam on! This is one of our favorite design ideas for folks who love a little flair. The industrial interior design itself is unmistakable but the layout has a formal feel with bunching ottomans and dainty decor.

Start with a neutral color base leaning toward greyscale and add a few pops of blush to create a cohesive interior design. Cowhide rugs, a trademark industrial look, are layered on top of one another to add texture and warmth and the pink scallop chair turns up the frill! Industrial elements like refined metal with brass and antique materials and the simple wall decor give the space a cool edge and make sure this industrial style is equal parts factory and fairy tale.

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 industrial interior designContemporary Industrial Style

We can’t get enough of the effortlessly cool interior design vibe that is the result of industrial and contemporary decor paired together! This industrial design is set against the earth tone red wall—a signature mid-century modern color with a vintage appeal. The layout prioritizes function and comfort, creating an intimate lounge setting that works well as a TV/reading room or casual hangout area.

The overstuffed furniture with wood base adds comfort and style to balance out the stone surface of the weighty coffee table. Every element in the room sticks to a dark greyscale color palette, creating a perfect contrast with the vibrant wall. We got a little quirky with the decor to make the industrial design more personalized. Overall, this interior design has welcoming energy by balancing raw materials with soft and comfy textures.

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 industrial interior designRustic Industrial Style

Rustic is another style that marries well with industrial interior design. The look centers less on cold and severe and more on earth tones and refined woods—aka more farmhouse, less factory. The space features a practical layout with a supersize sectional in cozy cognac leather + a faux hide throw pillows to add an industrial touch. Wood tones like shades of honey contrast with the simple on the furniture legs.

The rug creates an extra dimension and pulls the color palette together in a cohesive interior design. The colors, details, and variety of wall art and decor are stylish yet simple and seamlessly blend rustic and industrial aesthetics. And organic forms like the lamps, ceramics and wood sculpture add bring in the simplicity and beauty of the outside world.

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 industrial interior designInviting Industrial Style

We love this greyscale interior design with pops of warmth from the raw wood and gentle touches throughout. The layered texture and patterns on the bed look clean and cozy and the cozy sitting nook near the fireplace adds functionality and dimension. Plus, we’re super into the Edison bulb/exposed pipe floor lamp.

Raw wood adds an organic touch and signature mid-century modern style and the art above the fireplace brings warm mid-century modern tones into the mix as well. But, let’s be honest, the real show-stealer is the statement mid-century modern pendant light—a perfect choice for industrial interior design.

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 industrial interior designCollected Industrial Style

This funky industrial interior design starts with a neutral color palette and varying wood tones for extra warmth. The design has a light and airy feel even with the industrial style furniture selections. It’s a perfect look for those who love industrial spaces but want an extra dose of personality.

The large, vintage patterning on the rug adds a gentle touch to this industrial design and looks great with the monochromatic wall art and plants. A funky leather armchair in the back adds warmth and comfort and eclectic interior design touches like the chandelier add character to the funky industrial style.

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 industrial interior designTraditional Industrial Style

We really dig this moody and sophisticated bedroom design and the creative ways it warms up industrial style. The sleek metal bed frame balances the bulkiness of nightstands and the bed itself is layered in a subtle patterning for a more plush industrial style.

Sculptural lamps add interest and the symmetrical mirrors open up the space. And the room is drenched in natural light—an instant way to warm up industrial style. The rug mimics coloring/pattern on the pillows to add cohesion and the sculptural metal art adds interest over the bed.

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How to design an industrial space that you actually want to live in

eclectic industrial styleWe love the industrial loft look. But, let’s be honest, no one really wants to live in a cold concrete box, no matter how trendy it might look. A chilly, grey warehouse featuring exposed brick and steel might sound great for a showroom or auto repair shop – but who wants that kind of chilly aesthetic in their home? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite design elements of industrial style into a living space that feels warm and cozy too!

What is Industrial Style?

First things first, let’s talk about what really makes the industrial look tick. Industrial style is a distinctive blend of ultra-modern sleekness and old-world charm. Picture big, open spaces with stripped back architectural details, neutral colors, and raw materials to the max!

The style is modeled after industrial structures, which have a clean, but very moody and harsh aesthetic. It’s a no-frills look that emphasizes exposing the inner workings of things like hardwood floors, exposed brick and concrete, raw metal elements, and a blend of salvaged and reclaimed materials.

When done right, industrial style creates just the right blend of factory-chic and turn-of-the-century warmth. Here are 10 of our best design tips for bringing an Industrial style home in a cozy and livable way.

comfy industrial style1. Start with Comfy Foundations

When you think of industrial interiors, you probably don’t imagine soft beds, plush sofas, or fluffy blankets. But that doesn’t have to be the case! To design a space that is both industrial and comfortable, start your room off with foundational furniture that prioritizes comfort. A plush sofa with sleek lines adds comfort but still feels on-brand with the industrial vibe.

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eclectic industrial style2. Mix Materials and Textures

Industrial style means only using stone, steel, and concrete, right? Absolutely not! You don’t have to use all harsh metals and hardworking materials all of the time. Industrial style loves a variety of raw and distressed elements, so feel free to experiment. For example, a mix of distressed leather furniture and jute accessories adds visual warmth and depth to help make your space feel more liveable (think more “my house” and less “warehouse”). Just stick to a limited color palette so your look doesn’t feel too busy.

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organic industrial style3. Soften the Look with Organic Shapes

While we love it, there’s no denying that industrial style can get a little carried away with the hard lines and sharp edges. One way to soften it up? Add in some organic and/or abstract art and accessories to help break up the austerity. Artwork featuring soft, organic designS or abstract shapes works great as a centerpiece above a sofa or mantle.

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plush rug ideas4. Cozy Up with a Plush Rug

You might not equate soft, plush items with industrial style, but it’s important to add cozy touches to rooms that feel chilly and severe. A soft, fluffy wool rug underfoot instantly cozies up even the most serious of spaces. This option (one of our designers’ favorites) has a minimal, geometric pattern and neutral color to maintain the industrial look while adding warmth.

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industrial chic style5. Be Brazen with Brass and Gold Accents

Metal is a huge player in the industrial look. This can quickly start to make a space look pretty foreboding, but an easy swap is to look for warm metals like brass and gold. As opposed to harsh steels and silvers, these elements add warmth without detracting from the industrial look.

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vintage industrial6. Warm it up with Leather

Most people don’t associate industrial with warm, cozy spaces. But remember, this style works best if you take inspiration from factory design as opposed to designing an actual factory! A handsome leather sofa adds texture and softer tones for visual warmth. And antique leather with a patina, helps to tone down the chilliness while keeping the vintage, industrial feel alive and well.

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7. Play with Pattern

Industrial design is all about straightforward, minimalist style – that means sticking with solid combinations of neutral colors. But avoiding patterns altogether can make a space end up looking flat and dreary!  Don’t be afraid to add a touch of organic playfulness with patterned accents, like rugs and pillows. If you make sure to keep your patterns in a soft, neutral color palette, they’ll look perfect in your stylish industrial enclave.

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inviting industrial style8. Accent with Geometry

While industrial design is heavily reliant on sharp lines and right angles, there are ways to bring in these elements without going overboard on the factory look. Bringing in pops of geometry can add industrial flavor without going full steam on the steampunk vibes. The geometric forms in the table lamp and the patterns in the coffee table surface also add industrial flavor without going over the top.

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9. Layer on the Textiles

Another way to soften up an industrial look and make it suitable for comfy living, is to layer on the textiles. Layers add more texture and depth, and this makes the look feel more welcoming and less foreboding. Here we paired a cowhide and jute rug along with plenty of pillows to soften the minimal industrial vibe. Chunky knits, like the throw blanket and woven wall hanging, are also easy adds that will warm up your look.

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industrial style10. Add Color with Plants

While industrial design is often associated with the absence of color, all that grey can start to feel frigid in an open space. An easy way to infuse color into industrial spaces is by adding plants! Plants will bring both greenery and a sense of life to your space but won’t overtake the room with color – it’s the best of both worlds. This is a great way to liven up an industrial space while still keeping the integrity of the style intact.

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