16 Ways to Create the Perfect Industrial Style Bedroom

Many people might think of an industrial-style bedroom as a surprising aesthetic choice, but it’s often because it conjures up images of an overtly modern, extra sleek, and heavily masculine space. And it couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our most popular industrial bedroom design ideas to show how you can incorporate the style in small ways that are comfy and cozy. (Also check out our tips for adding industrial style with comfort.) You’ll also find ideas for mixing industrial bedroom furniture and accents to bring the look home to your own space. Keep reading to get our simple and stylish tips!

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A Quick Refresher On Industrial Style

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting some of the key style differences when it comes to modern versus industrial design—especially since the latter often includes elements of the former. Industrial style is often anchored in a warehouse look with a nod to the rugged and vintage elements. The industrial look is also often associated with specific architectural elements—loft spaces and converted warehouses with exposed brick walls, ductwork, and factory windows—as well as lots of raw material details, such as exposed brick, unfinished concrete, and steel and metal beams. Industrial furniture and decor follow suit in this manner, featuring weathered woods, antique metals, and distressed leather and worn materials. It all adds up to the industrial style aesthetic, which isn’t immediately the look or vibe one expects for bedrooms.

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Keep Furniture Styles Minimal

An industrial style bedroom doesn’t always mean big, bulky furniture. In fact, your bedroom pieces can be rather slim and minimal.

One of our favorite industrial bedroom design ideas is anchoring a space with a platform bed that’s low to the floor. This version in natural wood is a prime example of how a large industrial piece can also feel streamlined and minimal. Round it out with white sheets and other neutral hued furniture and accents to keep up a light, airy vibe.

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Work In Vintage Decor

Vintage art and decor are usually consistent elements found in all industrial style bedroom design ideas. These can range from vintage posters to hanging tapestries that bring a worn, old-world look to antique textiles with a distressed feel.

Try to incorporate at least several vintage pieces in your industrial bedroom decor to give your space a warm, lived-in look and feel. The beauty of vintage art and decor is that they instantly play up a cozy, curated look, and you can often find pieces in thrift stores and second-hand home stores at affordable prices.

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Don’t Shy Away From Bold Patterns

While most industrial style bedroom design ideas tend to eschew bright hues and bold prints, there are no hard and fast rules around color and pattern.

In fact, a bold pattern like a Moroccan rug or a neutral textured wallcovering are actually popular decor picks for industrial bedrooms. Not only do they add graphic appeal, they also bring a softness that often offsets the sleek look of contemporary furniture. For a statement touch, try adding a wallpaper with a high-contrast design to your industrial bedroom, like a grayscale image or an abstract black-and-white pattern.

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Embrace Earth Tones

You can definitely add different colors and brighter hues beyond neutrals in an industrial bedroom. But earth tones are a excellent choice for a palette that’s comfy, cozy, and alluring.

What makes earth tones perfect for an industrial style bedroom is that it spans a range of rich neutral, rustic, and organic shades that exude tons of warmth. Think chocolate brown, taupe, clay, sand, and other grounding hues. Plus, they’re easy to mix with neutrals (there’s literally no getting it wrong) and add just the soft pop of color without overwhelming your bedroom.

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Mix Leather In Various Ways

Leather has the perfect combination of sleekness, edginess, and warmth, which naturally makes it a staple material for any industrial style bedroom.

There are endless ways to incorporate leather in a bedroom. But our favorite industrial bedroom design ideas make the most of leather in a combination of big and small ways, as in this bedroom. Here, leather spans from the floor ottoman to the armchair to the mirror frame, to the camel-leather pillow on the bed. The result is a look that feels balanced and warm throughout.

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Make It Monochrome

A monochrome scheme of black, white, and gray is probably what comes to mind for most of us when we think of an industrial style bedroom look. And this luxurious take on a loft bedroom look shows that the palette can be chic, cozy, and anything but cold—even with an exposed brick backdrop.

With strong monochrome hues, the key to warming up the palette is to mix in lots of different materials and textures. That is especially key in an industrial bedroom. Think faux fur pillows and throws in black and charcoal tones, smoky antiqued glass mirror elements, a zebra hide rug, a gray tufted headboard, a tonal shagreen bedside cabinet.

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Opt For Industrial Lights

Whether it’s a pendant with exposed cords or a table lamp with classic edison bulbs, urban-style lighting is an iconic staple in our portfolio of industrial bedroom design ideas.

When it comes to lighting for industrial bedrooms, a mix of sleek and sculptural styles at different heights is key. Take a cue from this loft bedroom with exposed brick walls, which combines an overhead fixture with hanging pendants and a floor lamp with uncovered glass bulbs—and both have black metal finishes as well as utilitarian forms.

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Bring In Natural Materials

To balance out industrial furnishings that can often have a hard, edgy, robust aesthetic, natural materials with warm textures and tones are crucial. And even more so in an industrial bedroom.

Look to decor made from rough-hewn woods and woven natural fibers. Whether it’s a hand-carved bench, a woven basket, a linen bedcover or a macramé wall hanging, accent pieces and decor that have a natural, textural beauty will lend richness and cozy warmth to your industrial style bedroom. They’ll also help soften the hard lines and linear visual appeal of any industrial bedroom furniture pieces.

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Liven Things Up With Greenery

Similar to natural materials, plants and greenery are a stylish way to bring life and color to an industrial bedroom.

In addition to their endless benefits—such as purifying the air, adding an organic element, brightening up your space—large plants and greenery can provide a touch of levity and ease in a bedroom. Our designers suggest bringing in a tall succulent or a leafy tree like a ficus, which not only provides a rugged yet vibrant look but also adds height to your room. You can file that one under foolproof industrial style bedroom design ideas from us!

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Layer In Sculptural Details

Form follows function may be a principle of modern design, but it applies equally to any industrial space. Which means an industrial style bedroom should always be anchored in furnishings that are as practical as they are sculptural in design. It’s a consistent theme that runs through all industrial bedroom design ideas, whether it’s a monochrome loft space or a clean-lined modern room.

In this bedroom, the curved bed frame, criss-crossing eiffel chair base, geometric sphere table lamp, and rectilinear pendant light all provide function as well as sculptural detail to the space. They become the artful industrial elements that add depth, dimension, and intrigue to the overall space. Look to always integrate pieces that emphasize these shapes and details.

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Curate A High-Contrast Gallery Wall

This is a perfect example of a modern industrial style bedroom, with its overarching black-and-white palette, which extends to the captivating gallery wall.

Black-and-white photographs and prints always provide a chic and timeless look, so they’re always safe bets in industrial bedrooms. Along with the campaign-style nightstand, Moroccan rug, and graphic pillows, it all makes for a sophisticated decor look that you can easily draw from and build on to create your own modern industrial bedroom look.

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Lean Into Exposed Architecture

Industrial spaces are typically in lofts or very utilitarian spaces, so exposed brick walls are common and very in line with the style. Make it a point to embrace them as an architectural detail and play them up in an industrial bedroom.

In this industrial style bedroom, the white brick wall is contrasted with a black accent wall and offset by sculptural metal sconces and Americana art—all of which bring focus to the subtle stacked pattern and texture. It’s a perfectly intriguing backdrop to the weathered wood bed.

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Choose A Unique Upholstered Bed

Among the more unexpected industrial style bedroom design ideas, an upholstered bed that’s both comfortable and edgy ranks high on the list.

In an industrial bedroom space where most of the elements have a more rugged edge, an upholstered bed offers stylish juxtaposition as well as comfort—even though it’s not usually the first choice for an industrial bedroom. Try to find a bed with a tall headboard, which will help to further soften the look and feel in the bedroom while also providing comfy support for leaning.


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Accent With Metallic Touches

You can easily give industrial bedrooms a glam spin by simply adding some metallic touches, like brass, silver, and gold finishes.

In this bedroom, which is among our favorite industrial bedroom design ideas, metallic elements are used in refined ways throughout, from the floor and table lamp to the canopy bed hardware to the decorative hand object and art frame. They add up to details that add impact in a subtle, sophisticated way that complements, rather than overshadows, the industrial look.

Love this look? Check out our tips for designing with industrial glam style.

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Try A Natural Wood Bed

Natural wood is rugged and raw, so a bed made in the material is always ideal in an industrial style bedroom.

It’s also a classic foundation piece when it comes to industrial bedroom design ideas that always deliver. Not only is it robust, but it’s also a versatile piece you can easily pair with any style furnishings and accessories. If you’re not sure where to start with industrial style and furniture, a natural wood bed is a great investment piece that you can play up to be more or less industrial as needed with different complimentary decor and accent pieces.

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Array Antique Designs

Antique forms and elements, like wrought-iron beds, steamer trunks, and campaign chests, are popular anchoring furniture pieces in an industrial style bedroom. They add an ornate touch to spaces, bring in a timeworn elegance, and also have a way of warming up an industrial bedroom. Try mixing at least one or two antique pieces in your space for a varied look.

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Everything You Need To Know About Modern versus Industrial Interior Design

modern versus industrial designWhen it comes to decorating your home, there are tons of different design styles to choose from. Which one is right for you? Well, that question can sometimes be more difficult to answer than it might seem. Because when it comes to interior design styles there are so many options to choose from and many of them can be difficult to distinguish between. What’s the difference between modern, contemporary, minimal industrial… It can be a little dizzying! To help sort through some of the noise, we’re taking a closer look at two very popular styles—mid-century modern versus industrial design—and how you can blend the two together to create a space you love.

industrial designWhat is Industrial Interior Design?

When you hear the term “industrial interior design” you might picture spaces with distinct architecture. Think unfinished concrete, exposed brick, steel/metal beams, exposed ductwork, and factory windows. And in fact, industrial interior design is a style that looks a lot like how it sounds. At its core, it’s a warehouse look that celebrates a rugged, industrial past. It’s also often associated with artist studios, loft spaces, and converted warehouses.

Outside of architecture, industrial interior design is characterized by vintage decorative objects that feel at home in factory settings (think: old fans, steel stools, drafting desks, etc.) and new objects inspired by vintage industry. You’ll find a lot of materials that show off what they are including raw and untreated materials or ones that show signs of aging. Steel, brick, concrete, leather, and stone all feel at home in industrial spaces.

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The furniture is often constructed with industrial methods and features a distressed feel. Likewise, reclaimed wood furniture is a great choice for this style. The palettes tend to be neutral and the use of color is sparse.

This look is perfect for those who like an upscale but unfinished look that is effortlessly cool and low-maintenance with lots of open space.

modern interior designWhat is Mid-Century Modern Interior Design?

A design movement that began in the mid-twentieth-century, Mid-Century Modern interior design is a super popular style that is easily recognizable today. These spaces are full of natural woods, bold primary colors, organic and whimsical shapes, and geometric patterns. The furniture of this style is often designed to cradle the body and features little ornamentation. The edges are often rounded, eliminating hard angles, and lines are tapered for a smooth and cohesive look.

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Mid-Century Modern interior design is comfortable—it encourages lounging or relaxation and conversation. The decor often includes vintage materials like blonde wood, teak, chrome, walnut, tweed, leather and vinyl. This style also incorporates graphic patterns with geometric (asymmetrical and symmetrical) and organic designs. Think of shapes like diamonds, starbursts, boomerangs, half-circles, and line drawings.

This style is perfect if you love a mod look with extra character and want a stylish living space that’s warm and inviting.

atomic industrial interior designMeet Atomic Industrial Interior Design (AKA Mid-Century Modern + Industrial)

If you’re having trouble deciding on mid-century modern versus industrial interior design, Atomic Industrial might be the perfect compromise. This style incorporates the materials and colors of mid-century design but sticks to a minimal color palette to keep the industrial vibe going. It also blends in the shapes and features of mid-century modern, like pieces with retro shapes rendered in industrial materials.

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Atomic Industrial is extra funky because it features a blend of elements from the two different styles all in one space. It’s an eclectic combo of weathered, vintage, reclaimed, atomic, retro and modern/industrial materials and furniture. If the industrial look is too harsh for your tastes but you like its rugged vibes, soften it with a pop of patterns, warm woods, and curved/organic MCM shapes! Plants help add life to the space as well.

This is a great option if you like more than one style or if you are merging tastes with a partner and have a diverse array of furniture to choose from!

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Still stumped on the differences between modern and industrial style interior design? Since modern industrial interior design can come to life in so many different ways, it can be helpful to have an interior designer to guide you through the process. Head to our Interior Design 101 page to learn more about what the Modsy design process is like. Then start creating your modern industrial interior!

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