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The Loft Look: 14 Ways to Design an Industrial Living Room

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.

industrial living roomWhat 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.

Pure Industrial

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.

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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.

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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!

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industrial living roomMinimal + 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!

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Design Tip: Use industrial materials like raw wood and metal, but opt for streamlined pieces to stay in line with the minimal look.

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industrial living roomIndustrial + 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.

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Atomic Industrial

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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industrial living roomContemporary + 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!

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industrial living roomIndustrial + 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.

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industrial living roomIndustrial + 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.

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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!

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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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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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