Combining two styles in one space can feel challenging—especially when the two styles in question seem to be polar opposites. But, whether you have seemingly “competing” interior design interests on your own, or you and a partner are trying to design a space with opposite styles, it can be done. In fact, combining two unlikely design styles may even create a beautiful new style. Case in point: industrial glam.
Industrial glam interior design is what it sounds like: a design style that mixes industrial and glam elements in the same space. The result is a chic, less-is-more space. But it’s probably best if we define these two styles individually before getting into what they’re like when combined.
What is glam style?
Glam interior design is bold and dramatic and often mixes unexpected design elements together. Some specific glam design ideas? Luxurious materials, like velvet or silk—along with curved, tufted sofas; plenty of metallic accents; and, of course, animal print. Glam spaces tend to be more formal in nature. But with its bold use of color and texture, there’s still plenty of room for play!
What is industrial style?
In stark contrast to the polished chic of glam style, industrial style celebrates all things rugged, raw, and vintage in interior design. This style really comes to life through the architecture of a space, so it’s particularly suited to loft spaces and converted warehouses—or spaces with exposed bricks or ductwork, or even just large, open rooms.
So, what is industrial glam design?
Simply put, industrial glam design is a bold, dramatic, and elegant style. In an industrial glam space, glam will be the underlying style, with industrial design elements used to accent the space. Industrial elements will be more supplementary than the space being equal parts glam and industrial. But, in that mix, you’ll also see nods to minimalism and even traditional design elements, proving that mixing two design styles is never a cut-and-dried affair.
The glam elements come through in materials, textiles, and finishes. You’ll see a lot of glam in the base furniture, from the shapes to the fabric, along with plush rugs and other soft textiles. These pieces are what really bring an element of luxury to the space. The industrial comes through in the accents—particularly in the lighting. But you’ll also see industrial elements come to life through side tables, artwork, and other decorative accents, as well as the overall celebration of architecture in the space.
Want to create an industrial glam look in your home? Keep reading to learn how to combine these two styles into a chic, minimal space!
The Industrial Glam Living Room
While this isn’t a loft or warehouse space, there is a sense of celebrating the architecture of the room, from the moldings on the wall to the high ceilings, showing the sophisticated way glam and industrial styles can mix together. The curved forms and pleated finish of the accent chairs drive home the glam in this space, while the lighting brings in more industrial elements. And then there’s the side tables. Marble can go glam or industrial. And while these tables have a clean shape and more glam finish, the raw nature of the stone leans industrial—making these tables the perfect manifestation of industrial glam style.
The Key Elements:
Opt for more traditional layouts. Glam spaces tend to have more traditional layouts. And, since glam is the underlying style of this space, we opted for a symmetrical set-up to set the tone.
Decorate with a muted color palette. While glam can skew pretty colorful, we went for a more muted, earth tone color palette, which lends itself to a more masculine, industrial look. Browns and creams ground this look, while gold and brass accents add some sophistication.
Go modern with the artwork. In more straightforward industrial spaces, you’ll see art with more literal industrial elements; here, we wanted to go in a more modern direction which lends an element of sophistication to the space.
The Industrial Glam Bedroom
In a space that leans more minimal in design, the bed is the centerpiece of this room. But there are plenty of other design elements that help bring this space to life. A hide rug adds a hint of warmth, along with an organic shape to offset the hard lines of the bed. The industrial glam lighting adds nuance. And the industrial heaviness of the dresser and bedside tables contrasts with the minimal bed frame, helping visually balance out the space.
The Key Elements:
Ground the room with a statement bed. This canopy bed is the main focus in the space. It sits at the crossroads of the two styles—with dark, heavy metal that evokes an image of exposed pipes, accented with the gold corner pieces that give it a polished feel. It acts as a sculptural element, creating a big, beautiful shape in the middle of the room.
Lean industrial with light fixtures. There are several light fixtures within this bedroom—from the chandelier to the sconce and two table lamps. And all of them sit squarely in the industrial camp. But the gold finish of the sconce and dresser lamp brings in a glam element, as do the spherical bulbs on the chandelier.
Bring in some quirkiness and warmth through the decor. In this space, the industrial glam decor brings an element of humanity and quirkiness into what could otherwise be a rather cold style. The hand sculpture is playful; that, along with the abstract portrait by the bed brings some warmth and life to the space. The bench at the end of the bed also has an unexpected playfulness to it with the built-in table, which adds some definite personality to the space.
The Industrial Glam Dining Room
In this home, the dining room is right off the living room, in an open-concept layout typical of industrial-style homes. Since these spaces are so closely connected, we incorporated design elements that helped visually tie the two spaces together and help them live harmoniously alongside each other. But we also added some contrast—like the amorphous hide rug under the dining table, which contrasts with the geometric elements in the living room.Shop This Look
The Key Elements:
Echo shapes throughout the space. You’ll notice that, throughout the room, there are a lot of repeated shapes. The dining room chairs echo the shapes of the living room chairs, giving a modern glam feel to the space. The dining room chandelier repeats the shape of the mirror of the living room. This repetition of shapes helps tie the two spaces together and visually grounds the two rooms.
Incorporate modern, sculptural elements. A dining room table is the centerpiece of any dining room. We brought in a sleek, modern element through a tulip table that beautifully combines industrial and glam. It’s visually heavier than your typical tulip table (a nod to the industrial) but the gold strip around the edge of the tabletop adds a moment of glam. The contemporary glam chandelier adds a sculptural element to the space, that manages to both tie in and contrast with the living room chandelier.
Add a bar cart. A bar cart is a must in any glam space. Find one with a shiny finish or stone element. This is a piece of furniture where something flashy is definitely encouraged.
The Industrial Glam Entryway
We kept things very simple in this industrial glam entryway. With large, heavy furniture and minimal styling, it glides seamlessly into the living room while still making a statement on its own.
The Key Elements:
Add some texture. Texture is another way to add some nuance and warmth to an industrial glam space. We did that with this room divider. While it’s not actually being used as a room divider, it adds visual intrigue while taking the industrial idea of found materials and bringing it to life in a modern, manufactured way.
Let your furniture do the talking. The pedestal table is heavy, making quite the statement in this open entryway. While overall it leans industrial, the carved details and ornateness of the base are very considered and lean toward the glam camp. We love the idea of keeping the styling minimal so that the furniture is the visual feature of the space. Which leads us to our next point…
Opt for minimal styling. The entryway table features nothing but a vase and some moody florals. While you could certainly add a tray for your keys and mail for added practicality, the idea is to keep this visually clean. That’s also why we opted to not style the built-in shelves on the room divider—but you could add books and decorative objects on some of the shelves while maintaining a more minimal vibe.