In a time of mid-century modern, shabby chic, and Scandinavian design, industrial design provides a unique approach. With a timeless and complex quality, industrial design is not going anywhere soon.

Some reasons for its recently growing popularity include practicality, uniqueness, and appeal to those with strict budgets. From exposed brick walls and ceilings, to re-purposed and thrift shop items such as salvaged pallets and laboratory cabinets, the style is distinctive.

exposed brick interior wall for industrial design look

Photo by Matt Baxter

Transform your home with one of today’s hottest interior design trends. Here are 7 ways you can alter your home into looking raw and unfinished yet casual and laid-back.

1) Stick with black, gray and white

The primary shades industrial home design showcases are black, gray, and white. Play with the shades and these colors along with some natural wood or rustic flavor. If you can though, try to stick with these three primary shades to truly illustrate the style.

2) Exposed brick walls

If you look at industrial designed restaurants, factories, and houses, chances are most of them have the brick walls exposed. Clay bricks has been around for years utilized as a building material. It’s well-known for its durability hence, why it’s still around at this age.

Albeit houses are not too lucky to have clay bricks as the foundation behind its drywall, brick veneers can be used instead. Since you’re showcasing an industrial design, we suggest it’s best to position your brick wall to your kitchen back splash or the by the fireplace.

3) Exposed systems

It’s safe to say industrial design’s staple is to leave a number of systems and other elements out in the open. After all, the style per se is inspired by old industrial factories.

With this style, you have an excuse to leave your plumbing system, HVAC, and electrical system exposed. For those who aren’t prepared to take this plunge yet but really want to encompass an industrial style, introducing pipes via bookshelves or table legs shall work just as well.

4) Look for metal and wood chairs

Metal and wood chairs are the perfect combination to showcase your industrial home design. And since you’re keeping a budget, you can go look on thrift shops or flea markets for these items.

5) Leave it bare concrete

As mentioned earlier, this interior design is most notably inspired by old factories and mills. Suffice to say concrete for flooring, walls, and other structural works are not at all strange when embracing the design. Besides, leaving it all bare is good for those watching their budget—low cost yet provides longevity in the long run.

If you already have an existing concrete wall or pavement, good for you. Add flavor to that by staining and polishing it.

6) Industrial lighting fixtures

Industrial pendant lighting are instant statement fixtures that encapsulates your home’s motif. With today’s numerous modern lighting manufacturers, it shouldn’t be difficult looking for a steel or porcelain enameled shade pendants that is within your price range.

7) Show some pipes

What’s an industrial home design without pipes used in tables, shelves, storage, and the works? Pipes are easily recognizable as industrial decor. Work with it.

Have you decided how you would industrialize your home? Tell us about it!


About the Author: Chie Suarez is a passionate writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie has a deep interest in home design and decoration.