Industrial design is a careful balance of seemingly contrasting elements. It’s the only décor style where you can get away with pairing exposed brick with soft colors and fabrics, or organic features with engineered ones. It’s a beautiful combination of the masculine and the feminine, the yin and the yang, and while this romantic notion of this popular décor style sounds suited only for residential properties, you’d be surprised at how refreshing it is to infuse this style in an office setting. If you’re interested in transforming your office into an industrial chic space, then read on for some helpful tips and ideas to help you along.
1. Start with where you are:
As you start planning for your office’s interior design project, keep the condition of your current space in mind, because that’s what you’ll be working with. Take your current office space and architectural style as your canvas, adding elements of industrial chic to what’s available, and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Industrial design is very accommodating, which means that you can afford to break the rules and combine it with other décor styles like boho chic or mid-century modern. A good example of this would be to apply exposed brick with clean lines and rustic accessories. At the end of the day, it all depends on your preferences, and using what you’ve got as inspiration can give you a good idea of what those preferences are.
2. Go for bold industrial furniture
Furniture that’s made from reclaimed or unfinished wood is one of the defining elements of industrial décor, and can come in the form of a unique conference table or a rustic coffee table. This type of furniture sets a bold statement and is sure to stand out from the rest, and you can even take it to the next level by purchasing a rustic table and then adding some exposed steel legs through DIY.
If you’re not into wood but still want to create a wow effect with your industrial furniture, then get a concrete table installed, and pair it with comfortable upholstered chairs and you’ve got a unique and perfect rendition of this popular style.
3. Include some rugs
Your options are pretty limited when it comes to rugs however there are some simple rules and tips that can help you to warm your space up while still staying true to the industrial chic trend. For one, it helps to stay away from excessively colorful or detailed rugs, and instead opt for dark colors that are either
plain or with a distressed finish. Favourites include gray, royal blue, navy, burnt orange and so on. Woven rugs are also a good idea, as is layering your rugs to create a dramatic effect.
4. Choose your lighting
While you’re free to play around with different finishes and patterns in your décor, you’ll find that your options are quite limited when it comes to lighting. Generally, industrial design manly works well with two design forms of lighting; namely vintage and modern. With the latter, your options include symmetrical lines and grainy or matte steel, as well as steam-punk style ceiling lamps; while vintage styles include your embellished lamps with intricate and interesting details that often spark interest and conversation. It’s also your choice to either go with one major piece or a collection of smaller light fixtures, as both look equally fetching when incorporated appropriately.
5. Think rustic color:
“While you don’t necessarily need to play matchy-matchy with industrial design, your color scheme should still be balanced and create a congruent flow throughout the entire office space” says Gerald from distinct homes Malta. Some of the most common foundational colors that you could use are beige, brown, grey and other correspondingly rustic shades. Industrial style furniture provides plenty of examples and inspiration of these colors that you can draw from, as does exposed brick and leather, and you can easily accent your primary colors with slightly more vibrant or soft tones, depending on your preference.