KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRIAL INTERIORS
Industrial interior design celebrates the raw and utilitarian skeleton of a building. This style came about naturally as unused warehouse districts close to commercial hubs were being converted into necessary residential spaces. Without trying to conceal the services and building materials, industrial interiors boast exposed brickwork, raw wood, pipes, ducts, cables and concrete. The look has become very trendy and often comprises large open-plan spaces, high ceilings and large steel windows that complement a modern or eclectic interior.
Building elements that are traditionally considered an eyesore, an industrial design enthusiast will find appealing. The style lends itself to a beautiful vintage look comprised of second-hand finds and industrial furniture. Old commercial or restaurant kitchen equipment is a great way of bringing the style into the kitchen, complemented by raw wood counters and concrete floors.
Ducts, pipes, exposed brick, cement and concrete are key elements of industrial design. The style is notable for its “as is” look – the kind that most people will conceal behind polished walls. While the look seems to be unfinished, it is essential to ensure that especially cement, brick and concrete surfaces are sealed to prevent a constant layer of dust in the space.
Form follows function is an excellent description of this style. Since its first focus is on structure and not on beauty, the result tends to be a minimalist, fuss-free space. Simple lines and uncluttered surfaces work very well with the style and create a beautiful and modern space. Complete the look with large high bay lighting or photographic studio floor lamps.
Because industrial buildings tend to have high ceilings to keep the spaces cool, they make up an essential element of the style. Buildings such as old clock towers, firehouses and old retail warehouses are a great canvas to start with. Not only do the high ceilings contribute to better ventilation, but because they tend to go hand-in-hand with large windows, they allow for a natural light-filled space. To prevent the area from being cold and to add extra floor area, a mezzanine level is a very popular addition.
Open Floor Plans
The original requirements of an industrial building are very different from that of a residential space, and often consists of large open areas without any internal partitioning. To create separate rooms, other industrial elements are often applied: steel and glass panels, brick walls and concrete structures as well as steel and wood staircases.
Industrial interior design lets itself speak without attempting to say too much. Every flaw is integrated into the interior and the furnishings allowed to soften what could be seen as a rigid design. This beautiful contrast between hard construction elements and softer furnishings is what makes this style so unique.