Industrial style impresses with its rustic-casual, relaxed-unconventional factory charm. New, exciting industrial lighting designs are created with details such as pipes, valves or rivets which exude individuality, creativity and nostalgia. A well-placed machine or factory item adds to the look. Old farm tools, sewing machines or hand tools – especially for textual and material interest – can complete your industrial interior. With its informal combination of cool metal, untreated wood, glass, cotton and linen, the industrial style's biggest secret is its contrast of cosiness with raw coolness!
The industrial look has come a long way since New York loft style, which dates back to the time when artists made their homes from low-rent factories. It’s now easy to find beautiful pieces to bring the contrast of lustre and grit to life in all kinds of spaces. Think exposed cables, oversized fittings, chrome, copper and steel, metal, rust and peeled paint.
Metal: The Must-Have Material
The industrial look is built of strong stuff. Industrial-style lights are mostly made of metal and can look both rough and edgy, but are also delicate and understated. With details such as riveting, peeling paint and rust marks, an industrial-style lamp in an otherwise straightforward interior is a real eye-catcher in any room!
Originally coming from camera tripods and the studio lighting of artists, tripod lamps are another style of industrial interior design. You’ll find various styles and combinations of frame and shade, however, typical features of the industrial style tripod floor lamp are open metal shades, filament light bulbs and - of course - three solid metal legs.
The recent years have shown that the industrial-style is made to last which makes it a fantastic choice for those who prefer creating spaces with a sense of longevity - and this is exactly why the industrial style reinvents itself over and over again.
However, no need to go crazy and blow the whole monthly budget! To give your interiors an authentic edge, match vintage pieces from the flea market or thrift shop with new, exciting designs coming with modern features such as LED or smart home technology.
Concrete is a major trend this year and goes hand in hand with industrial style interiors. It's not surprising that interior designers and architects love the rugged material. The neutral hues of concrete grey fit well to all kinds of materials, colours and styles.
Do you want to incorporate concrete features in your home, but you're not up to start a house renovation project? No problem, simply start with a floor or table lamp made from concrete!
And for those who like their interiors a little cosier - simply get a lamp or light which combines concrete with other material such as wood or copper.
The colour scheme of the industrial look is dominated by rather dark, matt tones such as grey, olive-green or black. However, don't scare away to add powerful hues - use brightly coloured fabrics, patterned wallpaper or pendant light in bright red or a vivid blue!