Industrial interior design is all about injecting the latest styles into plain old dull looking living rooms and bedrooms. The idea is generally injected into new homes and is utilised to spruce up lifeless minimalist interiors. The main five elements of industrial interior design are metal, wood, brick, leather and concrete all left virtually unaltered and ideally untouched. There is a lot of emphasis on creating a uniform look and feel throughout the entire space from head to toe in the hope of unifying a house into one consistent theme.
One of the main features of industrial interior design is the use of textures and colours. As most elements are basically solid colours, the walls are painted with varying tones of the respective colours to give an overall sense of uniformity. Texture is also very important as it creates a sense of depth within the room which makes it seem more real. An example would be to have a steel frame used as the base for a door, which is painted a dark grey. This gives the impression that the door is extending further inwards despite being flat and solid all the way through.
Another key feature of industrial interiors is the use of iron and steel. Iron is used not only for the floors but for things such as shelving, tables, chairs, computer desks, cupboards, lighting and even locks. Steel is often used as the basis of doors as it allows for a greater level of detail than its aluminium counterpart. In fact, many offices and businesses now build their entire building around the use of steel and iron as it enables the owner to have a much more uniformed appearance across the building.
Mixing textures, colors, finishes and materials together to create a cohesive theme is key to the success of industrial interior design. Often, different materials are blended together to create a uniformed look. For instance, solid wood tables are often combined with stainless steel or chrome fittings and finishes. One of the most popular elements of modern design is the use of color. In fact, this has become a common practice amongst modern businesses who are trying to make their offices as appealing and as eye-catching as possible. By combining a modern color palette with a combination of shiny and matt finishes, you can have the perfect office space which looks both sleek and sophisticated.
To really complete your industrial-themed home office, you should consider having some bright contrasting pieces such as brightly colored walls, flooring or artwork. This will ensure that you get the exact effect that you want from your office without making it overly loud or garish. Another great idea would be to have a glass paneling effect in your home office, perhaps above your desk or over a window so that a bright ‘hole’ is displayed outside your home office. This can be done by simply ordering a special screen-printing job from a company such as Avery. The same effect can be achieved by placing a bright red sign-board either outside or inside your home office that contains your company’s name, website address and contact details.
However, the ultimate in sleek, stylish industrial interior design does not just stop at the walls and windows. Mix in some interesting and unique furniture pieces such as a large, fully customizable coffee table or perhaps a rustic wooden hutch. A combination of unusual, futuristic looking seating units and interesting (and often handmade) display items will add to the feel of a bright, airy room whilst adding warmth and authenticity to your personal workspace. Finally, a combination of upholstered benches, cubicles and bookcases (often handcrafted) can help to create an industrial feel, which will also add a touch of character and style to your home office environment.