How to Get an Industrial Look That Doesn’t Leave You Cold

The industrial look is a popular interior trend that has been around for a few years now but seems to be going nowhere. There’s certainly an appeal to it’s stripped back style but it can quickly go cold. So how do you get a bit of industrial style without sacrificing comfort? While the hallmarks of industrial style are all about bare bricks, raw wood, exposed pipes and metal, my tips today will help you to get the best of industrial without feeling like you are living in a chilly warehouse.

With a few simple additions, you can create a cosy home even with the industrial-style flourishes you crave. Here are some ways to do just that…

Warm It Up with Textiles

Exposed brick wall softened with textiles

While bare bricks are almost a given in warehouse style, you can contrast the effect with soft textiles. Here, a large textural rug warms up the space and creates an inviting look without losing the beauty of that wall. Consider bringing in faux fur throws, knitted accents and soft draping curtains to offset the cool look of industrial type materials.

Add some life

industrial style bathroom with plants

With industrial style being all about stripping back, invite nature into the space with large plants. Bringing in organic textures to contrast with the harder surfaces is a great way to create some tension whilst giving it homely appeal. If you have a larger space common in industrial style, consider scaling your plants to size with larger leaf varieties and small trees to make the biggest impact.

Exposed pipes

exposed flue wood burning stove in kitchen

If you love the look of exposed pipework in industrial style, then consider a wood burning stove with an exposed flue. Keeping it in the centre of the home makes it a stunning feature no matter where your vantage point. Not only does it give you a taste of industrial style, it will also go a long way in warming up the room and creating a cosy atmosphere.

Reflected Light

Dining-table-with-salvaged-decor

One of the beautiful things about those large urban loft spaces you see are the huge windows they normally have. If you don’t have large windows, then consider bringing in some vintage or antiqued mirrors to bounce light around and give the illusion of a larger, brighter space. Hanging mirrors on walls directly across from windows will double the impact of any sunlight coming into the room.

Paint It White

paint exposed brickwork white

If your space is feeling a little dark, there’s nothing that a bit of white paint won’t fix. White washing red brick will instantly lift a smaller space and allow you to enjoy the industrial look without feeling like you are living in the dark. If you don’t have brick walls but love the look, there are some great products on the market at the moment – from realistic looking wallpapers to wall paneling that give the look of real brick without the mess or upkeep.

So those are just a few ways to bring a little bit of an industrial look to your home without leaving behind the warmth and comfort we all love. Have I missed anything? How do you bring warmth and style to an industrial space? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!