Industrial Home Design

The following article  “In the Home -Owners are gravitatiing towards industrial style” written by Will Cole was published in the September 17, 2023 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

Industrial home design has surged in popularity in recent years, captivating homeowners and designers alike with its unique and captivating features. This style draws inspiration from old factories, warehouses, and industrial spaces, seamlessly blending raw and rugged elements with modern aesthetics.

A recent study published in Architectural Digest used Google trends data to find which interior design trend is most popular, by city, state and nationwide. The data found the most popular design in Texas is industrial.

Industrial look is one of the most interesting and unique design styles and has been a staple for a half a century. The industrial style relies on incorporating building materials into the room.  Spaces should have an open floorplan, like the factories and warehouses they’re inspired by.

Exposed brick walls, steel beams, and concrete floors are hallmark features that not only add a touch of authenticity but also showcase the beauty of utilitarian materials. Large windows and open spaces characterize industrial design, allowing for ample natural light to flood the interiors and creating a sense of spaciousness.

Neutral color palettes dominate this style.  Shades of gray, brown, and black complement the industrial atmosphere while providing a versatile backdrop for creative decor choices such as metal accented pendant lights and vintage Edison bulbs.

A recent July analysis from Houzz examines the most-wanted home features of this summer, and included are industrial-style kitchens.

Industrial design is modern and minimal, without feeling cold. When remodeling to include industrial design, think about including the following features.  

Exposed Ceilings.  Industrial style exposes what other homes try to conceal, such as pipes and ductwork. 

Metal Surfaces and Reclaimed Wood.  The exposed metal as columns and beams and stainless countertops. A mix of metal and reclaimed wood offer texture and complement each other. Reclaimed wood offers warmth to a space, while metal contrasts it. Consider metal and wood dining tables, console tables, and chairs.

Wood and Bricks. Use these building materials on walls and or floors. Adding brick to your space can give a raw but warm look. Consider a brick veneer accent wall if you don’t live in a brick home.

Concrete. Concrete floors and countertops are true industrial style. Consider rustic hardwood if you’re not ready for a bare concrete floor.

Industrial lighting fixtures. These can be excellent focal points. Look for pendant lights with metal shades, exposed bulbs, and fixtures reminiscent of old factories and warehouses.

Remodeling your home in an industrial style can create a unique and edgy atmosphere that combines raw materials, exposed structures, and utilitarian design elements. Embrace imperfections and celebrate the unfinished look. Exposed pipes, weathered wood, and distressed finishes all contribute to the industrial aesthetic. Mix and match elements that resonate with you while maintaining a cohesive overall look.

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