If you ever watch HGTV, you have heard over and over again, "my style is more industrial". What exactly does that mean? It means a lot of things, but mainly using elements that are inspired by rustic history and industry.
Color Matters - If you want to add industrial style, there is a color palette to follow as well. If you already have exposed brick or cement floors, some of your color palette has been already chosen. Rusts, browns, black and metallic colors all add to color palette as well.
Historically Inspired - Check out some historical buildings for inspiration. Exposed beams, rafters, brick, pipes and cement floors all can inspire an industrial look. Even items used in old warehouses or industry buildings can be displayed for reminders of the beginning of industry as well as some electrical features.
Metals Make It - Not only rod iron or steel are good metal choices, but you can add a number of different types of metals (soft brass, copper, bronze) for whatever particular style you want. Instead of upper cabinets, maybe add some open wooden shelving with heavy metal brackets or add a stainless steel island instead of a traditional one in your kitchen.
Less Is More - When you are furnishing a home, you need minimal detail, simple shapes and rustic finishes to keep with the industrial look. Nothing ornate, frilly or lacy.
Mix It Up - If the bold, simple look of industrial seems to be too masculine or heavy, lighten it up by mixing it with a modern style. Use bold, bright colors mixed with the other rustic elements instead of the rustic color palette. Add an acrylic top and metal bottomed table to a room or maybe some colorful, European kitchen cabinets with metal fixtures or other accessories. By mixing industrial elements with another design style of your choice, you can personalize your space the way you want.
Inspired Focus - If you like industrial style but it just really won't work completely in your home, maybe add an industrial focal point you love through a lighting fixture, piece of furniture or maybe even some wall decor.
If You Have It, Flaunt It - If you have a way to expose brick, rafters, beams, pipes or other industrial elements, go for it! Polished cement flooring is a popular option as well. Letting your homes rustic elements shine will give it that warm, simple industrial feel without a lot of upkeep. Sometimes, its the simple things that can create such honest beauty, don't you think?--Jen Lush