5 easy ways to get an industri-cool look at home

Love the industrial look? Here’s how to give a nod to the trend in every room

Industrial interiors scream cool. Think concrete, exposed brick and lots of metal.

If you love the look but don't know where to start with the trend, never fear, here are five easy ways to be industri-cool at home (with minimal effort).

1. Dare to bare

kitchen with brick wall and glasses and potted flower on bench

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Exposed brick might seem scary, but it can really lift a space and is a great way to give a nod to the industrial trend while maintaining a relaxed warmth to a room. If you're not up for going all out with the trend, try just exposing the brick on a feature wall or chimneybreast - you can balance it with painted walls in the rest of your home, and, when sealed correctly, it is really easy to keep clean and fresh. Top tip - not sure about taking off the plaster? There are some really realistic wallpapers available instead!

2. Lift a room with light fittings

bedroom with hanging light and shelf

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Bare bulbs might remind you of the dark days of stripped-back student living, but they are a real feature of industrial chic. Go for low hanging pendants with black wiring and metal detail, and ideally choose dimmers so you can warm up the room depending on the season.

3. Keep cool with concrete

living room with curtain on window and white sofa and pillows

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Concrete might be cool, but it doesn't need to be cold. If you're not up for concrete shelving and furniture, add touches of the trend as accessories. Think candle holders, bedside lamps or concrete-topped stools. Ready to embrace the trend on your wall? Three words: Faux-effect wallpaper.

4. Grey paint

kitchen with white wall and crockery on shelf

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Grey is certainly having a moment this year, and walls are no exception. The general rule for industrial style is to always go for neutral, and light grey walls are perfect for the look. Try adding darker tones with your rugs or skirting boards.

5. Modern metros

room with bathtub and tiles on wall

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Think glossy and white with dark grey grouting and you can't go wrong. Pair the tiles with slate flooring in your bedroom and bathroom for a uber-cool hotel vibe.



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.