When the owner first bought this one-bedroom Victorian garden flat in Hove, East Sussex it had been untouched for about 30 years and there was no gas supply. It needed rewiring and replumbing and had blue carpets in every room, along with magnolia woodchip walls, night storage heaters and an old kitchen with three fridges. Since purchase, the owner has transformed it into a warm and welcoming flat by decorating it in tones of grey. It has been furnished with unique collectables and finds, which were acquired from flea markets and antique fairs, to give it an industrial look.
Expose brickwork for a New York look. Gently chip off the plaster, use a metal wire brush and water to scrub off any leftovers, then seal with a 50:50 mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
‘I drew up plans and knew from the start that I wanted an industrial look for the decor, with texture, lots of metals and hardwearing surfaces.’ Create a focal point with a starburst clock or, for a purely decorative version, transform cardboard tubes into a fun flower shape and mount on the wall for a unique piece that is sure to impress.
Dulux at Homebase
Monochrome designs suit the industrial look or, for a splash of colour, mustard yellow, teal and zingy orange work well, too. Wooden crates, battered leather trunks and wire baskets all make good small-scale storage. When it comes to industrial style, the possibilities are endless just follow a few simple rules: metal, rustic and leather finishes work well, ornate details are a no-no.
Alexander & Pearl
Dark grey, inky black or earthy-brown coloured walls are perfect in an industrial scheme. For a more subtle look, try one wall in a darker shade and keep the rest of your scheme white. Handleless kitchen cabinets are a great way to create a sleek, streamlined feel. Here, the owner has opted for wooden worktops and oak flooring to stop the space looking too clinical.
Dulux at Homebase
Match the worktops and flooring to help make the space feel streamlined. ‘The original floorboards were beyond repair so I went for engineered oak instead and its worked out really well.’ In contemporary schemes, wood can be used to inject warmth and tactility, softening the sharp edges of minimalist design. Keep it simple with classic metro tiles for a timeless way to shield your kitchen walls from water and food splashes.
Garden furniture, as shown here, can be made from pieces of solid wood joined
together. Don’t be discouraged when sourcing salvaged wood – even when
damaged, wood can often be restored to its former glory, so you can make
the most of junk yard finds. Layer your seating with plenty of cushions and throws for a comfortable spot to put your feet up.
In the bedroom, the owner chose a dark grey for a beautifully luxurious look, while the living room has a paler shade as it gets a lot of sunlight in the early evenings. ‘I also used a different tone of grey on the ceilings to bring out the original cornicing I call it my version of 50 Shades of Grey!’ Add an ornate mirror and chandelier for a feminine touch.
The Wool Company
There is a humble simplicity to this traditional bathroom that rests on the smart, stylish use of classic chequerboard flooring. White metro-style wall tiles with grey grouting create a contrast with the white suite. ‘Brick-effect tiling is a nod towards the industrial style I love.’