How to get that chic industrial look

From metal pendant lights to zinc-topped tables, there are plenty of ways to introduce an industrial note to your scheme

Urban edge

An industrial-style interior remains an on-trend look, not only does it look achingly cool but it also adds depth and texture to a scheme, complements old buildings such as lofts and warehouses, as well as new-builds, and can even update a country-style home, too. But if used over-zealously, it can create a cold, steril look. The secret is to blend industrial elements with softer furnishings for a comfortable, lived-in feel - opt for light walls and pale woodwork coupled with an occasional splash of colour. It's a strong statement so stick to one theme - mixing industrial elements with bold pattern is best avoided - instead go for clean lines to complement the look.

kitchen room with grey tiled walls and kitchen countertops

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Reclaimed wood accents lend warmth, character and a homely feel

A soft touch

Whether you decide on a subtle nod, such as industrial lighting or a reclaimed metal table, or something more substantial such as a corrugated tin ceiling or exposed steel supports, make sure you add wooden elements, such as flooring or dining chairs to provide relief. Reclaimed wood accents are ideal because they have a well-worn patina that looks and feels more tactlle and welcoming. Use just two or three pale woods to keep the look cohesive.

room with white flooring and architectural designed white wall

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A few coats of white paint makes a striking feature of original architectural detailing

Modern update

Metals, such as zinc, iron or steel, with a painted or blackened finish, concrete, bricks and reclaimed wood, are
the basis for the industrial look, and can be used anywhere from the walls, floors or worktops. Their different raw textures really work well together. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to add industrial style - ceiling pendants or table lamps are easy to install, but always consider existing ceiling height, mouldings and architectural details. Try placing new pieces of furniture alongside existing features to update the look.

kitchen room with white tiled walls and white kitchen countertop

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This scheme by Ann Sacks has plenty industrial touches, but still remains fresh and modern.

The general background colour palette should be largely neutral. Mixing different shades of grey together can work really well to add a feeling of depth, and use white for brightness. Complete the look with clusters of exposed lightbulbs or metal or glass lamp shades. Make sure the bulbs are dimmable so you can create a warm and relaxed atmosphere when needed.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.