The industrial aesthetic has been popularised by many urban designers in recent years, bringing together core design elements such as metal finishings, exposed bricks and tons of raw wood to achieve a modern, edgy look.
Industrial interiors can look great. However, if followed to a tee, they can also come across as cold and uncomfortable.
Instead, by merging utilitarian elements with pieces of luxury, a whole new dimension to your home can be achieved. The industrial-luxe design highlights a grown-up version of the plain industrial aesthetic and highlights style and sophistication while still leaving plenty of edge.
Scroll down for some tips and inspiration on creating the industrial luxe aesthetic for your home.
Bricks and cement
Without brick walls and cement flooring, the core elements of the industrial aesthetic will be lost. Once markers of a building under construction, the ‘unfinished-yet-finished’ look tones done the formality of the home and makes the living space feel a little rough around the edges. To elevate the space for the industrial luxe look, opt for a brick feature wall that comes in a darker shade. Glossed up cement flooring will also help to elevate the look of your home.
Expose, not conceal
Another signature element is to expose what others typically try to conceal, such as pipes and ducts. This makes for a much more liberating way of designing your home without incurring extra costs trying to build around them. To elevate your look, paint your pipes in a colour that matches your home. As most pipes are in a shade of white, black or even rose gold piping would stand out in any home.
To add some class into your industrial home, opt for the use of warmer lighting to bring a softer edge to your interiors. It will create a more relaxed environment and also a sense of homeliness. This will also help to complement the luxurious features of the space, fashioning a delicate touch to the raw interiors.
Add rich textures
When building on industrial textures like brick walls and cement flooring, textures like faux fur and velvet stand out a lot more in terms of contrast. Upholstered velvet chairs, for example, would contrast nicely against a raw wooden table with some metal legs. The disparity between such textures add an element of luxury to the home, without coming across too snobbish or too laid-back. This makes for an interesting, engaging interior that stimulates the senses and creates an enjoyable area for all.
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.