6 Subtle Ways to Incorporate Industrial Design in Your Home

We Get You There With Bare Light Bulbs and Touches of Metal

Industrial design has been trending in the home décor world, but we don’t see it going anywhere soon. The glorification of raw elements like metal, brick, old wood, wheels, and screws creates a modern feel that is simple and approachable. But you don’t have to fully commit to this theme to enjoy it – we came up with 6 ways to implement industrial design into your home’s décor without feeling like you live in a factory.

Photo by Leah Makin.
Bare Light Bulb

Probably the easiest way to get an industrial feel in your space is to use exposed light bulbs. Whether they’re hanging in clusters or standing alone, the point is that the source of light isn’t hidden with a shade or covering. It’s bare bones, but it’s also functional – a key point in industrial design.

Photo by Michelle.
Stainless Steel Cabinets

We can’t discuss industrial design without mentioning the most industrial of all materials: metal. In this case, stainless steel cabinetry transforms a kitchen into a utilitarian space. The sleek fronts and simple handle pulls are no-frills -- another key point of this design scheme.

Photo by bccnyc.
Rolling Coffee Table

A huge aspect of industrial design is repurposing materials and pieces, as seen with this coffee table which was probably once a cart or furniture dolly. Even though it has fading paint and weathered wood, this tool-turned-furniture still brings a warm vintage touch to the white couch and polished wood floors.

Photo by Jurgen Leckle.
Peeling Brick Wall

Industrial design favors the exposure of raw materials, so you may have to peel back the layers to achieve this look. The wall’s peeling paint and underlayer of brick lends an industrial feel to the space without going overboard.

Photo by JJ Locations.
Exposed Beams

You can expose other elements of your home, like the brick wall in the previous image, to get an industrial feel.  This beam’s functionality, including the exposed screws and splits in the grain, is glorified by being the focal point of the room.

Photo by 12Ave.
Combine Wood and Metal

Industrial design likes to use unconventional pairings of materials, such as this metal and rustic wood coffee table. Functionality, not perfection, is the goal here. Even though the wood is chipped and weathered and the metal’s surface lacks a brand-new luster, this coffee table will stand up to daily use. And who doesn’t want that?

Photo by Craig Sillitoe.