Industrial design: old and new trends for the living room

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An unfinished house with unplastered walls and visible metal struts in the wall? How uncomfortable! Or not? Industrial style is currently experiencing a boom and is focusing precisely on the things that stand for a house that is actually not ready for occupancy. The industrial home looks cool, yet cozy and romantic.Industrial design: old and new trends for the living room

Industrial style: imperfection for the living room

As a rule, great importance is attached to everything in the living room, that everything fits together, that everything harmonizes. Here is a pillow, there is a picture on the wall, the couch comfortably moved in front of the television. The industrial style questions all of this and comes with an imperfection that looks cool and cozy, but not wanted or like “not finished”. Here are some characteristic points that matter in industrial design:

Muted colors

The industrial style is rather masculine, which is why colors are used that are more muted to dark. Dark blue, steel gray, black or anthracite are the colors of choice. To loosen things up a bit, dark red and wood are used, these basic tones ensure cosiness and balance. After all, despite the industrial design, the living room should not look like a workshop! The nice thing about it: Many colors go well with it, red and yellow also look good and give the living room a little visual warmth.

Heavy materials

This does not mean materials that are actually heavy in the sense of “a lot of weight”. Rather, it is about the use of concrete and metal, which seem heavy on their own and stand for durability and robustness. Vases made of concrete, candle holders made of steel – all this ensures clear lines and a puristic impression.


luminaires use covered lampshades that may still come in a light pink? No, the industrial style shapes the lighting quite differently and can make you cozy with the steel factory lamp . These lamps once only hung above the workbenches and machines in halls, used to be considered cold halogen spotlights. Today, these lamps are more of a work of art, can be perfectly combined with other furnishings and harmonize with all furniture that is used in industrial design. Even without a lampshade, such lamps can find their place and bring everything in the right light.

Cool seating

Other people have a sofa or a “chaise longue” – we have industrial design and with this chairs and stools as seating. These bring no frills or unnecessary decorations into your home, are masculine and speak a very clear design language. With these pieces of furniture, too, you should rely on the typical colors of industrial design and not replace them with the cozy furniture in pink or green.

Do not plaster the walls

The most important feature of industrial design can be seen in living with unplastered walls. These give the room something cool and daring. If the room no longer has any raw walls, these can be carefully exposed. If you do not want this, simply use different painting techniques or glue appropriate wallpapers that give the impression of unplastered masonry.

Industrial style is currently experiencing a boom and is focusing precisely on the things that stand for a house that is actually not ready for occupancy. The industrial home looks cool, yet cozy and romantic. (# 01)

Rough furnishing style ensures functional and formal clarity

Every piece of furniture that finds its place in the industrial design in the living room or in the rest of the apartment serves a clear purpose and that can also be seen in the part. There is no need to consider here whether the small chest of drawers is one or whether the suggested doors may not open at all. No one who specializes in industrial design needs flourishes and ornaments – after all, industrial goods do not place an increased value on simply looking beautiful.

Certainly, critics are right who claim that the industrial style looks a bit archaic, raw and shabby. But it depends on the skill of the interior designer or that of the apartment owner, how cozy such an industrial accommodation will end up. So it’s one way to make metal look a little more homely by covering it with fabrics. A soft cushion is placed on hard chairs made of metal or untreated wood and the piece of furniture already looks much more inviting.

The art is to give the whole thing a somewhat enchanted charm, to make everything look a little fairytale. There are no limits to the joy of combination: For example, there is the option of using old canisters with product pictures as a flower pot. Of course, these canisters must not look new, they must have a little patina on them. Only then will the style look real!

Accessories are mandatory

If you choose industrial design in your home, you also have to demonstrate a high degree of combination talent. Accessories are mandatory, otherwise when you enter the apartment, you have the feeling of entering an office in a production hall. Pillows with selected motifs and matching colors are a variant. Another is to clad the walls, if only partially. Certainly hardly anyone will put the delicate pink floral wallpaper next to the raw wall with visible metal rails, but such a contrast can be a good eye-catcher if it is placed in the right place.

If you want to get new ideas in terms of combination options, you should visit a furnishing fair. These take place at regular intervals in different cities in the country and always give a good overview of the current market and the current fashion in relation to the furnishing of the apartment.

In industrial design, anything that pleases is allowed – and what doesn’t like it at first is a matter of habit! No, it’s not that bad. (# 02)

Industrial design: use your own furniture

In industrial design, anything that pleases is allowed – and what doesn’t like it at first is a matter of habit! No, it’s not that bad. But who can imagine having the old workbench from the workshop in the house! This is a good idea, because it makes a great chest of drawers or can be used as a sideboard. Lockers in exchange for traditional cupboards are also a good idea. If the current offers of furniture designers are too expensive, you should inquire in schools. There are always sales of lockers, which only have to be made “chic”.

Who says that the books in the living room must always be on a bookshelf? One possibility, which is also in the sense of industrial design, is to set up metal shelves. These can be optically embellished a bit, which is easily done with stickers or the like. An individual bookshelf is already ready, which definitely has what it takes to catch the eye in the living room.

Design the floor to match

When a house is rebuilt, the floor is one of the most expensive things – underfloor heating, screed, tiles or carpet: a lot adds up! However, industrial design does not require perfection, but rather relies on the imperfect. The concrete floor may show cracks, wood should be covered with a patina. It looks particularly authentic! In general, the entire floor should simply look old and not as just finished.

New floors are hardly treated in such a way that they look as if prehistoric people were already stuck over them. But if you are only faced with the question of which floor covering can be used to beautify the house, you should definitely think twice. Recycled wood or smoked parquet wood looks exceptionally good in an apartment that has been designed in industrial design. Linoleum also looks good here, with numerous great and unusual designs available. It is important that the floor is not completely smooth, but that it shows visible signs of use and structures.

When building a house, the floor is one of the most expensive things – underfloor heating, screed, tiles or carpet: (# 02)

Do not plaster ceilings

If the floor is to look as if it is old and has been used for many years, this also applies to the ceiling. In industrial design, this must not look as if it were perfect! Rather, the ceiling should be exposed as much as possible, which means that light lines and cables are visible. Therefore, free the ceiling of all its cladding if you want to integrate it meaningfully into the concept of industrial design.

This is particularly useful for high ceilings and works particularly well. The lines are made invisible by plastic channels? Then remove them! Only at the end, no cable may dangle loosely into the room, and there must also be no danger. If the ceiling is not too high and you have (curious) small children in the house, you must make sure that loose cables or cables that are not under plaster are never accessible for the children.

Doors and partitions fit in

Doors and partitions that are built in a completely different style give the room, which has already been furnished in industrial design, at best an unfinished impression. Nothing harmonizes here and the doors are the complete opposite of the furniture or the rest of the furnishings. If, on the other hand, they are made of steel and glass, the result is the typical industrial look. Ideally, this look is also recorded elsewhere in the apartment and thus ensures a unity in the furnishings.

ration of the apartment in industrial design, less is more. The materials used are limited to glass, wood and metal. (# 04)

Decorations: less is more

When decorating the apartment in industrial design, less is more. The materials used are limited to glass, wood and metal. The colors are gray and black, a few warm colors such as red or yellow can occur. The industrial style is puristic, stands for a spartan interior and not for an opulent feeling of living. It is therefore better not to decorate too much! The sofa does not have to be completely covered with blankets and pillows, the side table must not be made of teak. Everything cannot be spent as a deliberate change in style!

A few parts too much can disturb the overall impression and thus ensure that the industrial style is no longer such. If you want to set up something, then pay attention to the selection of accessories: steel baskets are okay, a large plant should also be found in the room. However, a jungle must not grow out of the room, so you should not set up too many plants. As with all accessories in industrial style, it is true that they are eye-catching, but must not distract from the actual furniture and design details. The factory lamp above the table should be an eye-catcher, not the table itself or even the colorful cushions on the armchair next to it!