Design Guide: Beauty in Balance with Modern Industrial

Do you love the look of modern industrial interior design but wonder how to achieve the perfectly imperfect look in your new home? Exposed brick, pipes, and beams are hallmarks of this popular design style but they can feel cold unless they’re properly balanced. Knowing how to create that balance is where a design build team can help. We can help you design your new home to have the perfect balance between industrial and comfortable.

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Incorporating raw materials

 

Instead of hiding them behind walls or under finishes, modern industrial design celebrates the beauty of raw materials like wood, metal, brick, stone, and even cement. Although these materials are by their nature hard and masculine, they pair beautifully with layers of softer furnishings.

Exposed metal beams, pipes, and ductwork emphasize the raw, unfinished appearance that makes urban warehouse lofts so popular. Fortunately, you won’t have to tear down your walls to achieve this look. We can capture this look with something as simple as a set of wood and metal industrial shelves.

 

 

 

 

Layering in vintage furniture and hardware

 

Industrial design is a perfect blend of vintage and modern. One way to incorporate vintage is with weathered furniture that looks like it has a story to tell. For inspiration, think of your grandfather’s garage or an old country store. They were probably full of unfinished or battered wood, metals, and utilitarian objects. We’ll add in some organic materials like plants, textiles, and leather to soften the hard edges and you’re well on the way to modern industrial.

Vintage industrial metal furniture and cabinets are both beautiful and highly functional. When they’re combined with wood, they create an earthy, yet modern, look that’s very appealing. This is similar to modern farmhouse style in its use of industrial pieces combined with rustic elements, trendy Edison bulbs, and lots of glass.  

 

Keeping the layout open

 

The function of a room is our main focus when it comes to modern industrial design. Whether it’s your busy kitchen or just a relaxing room unwind at the end of a busy day, form should always follow function. The key to a functional layout is to keep it open. We’ll plan for plenty of negative space and comfortable pathways will help create a feeling of spaciousness even in a fairly small area.

Making sure the furniture is in scale to the room will also help. Pieces that do double duty as functional storage can help keep the space uncluttered. This will also enhance its open feeling. Just like an urban loft, your modern industrial space will feel like it has an open layout. High ceilings and lots of large windows will add to this open feeling.

 

 

Using a neutral palette

 

A neutral color palette serves as a subtle backdrop that lets the industrial elements shine. In fact, many of the materials inherent in industrial design are themselves neutrals. Metal, wood, and stone are all considered neutrals. Unlike a palette of stark neutrals like black, gray, and white, industrial neutrals tend toward warmer browns and tans.

By staying within a neutral palette, accessories become more important. Collections of objects that you love can do the storytelling in your modern industrial space. Collections that include vintage items like parts from old factory equipment or farmsteads fit an industrial space perfectly. Layer in distressed leather, cozy textiles, and vintage photos to add warmth and create interesting vignettes.  Artwork, antiques or anything that has sentimental value to you, will be incorporated and will really add to the design.

 

Creating an industrial space of your own

 

Modern industrial design ideas combine the very best of vintage with the convenience of modern. Unfortunately, trying to balance the two in the midst of a remodel can be a bit overwhelming. That’s where our Factor Design Build team can help. We’ll take care of all the work so you can focus on the fun aspects – like choosing items for your new industrial collections! If you’d like to explore the possibilities of modern industrial design, contact us today. We can create a custom design that’s uniquely yours.

 

 

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