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The codes of industrial style: a workshop and artist universe


The industrial style is very trendy and remains timeless. Inspired by the industrial revolution, the codes take up the style of factories. Discover the codes of this decorative style.

All about the industrial workshop style and its artistic soul!

It is not necessary to live in a loft in New York or to live in an artist’s studio to afford an industrial decorative style. If this trend dates from the Industrial Revolution, it is today more than ever in the top 10 decorating trends.

Thus, the industrial style interior decoration rhymes with rawness, authenticity, polished concrete, exposed bricks and factory furniture. And contrary to what we think, the industrial decor adapts to many homes. Plus, it’s suitable for any room, not just the kitchen.

So if you want to adopt this decorative style, discover the codes of industrial style!

Industrial style materials

Brick wall and waxed concrete floor

An industrial decoration is indeed easy to obtain when fitting out old workshops, a loft. However, by respecting a few basic rules, a factory atmosphere is easy to obtain in a more ordinary dwelling.

However, to give it character, when you can’t highlight exposed bricks, it is always possible to play with trompe-l’oeil wallpaper. Or else a gray paint and bet everything on the floor, in waxed concrete, raw or preferably paved.

Although it is not forbidden, for an industrial loft decor, to cover all or part with a few cement tiles, provided that they remain in shades varying from black to greige, or with aged parquet.

Industrial decor needs height, air. It requires space, space. Do not hesitate to break down the walls. However, if this option is not possible, then separate two rooms by a canopy for example.

Metal, copper and solid wood

The industrial style cannot be designed without metal. It is indeed distinguished by its raw side. Thus, all steel, cast iron, concrete or copper elements must be preserved and enhanced. For this, prefer them uncovered.

This is the signature of an industrial-style interior decoration.

To warm up the atmosphere, combine metal with solid wood. Indeed, the combination of wood and metal is one of the main distinctive signs of the industrial style.

Finally, a stamp for a sink in a kitchen, an enamel clawfoot bathtub in a bathroom will support this raw character.

Factory furniture and vintage decor

Furniture found in flea markets

In terms of furniture, factory furniture must imperatively be integrated into the room. Go for collection now at Homary! It is in flea markets or at garage sales that you will find rare pieces. If antiquing is not your forte, current brands offer models inspired by the industrial trend in their catalogs.

A factory locker room, metal chairs, a desk with lockers, an architect’s table represent the key elements of the metallic industrial style. In a living room, raw, aged, natural or camel leather will be perfect on a Club armchair or a Chesterfield sofa. Finally, note that the vintage style is the perfectly complementary style.

To give an industrial touch to a kitchen, you can use a wooden workbench as a worktop. In addition, it will go perfectly with black metal stools.

Colors: raw and authentic

Regarding the colors of the industrial style, note that the most important and that they are natural. Forget the garish colors of the contemporary style or the pale colors of the Nordic style.

For this, act sparingly in order to keep the industrial spirit while not darkening the atmosphere too much. So, to raise the gray, add light (very light) touches of yellow or red in the decor.

However, in an industrial style, we will mainly find dark colors such as black, anthracite gray, dark green or rust.

So green will only be found in plants, and hues of reds will mostly be in the form of bricks.

Indeed, keep in mind that the industrial style highlights the beauty of materials in their natural state. This is why the colors are not very present but can nevertheless enhance the tone of your decor.

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