Industrial styling is about proudly displaying the things many would try to conceal. Taking its cue from the loft apartments of New York, this growing trend has found its place in New Zealand homes.
Industrial styling is all about adding a raw, unfinished look to the most thoughtfully designed space and selecting pieces that are as much about function as style. It offers you the opportunity to juxtapose the raw and refined, the sleek and modern with the vintage and classic.
This trend showcases neutral tones, utilitarian objects and a plethora of wood and metal surfaces. The Parson dining table by Pure Home is perfectly at home in an industrial styled space with its rustic wood finish and raw looking top. The Ironoak shelves by Halo provide a metal element to emulate the look of exposed piping seen in traditional industrial styled lofts.
While this look tends to err on the side of minimalist, there is a lot of room for creating drama by contrasting high gloss metal or chrome finishes with rustic furniture pieces, polished concrete and luxury leather.
Nature has always been used in interiors, especially in prints and colour palettes. However, the use of greenery and ‘living accessories’ has also become a much stronger theme in interiors as our awareness of environmental issues and trends increases. In the context of industrial design, plants bring a sense of life, often the bigger the better or en masse so they aren’t lost in the larger space. Nature instantly adds a balanced sense of softness to your room to complement the dark hues and simple straight lines. The vibrant leaf print curtain drop from Unique’s Indochine collection is another spin on using plants to add softness.
Industrial interior design is as much at home in loft apartments and commercial spaces as it is in modern homes. It creates a space where functionality is the core fundamental however, the unique finishes you choose will add drama and interest, and the addition of ‘living accessories’ will contribute to a soothing natural vibe – creating a very memorable look for your home.