How to nail the industrial chic home trend and where to shop the look

The industrial style is shaping up to be one of the hottest decor trends of the year. Here's how to get it.

Inspired by old factories and industrial warehouses, industrial chic is quickly becoming one of the most coveted decor trends of the moment. Utilising a mixture of raw materials, the design is all about welcoming natural, simple, timeless style into your interior space.

The uniquely spacious and sophisticated trend can either be carried through the whole home, or included in various elements throughout. Either way, industrial chic involves the use of several key elements to create the aesthetic. We take a look at what they are to help you create the perfect decor.

1. Exposed wood

One raw element often used in industrial design is wood. Giving a rustic appeal to the space, exposed wood brings a traditional feel to any room.

Look for pieces with clean lines and smooth surfaces free of carvings or adornment to keep with the minimalistic design.

For a true industrial feel, pick out furniture created with a mixture of wood and metal to combine two key elements from the trend.


2. Monochrome

If you're the sort of person who enjoys an 'all-black-everything' kind of aesthetic, this trend is for you. Industrial chic is all about creating a minimalistic look by using simple materials and few colours.

Often punctuated by black, white and grey accents, the design is incredibly easy to style as finding furnishings in these hues is a breeze.

Start with some dark furniture and then add decorations and homewares in white to avoid your space looking dull and cramped.


3. Lighting

Adding specific lighting fixtures is one of the simplest ways to replicate an interior style.

In the case of industrial chic, you'll want to be on the lookout for lamps and fixtures in styles like pendant, porcelain, ribbed glass and bulb cages.

Not only do these designs give off a warehouse-vibe, most of them also have the ability to be extended, making them versatile and easy to fit into any home.


4. Concrete

One of the staple building materials of the industrial age was concrete and, as such, it is another key characteristic of the industrial chic style.

The humble mix of water and powdered cement is enjoying a revival as it is now considered a look to be embraced rather than covered up.

Concrete flooring is especially popular in the industrial trend and creates a simple, long-lasting design. If you don't want to commit to quite that much concrete, though, you can now shop everything from tables to baths made from the material.


5. Metal

The industrial chic trend is very much reliant on architectural elements, such as metal. If you want to go all out, you can leave steel girders and beams exposed for a true factory feel.

If you're after a more modern take on the style, though, you can achieve it by incorporating metal into your home furnishings.

Style your space with the industrial-glam aesthetic by investing in metal bed frames or any furniture that showcases metallic finishes instead of concealing them.


6. Colour pop

Although industrial chic is all about monochrome, there has been a recent shift towards adding pops of colour to the design.

A more modern take on an old-school look, adding select furnishings in a bright colour allows you to embrace the industrial trend even if you aren't keen on a limited colour palette.

Look for furniture made from the key elements of the industrial design style, such as metal, but in colour rather than monochrome. Alternatively, avoid making your rooms looking too cold by brightening dark furniture with colourful throw cushions.


7. Wall decor

The simplistic style of industrial chic means that walls are often left exposed to showcase the materials beneath, but this doesn't mean you can't liven them up a little.

Choose select pieces of art or wall decor to bring some personality to the space.

Look for pieces that complement the overall theme of the decor. Just remember that the style is quite minimalistic, so don't go too overboard when you're picking out pieces.


Best retailers to shop industrial chic furnishings


Which stores have free delivery?

  • Adairs: Free on orders over $150

More homewares inspiration

Main image: Pinterest

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site