Making the Industrial Look Work for You

The industrial vibe looks great in all of the designer mags but will it really work in your home? Unfortunately for some of us the answer is no, it's just not going to work with your old Queenslander with heritage detailing but for most of us this is actually an achievable style.

You might not be able to extend to exposed brickwork and open rafters but with a simple blank canvas of white walls and neutral flooring, which most of us have, the industrial look can be achieved with some new furniture, lighting and decor pieces.


To deck out your entire home in this style might be a little daunting, so start with one room and try a few options until you have 100% perfected your own style then gradually roll it out to your other rooms. You might be surprised how many of your existing things you can reuse once you get the hang of it.

Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

1. Some new industrial style furniture will be in order to set your theme. Look for ranges including a raw timber look and plenty of metal detailing. With options ranging from heavily themed through to just a hint of industrial, there is sure to be an option to suit your style

2. Your space needs to be practical as well as looking great. An open shelving unit is practically a must to create the eclectic, industrial vibe. Pick out some of your favourite display pieces and books and team them up with some baskets for practicality to put your own personal touch on the space.


3. Keep things simple with a neutral colour pallet. Plain white walls are the perfect backdrop for your new furniture and offset the heavier metal and timber tones. If you have some spare wall space then some inexpensive black and white prints add a touch of sophistication to the space.

4. If you want to go all out with your new look then low hanging pendant lights are the perfect finishing touch. Reminiscent of the warehouse style of lighting pendants are available in all shapes and sizes to suit your space and your budget. Use these as a feature light, additional to your normal lighting, this allows you to go all out with your selection without having to worry about correctly lighting the space.

      We hope you are inspired to give this style a go in your own home and remember we would love to see photos of the look you have achieved. So get creative, get styling and make it your own industrial haven.

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