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Create An Industrial Look In Your Work Space

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The modern industrial style is about proudly displaying the building materials that many try to conceal. Interior design deconstruction is where pipes and beams usually behind interior walls are on proud display creating a raw and unfinished look. to compliment the style, furnishings are more about function than visual appeal.

In this article, we will cover some of the key elements and tips on how to achieve an ultimate industrial look for your working space.

Exposing Pipes And Ducts

One of the major signatures that every modern industrial look must contain is the exposure of the pipes and ducts usually hidden behind the thick walls. This trend started out as a necessity, i.e. they exposed the pipes so they knew where they were when outfitting old warehouses into office workspaces and living quarters.

Now the exposure of rough beams, pipes etc is a popular interior design style among discerning building occupiers who seek the “unfinished” look.

Designers say it is one of the smartest choices for all-white spaces, as shining walls are an amazing contrast to metal piping plus the room is larger with less internal wall structures.

More daring designers incorporate old pipes into the furniture, so they use metal brackets and tubes to make unique shelves, chairs, and tables.

Industrial Look Flooring

In enormous open-plan working spaces, tiles and concrete are the most common choices for flooring. However, for those who prefer super stylish flooring, you can achieve just that by opting for some tasteful wooden flooring.

Since we’re aiming for an industrial look here, engineered wooden flooring might actually be a better idea and you can decide between 1-Strip, 2-Strip or 3-Strip Planks for the right look. Aim for the 1-strip option, as it’s a wider plank and it will probably fit the best with the overall industrial design.

Less is more so use mats sparingly. Neutral tones, whites, and grays, together with some wooden floors and metal fixtures are the signature elements of the industrial design. It gives your working space a uniform look that allows you to experiment with old and retro furniture as well as add a couple of your own projects.

Concrete And Bricks

Many attics and factories come with a wall of concrete or bricks. With an industrial interior design scheme, these can become amazing features when space is re-styled or reorganized.

Bricks and concrete feature accent walls that are eye-catching and that provide great conversation starters with clients.

Concrete is a fabulous and economical choice for any industrial interior design look. It can be polished or left matte or unfinished for more of a rustic feel.


Vintage Furniture

Industrial design has its requirement in taking you a step further by experimenting when it comes to furniture. But be wary, experimenting, in this case, doesn’t refer to color and extraordinary furniture pieces, but rather simple and neutral ones found at a local thrift shop.

An aged wooden coffee table surrounded with modern leather furniture or an old TV turned into a retro bar, there is room for everything that could in a way be named second-hand.

Industrial Lighting

Even though many industrial spaces are usually quite bright, exposed electrical fixtures are still a chief element to be incorporated. The options are vast. You can choose to set up simple and old iron triangular chandeliers above your kitchen island or place cables across the entire ceiling just to have light bulbs hanging in the center of a room. Traditional metal wall fixtures are also frequently found in industrially designed spaces that blend with walls and exposed piping.

Color Scheme

Metal surfaces prevail alongside wooden ones thus creating a perfect contrast, so in an industrially designed interior you are bound to see the metal ceiling in combination with wooden flooring, but often more often vice versa. Green and brown, as well as many of the light neutral tones, are the most popular color choices, with grey being the most dominant one, creating a bit uniform but ultimately chic and modern working space.


Going with the industrial style takes some effort. From exposed piping on ceilings and walls to wood and metal furnishings, there are many ways you can obtain the natural visual and ambience in a working space. Whether you go industrial vintage or modern, there really no right or wrong way to achieve the design. For more inspiration view some of the amazing work by designers like Philippe Starck.

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