A nostalgia for the gritty times before the overly technological era of nowadays might seem a bit paradoxical. Yet, the turn-of-the-century industrial home decor look makes for an interior design that speaks modern, sleek, and contemporary. Well, trends are cyclical! You can always go with a vintage flair with your industrial vintage modern home decor, but we’ll say more about that later. You may have seen this trend in the sets of some of your favorite TV shows—in the offices of young professionals or the cool, edgy NYC lofts.
It’s certainly a style that gives this message: we are too cool to look like we spent money. It’s definitely an aesthetic that goes for raw, edgy, and, you know, exposed bricks. Vintage modern home decor has taken the leap from glossy interior design magazines, TV shows, and upper-class homes to become increasingly popular in commercial spaces, lofts and studio apartments, and even family homes. Here’s a run-down of the main key points in industrial home décor.
The Concept of Vintage Modern Home Decor
Well, before you decide on vintage modern home decor as your style, ask yourself: what do I find beautiful and why? The main argument of the industrial aesthetic is that you should not hide flaws and imperfections. Instead, you should uphold them as beautiful. It veers away from conventional aesthetics and taste, denouncing them as false or make-up. The irony here is that, surely, this look is as manicured as any other. But who cares? The point is: how do you want your home to look like?
If you are interested in exposed pipes, bricks and steel structures, distressed wood, and the unfinished flair of concrete, keep reading to learn how to achieve the look.
The main color palette for industrial home décor will be rustic hues. You will be working with a lot of brown, beige, and grey. You can also add muted shades of green and blue, with grey and beige undertones. This discreet color scheme will leave you room to add more vivacious colors in your accessories and other décor items. You will want to contrast the hardness of this style with softer décor, like plants, rugs, cushions, and other textured elements.
You will be using the 60-30-10 color formula. Depending on the color and material of your floor and walls, your dominant color will be either beige or soft to deep brown (if you are going with wood or bricks), or maybe grey if you have exposed steel or a concrete layout. You will want to juxtapose wood and brick with steel. So, if your dominant color is brown, your secondary color should be incorporated into industrial style furniture in steel. You will be able to find concrete tables, which give an impressive visual effect. Couches also count as a secondary color surface, so pick a similarly neutral tone. Finally, find a shade to your liking that you will be glad to have your accent color. Jewel tones will contrast wonderfully with the textures you will have in place, with teal being one of your best options because it is simultaneously soothing and iridescent.
To achieve a modern industrial look, you will want sleek, functional accessories. Another key point of this style is that the furniture and accessories clearly shape the function of every space. Instead of getting decorations that are prized mostly for their aesthetic value, you will want to decorate with functional appliances. Coherent industrial home furnishings are what makes this home your own.
Thus, in this style, a simple desk lamp becomes major real estate for decoration. You will be spending more money on pretty things you actually need and use, rather than merely decorative objects. Comfort objects will be a welcome addition to space. You should not use extravagant patterns or colors here: rugs, cushions, throw pillows should blend into the environment you created, and not stand out. As for wall hangings, you might want to draw attention to a specific photograph or painting you really like, but try to keep within the modern, sleek theme. Of course, you will want your personality to show off in the space so, give yourself some room to go a bit outside the box.
Before you start designing, create a mood and inspiration board. This is a style that requires a very high control of aesthetics and the ability to juxtapose intricate materials. Get acquainted with your favorite hues and textures. Take a walk around old neighborhoods to see the details in these industrial era buildings. Many successful industrial-themed spaces have been converted from old warehouses, so the style is not as easy to achieve in a newer home. But it’s definitely possible to incorporate the industrial flair into any space, you just have to be willing to accept what used to look like flaws.