Industrial Inspired Urban Chic
Industrial inspired design is everywhere you look in the interior design world at the minute. And it’s not a new craze to have stumbled onto the design scene but it has had tremendous staying power.
What is it about this simplistic, urban and rustic aesthetic that has captured the imagination and inspired legions of Designers and consumers alike, to the extent that it has infiltrated the High Street?
I can’t speak for all Interior Designers but I am sure of one thing: its appeal is in the simplicity of its construction and design. Of that, I have no doubt.
As an Interior Design student, I’m taught about the importance of combining pattern, texture and colour. Of being aware of spatial properties and the use of form and light. But nothing is more refreshing than witnessing an object that has been stripped back, is minimal in appearance and is constructed of raw material.
Are you with me?
But then again, (there’s always a ‘but’), combining industrial inspired designs with items and materials that are perceived as less ‘extreme’ provides a very effective contrast. Why? Because this form of design provides depth, visual stimulation and prevents a space from appearing too one dimensional.
Plus, many of the items and furnishings that are considered ‘industrial’ are not only a quirky addition to a space but they can also provide a glimpse into times gone by.
Which brings me (very conveniently) onto the subject of my most recent design scheme. I uploaded images of 3D visuals in a previous post but I never actually explained the design concept of the industrial inspired guest bedroom in full.
This room had a generous expanse of wall that could easily showcase statement lighting either side of a bed. That was my starting point. Initially I had considered the hotel chic inspired look of hanging pendants above bedside tables but I had a swift change of heart.
This was a city centre apartment. It was situated in the heart of Belfast and in an area that had an industrial and manufacturing history. In my mind, the interior should reflect the exterior, to a certain extent. Therefore, I decided to incorporate industrial inspired lighting in the form of suspended bulbs attached to copper cable.
To ensure that this lighting treatment wasn’t going to appear too harsh (something I’m always mindful of when it comes to industrial inspired styling), I decided to hang them in clusters of 3 at varying heights. This would add a multi-dimensional quality and provide lots of eye candy.
A bit like this.
The use of copper would also help to add visual relief from the simplicity of this lighting. I extended the use of metallic accents to the textured wall covering but to increase the sense of drama, I used a dark pewter shade. A Wenge floor-to-ceiling headboard was incorporated to help raise the eye and was anchored by simple Wenge bedside tables. This dark tone added richness and an overall luxurious quality to this overall design.
Always remember to inject added warmth and softness to a space, when industrial elements have been incorporated. This will ensure that the overall look isn’t too harsh. In this instance, I included shots of orange. I’ve always thought that pewter and orange were a match made in heaven, it’s a very rich combination. To further underpin this hue I have suggested a simple black ceiling pendant with a copper satin inner (which also helps to tie in the copper cables).
And lastly, I included statement Art. Nothing can reinforce a sense of drama and help to underpin a colour palette better than some inspirational, abstract Art.
I hope I have helped to banish the perception that industrial inspired design elements within an interior are harsh, cold and uninviting!