At its beginnings, industrial style was not considered enthusiastically by either the professionals or the public, but today it can be said that it has achieved success by transforming itself into a real trend.
Very different from both classical and modern environments, an industrial chic context is characterized by a sober but daring aesthetic at the same time and an atmosphere that, despite the look used and the presence of technical materials, is totally different from a simple rustic style.
To furnish a loft, a studio, but also an apartment according to the dictates of industrial interior design means to personalize and make it unique, in part exploiting the pre-existing characteristics of the architecture, in part playing with the typical materials of laboratories, warehouses and workshops: iron, glass, rubber, cement and bricks.
The result is to evoke the industrial context of the twentieth century, where design was flanked by productivity, transmitting an image of strength, elegance and functionality. In the industrial chic style The vintage pieces maintain their original appearance, the architectural environment is exalted in its more technical aspects and the physicality of the materials, from wood, to steel, to concrete, prevails over the refined finishes, which appear to be reduced to a minimum.
Original or retreaded industrial look environments
To create an industrial-style living environment, the ideal would be to enjoy an original architectural context. An old warehouse, a basement used in the past to workshop or laboratory, a small factory dismissed, can transform, with the addition of some comfort, in charming and innovative residential solutions, preserving the atmosphere characteristic of a technical and productive space.
For those who have the good fortune to have a similar structure, the first suggestion is to enhance and exalt to the maximum all the details that confirm its origins: rough bricks walls, beams and pipes on sight, columns and pillars, flooring in concrete, steel or rubber coverings, door frames and iron doors.
If technical instruments are still present, such as trolleys, shelves, hooks, safety scales, platforms, scales, the best solution is to keep them as they are, integrating possibly in the furnishing project, with the function of supports or complements.
If, on the contrary, the property of which you have is a traditional house and has no industrial origins, with a little ‘ inventiveness and precision will not be difficult to adapt, changing the style. In this respect, one can take into account that, among the signs of distinction of industrial architecture, there are the absence of walls, and the presence of large windows, skylights, lofts and gradients. If you want to divide the space into several sections, you can optionally use a shelving or an iron library.
The accessories and materials of the industrial chic furniture
In an industrial chic residential environment, the furnishing style must assimilate to that of a real production context, defined by an essential design and by raw but resistant materials.
Antique or modern pieces are allowed, but always distinguished by simple forms and technical materials, the ideal would be to choose objects of recovery, avoiding the traditional vintage style and the furniture too elaborate.
The most suitable materials for an industrial furnishing are, before any other, the metals: steel, but also iron, aluminum and non-shiny copper, avoiding the gilded finishes.
The wood must be treated with wax but not painted or lacquered, in order to leave visible the natural aesthetic details, the glass is often and dithered, to give light are suitable also the classic squares in glass.
For the flooring, the best choice is the cement, if it is not possible to use it, the most suitable alternative is the resin or an industrial technical material such as non-slip rubber with stamps. For those who prefer the wooden flooring, these must be made in large planks, avoiding the traditional parquet.
The walls are preferably lime and colored in a single tint, on the shades of light grey or sand, leaving visible, if present, the brick parts.
If, on the contrary, there are no exposed bricks, they can be reproduced using a special coating or, alternatively, decorate the wall with the installation of enameled iron or steel inserts. Stone origin uses the natural stone to create beautiful coatings that reproduce beautifully the aesthetics of a classic brick wall in sight, also in antique version.
Supporting columns, pillars and structural beams should be finished in concrete, while the pipes, air intakes, the air conditioner piping and any other technical element must be left conspicuous. To reproduce the aesthetics of the cement you can also use the wallpaper: the French producer Ugepa realizes beautiful wallpapers characterized by a realistic pattern with concrete effect.
The choice of furnishing elements
If the intent of an industrial style installation is to highlight details and technical components, beams, columns and metal structures of an environment, transforming them into an aesthetic value, even for the furnishing elements is worth the same rule.
The furniture must be simple, minimalist and free of luxurious finishes, exalting instead the constructive characteristics: bolts, screws, welds, cuts, deliberately rough varnishing. The aesthetics of the furniture in industrial style is limited to the essential aspect of the raw material and the elements of assembly, without the addition of accessories or decorations.
A living environment can be customized by pieces of actual industrial origin: a workshop bench, a drawer unit for typography, an iron shelf for laboratories.
On Amazon is available a wide choice of furnishing accessories in industrial style: shelves in colored steel, to be mounted quickly even without bolts with high-capacity wooden shelves, wooden and metal tables, chairs and iron stools Painted on fire or in natural wood and steel.