Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Industrial style or industrial chic is an aesthetic trend in
interior design that took off in the 2000’s and remains popular
today in both residential and commercial spaces. It takes
references from old factories and industrial spaces that have been
converted into living and working spaces in order to create an
environment with a raw, unfinished feel.
Industrial design often includes components such as weathered
wood, exposed brick and building systems, industrial lighting
fixtures and concrete. It can also be seen in the adoption of
materials and structures used in building. One such example is
shipping containers, which are now being incorporated into the
architecture of homes and commercial properties.
Prime candidates for an industrial style include large open spaces
such as basements and lofts as they provide an almost blank canvas
for the design. Locations which contain some of the key elements
such as exposed brick and pipes, concrete flooring or large open
windows lend themselves to an industrial chic design. These
elements help to create the ‘warehouse’ feel that is the ultimate
goal of the style.