I love to add an element to a room that’s rusted and crusted. What makes a space industrial chic?

It can be exposed brick, ductwork, or pipes; it can be furniture made from pipes; it can be furnishings that came from a factory; it can be metal accents on chairs or big fat gears used as door stops.

Want to an industrial chic look but not sure where to start? Here are some considerations:

1. Choose solid upholstery in natural textures and neutral colours.


2. Choose “cold” metals (not gold or brass) that have a matte finish or a kiss of patina. Industrial style is not about shine and sparkle.


3. Embrace the rawness. Don’t cover cinder blocks or brick walls with plaster, or hide ducts and pipes behind a ceiling. If privacy’s a concern, consider a frosted treatment or film for windows, but obscuring them with blinds and curtains can detract from their austere appeal.


4. The rise of industrial concept may be the single biggest reason that concrete floors entered the mainstream. Whether they’re honed or polished, they telegraph industrial chic like few other materials can


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