How to Decorate with Industrial Style

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For years I have thought my style was eclectic.  You know, that mish mash of everything I had collected or people had given me (the things you display for awhile because you don’t want to hurt their feelings) all thrown together to hopefully look “styled”.  I love specific elements of every design style, which made it hard to narrow down what I liked the most and what style I was going to use to decorate our home.  Finally,  after years of being dissatisfied with the way it was thrown together, I looked around and realized what my style really is…Vintage Industrial.

Today’s design styles are evolving, kinda like specialty breed dogs.  There are different combinations of the basic styles that when put together make up a speciality style.  They may be something you have never heard of, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a “thing”.

Today’s post starts a series that I will be doing here on the blog about design styles.  I hope that these posts will help make clearer what makes up the design styles I will be talking about, how to put them together in your home, and how to do so on any budget.  The first one up will be the core style of our home, Industrial.

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Everything you need to know about adding industrial style to your space


What is industrial style?

Industrial style is a throwback to the industrial revolution by using exposed brick and piping and rough woods to define your space. Often considered cold, sterile, and functional by most standards, the furnishings you choose and decor you pick will make this design style homey and inviting.

Do you love exposed brick? What about concrete floors or stainless steel counter tops?  Industrial style is all about metals, stone, and texture.  It is a masculine style, but can be more feminine by incorporating textures to soften the look.


Cool, neutral grays.  Blue grays.  Green grays.  These all make me think industrial.  Starting with the right color on the wall is the foundation to building your industrial design, but don’t think you have to use just gray!  Soft whites and darker charcoals will really make you space pop depending on wether or not you have a lot of natural light.  Choose lighter colors if you are natural light poor.

Industrial design, what you need to know to design your space

Industrial Style Furniture

In order to achieve an industrial look, you want to incorporate texture into your space.  This begins with the right furniture choices.  The pieces that will anchor your home in industrial style are leather couches or minimalist shaped, fabric couches with metal accents.  The same thing applies for chairs. Metal framed book shelves, and tables with rough warm wood tones are great accent pieces.

Spending more money on these pieces for your home will get you great quality that will last for years to come, so spend the money.

Decor Accessories

Now that you have your foundation pieces, it is time to add in accessories.  Think soft textures to create a homey feel.  This is also the time to add some color to liven it up!  Brass and copper accents are a great way to add warmth into the space too.  Books on the book shelves, plants (real or faux…my green thumb is nonexistent so I would have to opt for faux plants, lol), soft plush throws and textured pillows will have your space feeling inviting in no time!  Decorating book shelves can be a challenge, but in THIS POST I show you how to style them in no time to make them a focal point in your space.

Industrial design style is casual and minimalist.  It allows you to express your quirkiness with the decor pieces you choose.  As with any design style, you should only have items you love.  Items that define who you are and what you enjoy.

What you need to know to decorate with industrial design

photo credit – Froy Blog


What you need to know to decorate with industrial style

photo credit – Froy Blog

Sticking to the Budget

Sticking to a budget can be hard when you just want to get everything at once and have a finished space! If you are lucky enough to have a large budget and can do that, then do it!! If your budget is tight then the best way to add your accessories is to do a little at a time. Check out thrift stores and garage sales..they are a great place to pick up items you will love in your space. Outlet stores are also a good place to pick up a bargain, they will often have overstock items that will be just what you are looking for at the right price.

I would love to redo my entire home with industrial style, but the budget doesn’t allow for it to be done all at once.  Some DIY is definitely in my future and I share some great industrial DIY projects in this post.

You don’t have to live in a loft in New York City to have industrial design, any space can be decorated in industrial style. There are lots of variations to this style which I will talk about as this series continues.

Is industrial design for you?  What do you like most about industrial style?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Until next time,

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    February 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Love this post and I am amazed at my greenness to design. My son’s new room is going to be this style! I thought it would be rugged enough to deal with his active teen person and look cool with all of his instruments. Going to show him the palette and see what he thinks.


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      February 8, 2017 at 6:45 am

      This is a great style for a teen’s bedroom!! He will be the coolest kid around with this bedroom!! I can’t wait to see how it looks when it is all done!!

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    Angie ~ ambient wares
    February 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I can’t tell you now nice it is to see all of these details in one spot. We have no style in this house. Although, I’d like to think we are surrounded by things we like, there is no cohesion whatsoever. We definitely like the Industrial look along with MCM, and vintage but, can’t even “see” it in our house 😉 Thanks for this information and I’ll be pinning & sharing!

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      February 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you Angie!! I hope this helps you!! It sounds like you are modern vintage industrial and those styles all play great together!! Start with small things first and if you need any help let me know!! 🙂

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    February 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Susanne: I kind of had an idea of what industrial style was, but now I know much more. Personally I am too girlie girl to have this style. Well done post. I wasn’t aware of most of these retailers. Going to check them out. Leanna

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      February 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Leanna! Thanks so much for stopping by! It definitely isn’t girly although it can be made more feminine 🙂 Stay tuned, I am sure I will be discussing a more girly style in the weeks to come 😉

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    February 9, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Susanne, Thanks so much for hosting! You are singing my tune with this post! I just want to buy everything- I LOVE it! Thanks for a great explanation of this style!!

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      February 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you for checking it out!! Aren’t those decor items awesome!!! Have a great rest of the week 🙂

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    February 11, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    This is so my style…love this post!

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      February 12, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      It is mine too Medina!!! I am slowly adding it to every space in my home 🙂

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    March 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Love the industrial style! Half the time I’m doing a home decor project I’m trying to decide to go for farmhouse or industrial style haha. This is a great guide for future projects. Thanks! {Coming in from #ccblogparty}

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      March 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Briana, I am the same way!!! A lot times I feel I am vintage industrial farmhouse, lol!! I just can’t do the all white and neutral thing, I love some color and we have a lot of wood that my husband will not let me paint! Check out my industrial board on pinterest for even more inspiration and ideas! Thanks for coming to the party!!

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    March 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    “Industrial design style is casual and minimalist.” Now you’ve got my attention! The wall map is so beautiful!!! What a great post!

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      March 1, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Jen! Thank you for stopping by, isn’t that map amazing?!! I am wondering if I can persuade my hubby to add one to a wall in our family room 😉

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