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Decor Spotlight: Industrial Style

Utilitarian Chic for Modern Living

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Reviewed & Fact Checked By:

Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

Industrial decor style has gained popularity for its utilitarian charm, chic aesthetics, and rugged authenticity. While its roots can be traced back to the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its modern resurgence has become one of the most prominent and sophisticated movements in interior design. Join us as Amerelle Wallplates dives into the timeless allure of industrial design and its impact on contemporary interiors.

A professionally designed lobby with cement floors and walls, black metal staircase, wood steps, decorative wood wall panels, exposed ceiling air ducts, and a large wall of windows
A professionally designed industrial decor style open concept living room with brick walls, a white ceiling, exposed black metal beams, a modern couch and coffee table, and the kitchen in the background

The Roots of Industrial Decor Style

The Industrial Revolution – a period marked by rapid urbanization and technological advancements. The modern age of the industrial decor style took shape in the late 2000s and 2010s. With abandoned factories and warehouses being repurposed, architects and designers began to draw inspiration from these industrial spaces, embracing exposed brick walls, metal accents, and concrete floors as aesthetic features rather than functional necessities.

Key Elements of Industrial Decor

An industrial decor style loft living room and dining area with brick walls, exposed wood ceilings, exposed cement support beams, large arched windows, and hardwood floors

Utilitarian Materials and Exposed Structures

At the core of Industrial decor lies the use of utilitarian materials such as steel, iron, reclaimed wood, and distressed leather. Exposed structural elements, such as pipes, beams, and ductwork, are celebrated rather than concealed, adding character and authenticity to the space.

An industrial decor style living room with weathered white brick walls, a modern brown leather couch, exposed black metal beams, and large amounts of natural light coming through a large window

Weathered Finishes and Patina

Industrial interiors often feature weathered finishes and patina, giving surfaces a worn-in and aged appearance. This distressed aesthetic adds depth and texture to the space, evoking a sense of history and industrial heritage.

A professionally designed industrial decor style loft with cement floors, brick walls, black metal structural elements, and an open concept living room and kitchen

Mix of Textures and Materials

Industrial decor embraces a mix of textures and materials, combining smooth surfaces with rough, tactile finishes. This juxtaposition creates visual interest and dimension within the space, adding to its dynamic and eclectic appeal.

An industrial style loft bedroom with textured cement walls, rustic wood floors, black metal structural elements, a gray bed, and large windows and doors that lead to an outdoor balcony

Neutral Color Palette with Accents of Metal

The color palette in Industrial decor tends to be neutral, with shades of gray, brown, and black dominating the scene. Metal, such as iron, steel, and copper finishes, are used to add contrast and industrial flair to the space.

A brown modern style lounge chair and footrest in an industrial style room that has red brick walls, black wood floors, natural sunlight, and green decorative plants

Functional and Repurposed Furniture

Furniture in Industrial decor is characterized by its functionality and simplicity of design. Pieces often feature clean lines, sturdy construction, and practicality, with an emphasis on comfort and durability. Repurposed and salvaged items, such as old factory carts or industrial lighting fixtures, add a sense of history and authenticity to the space.

Incorporating Industrial Style in Your Home

To infuse your home with the essence of Industrial decor, focus on incorporating utilitarian materials, weathered finishes, and a mix of textures and metals. Amerelle wallplates seamlessly complement Industrial interiors, offering a stylish finishing touch that enhances the rugged authenticity of the space. Additionally, consider integrating vintage industrial elements like exposed pipes, gears, and pulleys as decor pieces to further enhance the Industrial vibe. Opt for furniture with clean lines and sturdy construction, such as metal-framed chairs or reclaimed wood tables, to reinforce the utilitarian aesthetic. Industrial-style lighting fixtures featuring exposed bulbs and metal accents can serve as focal points while providing functional illumination. By layering these elements and incorporating Amerelle wallplates into your design scheme, you can create a cohesive and visually compelling Industrial-inspired space that exudes character and charm.

Industrial Wallplates

The rustic brown version of the Montana collection of Amerelle decorative wood wallplates


Rustic Brown

The weathered white version of the Dawson collection of Amerelle decorative wood wallplates


Weathered White

The matte black version of the Century collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates


Matte Black

The aged bronze version of the Chelsea collection of Amerelle decorative metal wallplates


Aged Bronze

Amerelle’s Industrial Chic

Amerelle Wallplates and light switch covers epitomize the rugged charm of Industrial decor. Crafted from high-quality materials with attention to detail, our products blend seamlessly with the utilitarian aesthetic of Industrial interiors. Whether you're drawn to the simplicity of Industrial design or appreciate its rugged authenticity, Amerelle wallplates add a touch of industrial chic to your living spaces.

Meet Our Contributor

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