How would we describe industrial interior design? Industrial design, for us, is about simplicity, clean lines, natural textures, unfinished surfaces and most importantly, celebrating the quirks of the property you’re in. Instead of masking those blemishes, highlight their irregularities and make them a focal point.

Here at Vincent and Barn, we’re known for our passion surrounding industrial inspired homeware, offering a collection of statement furniture and decorative accessories designed to help you create a similar feel at home.

But how, exactly, do you do that? Well, today we’re sharing five elements that make up an industrial inspired interior. Starting with…

Raw Materials

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We’re not sure anything embodies the industrial vibe in home décor more than materials such as wood, metal and exposed brickwork. Even unfinished plasterwork can scream “stylish” in an industrial inspired space, especially when combined with brushed steel, copper and galvanised metal. In terms of furniture, consider vintage leather, repurposed woods with natural cracks engrained and steel piping.


Industrial Lighting

Industrial lighting has become a go-to style over the last couple of years, across both modern and period properties. Working especially well within a kitchen and dining setting, consider sleek back metal fixtures and signature Edison bulbs. Glass or metal pendant lighting is a great way to highlight a kitchen island, while oval bulkhead lights are an interesting alternative to bedside lighting.


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From vintage leather Chesterfields to metal display cabinets, swivel bar stools and more, the key to achieving an industrial-inspired interior lies in your choice of furniture. Less is more when it comes to this style of home décor, so storage needs to be a consideration. Whether you’re upcycling old treasures, discovering vintage finds or buying brand new, be sure that clutter is tidied away in a bookcase with cupboard and drawers , wall storage, crates and wire baskets.

Colour Palette

Industrial Colour Palette

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When it comes to industrial-inspired interiors, natural and neutral tones work the best when teamed with materials such as wood, metal and leather. Think concrete grey, walnut brown, black, and off-white alongside splashes of olive, petrol blue, and mustard to add a little interest to the scheme. A tip to remember is stick to matte rather than anything with a glossy sheen.


Industrial Metal Letters

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Now this is where you can have a little fun. Industrial-inspired accessories can make or break a space, especially when it comes to mixing vintage and new purchases. If you feel like you’ve over styled, there’s a strong possibility you probably have. Consider bell jars, black and white cityscape photography, oversized metal letters, old Hendrick’s gin bottles (any excuse to purchase another bottle!), cushions and throws to add texture and stop the space feeling too cold, old retro fans, typewriters, cacti, vases in varying heights but similar muted tones, and church candles. Of course, there are so many other decorative accessories to choose from, but these work particularly well in an industrial inspired space.

So, there you have it, the five fundamentals to creating an industrial style interior design. Are there any elements here that you’d love to incorporate into your own home?
November 01, 2018 — Vincent and Barn