Industrial design became popular in the 1990’s as many city centres started converting old manufacturing facilities and warehouses into condos and multi-unit residential buildings. Instead of covering up or removing all the remnants of the space such as brick walls, exposed pipes and electrical wires and putting in interior walls, developers created large, open units preserving the old floors, walls and keeping much of the pipes and wiring and beams exposed resulting in what is known as industrial home decor.
The key elements of industrial interior design include:
- Raw and unfinished look,
- A mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colours,
- Utilitarian objects,
- Large sectionals,
- Antique or light fixtures with metal finishes,
- Use of vintage and old factory and laboratory pieces,
- Wood and metal surfaces, and
- Concrete flooring.
Industrialist interior designers make everything about exposed and raw materials. As the name suggests, the majority of their inspiration is drawn from things like an urban loft or perhaps an industrial warehouse. Some of their key elements include dangling metal fixtures, high ceilings, sparse furniture pieces, and stripped back floorboards. This type of designing is mostly all about obtaining a cold, eerie look. Designers may include statement lights or pieces of abstract art and photography to add in a pop of colour and delicacy. The industrial interiors thrive on the liberal use of wooden elements and exposed steel.