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Industrial decor in modern living-rooms

Industrial style is so cool nowadays, and if there is one space where it looks even better, that’s the living-room. Today we want to show you all the things of industrial décor that we can use to decorate a modern living-room.

Source: Maisons Du Monde
Source: Maisons Du Monde

In the 20th century, there was a big event in New York that gave birth to the so-called industrial décor. In that time, between the 60s and the 70s, a huge number of artists started turning industrial spaces into homes. That’s how the famous lofts, that were just old factories , were born.

The reason why it was born was mainly economic because these industrial spaces could be afforded by anyone (in fact, at the beginning they were considered the houses of poor people). But that was not the only reason, artists loved them because they found there a place to work.

In these open spaces, without partitions or indoor walls, painters, sculptors, photographers or designers found a place to have a home and a studio at the same time. Who would have told them that that was the reason of being of one of the most interesting decoration trends today?

Exposed structures, essential in modern industrial living-rooms
Source: Ghify
Source: Ghify

In industrial décor, constructive structures and raw materials are exposed in purpose. When those artists went to the factories, they respected the materials and the structures of those places: exposed brick, big metallic windows, beans, iron columns, etc.

This has survived until our time in this kind of style. If you have a loft and you like industrial aesthetic, try to include these elements in your décor. You can also include neutral colors, specially grey and white.

Bet for natural materials
Source: Ghify
Source: Ghify

Which are the objects that succeed in this style? Which are the main textures and colors? To answer this question we have to talk about natural materials. You have to use them if you want to apply this style to your home: wood, iron, steel, etc. And the older, the better. Those pieces that New York artists used as furniture because they were cheap are now collector pieces.

Source: Suppan & Suppan
Source: Suppan & Suppan

Look for big tables with iron structure (if it is rusted even better) and wooden surface. The time is what makes these kind of pieces that special look.

Metallic filling cabinets are also a must if you want to have this style in your living-room. They were pieces to store tools in factories and studios, now they are also used to store but not only tools but whatever you want.

Source: Oscar and Eve
Source: Oscar and Eve

Another type of furniture that looks great are the ones made with recycled pallets. Besides, they are so cool right now specially among recycling and DIY lovers. You can use them to make tables, shelves or even sofas.

Source: Maisons Du Monde
Source: Maisons Du Monde

Old industrial pieces of furniture have something special but if you don’t have  them, you can buy a “fake one”, there are a lot of industrial inspired pieces of furniture in all decoration brands. What do you think about these awesome industrial lamps?

And what else do we use?
Source: Luci Italiane
Source: Luci Italiane

Industrial pieces are very decorative but you must not abuse if you don’t want your place to seem overcrowded. If you want a tip, try to use other simpler furniture, like vintage ones. Its old aspect look awesome with industrial pieces.

Source: Portobello Street
Source: Portobello Street

You can also use them with more modern pieces of furniture with pure spaces. It is a good way to counteract the strength of industrial pieces. An white shelf can be the perfect accompany to a steel piece.

And talking about ornaments, you can use old pieces like a writing machine or an old photo camera. You can also use vintage posters. If you are thinking about textiles, it is better to avoid patterns.

Source_ Portobello Street
Source_ Portobello Street

With these tips, you’ll be ready to create your living-room with New York SoHo ambience

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Eva Osuna

Marketing student based in Madrid. Passionate of languages and handcrafting. Interested in design, arts, fashion and communication. Tavelling and food lover.

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