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What’s your home decorating motif preference? Do you like cabin style? Contemporary? Rustic? Industrial? If you’re most intrigued by the latter but don’t know how to incorporate it well into your home, read on, as we are here to help. Most people assume industrial touches only belong in a giant studio apartment in SoHo. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Incorporating industrial appeal into your décor can be done by anyone, anywhere. That’s the best part. And you don’t have to go strictly industrial either. You can go the eclectic route and simply add Industrial accents. Read on to learn more.

Find Your Inspiration

If you’re not sure where to start when adding industrial accents to your home, consider going on an architectural tour in your town or city. The downtown areas will offer these most often. Visit old work buildings that are either simply part of the tour or have since been converted. You will see how old buildings can be renovated to look modern while still retaining many pieces from the original.

Light it Up, Industrial Style

If you’re the observant type, you’ve likely noticed that many restaurants these days go with industrial lighting. From the aluminum look and exposed bulbs to a combination of wood and glass and teardrop bulbs, there is something about this lighting that is warm despite its industrial nature. If you really want to impress future houseguests, try modern lighting solutions from a company like Touch of Modern. They offer pendant lights, rustic chandeliers, wall sconces, ceiling lights, and table lamps. It’s everything you need for every room. In fact, we feel that not enough people use these types of industrial lights in the kitchen. If you’re in the midst of a kitchen remodel, consider an industrial ceiling light to add ambience. Light it up in style because, as we all know, everyone likes to gather in the kitchen.

If you’re going for outdoor lighting and would like an industrial look, forego the usual twinkling lights. Instead, spread a strand of pewter lights across your well-set table and wait for the compliments to come rolling in

Photo: the contemporist.

Photo: the contemporist.

Fab Flooring

We get it. Hardwood and its new faux friends are having a very long moment. And, while we love the look, too, in certain instances, industrial flooring like concrete can really add the “wow” factor to any room. Widely used in old mills, workshops, and factories during the 19th century, concrete is affordable and easy to care for. If you bought something that wasn’t originally used as a house or condo, there is a good chance you could get concrete floors. Consider repurposing them! The look isn’t for everyone, however, so if it’s too severe for you (or you have young kids!), opt for concrete accents instead. Choose a wooden table with a concrete base, or create shelves with cinder blocks. You can get as creative as you want! If you want a one-stop-shop for industrial furniture, check out GreatHouse.com.

Photos: Dustjacket Attic

Photos: Dustjacket Attic

Exposed Brick or Metal

Again, these things are often seen in lofts but don’t get pigeonholed. Exposed brick or metal can add personality to any room in a house, too. We love them in a bedroom with plenty of warm accents. Our favorite exposed metal has to be metal ceiling beams. If you mix this with wood furniture and other items, it’s not harsh at all as you might imagine. Wooden ceiling beams also add a dramatic effect, and can mix well with industrial accents throughout the room. For example, if you have wooden beams in your kitchen, consider going with bar stools that have aluminum or stainless steel accents. As for the exposed brick, we find it interesting when people choose to go with the original, but painted brick can add a nice touch, too. If you want to get really creative, you can consider painting a design on only a portion of the brick.

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Photo: Domino. Photography: Honestly Yum.

Mixing industrial pieces with other items can often be the best way to go. Follow these tips for incorporating industrial appeal into your décor and you’ll be amazed at how these touches can transform a room.

Author: Kate Anderson:
Bio: I’m Kate, an organization expert, and I would love to help you live your best, and most organized life. When I first became interested in organization I never could have imagined  all the ways it would improve my life and I want you to have that experience too. I started my website, Kate’s Organized Life, and began writing to share my tips on decluttering, organizing, and planning to help other people tackle the task of organizing their lives and setting themselves up for success.