Hello everyone, today we talk about a very peculiar interior design style: industrial chic and the rules to avoid mistakes with your home furniture. Do you have in mind the new York lofts furnished with all those objects recovered from disused industries? That’s it: industrial design style within its industrial style home furniture as well!

It’s a very popular kind of home furniture, but it has its own principles to make it work. How to do that the right way without running risks? Let’s begin this journey through industrial design style.

First thing first a bit of history:

Manhattan’s overview from Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock

We are in New York city back in the 50’s, where and when it all began.

The industrial design style took place as a trend that is still much in vogue today for home furniture.

As former offices and industries fell into disuse recovering those buildings became a need, so they were turned into private living spaces.

That’s how industrial design style was born. Reconverting spaces by keeping intact their original imprint: this is what it’s all about. Still, today there’s a great lofts demand in the market.

Lofts are cool, let’s say that! Though, not so “cool” anymore when you have to warm them up! ^_^ (Actually, heating an industrial chic room is usually done with a cast iron stove, or large gray radiators mounted on the walls, with recovery objects lying on the floor).

The idea of bringing beauty within disused and abandoned buildings, was an intriguing challenge for the creative minds of the time: a beauty that was meant to show her imperfections, with elegance and a touch of irreverence.

Not to mention the fact that Andy Warhol gave life to “The Factory”, his studio based in Midtown Manhattan, and turned it into a thriving and active aggregation center for the Big Apple’s artists, hipsters and socialites.

Then it was the turn of American movies and TV series set in those big lofts; people began to fall in love with the retro and vintage style in which the warehouses, they saw on the screen, were changed into.

Nowadays that industrial style from the 50’s is also called industrial chic or urban industrial, let’s say it’s a bit “sweetened” version than that of the past, and definitely less raw.


Essential and spartan, industrial style is also well combined with an environmental sustainability subject, because it comes to reuse. Basically the industrial style is made up of bare pieces, such as recovery and vintage objects accompanied by furniture with sober, essential and clean lines.

It’s motto is “showing not hiding”! So brick walls, large and simple fixtures, high ceilings and antique wooden beams are highlighted.

Rigorous minimalism with a few component to connote the environment.

Sobriety of colors and shades aims to enhance the single elements to emphasize a modern, dynamic and at the same time whimsical environment, in which metallic reflections are intertwined with rigorous monochromes, giving life to a classy and minimalist atmosphere.


Functional, absolutely basic and made of resistant materials, the furnishings have a strong simplicity and a grunge charm that allows them to be placed in any environment, from the living room to the kitchen, as from the bathroom to the bedroom, in a very original way.


Metals, wood and stone are matched wisely to give life to a captivating and unique simplicity of its kind. Just be aware not to make the environment too cold by using too many ferrous metals, which are clearly the most popular.

Wood and copper come in handy to avoid this risk, not to mention leather, especially the brown one that warms up the atmosphere. You have to create welcoming environments, don’t forget it’s your home we’re talking about, it has to be a comfortable place to you, your own safe spot.

Colors and light:

Gray within all its shades up to black is the base of the color palette here, but beige and brown are good too; white is also allowed to spread a little light to the environment.

Natural light is essential because it manages to lighten the atmosphere, elements such as metal furniture can be visually heavy. Bulky and large lamps bring light into the room and hold the industrial spirit of the 50’s New York lofts.

As well as floor lamps and spotlights alternate with suspended ones (whose wires must be clearly visible to recall perfectly the factory structure).


Indeed, one of the main advantages about the industrial style is that it coexists with any other decoration.

For instance, it does not happen that marble fireplace clashes with exposed bricks, metal table and industrial lamps. On the contrary, this anachronistic touch obtains a very special effect in the living room bringing a sense of warmth and hospitality.

Industrial chic of your own:

We’ve talked about industrial chic or urban industrial and I hope this post has been useful to you. Why don’t you share pictures of your personal industrial style corner of the house or some beautiful items you found at a flea market that really made your day? Need tips on which furniture to choose for your urban chic decor? You’ll find a few ideas on my post about vintage chic home decor.

You really don’t know which could be your design style? No worries. I have the solution for you! Go to Davona’s Home Decor web site, she has the answer. You’ll find your design style in 4 simple steps.

I look forward to see your photos and to read your ideas about this topic. Thank you for stopping by… See you soon!



  1. This article definitely gives some real perspective on industrial style. It really has a chic touch and look so warm and inviting. The pictures are beautiful and emphasize the design. Great work!

  2. I love those stone walls in the first picture! They give the room a really unique look.
    I have always liked the idea of industrial design in a home but without it looking too “industrial”. I think it brings a different type of creativeness to the overall look when it’s done properly. It’s great that you mention how it can be merged with any other style of home interior decoration. I don’t know if I could do it though. I guess that’s why we need interior designers lol!

    1. Thanks Yemi for reading my post. I like the industrial style as well… I’m planning to cover a wall with bricks and I bought and old sewing machine, a Singer from a flea market, so I’m working on it 🙂

  3. Wow, this is fricken amazing! I’m a big fan of natural light so when I look for a new house to rent (or buy) I always have natural lighting in mind simply because it’s so easy on the eyes and brain and never gives you a headache, whereas artificial lighting can cause migraines and whatnot. I also love metal and wood in my home so thanks for bringing this up.

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