VINTAGE CHIC HOME DECOR FOR INDUSTRIAL STYLE LIVING SPACES

Hi folks, today I’m gonna show you where to find vintage chic home decor objects to set your own urban industrial style. If you missed my post about industrial design style in which I explain its principles and rules, catch up right here!

We have seen how industrial style is based essentially on discovering rather than on hiding, so brick walls alternate with concrete walls, leaving wires and piping in evidence.

Though, this may involve the risk of making the environment seem too cold and inhospitable, but we do not want this; we want the atmosphere to be warm and welcoming and we can do this with the help of vintage chic home decor items. With no further ado let’s begin with some wall decorations.


WALL CLOCKS

Some of the most fashionable objects are wall clocks. If you like to visit flea markets you’d be able to find ancient and original ones, but you can also buy them from online stores that offer perfect objects for urban industrial style, even if brand new.

Just remember that industrial style doesn’t mean shabby! All the objects must be kept in great care, even showing their factory defects and the joining lines. For example, metal objects must be polished and stain-free. Keep it in mind!

Reminding us of recycling and reuse, the wall clocks should be made from other objects or remind of the clocks that were used in the factories or warehouses of the past.

Rounded and sweet ornaments become useful to contrast the hard and squared lines of brick and cement. And here comes the sweet harmony of rounded wall clocks.

Would you ever say that you could get a watch from a bicycle wheel? Imagine it hanged on an exposed brick wall, don’t you find it fits perfectly with the style in question? If you have a bike you could think about hanging it on the wall as well… and it seems to be in a warehouse instantly!

Since a bicycle and a wall clock bicycle wheel would be redundant, you could opt for an oversize roman numeral wall clock… tres chic!

What about the one made from a porthole? It is very original and perfect for a concrete wall, where the metal stands out with its sheen contrasting with a matt background. As well as the beige vintage fan wall clock! Or the vintage-aged clock as well.

What else remind the most a factory if not gears? Here some gear works wall clocks:

If you have a wall that makes a corner this double-sided iron wall clock would be very nice, so you can read the hour from mostly every part of the room! It has the power to transport you back in time like if you were in an old train station.

And finally a collection of floor clocks made from tripods and other metal systems that reminds of those floor lamps used in photographic studios.

WALL DECORATIONS

A decorated wall is the core of a warm house. Bare walls make it seem like an inhabited and abandoned environment, don’t you think? Plus there is a lot of elegant and funny stuff you can find to defuse a too serious environment.

Now, I no longer have to remind you to lighten the environment, so as not to risk having a too heavy effect!

FLOOR DECORATIONS

Another important aspect of urban style is light! Light is a key element in industrial style, that’s because factories and warehouses used to have large windows that brought a lot of natural light and heat into environments otherwise, by their nature, dark and cold.

So, let’s take a look at these vintage floor lamps on a tripod. I added a tripod fan too… it was too cute not to show you!

Usually the urban chic style is well-matched with open spaces, like lofts, so kitchen, dining room and living room share the same space.

Especially in the kitchen we find pendant lamps with wires in plain sight made of metal like copper (that’s more warm than others).

Then light on the kitchen peninsulas and above the tables, where people gather to share friendly moments tasting good food and sipping Italian wine, of course!  ^_^


SIDE TABLES AND POUFS

Here’re some side tables made of copper, wood, fabric and leather and fabric poufs. These elements of furniture can not be missing at all!

We need them to warm up the atmosphere to make our living room a pleasant place to lie watching TV or chatting with our friends! Some cool items can come handy to add a vintage touch as these here.


DID YOU FIND THE RIGHT STUFF FOR YOUR PERSONAL INDUSTRIAL STYLE HOME DECOR?

We have made a detailed excursus on the objects that help us to attribute an urban chic flavor to our apartment. Do you already have a room or a whole house furnished in this style? Show us the pictures of your rooms and tell us how you have furnished your spaces, where you have found the various objects and give us your suggestions and tips on how to create an industrial atmosphere.

I’m looking forward to reading all your comments, so go ahead! See you soon.

Arianna

Here’s my Urban Chic Collection for Industrial Design Home Decor:

INDUSTRIAL STYLE: A CHIC TOUCH FOR YOUR HOME FURNITURE

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.

Design:

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.

Furnishings:

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.

Materials:

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).

Versatility:

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!

Arianna