20 Inspiring Industrial Design Living Room Ideas

The industrial revolution is back, and it’s landing in living rooms all over the country, and worldwide, really This unique design is the idea of taking warehouse type buildings, or old rustic barns, and converting them into living spaces, using the basics of what the building structure already has, and decorating around it. It’s a look and feel of living in a world of mechanical and manufacturing ingenuity into today’s homes. People want to bring back this era, dust it off a bit and breathe some life back into it to make a part of their lifestyle in their own home. Although creating a home out of a transformed warehouse or old barn may sound glamorous, not everyone has the capabilities to get hold of something like this to purchase, so if you are interested in the industrial look and want to incorporate it into your own home, you can, no matter what type of home you live in, whether it is a traditional home, or apartment, condo or townhouse. You can create an industrial style living room that will give you the feeling you actually are relaxing and watching TV in a warehouse, all you need is to know how to transform it to look authentic, and it can be as much or as little of a transformation as you want it to be. Here are some tips to get you started.

Familiarize yourself with the different types of metals

Industrial design plays a lot off of many types of metals. In the old days of steel and iron manufacturing, metals were commonly and prominently used in plumbing, cabinet and doorknob hardware, light fixtures and roofs. Wrought iron is now one of the most common elements used in Industrial design. It looks great, and works very well in a contemporary style home, along with cast iron metals, brushed nickel and copper. You can find the metals that stand out to you and work with other rooms in your home and their color schemes.

Choose your wall material and design

When you think of industrial buildings, probably one of the most common elements about the inside structure, are the exposed brick walls. If you love the look of brick and want to re-create the look and feel of a manufacturing plant steel mill, try designating one whole wall in your living room to a design of all brick. Red brick really gives an authentic feel, as well as black or dark gray bricks. The wall will act as a focal point for the room, and you may even want to incorporate a fireplace and mantel into the brick wall to give extra flair and warmth for the room.

Flooring

Flooring in an industrial setting can go in many different directions, including hardwood, concrete, brick, slate tile a combination. Large area rugs can be used throughout the room, around furniture and in living room, dining room combos to help warm the room and add color and character.

Furniture pieces

When choosing furniture, first, choose pieces that will be scaled to your room’s size. Larger pieces for bigger rooms work better to help fill the space and make it more homey as opposed to big, empty and cold. Furniture made of different types of woods, wrought iron, glass and other natural elements are always workable in an industrial environment. Dark color choices for fabrics are often associated with industrial style rooms, but don’t be afraid to add color in accented pieces, such as throw pillows, window treatments, art and other décor pieces.

Lighting

If you have natural light in your room, use all of your natural light to brighten the room. Typically, manufacturing plants have lots of windows for natural light, and large windows at that. If you don’t have access to a lot of natural light, a unique, industrial style chandelier really adds to the room and table lamps made of one of the many rustic metals are always a nice touch. You can install wall sconces to brighten corners of the room where there is low lighting, or a unique floor lamp.

You can get inspired by looking at what others have done to create an industrial look for their home, so to help inspire you, here are 20 inspiring industrial living room design ideas to help you get your creative juices flowing.

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