Hello dear readers! Today I am exploring Urban Industrial Design as part of my Interior Decor and Style series. Last year I took a trip to New York City, and as I was walking by some of the apartments, I wondered if I could ever be happy living right in the city. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE New York, and I actually would not mind living there at some point in my life, if only for a brief time. More specifically, I was wondering if I would be able to love my interior living space, and if I could blend my classic vintage cottage style with a more urban, industrial design vibe.
While a multi-million dollar New York “Brownstone” home often retains ornate period architecture (and would be dream to live in), a more realistic living space would be a small studio apartment. This would require creative use of space and a more minimalist design approach. I became intrigued with this daydreaming decor challenge of mine! As usual, I headed to Pinterest to gather some ideas. *This post contains affiliate links.
When most people think of urban style, minimalist contemporary style immediately pops into mind. While that is certainly a popular interpretation of urban industrial design, vintage boho chic, modern farmhouse, and even traditional style concepts can still work for urban living spaces. Leather, wood, and metals are often mixed to create interest. Stylish light fixtures can be an artistic focal point, or Auraglow mood lighting can simply create a relaxing vibe.
Often times city apartments and Brownstones will have coveted architectural elements like century old woodwork, exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, all which create a beautiful juxtaposition of textures. The design will often be a bit more minimalist to allow these features to shine, but then the artwork, furnishings and textiles are over the top on style. Custom area rugs like those from Henzel Studio may be used as art pieces, and can define spaces within open concept rooms.
Mixing classic leather furniture pieces with industrial, contemporary, or even more traditional pieces keeps urban industrial design from becoming dated. Accent pieces can be updated, as trends come and go, but leather furnishings are timeless. Urban Fusion is a great source of furniture for urban design, and it is also sustainable, which is a plus.
Even if you don’t live in the city you can still design urban and industrial rooms in your own home or apartment. Remove the kitschy collectibles from overcrowded shelves and tables and choose vintage statement pieces such as large architectural salvage finds or even decorative garden accents. Using neutrals can be a great way to experiment with this look. Having a neutral wall color as a backdrop is great for allowing the neutrals to pop. With all that metal and iron, you might aslo go for warm and peaceful colors that soothe such as warm red, taupe or tan.
If you are looking for a place to explore industrial design, try renovating a basement for extra space. With exposed pipes and concrete flooring you can achieve the industrial look with little effort. Just make sure it is fully waterproof before beginning any renovations.
While you are at it, you can always convert any extra basement space into organized storage area with industrial shelving. Storing your items upwards will also ensure that items stay dry in the event that the basement should leak. Hang your broom, mop, or your handheld vacuum in the storage area as well to keep them handy but out of sight.
Another type of fun industrial decorative accessory is a neon sign that you can personalize. To make your own, use Radikal Neon’s online custom neon sign builder here.
I love the use of vintage velvet side chairs, a classic leather ottoman and French country stools mixed right in with the other more contemporary furnishings and art in this space. The old, worn look of this flooring is appealing to me, but for those who prefer new flooring, DropXpress offers a laminate wood flooring that could be used to drop right on top of the existing floor to modernize the space a bit more.
As I was working on this post, I discovered examples of industrial romantic design. I can certainly see how I could make this work with my own personal design style.
While there are still some modern chic furnishings and accents, the romantic industrial style blends beautifully with vintage romantic, French cottage and even shabby chic looks.
After working on this post I am convinced that not only could I create a living space I would love in the city, I believe it would be a blast to play around with urban industrial design! I especially love the romantic industrial looks, but the more masculine urban design also allows for mixing in lots of vintage collectibles and unique decorative accents that my husband and I would both enjoy. When it all comes down to it, my decorating motto would still ring true: “Decorate With The Things You Love!” After all it’s your home, whether in the heart of the city, by the seaside, in the mountains or a suburban neighborhood.
What do you think of these urban industrial style spaces? I love hearing your ideas and opinions!
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