Industrial design is a popular trend in residential and commercial interiors that features a balance of organic and man-made elements to create a unique balance. This particular trend is a breath of fresh air compared to its rigorously detailed traditional and starkly minimalist modern cousins. In contrast to these popular styles, Industrial design embraces the utilitarian nature of buildings, using elements like exposed brick and open ductwork as features to be appreciated, not hidden. Here are some helpful tips for making industrial furniture and décor work in your office.

Blend Organic and Man-Made Materials

In most cases, this means a mixture of wood and metal elements. Industrial desks and tables typically have woodwork surfaces and metal frameworks. Chairs in this style are often made completely of metal, but they may include wood seats and backs. 


Real or faux plants are also ideal for adding to an industrial space. Due to the color palette that wood and metal create, a room designed this way can look stale or washed out. A little greenery breathes life into the space and enhances the natural elements you see in the wood furniture and décor.


Use the Right Color Scheme

Speaking of color, you’ll want to choose yours carefully. Industrial design embraces neutral colors like black, white, and shades of gray, plus earth tones such as mossy greens and rusty reds. Mixing and matching these colors in a room will help tie in that combination of nature-made and factory-made.

Coordinate Your Seating 

When it comes to industrial seating, you have a lot of options. Barstools and guest chairs come in all-metal options and have a metal frame, wood seats, and backs. For seating that needs to be more comfortable, such as your task chair and lounge seating, go for something upholstered in leather or faux leather to tie in a natural element. 

Think Vintage Factory Style

If something looks like it came from an old factory, it will probably look great in your industrial-styled office. From tables with pipes for legs to Edison light bulbs, these elements bring a masculine feel that the style is known for. Clocks with gears and cogs are also a great choice, and vintage wall art with a worn appearance will also enhance the look of the space.


Remember to create a streamlined design with mixed materials when creating an industrial look in your office. Embrace whatever design elements are on your walls and ceilings, and bring a good blend of natural and man-made elements to the space.



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