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Industrial Chic decor refers to a new style of decoration that borrows heavily on old classics and non-residential elements. Similar to what we have been seeing in the Steam Punk movement, industrial chic design incorporates rough-hewn metals, cage lighting, and Edison-style filament bulbs that look like they came from antique warehouses.
Industrial design can be interpreted and used in most rooms but looks truly authentic in a kitchen. From metal seating and bar stools to hanging pendant light fixtures with serious patina, industrial chic design can turn your kitchen into a fabulous version of a hot new restaurant or cafe. A great trick to offset the cold metal is to use wood somewhere in the scheme, such as a table, counter or butcher block.
Lighting can also reflect an industrial bent especially if the fixtures have hammered or punched metal. Industrial chandeliers may look old but know they are truly modern and “on trend.” Lamps Plus has devoted an entire section to Industrial Chic lighting and decor.
Taking industrial chic decor into living rooms and bedrooms can work beautifully. Just like in the kitchen, remember to balance the heavy use of metal with soft furnishings, like worn leather sofas and chairs. I love the use of textured wallpaper in the bedroom above which, while picking up the color of the metal lamp, softens the space.
Shopping List: 1. Metal Cage Dark Rust Industrial Pendant Light 2. Cooper Classics Connell Round Cog Wall Mirror 3. Quoizel Uptown Theater Row Bronze Wall Sconce 4. Set of 4 Zuo Modern Marius Gunmetal Counter Stools 5. Antiqued Wood and Metal Console Table 6. Industrial Cage Rust Metal Pendant Light
Photo Credit: The New Victorian Ruralist.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.