Interior Design Styles – Industrial Warehouse

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Posted

Industrial warehouse is all about exposing the aspects of a building that other interior design styles try to hide. We're talking about pipework, brickwork and flooring, along with choosing pieces which have both function and style. Used in loft apartments, modern homes and commercial spaces the style showcases metal and wood surfaces, neutral colour schemes and utilitarian furnishings and soft furnishings.

However, to get the Industrial Warehouse look in your home you don't have to move to a loft apartment! You can adopt the style, along with its ethos, by incorporating stainless steel work surfaces, metal lighting, vintage furniture into your home. Keep your colour palette earthy with neutral tones. Exposed pipework is a key feature of this interior design style, so rather than disguising or hiding them leave them in all their glory running down walls and across ceilings. In addition the inclusion of metal and wood on doors will help you achieve the look. How to get the Industrial Warehouse look:

In the Living Room

Beige and brown sofas and black and white stripes cushions Grey roman blind Tall floor lamp


Using on-trend greys is a great colour choice. Grey is a gender neutral which leans towards masculinity without it being too brash and hard on the eye. Use charcoal, slate, pewter, gunmetal tones to create a fabulous monochromatic colour scheme which harmonises with steel surfaces, pipework and wood.

In the Bedroom

Industrial style bedroom with two distressed metal lampshades above a double bed Dark grey bed with dotted trim line of alternating colours Ceiling light fixture, polished metal shade


Concrete and brick walls need to other work than to make them dust-free. If your want privacy from prying eyes you have a choice of full length curtains, eyelet style is preferable, metal Venetian or Roman blinds. Keep to plain fabrics, no fancy flowers or intricate designs, although geometrics work quite well. Concrete or wood flooring can be cold in the winter, so add comfort underfoot and add style by including an area rug. You can also choose to add pattern here or inject an accent colour into the room if you wish. Likewise, bedding should be plain and functional. Plain white or grey duvet covers, or those with the merest hint of an accent colour and geometric pattern will help you create the look.

In the Dining Room

Industrial style dining room and kitchen with exposed ceiling joists and concrete surfaces Black tablecloth on a dining table Glass box with metal frame with bulb inside, hanging from the ceiling by a metal chain


Vintage and mismatched chairs are great for getting an Industrial look in the dining room. The style is relaxed and doesn't require any formality. It's about selecting pieces which have both style and function, for example, old style metal swivel office chairs sit brilliantly next to a chunky wood table. If you want to add a touch of formality opt for plain black, white or grey table linen and only use plain tablewares.


Modern livign space with exposed brick and one black wall, and yellow chair at a desk Metal venetian blind Funky white and black rug with jagged shaped design


Accessories play a huge role in getting the look. Opt for metal pendant, floor and table lamps, add rugs to help ground the scheme. prop your bicycle against the wall, it won't look out of place in an Industrial Warehouse motif! Use striped or plain cushions on vintage or new sofas and chairs, adorn your windows with stylish and functional window dressings or leave them undressed if you don't want any privacy.

Going Industrial is just like any other interior design style, stick to the principles, select your colours, furniture and soft furnishings wisely and you won't go far wrong, Furthermore this on-trend style can be achieved on any budget. Buy new if your purse/wallet is flexible or embrace up-cycling and use some elbow work to strip back walls to the brickwork and expose your water pipes! Up cycle pipes and transform them into light fitting, or use old pipes to make supports for shelving.

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