In­dus­trial ac­cents can spruce up your decor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - A LOOK AT RECENTLY SOLD HOMES IN AND AROUND WINNIP - CON­NIE OLIVER

THERE’S some­thing so uniquely in­ter­est­ing about in­dus­trial ac­cents in the decor. The rough-hewn tex­tures and fin­ishes add lots of visual in­ter­est and a sense of his­tory. The awe­some ac­ces­sories, pic­tured here, can be found at Wicker World in Win­nipeg. Th­ese dec­o­ra­tive items are vastly dif­fer­ent than the every­day ac­cents of­ten found at big-box stores. The in­dus­trial flavour of th­ese ac­ces­sories adds an el­e­ment of his­tory from var­i­ous in­dus­tries of the past. In­dus­trial touches can be added to your decor through var­i­ous means. Any­thing that is rem­i­nis­cent of items you might find in an aban­doned ware­house can be used to en­hance your decor. Find­ing in­ter­est­ing items, such as the ones pic­tured here, is one way to add visual in­ter­est, but there are lots of other ways to bring some unique touches to your decor. Us­ing items such as old metal pipe, for ex­am­ple, in an ap­pli­ca­tion such as a hand rail­ing is one way to add an in­dus­trial touch. Old signs, be they tin or rough wood (es­pe­cially in a large scale) are won­der­ful ac­cents for the home. Ex­posed brick or re­claimed wood used on a fea­ture wall can bring in tons of character and tex­ture to a bland room. Old trunks and suit­cases can be used as ac­cent ta­bles. Metal lock­ers might be some­thing to con­sider for the en­try­way in­stead of a tra­di­tional closet. Sawhorses used as ta­ble bases add a sense of in­dus­try to the decor. pat­terns (sewing pat­terns can be found at thrift stores for a few bucks) and mis­cel­la­neous sewing no­tions. This field of in­dus­try is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing here in Win­nipeg, which was once a large hub in the gar­ment in­dus­try. A shipping ware­house might in­clude items such as old scales, an­tique adding ma­chines, metal or wooden ta­bles on cas­tors, old maps and so on. Do some re­search on spe­cific in­dus­tries to get some ideas that will trans­late to your decor and your in­ter­ests. can trans­late into in­ter­est­ing ideas for your home. A large ta­ble on cas­tors can be­come a kitchen is­land, cof­fee ta­ble or ac­cent ta­ble, de­pend­ing upon the height and size. Over­sized mir­rors, let­ter­ing, signs, clocks, chalk­boards and the like can be used as a head­board or sim­ply as a fo­cal piece of art­work. You may not come across a sal­vage rolling ta­ble, but you can pur­chase a cof­fee ta­ble with an in­dus­trial feel and add large in­dus­trial-styled wheels to the legs. Over­sized let­ter­ing is hard to find but might be easy to make us­ing pa­pier mâché. An old leaded glass win­dow might be hung as a dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ment in your decor. Your home might not have ex­posed brick, but you can cer­tainly add a brick fea­ture wall from one of the many brick and brick-like prod­ucts avail­able. In­stalling wide-plank, hand-scraped wooden floors is another op­tion. You can make your own over­sized chalk board by paint­ing medi­um­den­sity fi­bre­board with chalk­board paint. The list is end­less when you open your mind to the pos­si­bil­i­ties. You don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to go all in­dus­trial in your decor, un­less you live in an old con­verted ware­house. Use enough touches to add in­ter­est, but don’t overdo it. A few well-placed items might be all you need to add that ex­tra some­thing your decor is lack­ing. Look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate th­ese unique touches when you’re out and about. Look around at in­dus­trial el­e­ments in restau­rants and large ware­houses to gar­ner ideas. The In­ter­net is also teem­ing with great ideas to get you started. His­tory, tex­ture and visual in­ter­ested await you.

PHO­TOS BY CON­NIE OLIVER / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Old wooden crates of­fer a rus­tic ap­peal while adding a sense of in­dus­try to your decor.

Dec­o­rat­ing with large spools of thread

or twine can trans­form a room.

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