COME IN FROM THE COLD
YOU don’t need exposed brickwork and copper pipes on the walls to get the industrial look down pat. With an emphasis, more than ever this year, on upcycling, sustainability and green interiors, incorporating metal crates, filament bulbs and raw finishes will add interest and drama to a space that’s hard-working and long-lasting. The look may be tough, but achieving it is easy and involves minimal effort.
There’s one huge factor to take into account with this look when applying it in Ireland and that’s the weather — unless you soften it with textures and colours, it can make the industrial vibe seem grim and grey.
“My advice would be to keep it simple,” says Vanessa Mac Innes owner of Industry & Co (industryandco. com), an interiors store on Dublin’s Drury Street. “We mix some industrial metal pieces with vintage wooden cabinets and modern Scandinavian furniture. Lots of tactile cushions and throws that create a soft Scandinavian feel with a raw edge,” Vanessa says of Industry’s look.
Investing in a playful mix and match of metallic accessories can make things cosier too — as will bright pops of colour on the warmer side of the spectrum, so look to orange textiles and yellow flowers that add summer vibes to complement greys and industrial finishes.
“To create a balanced look when you’re incorporating industrial pieces to a room, such as a metal cabinet or a pallet coffee table, always ensure to use soft textiles alongside them,” says Vanessa. “A nice floor rug will balance the metal and help incorporate it into the scheme. Choosing natural materials in your textiles and adding some plants to the room also helps to balance the masculine metal pieces.”
Adding the right lighting will work wonders for a space you need to warm up. Think about the correct placement and you can go as industrial as you like.
“Add a factory pendant lamp over your kitchen table or a pair of workshop lamps over a kitchen island. You can use clip lamps with filament bulbs, anywhere, to add an industrial edge,” advises Vanessa. Creating pockets of light with exposed filament bulbs will create a welcoming vibe for a relaxing night in that’s ambient and cosy.
The beauty of the industrial look is that it can be quite simple to weave into your existing interior theme. Start with a few moveable elements to build your confidence before you go full throttle.
”Industrial pieces work really well amongst vintage, antique and modern furniture,” continues Vanessa. “It’s easy to add a metal storage vitrine or a couple of industrial metal crates to almost any scheme.”
Softening the hard edges of the industrial look doesn’t take much — think textures, colour and the right lighting and you have all the ingredients to make the look work, no matter what the weather brings.