COME IN FROM THE COLD

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Property - - SUNDAY PROPERTY - ANNA SHELSWELL-WHITE

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.

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