In­dus­tri­alise your home

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Farming - Amanda Ncube

MOD­ERNISING your home takes more than se­lect­ing proper colours, fab­rics and fur­ni­ture, it re­quires recre­at­ing, re­cy­cling and re-in­vent­ing an ar­chaic in­te­rior giv­ing it a new life. Mod­ern in­dus­trial de­sign is one way of do­ing it. This means un­cov­er­ing or ex­pos­ing items that are sup­posed to be un­der­neath such as bricks. In­dus­trial in­te­rior puts ev­ery­thing on dis­play, achiev­ing a raw and edgy style.

The in­dus­trial look may seem un­fin­ished yet co­he­sive and chic. Here are some tips you can fol­low to con­vert your home into a mod­ern in­dus­trial-look­ing space.

To some rus­tic metal is out­dated and it be­longs in a back­yard but to some it is a valu­able as­set which can be used to tell a story. Dur­ing the in­dus­trial era, peo­ple used steel and iron to make a state­ment; they were used in struc­tural parts when roof­ing and plumb­ing. You can bor­row these el­e­ments to cre­atively recre­ate that clas­sic at­mos­phere where you in­cor­po­rate the past in the con­tem­po­rary day-to-day life. You can also achieve a mod­ern in­dus­trial look by us­ing cop­per and cast iron.

Ex­pos­ing me­chan­i­cal de­tails such as gears, wheels and pul­leys in your mod­ern home is an­other way of do­ing it. Leav­ing the afore­men­tioned me­chan­i­cal pieces un­cov­ered achieves a unique and aes­thetic ap­pear­ance. Nail heads and screws should also be left un­cov­ered so as to ob­tain a fash­ion­able and el­e­gant rus­tic ap­peal. You can al­ways re-pur­pose some dated kitchen fur­ni­ture to match your new con­tem­po­rary in­dus­trial at­mos­phere.

Merg­ing old and new can make a good look­ing mod­ern in­dus­trial in­te­rior. Com­bin­ing mod­ern ac­ces­sories with old ones will spruce up the look of you space. In the kitchen, the ap­pli­ances are made of stain­less steel most of the time and when you add that rus­tic old look­ing piece of ac­ces­sory or fur­ni­ture you will have an in­dus­trial look in your kitchen. By so do­ing you will be trans­form­ing your space.

Ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails are best ex­pressed through art. You can ei­ther paint your walls or buy por­traits with pow­er­ful sym­bols or graph­ics. Ex­posed brings is an­other way of achiev­ing an in­dus­trial look. Do not plas­ter or paint your walls, just leave them as they are. That way you will be cut­ting down your bud­get at the same ob­tain­ing a de­sired re­sult, that is a mod­ern in­dus­trial in­te­rior. To be con­tin­ued . . . Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from on­line sources.

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