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Bring home the allure of the big city lights, no matter where you reside, with Urban Industrial Decor. Inspired by metropolitan loft living, this minimal eclectic decor is all about a modern, refined take on urban living. While this style is more prevalent in downtown spaces where loft-style construction is more common, the foundation of Urban Industrial can be applied to any home.

To get the feel of industrial style in your home, bring in a variety of raw materials, such as concrete and wood. These spaces are meant to be modeled after reclaimed warehouse spaces, so expect used, unfinished looks such as running wires, exposed bricks, wrought iron, weathered wood, and subway tile. This decor, also known as Industrial Chic, emphasizes laid back, yet sophisticated vibes that works best in a space that allows for a more open floor plan, where rooms flow into each other. Industrial lighting features various metals and glass in familiar form factors, usually including exposed wiring or Edison style bulbs.


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Urban Industrial fuses pragmatic design with worn textures and materials to give off the warmth of raw, natural materials. Play up finished concrete floors and vintage exposed wooden beams or add these touches through accessories. This nod to the industrial revolution is all about mixing raw, sustainable elements (metal, glass, and wood) while keeping the shapes and silhouettes relatively simple. The decor used should be minimal, with clean lines and geometric shapes. Add warmth to industrial style by incorporating layered textiles.

Accessorize your space with other industrial touches such as metal/glass-paneled doors, concrete tubes, or spun metal pendants. Urban Industrial decor is also great for upcycling and restoring raw materials such as reclaimed wood pieces to their former glory. Lighting is a great way to highlight industrial elements with the metals such as brass, concrete, recycled cardboard, exposed bulbs, or other metal fixtures to your decor. Modern and minimalist copper suspended pendants and chandeliers are the perfect way to make a striking statement while providing enough light to the open, spacious feel of the space.
POPULAR INDUSTRIAL STYLE TIPS
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Start with neutral tones (gray, white, black, or beige), then layer in some warm tones with accessories like tapestries or wooden decor. Look for woods that have some wear and tear. Scratches, knots, and nicks will add to the weathered, lived-in look.
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Emphasize, don't cover up, your exposed beams, pipes, or brick in your space. Urban Industrial spaces are often wide, open rooms that feature these elements.
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Bring on the metal accents to lean into the industrial look. Whether it's metal windows, railings, metal furniture, or lighting fixtures, this look will blend in well with the wood.
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If you are not ready to commit to the full decor, try incorporating a few pieces to try out the look first. A reclaimed wood dining table or a set of galvanized bar stools can add an element of industrial chic.


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