Are You Unsure of What Combination of Furniture to Put Together to Create an Industrial Décor Look?
Industrial décor takes it’s style from older urban buildings, factories and industrial spaces that have been converted to lofts. The materials used in Industrial design include exposed brick, metal, weathered wood, concrete, leather and studded cloth. The final look encompasses and old world feel with urban décor.
Industrial designs can be created using the above standards or mixing and matching with other decorating styles. There’s nothing wrong with creating your own look and calling it ‘Industrial Eclectic’.
Urban areas tend to host industrial conversions as that’s where most of the historic industrial buildings targeted for residential re-design are located.
Industrial residential buildings, which include exposed pipes, large open spaces and grand architectural windows are often created to preserve a percentage of the original structure deemed historic.
As an example, The Foundry Lofts in Toronto, Ontario Canada are Lofts created from the preservation of the original 60 acre Foundry Site. The actual Foundry Loft condos were classified as an industrial heritage site under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2008. The condos feature many of the typical structural attributes outlined above. They’re unique as most industrial condo spaces are, and are one of approximately eight heritage designated loft buildings in the Toronto area. In Toronto you’ll find most loft conversions are in historic buildings, however an older building does not have to have an official historic designation to host loft conversions.
Below (listed in US prices), is a complete suggested Living and Dining collection for an Industrial Design. Although the items featured here are grey, black, white and neutral, you can still add color with accessories. Below you’ll notice red pillows along with a centerpiece for the coffee table that features funky tigers and a red interior.
Suggested Furniture Layout
A standard layout would be to create a sitting area using the area rug as an anchor, and to place the dining furniture in a designated eating area. However, most industrial spaces are not typical in their shapes, so this standard approach may not be feasible. If it is, here’s the basic furniture footprint:
- The Area Rug: Position it in the living room so the furniture can be featured around it
- The Couch: Put it on one side of the rug (typically, the front two legs of the couch will rest on the rug)
- The Chairs: Angle two chairs opposite the couch – If the area rug is large enough, put the chairs so that all the legs are on the rug. However if the rug isn’t large enough, place the front two legs of the chairs on the rug, with the back legs on the floor.
- The TV Unit: Can be place to right or left, near or against the wall, of the rug
- The SideTable: Can be placed in back of the couch or up against a wall
- The Coffee and End Tables: Obviously, one on each side of the couch, and the coffee table in the middle. You can acquire another coffee table for between the chairs.
- The Accessories: Find a home for two table lamps, the wall art and get quite a few pillows interchanging the red and white on the couch and chairs so that the red becomes the needed pop of color. Choose another colorful photo to hang on the wall to add more color.
- The Dining Room Set: Place it in the Eating Area.
The above design selection, at the time of writing, totals approximately $4000US (taxes not included), making the furnishing of a classy professional space in a reasonable price range possible versus acquiring expensive designer pieces.
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