Urban Elegance

The shabby chic, modern industrial look has gripped us. The idea that your space sympathises with its natural components and proudly displays the raw building materials is fabulous. We love this look and with this style in particular – less is most definitely more.

From exposed bare brick walls, grid-like structural elements and industrial inspired light fixtures, the ability to renovate old barns, warehouses and factories has taken the design world by storm. This style is about incorporating metal, wood and stone into your environment, be it a traditional or contemporary space.

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Typical colour palettes infuse stark whites, steely greys and matte blacks with the contrast of deep red brick walls. This has a more masculine vibe and at times can feel cold, but if you mix up the textures by adding a deep-pile shag rug in neutral tones, you can bring the warmth back and soften the space.

One key trait of industrial design is the exposure of pipes, air ducts and vents on the walls and ceilings. No longer do you have to hide these features, but instead embrace them. Even enhance them by giving a rustic make-under with some metallic paint to make them a key feature in your urban space.

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Complement your factory-style surroundings with a beautiful brown leather sofa. Our Capri Chocolate Leather upholstery fabric perfectly suits the industrial vibe. Add some cushions in a lighter hue to give texture and a sense of comfort.

A relatively cheap but effective way of incorporating industrial style furniture into your living space is by up-cycling existing factory and warehouse items. An old pallet looks gorgeous as a coffee table and topped with some glass it achieves the desired look. Find a big industrial floor lamp in distressed metal. It will match your exposed pipes and contribute to your shabby chic theme, as well as providing a shadowy glow to your space.

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For more industrial interior design inspiration, check out our Urban Elegance Pinterest board.

Image Credits: decormag, archdaily, tamaramackdesign, etsy, homesanddecor, aprilandmaystudio.blogspot.nl

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