The design dilemma question – I want to have the industrial look but I also want it classy, how do I do that? Help!
Yes, help is at hand. This is how to make “industrial” look stylish and chic without it turning into a Frankenstein lab.
I have stumbled upon, thank heavens, Les Ensembliers a firm of architects and designers in Montreal, Canada who can show you exactly what industrial chic is all about. Their creations, it seems, adapt past models and reinvent them for today’s needs. They specialise in the enhancement of historical buildings and combine true living spaces with high design.
I love this apartment that they showcase their Redpath Industrial Chic work. And if you are wanting this look – then here is your template from which to get inspired. Very inspired.
Industrial Chic – what exactly is it?
The inspiration for industrial chic comes from everything – from old factories to rustic farmhouses, from Frankenstein’s lab to World War II scientists. Think of it as worn textures, aged wood, forged and welded metals. The focus is on function, but clean and simple. It is more masculine than any other design.
The typical hallmarks of industrial chic:
- Predominance of different metals, especially silver, chrome, and pewter
- Lots of aged wood in beams, furniture, staircases
- Exposed elements like brick and stone
- Rust and basic elements predominate
- Rustic and futuristic accents – think Back to the Future
- Vintage in all aspects like Edison light bulbs, corded telephones and old typewriters
- Atom-inspired pendant lamp and old gramophones
- Slim, no-fuss modern furniture
- Must look like a lab from yesteryear
- Geometric shapes
- Dark and rich colours
To make it sophisticated and polished this apartment went for the following:
Mirrors, glass, reflective material, glossy metals and deep painted glossy shelving. Marble, granite and stainless steel. (No rusty nails here!)
Shabby was replaced with sophisticated collections
No peeling paint here. New items only and modern furniture – although fairly minimalist the overall feel is one of comfort and luxuriousness.
Black and dark greys mixed with white
Although industrial chic can be cold and impersonal, the designers warmed things up with lots of deep colours in the carpeting and accessories. But the overall white walls and ceilings really turn it into a refined space.
Accented with wallpaper
To add glamour and depth to some of the walls, beautiful almost “over-the-top” wallpaper was used. With high walls and double volume ceilings, they got away with it and it shines!
Thanks for reading!