TIt used to be that industrial wasn't even a style — it was a fact of workaday life. But somewhere along the way, we began to appreciate its lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects.
Although homey, cushy furnishings can feel out of place, you don't have to perch on metal stools and sleep on cots, either. Padded pieces should be simple and free of frills — nothing breaks the tension of industrial décor like an overstuffed wing chair or a tufted ottoman. Choose solid upholstery in natural textures and neutral colors.
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Minimalism is key with floor choice. Concrete and stone work well. If choosing wood, make sure it's finish is raw looking and full of character and texture. Rugs and carpeting dilute industrial's hard edge. If your tootsies are numb with cold, consider splurging on radiant heating beneath the floor.
Choose "cold" metals (not gold or brass) that have a matte finish or a kiss of patina. Industrial style is not about shine and sparkle — save that for your jewelry. And break up all the metal with other materials, such as wood or stone, to keep from feeling as though you live in a factory