Living in a warehouse converted into a stylish home is a dream for many of us. All that space, with the potential to really hone in on the industrial style. While some may dream of a quaint, stone-clad cottage in the countryside. Both sound good to me – plus lots of others, as it turns out. In fact, I’ve recently noticed a rise in products that would go perfectly in this moody combination: so let me introduce you to the rustic industrial trend.
You could say the rustic industrial trend is a step up from the classic industrial style we know. Beyond exposed brick walls and metal accents, it aims to create warmth and a welcoming feel.
Rich walnut, aged steel, and textured leather – forget country chic and say hello to this edgier on-trend look. Upgrade your kitchen with black appliances, imperfect glassware and tactile crockery.
Create a cosy feeling in your bedroom with forest greens and warm ambers, mood lighting and natural materials, and embrace the look in your bathroom with linen fabrics, wood flooring and antique bronze radiators.
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Dark wood for a rustic industrial look
Dark wood is a cornerstone of any rustic industrial look. Treated or untreated, with the grain visible or not – what matters is that it’s rich in colour, to add warmth to your space.
You can, of course, go for wood or wood-effect flooring, but details such as barstools or shelving does the trick, too. Even small details – think chopping boards or knife blocks, for example – can make a difference and bring in an element of warmth.
Add warm neutrals
I mentioned it before, but the rustic industrial trend is all about bringing in warmth by pairing classic elements with rich woods and cosy textures. But we can’t leave out colour, can we?
To take your space up a level, bring in neutral shades. You’re not limited to beige, either – terracotta shades are really having their moment. Of course, this trend also works well with shades of green and brown; they naturally go well with, for example, brick and really lift metal accents, too.
Rustic industrial micro trend: tactile handles and knobs
Pay attention to the small details while creating your schemes – handles can always really add to a look. For a rustic industrial style, choose knobs made from less traditional materials.
Resin, wood, and leather are popular choices for a rustic industrial style. Some designs will change as they age, too – leather, for example, has a tendency to get softer the more you use it.
Don’t forget about the essentials
The beauty of rustic industrial style is that you can – no, must – go bold. Dark colours and metal finishes are must-have accents, and there’s no better way to really make a statement than with a standout kitchen essential.
Whether you choose a colourful range cooker or butler’s sink, or opt for a dark metal radiator, there are plenty of options. Also think about how you can highlight your design even more.
That’s where metal finishes come in. Whether you prefer brass, chrome, nickel, gold, or something else entirely, use them to lift your rustic industrial scheme and introduce another layer.
So, what are you waiting for?