Industrial Style for Your Home – Style Guide 2024

Industrial style kitchen with the Ravenel Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Concealed Sprayer in Matte Black Industrial style kitchen with the Ravenel Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Concealed Sprayer in Matte Black

What is Industrial Design?

After the Industrial Revolution, abandoned production mills and warehouses were reimagined into homes. These industrial spaces looked and felt much different from traditional dwellings, and industrial interior design was born.

Over the years, loft-style living gained popularity well outside of factory sites, and today its unique edge and open format isn’t just readily available, but highly sought after.

Of course, not every house reflects the interior of an old warehouse, but if you’re inspired by the industrial aesthetic, fear not. Regardless of your home’s location or architectural style, there are a few key ways to create a modern industrial house of your own:

  • Put functionality on display

  • Seek raw & distressed materials

  • Opt for a dark, neutral color palette

  • Use minimalist silhouettes

  • Include industrial-era details

Industrial style wet bar with Caribana Kitchen Faucet in Matte Black & Brushed Gold, 32" Atlas Kitchen Sink in Matte Gold

How To Bring Industrial Style Into Your Home

Put Functionality On Display

Where a more conventional design would tuck away the pipes and ductwork within the walls, ceilings, and fixtures, industrial style puts these elements proudly on display. Luckily, this can be mimicked in the pieces you add to your space.

This could include bringing in a console sink with exposed pipes beneath the countertop such as our Cierra Console Sink with Brass Stand, selecting a faucet with an exposed hose like our Levi Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spring Spout, or featuring a sliding door with our Hal Barn Door Hardware Kit.

The purpose behind this? Nothing to do with laziness, this deliberate choice highlights the functionality and inner workings of hardworking fixtures instead of concealing them.

Industrial style kitchen with the Levi Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spring Spout in Black

Seek Raw & Distressed Materials

In addition to exposed ductwork and pipes, industrial design incorporates a lot of utilitarian building materials, such as exposed brick, unvarnished wood, and bare steel. You can easily bring this type of character into your space with your furniture items and accents, as seen in our Morris Console Vanity, which features a deeply textured wood build with rustic metal hardware.

The significance of using these materials draws parallels to the wabi-sabi lifestyle, which celebrates the beauty of aging and imperfection.

To stay within this design principle, furnishings and fabrics with any signs of wear or distress are encouraged. Look for materials that develop a natural patina over time like teak wood or copper, such as our Raksha Hammered Copper Japanese Soaking Tub.

Consider finishes that appear aged as well, like aged brass or oil-rubbed bronze. These offer a lived-in look that remains consistent throughout their lifespan, providing eye-catching yet lasting protection of your metals.

Industrial style bathroom with 48" Raksha Hammered Copper Japanese Soaking Tub

Opt For A Dark Neutral Palette

Though this style shares similarities with farmhouse design, it is largely separated by its color palette. While both lean on neutrals and the tones of natural materials, an industrial space should evoke a dimensional edge using high contrast and dark shades of gray, brown, navy, and black.

Set the scene with foundational pieces like our Hytes Mahogany Vanity, which flaunts a midnight navy finish with black accents. Our Catino Solid Surface Freestanding Tub and Torun Fireclay Farmhouse Sink make perfect additions as well, featuring a bold yet timeless matte black finish that instantly makes a statement—even in the simplest of vessels.

Matte black can also be found in faucets, bath accessories, and cabinet hardware. To avoid a one-note look, mix your metals with a reflective, complementary option like gunmetal. As seen in our Lexia Widespread Bathroom Faucet, gunmetal adds a hint of sheen while emitting a unique sultry gray tone.

59" Catino Solid Surface Freestanding Tub with Matte White Interior & Matte Black Exterior for industrial style

Think Minimalist

When considering your furnishings, take on a minimalist perspective. Focus on simple, well-made pieces that feature long, exaggerated lines for a sleek, open look. A hardware collection such as our Greyfield Collection is a fitting example, striking the perfect balance between sleek and utilitarian.

In addition to the silhouette of your pieces, the quantity of them should be kept minimal, too. Let your fixtures speak for themselves, as industrial décor shouldn’t add unnecessary clutter. These techniques will create the illusion of more space, contributing to a vast, open feel.

As a bonus, seek uncomplicated pieces that serve multiple purposes like our Starport Sliding Door LED Medicine Cabinet. A mirror, light, and storage cabinet all in one, it not only creates the illusion of more space, but actually makes clever use of it.

24" Starport Sliding Door LED Medicine Cabinet in Matte Black for industrial style

Don’t Forget The Details

Tie in the function-forward element of industrial design with your smallest details. While keeping things simple and sleek, bring the whole look together with hardware inspired by steam pipes, nuts and bolts, and factory boiler rooms. If overdone, your space could veer into themed territory, so use these details subtly and tastefully.

For adding a sophisticated edge to your cabinetry and appliances alike, our Andrex Knurled Cabinet Knob and Evinger Knurled Brass Appliance Pull make the perfect pairing for kitchens. Additionally, our Gibson Iron Pipe Shelf Brackets offer an industrial-inspired touch wherever storage is desired.

Andrex Knurled Cabinet Pulls and Knobs in Antique Brass, Polished Nickel, & Matte Black for industrial home design

Explore Industrial Home Design

Industrial Kitchen Ideas

Since this room is quite fixture forward, you’ll want to be highly intentional your finish choices. Among wall and cabinetry colors, the finishes you choose throughout your metals will bring your desired color palette together. Plus, they will beautifully contrast any natural character in the room from exposed beams to rustic flooring.

Industrial style kitchen with Avignon Solid Brass Cabinet Pull in Antique Bronze, Ravenel Kitchen Faucet in Matte Black

Industrial Bathroom Ideas

The key to achieving a luxurious industrial bathroom is through your centerpieces. In powder rooms. This is likely your vanity, while in full baths, this will include your tub. Go all-in on a moody color palette or play with texture through interesting materials and surface effects such as hammered copper. For authenticity, bring in plenty of exposed fixtures through console sinks or shower systems.

Industrial style bathroom with Baudette Exposed Pipe Wall-Mount Shower in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Orsen Maple Tub Caddy

Industrial Living Area Ideas

From industrial living rooms to industrial bedrooms, pulling off a cool, utilitarian look is all in the details. Bring in intriguing texture through door hardware and by repurposing cabinet hardware for consoles, dressers, and beyond. For those who love a dramatic moment, add cremone bolts to your windows for ornamental, industrial flair at its finest.

Industrial living room with Moceri Solid Brass Privacy Interior Door Set in Matte Black

Is Industrial Design Your Signature Style?

Now that you have a solid foundation of industrial décor ideas, are you ready to bring it into your space? From a functional focus to the use of raw materials, find these details in durably constructed pieces for an industrial style home that stands the test of time.

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