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Tips for Adding Industrial Style to Your Home

Add some modern flair to your space by incorporating an industrial style. See the best tips and guidelines for working with this interior design trend.

We’re nearly halfway into 2021, and this year is seeing a trend in industrial-style interior design. This blossoming style combines the best of rustic and modern elements. If you’re ready to take the plunge into this new design trend, here are four tips for adding industrial style to your home.

Understand Your Color Palette

First, you’ll want to stick to a neutral color palette. Start with gray colors anywhere on the spectrum from black to white for your walls and furniture colors. Other colors you can feature as your base for an industrial palette include browns, dark blues, and desaturated reds. This may seem monochromatic at first, but from there, you can add pops of color with decorative pieces such as pillows, art, rugs, and more.

Feature an Accent Wall

An accent wall looks great in almost every room, and depending on the material, this feature is a great way to incorporate industrial design. Exposed brick is trendy and a great accent wall choice, but not every home has it. You can also opt for reclaimed wood, pressed tin, or even concrete if you want to double down on the industrial. And, if you are nervous to fully commit to one style, wallpapers featuring the above textures are a great alternative to the real thing.

Update Your Floors

The right flooring is also a key aspect of this style. We’ve seen a move away from carpet in recent years, and industrial design follows this trend too. This style favors dark hardwood, tile, or even stone flooring. These floorings complement the neutral color palette. Once you have this neutral base, add a fun accent rug for a pop of color.

If ripping up your current carpet or flooring isn’t an option, you can simply incorporate some unfinished wood surfaces into your space, such as shelving, tables, or desks. The same goes for tile and stone surfaces as well.

Add Some Metal Accents

Steel and other types of metal pipes make great accent pieces for a modern industrial style, but not every home has exposed plumbing or heating. You can add some industrial flair without completely rerouting your home’s plumbing—simply pick up or design some metal accent pieces yourself. Copper and bronze pipes are commonly featured in décor pieces, and featuring these colors can also bring some warm tones into your space. If you are going for a cleaner look, try looking for accent pieces constructed from stainless steel pipes.

And don’t forget about your bathroom! If you leave out any rooms, your new interior design won’t feel fluid. Mix metal finishes such as brass, bronze, and stainless-steel pipes or faucets for an easy way to incorporate this style into your bathroom fixtures.

We hope these design tips for adding industrial style to your home have inspired you. This style is so easy to incorporate with just a few accent pieces and a neutral color palette. It is a great design choice for today’s modern homes, and it doesn’t look like its popularity is going away any time soon.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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