We are not huge on interior trends here at Vinterior (especially if they fuel the fast furniture industry), but we do enjoy following the latest work of the industry’s most creative talents – many of which are indeed trend-related. Like every year, 2019 has started with a trend talk about what is going to be hot (you may find our predictions by following this link), and what’s not in the year to come. The majority believes that after a decade of being in favour, the industrial interior style is no more. They say that people grew tired of its stark, raw aesthetic, and are now gravitating towards a warmer, more colourful look in their homes.
Even though we do agree with their predictions about the direction our homes are heading, we most definitely don’t see the doom of the industrial style happening any time soon.
And here is why!
Evolution of the Industrial Style
Just because the industrial style no longer carries the same attributes as it used to, it doesn’t mean its time has passed. Like everything else in our lives, industrial interiors are evolving to accommodate our growing needs and lifestyle changes. This transition brings refreshment to the signature industrial aesthetic and provides an excellent opportunity for creative expression.
Grey is no longer the shade and you will have to go an extra mile to be able to spot it in modern industrial interiors these days, but you will still find an abundance of warm wood and nature-inspired minimalist colour schemes. Rustic walls with their peeling paint might be less common than before, but the exposed brick wall still looks on point and super trendy. Especially if it’s painted white.
Bare pipes took the back seat too and let exposed beams to face the spotlights.
Families found concrete floors to be too cold and difficult to maintain, so they switched back to wood and opted for worn out antique and tribal rugs to warm up the floors even further.
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Good Things Never Change
Raw materials and celebration of architectural features in a way that glorifies function over form is in the DNA of the industrial style. These qualities remain equally important as we enter the second decade of the style’s omnipresence in the world around us. The power of unfinished look, bare wood and distressed metal is still fierce, and we are equally in love with the sexy masculinity of black steel windows, industrial pendants, and school lockers like the day we first saw them.
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Fluid Interior Style of Today
Modern homeowners are no longer looking to decorate their homes, but rather to curate their private spaces in a way that would allow for maximum personalization. To achieve the one-of-a-kind look, these eclectic collectors’ homes marry different interior styles and eras by layering them together in a single room. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to label these homes with any of the style etiquettes of the past. This new look is fluid, highly inclusive and favours mixing and matching of hunted treasures over anything else.
Taking pride in the quality of furniture design, simple lines and shapes of the industrial pieces that make them unbelievably easy to work with, and, above all, its resilience to wear and tear, industrial furniture easily found its way to this exciting interior game.
The industrial style lends itself perfectly next to the Global Traveller, Boho Chic, Mid Century Modern and Scandinavian aesthetics, and they work together to highlight the very best features of the given space.
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Love Affair of Industrial Design and the Urban Jungle Movement
Since the Urban Jungle movement took off a couple of seasons back, the world of interiors changed tremendously. This newly discovered obsession over houseplants influenced a change in many interior decorating styles, industrial chic included.
Greenery came as a solution to the lack of spirit and homeyness industrial interiors shown at the time, and the infatuation was instant. Jampacked with houseplants, industrial interiors became fresh and appealing, so warm and full of life. The dynamics between the cold industrial rawness, negative space, metals, concrete and the overall unfinished look on the one hand, and lush greenery on the other creates a truly magical ambiance we feel a strong desire to embrace. Just look at this space below and tell us if it doesn’t seem inviting and dreamy!
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Pop of Colour to Spice Things Up
Industrial design doesn’t have to be monochrome. On the contrary, because of the neutral background, you can easily introduce just about any colour into the room. But don’t expect a rainbow. It comes in pops to jazz up the otherwise black and white space, with the hints of warm or dark wood. A statement wall, armchair, sofa or some fun artwork are always a good idea.
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Great design and quality furniture never go out of favour. Out of fashion? Perhaps, but this only means that it is leaving the mainstream and becoming cool again. Trends come and go, but these pieces are forever! Don’t you agree?
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