How to Add Industrial Style to Your Home

By Rebecca Rosenberg


Industrial style home

Photo: Justin Schuler / Unsplash

Why does the home décor trend of using industrial-inspired materials remain so popular? As people move back into urban areas and old spaces are converted, industrial design is as prominent as ever. Actually, this style works well in any raw or open space. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the industrial style because it says, “Love me as I am.”

Industrial style is all about being simple and functional. Wood, concrete, and metal are the holy trinity of materials and instead of trying to hide functional features, industrial design flaunts them.

Contemporary design sometimes brings in elements of industrial design, balancing these harder features with natural materials for a softer feel. In other words, you can do a lot or you can do a little when you go industrial.

Exposed Rafters and Beams

Let’s call this look “rustic industrial.” I love the imperfection of the chipping paint on the beams. And the knobby, exposed wooden rafter gives the room a vaguely farmhouse feel.

exposed beams in townhome
Photo courtesy of Meghan Plowman

However, you can definitely keep it sleek if you like.

Stained Concrete


Stained concrete floors have become widely popular since the death of carpet (yay!). The finish on stained concrete can range from rugged and random to completely polished and uniform.

industrial interior in living space

Photo courtesy of César Béjar  


With its exposed brick wall and metal stairway, this room doesn’t require much else in the way of design.

Furniture and Hardware

Not everyone has a sweeping space to build upon. To add industrial style to any room no matter the size, add furniture such as medical-inspired drawers or restaurant industry dish carts.

Rustic storage chest

Photo courtesy of Nook London


This storage chest is modeled after a library card catalog. Or bonus points if you can salvage and restore the real thing.

Wooden dresser
Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Metal kitchen shelving, metal hanging hooks for pots and pans, and metal baskets are also easy ways to give any space a utilitarian look.

Flea Market Finds

Reclaimed doors, window frames, or other finishings can make a great addition to your industrial-themed home.

These reclaimed pressed metal tiles feel like they came out of an old hotel and they are just heavenly.


Photo courtesy of Scandinavian Wallpaper & Décor


Giant pendants like this one are probably the most common example for an industrial-themed room.

industrial interior in great room
Photo courtesy of Vintage Industrial Style

But the “under the microscope” feeling of the laboratory light in this kitchen is just fantastic.

industrial kitchen


Photo courtesy of Evgeniy Evdokimov.

Exposed Pipes

The industrial style originated, as the name suggests, in the late 18th century during the Industrial Revolution. Exposed factory pipes are a long-standing example of the style.

These red pipes reject the style’s typical neutral colors and give this room more pop.

exposed red pipes
Photo courtesy of Architecture Art Design

And with a little white paint exposed pipes work perfectly with the minimalist design in this room.

Barn-style door in home
Photo courtesy of Architecture Art Design
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Rebecca Rosenberg is a freelance copywriter and digital media consultant who loves writing about design and real estate. She is also an intrepid solo traveler and avid hiker and is always on the lookout for the next big challenge.

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