How to Add Industrial Elements to Your Home (1)

My husband always says, “A man can’t have too many C-clamps.”  I guess he’s right.

I was in a home recently where the architect/designers used industrial elements to not only build the house but to decorate it as well.  It was simply gorgeous.  Admittedly, I’m not sure I could live in it forever, but it was so cool!

Decorating in the Industrial style opens up all kinds of possibilities, especially when embellishing your table tops and office.  Pipes used for the base of a desk or table or even a toilet paper holder (J) add interest to the “factory warehouse” home.

The Industrial design is becoming more and more popular for homes and offices.  Some stores are selling “new to look old” pieces of furniture and accessories.  If you’re lucky enough to have an original piece don’t make the mistake of sanding or stripping away all of its character.  Sometimes just a wire brush to remove flaking bits of paint and then some sealer will permit the original patina to shine through allowing the piece to tell its own story.

When people think of “industrial” first comes to mind steel and heavy metal.  Not always so.  In this style be sure not to go too far with the hard, cold elements, mix it up with some warm wood and paint.  Just take a walk through Restoration Hardware sometime.  You’ll see what I mean!  I LOVE that place~

This definitely wouldn’t be everybody’s taste but a piece here or there to spark conversation is a lot of fun.  And searching out interesting pieces to restore or patina or paint could be a real treasure hunt!

Industrial hallway

Industrial c-clamp coat rack

Industrial locker

industrial shelving