Industrial design style is a unique and interesting way to design your home. Images of factories and lofts quickly come to mind when considering this design. This guide explains all the ways to decorate your home to meet the industrial design. Read this article to understand this look.
Industrial Style Homes (Exteriors)
Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Industrial style architecture.
1. Garza Camisay Arquitectos Designs Brick Loft-Style Modern Home
This modern Industrial-style home has a red brick facade that gives it a warm presence to soften the hard edges and straight lines. This view shows the graveled backyard with a picnic table by the entrance to the well-lit house and beside it is the large open garage that has brick walls and concrete floor.
This daytime view of the house exterior reveals landscaping of bamboos lining the concrete walls around the house that goes well with the gravel and its bordering shrubs. This view also showcases the home’s large glass windows and sliding doors on the first floor.
2. Industrial Washington DC Condo Conversion by Four Brothers, LLC
The red brick walls of the house exterior has a finish that showcases craftsmanship and attention to detail with its fine design and patterns. This goes well with the arched windows, gray roofing and two entrances that have a wooden frame with glass panels on it.
3. Creative A & A House by Work of Architects (WoARCHITECTS)
This Industrial-style home announces itself proudly right from the concrete sidewalk entrance with a pure black sliding gate with the house number on display in gold. This opens up to a driveway and walkway to the house that seems like three separate structures piled on top of each other giving it a uniquely modern aesthetic.
This view shows the entrance to the house accessed by climbing a set of black stairs that stand out against the white walls of the entryway. This view also showcases the three different materials of the house facade with the top layer made of gray wood, then the textured beige stone walls contrasting the smooth white walls of the entryway.
4. Relaxing House in Vilnius by Aketuri Architektai
This lovely Industrial-style home has a relaxing and inviting quality to it probably due to its subtle cabin in the woods vibe to its brown wooden facade walls. These walls soften up the box design augmented by the large glass windows and sliding doors that open up the house to the well-manicured lawn.
Upon closer inspection of the house exterior, you can see here that the glass sliding doors are protected by pull-down black iron shutters that complement the hardwood outdoor flooring of the patio and entryway topped with a large slab of concrete with an artistic design of holes in it.
5. Bold Valley Street by Baran Studio
This slim and bold Industrial-style house has a modern accent to its exterior walls that is different depending on the angle point of view. This side shows a gray facade with a large window on the first floor and smaller windows on the higher levels. Around the corner of this wall is the entryway that has glass doors that are framed with red bricks.
This side of the Industrial-style house shows an off-white exterior wall with a textured stripe finish that complements the various-sized glass windows that cast warm and welcoming yellow lights of the interior. This view also shows an out wooden fence augmented by a large tree that provides a nice and homey foreground.
6. Stunning La Hidalga House by Grupo Arquitectura
From this view of the stunning Industrial-style house, you can clearly see the different compartmentalized sections of the house through its glass tall walls and doors. This highlights the house interiors that have white walls, wooden walls and textured stone walls augmented by the warm yellow lights.
This is the entryway into the house that is lower than the sidewalk. It has a pavilion-like detached shed roof with several brown pillars supporting a white ceiling to provide shade for the entryway that has red brick walls that go well with the inclined concrete flooring.
7. Starkly Minimalist Vilnius House by Studio GYZA
This minimalist Industrial-style house stands out against the surrounding landscape full of tall trees and well-manicured lawns of grass. Its unique exterior walls have a striped design made of different shades of gray augmented by large glass walls and doors that offer a subtle view of the interiors with mirror images of the trees.
This closer view of the house shows a high-ceiling central hall surrounded by tall glass walls. There is also a large second-floor balcony that has a side stair access leading down to the grassy lawn filled with tall trees and a dog house on one side.
8. Loft Sixty-Four by EVA Architects
This front view of this Industrial-style house shows its red brick exterior walls that partners well with the gray Gable roof that matches with the gray frames of the entryway featuring a gray main door with large sidelights and a transom window above it matching with the tall windows of the second floor.
This interior view of the house shows the foyer as you enter the main door. You will be surprised by the dark exteriors to a bright and white interior with simple white walls, ceiling and industrial-style flooring. This makes the black mudroom and metal stairs stand out.
9. Ice Shore House by Indesign Inc.
This modern Industrial-style home uses the same stone bricks of the walkway pavement on its exterior walls that has edges and angles augmented by the various glass windows and walls that offer a glimpse of the charming and inviting interiors.
This backyard view of the house features a blue well-lit swimming pool surrounded by a gray stone pavement as well as lovely landscaping of shrubs, medium-sized trees, and potted plants. This is enjoyed by the house through large glass walls that show the house’s exposed wooden beams on its ceiling.
10. Playful Rural House by Tux Creative
This view of the two-tone Industrial house showcases a backyard pool with fencing made of wooden frames and wire mesh encircling the grassy lawn surrounding the pool. These wooden fences match the wooden exterior walls on the first floor.
This bird’s eye view of the charming Industrial-style house highlights the black upper layer of the house that contrasts the light wooden lower section as well as the surrounding lush greenery making the house stand out with a modern flair.
The property is surrounded by tall spruce trees and pine trees and a mountain-side view that offers comfortable isolation and privacy within its black flat roofs, light wooden flooring and dark second-floor walls with various-sized windows.
11. Toronto Urban Home by Reigo & Bauer
This front view of the Industrial style house shows a slim and sexy modern exterior with some of the floor space sacrificed for a side entry of its wooden fences onto concrete brick pavements leading the house entrance that has large sliding glass doors paired with a transom window.
This is the point of view from the side just outside the wooden fence that has a carpet of creeping plants on it for a classic look that contrasts the modern house with a different white textured exterior for the second floor that has large glass windows.
12. Iconic Modern Industrial Home Featuring Fabulous Indoor-Outdoor Lifestyle
This is the backyard view of this modern Industrial-style house. It looks like it is made up of three steel containers stacked on top of each other. The first floor has an open patio and large glass walls contrasting the black exterior walls same as the second floor that has a balcony over the patio.
This industrial-style house has an outdoor garage large enough for two cars on its concrete flooring complemented by wooden walls that also act as a fence for the rest of the house shown to have large glass windows from this point of view.
13. Former Sugar Beet Factory Transforms into an Award-winning Loft in LA’s Arts District
The blue gable roof of this large Industrial-style home stands out against the gray textured facade that is complemented by the dark brown doors flanking a large garage door in the middle. These entrances are lit by wall-mounted industrial-style lamps.
This angled view shows just how massive the structure of the house is. On the side, you can see black wrought iron fences separating the concrete sidewalk from the property that has lush landscaping filled with shrubberies and colorful trees.
14. Chic Residential with Dynamite Open Floor Plan, 15 ft.-Ceilings, Gallery Art Walls, and Polished Concrete Floors
This ground view just outside the house features an outdoor patio, sitting area and dining area with the industrial-style exterior walls of the house as a nice modern background for the round wooden table and its wooden folding chairs with a dash of warmth from the potted plants and trees.
This side view of the house makes it seem like a ship fused with an airport with its white metal stairs on the side of the building that has gray angled walls with a textured stripe finish bringing emphasis on the metal parts dotted with a few glass windows and softened by potted plants.
15. One of a Kind Residence Offers an Open and Flexible Floor Plan, Soaring Ceilings, and an Abundance of Light
This industrial-style home has a modern box-like exterior shape with a couple of smaller boxes attached to it. The smallest box is attached above the garage entrance and has a glass wall while the other larger one is above the entryway accented with a beautiful purple flowering tree and some shrubs.
Upon closer inspection, you can see from this entryway view that there is a concrete walkway surrounded by Aloe Vera plants and shrubs leading to a staircase up to the raised entryway of the modern home. This entryway has a small balcony beside it with glass doors and balcony railings filled with creeping plants.
16. Modern Industrial Home with Soaring Shed Ceiling and Multi-Slide Glass Walls
The warm yellow glow of the windows stands out in this Industrial-style home that is like different houses placed beside each other. On the right, you have a one-floor section with a flat roof and white walls augmented by the large glass windows while on the left is a two-story section with the glass main door flanked by wall-mounted lamps.
This view shows the L-shape of the house to accommodate a backyard that has a pool, a sitting area, and an outdoor kitchen. It can be seen clearly here that the house ha flat roofs and large glass doors that showcases the beautiful interiors.
17. Custom Home Tucked Inside a Walled “Secret” Urban Garden
This industrial-style home has a red brick fence separating the property from the concrete sidewalk. This fence blends in with the rest of the house exterior walls that feature lovely tinted glass windows from the large one on the right that complements the A-frame roof to the small ones on the second floor and third floors.
This is the view just inside the brick wall fencing. Just outside the tall windows of the first floor is a concrete walkway that is flanked with wonderful shrubs, ferns, and trees to create a lovely landscape scenery as you walk toward the main entrance.
18. Bucktown Home with 11′ Ceilings and Wide Open Space
This simple home has three levels made of brick. The first level is right by the concrete sidewalk. It has frosted glass walls with black frames that match the black main door. The second level has frosted glass windows with exterior designs surrounding the windows.
This bright and airy interior features a great room that houses the living room and the dining area under the same high white ceiling and same hardwood flooring. The living room has a fireplace inlaid with wood that stands out against the white walls beside a wooden piano.
19. Custom Home with a Roll-Up Garage Door Window
This view of this simple Industrial-style home showcases a red main door as its stand-out element. It has panels of glass on it with lighting inside a simple entryway. This is beside a large garage with enough space for two cars. It has a black garage door that complements the gray exterior wall.
This rooftop of the house is accessed through tinted glass doors. It has hardwood flooring with a sandy quality to it that complements the cacti on pots near the gray lawn chairs with cushions beside an out door dining area and bar surrounded by white wooden fencing.
20. Gated Oasis with Huge Museum-Style Walls, Exposed Steel Beams, and Oversized Windows
The front yard of this industrial-style house has tall palm trees for a nice tropical scenery as a foreground for the large glass walls lit with the warm yellow lights of the interiors that have high white ceilings, exposed steel beams and walls illuminated by recessed lights.
From the sidewalk, the property can be entered through a black wooden gate flanked by low red brick stone walls augmented by a higher layer of gray wood. From this view, you can see the unique house exterior that is a beautiful fusion of modern elements and industrial-style.
Industrial Style Interior Examples (by Room)
The following are photo examples of Industrial style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Industrial style photo galleries for each room.
This simple living room has a dark gray sectional sofa facing a matching dark gray wall that supports the wall-mounted TV and its sound system. These gray elements stand out against the bare wooden ceiling that matches the bare wooden wainscoting with a textured scales design on it.
Even though this kitchen has black metal walls, it still managed to be bright and airy thanks to its large glass windows that feature the beautiful green landscape outside for that relaxing cooking experience on the black kitchen island that has a stainless steel countertop.
The long rectangular wooden table stands out against the rest of the dining room that has cheerful yellow metal walls adorned with large glass windows that have contrasting black frames. These match the black wooden chairs that surround the table.
The concrete flooring that is covered with a black area rug matches with the upper layer of the gray concrete walls. The lower half of it is dominated by light wooden structures like the headboard and the floating cabinet on the adjacent wall.
This modern industrial-style bathroom has gray flooring tiles that complement the black wall with a frosted glass window on the far end that matches with the countertop of the two-sink vanity with matching black fixtures.
This simple Industrial-style entry hall has a gray patterned area rug on its off white flooring. This is brightened by the delightful yellow hue of the walls made of metal and the wall-mounted lamps attached to it over three small built-in concrete stools.
What is Industrial Home Decor?
Industrial style design is a mixture of the modern with some old traditional charm. When you think of this style, factories and industrial buildings come quickly to mind. This type of home may be a loft with exposed brick and large windows.
This style has all the convenience of modern life with sleek features but has touches of antiques throughout with metal decor. The ceilings are high and the beams are exposed and the structure uses mixed metal in industrial design. This style is a design that plays on contrasts throughout the home.
Interior Style Features
The industrial style is flexible and pleasing to the eye. It uses neutral tones and colors in combination with textiles that are unique. This style makes great use of lighting, furniture, and other decors. The inside of your home will be simple and bold at the same time. These houses usually make statements and have a layered look.
- Color: the colors used on the inside of an industrial home remain muted and mechanical. This home will have colors that are gray, black, and white. You also see brown and cream mixed in. The color tones lean towards dark and somber colors. If you want a splash of color, you should add that in with your decor and not the color of your actual home. The colors in this home often feel heavy.
- Furniture: the furniture in this home is usually metal, wood, or leather. No matter what your choice, they all have clean lines with subtle patterns, if any pattern at all. If the furniture has upholstery, it is streamlined and blends in well.
- Accessories: decor in the house usually consists of gadgets, gears, and retro style appliances. The accents in the house will be vintage. This is a clutter freestyle of design, so you will not have many items out on the surfaces. Most of the decor will be abstract, salvaged, or reclaimed items. Everything has a cool feeling to it and more masculine in nature.
- Silhouettes and Shapes: the shapes that you will find in this home are usually squared and block line. There will be minimal use of curves and other shapes. The styling of this home is severe and intentional.
- Decorating: the space in this home is open with architecture that is exposed. The ceilings are high and there are no tricks when it comes to decorating. What you see in this style of home is what you get. This style leans towards being environmentally friendly and repurpose old items into new decor.
Exterior Style Features
The exterior of the homes in the industrial style is quite literally old factories and industrial buildings. There is typically little in the way of landscape unless it was added later. Many of these buildings were abandoned for quite some time.
These buildings were converted to lofts and condos. The exterior of these homes is exactly the material you would expect. Keep in mind that while this style started in abandoned factories in industrial areas, people are now bringing the industrial style inside their home in a typical residential neighborhood.
- Brick: Brick is sturdy and durable and has been used as a building material for many years. It can also be exposed on the inside of the house, as well as being used on the outside.
- Concrete: nothing says industrial quite like concrete. It has all the characteristics many like in the industrial style. It is hard, neutral, and cold.
- Steel: the cold utilitarian design and feeling of steel make it perfect for the industrial style.
- Glass: many homes that are designed in the industrial style have large windows with little covering on them.
While this style has a certain coldness to it, there is also underlying comfort. You always want your house to be comfortable, even if it does not appear to be so on the surface. You can achieve this with softer furniture.
The addition of weathered wood and metal seating gives your home the industrial feel while maintaining comfort. The furniture does have a more masculine feel to it. It tends to be big and oversized, like an old leather chair.
- Distressed Wood and Finishes: the combination of distressed wood and metal is a perfect look for the industrial style design. The Walker Edison Furniture Company Plank Metal Bed Frame is a perfect example of the type of bed you find in this style.
- Factory Inspired: the industrial design uses a lot of mixed media and reclaimed metal as well as wood. The Deco 79 Industrial Repurposed Metal Utility Cabinet with Storage & Wood Tabletop is a great addition to your home. You cannot have industrial furniture without the typical metal chair. This galvanized steel frame chair is the epitome of industrial furniture.
- Exposed Hardware: having hardware exposed is a large part of the furniture and decorations for the industrial style. This tends to be a key component of the industrial style design.
With the industrial style home, not only are their materials that really speak to the core of the design style, but there are materials that you want to completely avoid to really create the industrial feel in your home. Plush fabrics do not work well with this type of design.
- Hardworking Materials: this may seem like a strange term, but it is a perfect description of the type of material used in this type of design. Metals like steel, copper, iron, and aluminum are the types that you will see throughout this type of home. These materials are used for countertops, flooring, and exposed beams. Many of the items in your house you can give a second life. You can find them at antique stores and estate sales.
- Rust: this may seem like something that you do not want in your home. Rust really gives the feeling of industrial space. You can use this with concrete and brick, as well as metal. You can find old pieces that are truly rusted and old or pieces that are manufactured today to look rusty and old. From far away, no one knows the difference.
- Leather: leather has been around for a long time and as a result, it is an old favorite. It can be used for all types of decorations and furniture from pillows to picture frames. If you are not a fan of leather, you can use other unique materials and repurpose them. However, when you repurpose them, you should use them for something completely different than their original intention. For example, you can use an old door as a picture frame.
The decor in the industrial is a combination of urban and utilitarian designs. This style uses earth tones and neutral, including grey and white so that it matches the metal, concrete, and brick. The accents make a huge difference and allow you to highlight the elements in your home that are industrial. This decor does not have much in the way of patterns. It is plain and simple.
- Lighting: this is a great way to add some warmth to your home. When you have high ceilings and exposed walls, it is easy for the room to see cold. You can bring warmth in with properly selected lighting. The Edison bulb is a great choice because it has an industrial look to it. They come in varying sizes and shapes. They are not the most energy-efficient you can get but they give you a nice touch to your industrial design.
- Fixtures: metal fixtures are a perfect decor option for the industrial style. It is easy to add metal fixtures into space, but using metal light fixtures, metal wall sconces, and glass shades.
- Patterns: the patterns associated with industrial style design are relatively sparse. There are not many designs or patterns in this style unless they are naturally occurring patterns, such as the grain of the wood.
- Machine Parts: the industrial style makes great use of odd items such as machine parts, gears, and wheels. Modern-day appliances such as the Moon-1 Manual Coffee Grinder Antique Cast Iron Hand Crank Coffee Mill is a great example of combining industrial pieces to create an appliance that is reminiscent of the industrial age. The Evursua Vintage Decorative Wall Clock is a wall clock that has gears to give it the industrial look. That movement prevents it from making a ticking noise and also promises the smooth movement of the hands and accuracy of the time. These are an interesting way to bring industrial accents into your home without making it seem overly hard and cold.
Styles That Mix Well With It
While many of us love the look of an industrious factory, it does not always give the comfort and feeling of home. It can feel cold and hard and that may turn off some from using this type of design style for their homes. There are ways to soften the utilitarian mood of industrial design. Combining the industrial design with those listed below, you find that you can have the best of both worlds.
- Industrial Chic: the industrial style has a masculine and cold feel to it and that is a turn off for some. This style combines the function of the industrial style with a design that is more playful and does not feel so old. This style remains sophisticated, even though it can be a little brighter. This style remains true to the clean and strong lines you expect from the industrious design but has more new materials mixed in with the repurposed and salvaged ones. This style adds in warm textiles and aged woods.
- Industrial Farmhouse: this design style combines the cold feel of steel and exposed brick with the comfort of a farmhouse. For those that feel the industrial look is not homey enough, this is a great combination of the warm feeling of home with the industrial concept. The open floor plan, high ceilings, and exposed material remain, but the decor changes. Think of a shabby farmhouse with clean lines and endless ceilings and you have the industrial farmhouse look.
- Rustic: This style brings two different worlds together. In this design style, you find the material used in rural life such as more natural material that is reused in other ways. This works well when you have materials and decor that are more free form, so they fit in with the industrial style. Adding a rustic look to the industrial design gives you a unique and charming look in your home.
Brief Historic Overview
There is not much known about the beginning of the industrial style of home design. It is believed to have its roots at the beginning of the 20th century. When the 2nd industrial revolution ended and there was a movement towards a more global business supply, many factories began closing. As they moved their operations, it left all these buildings open and suffering from neglect.
While this may have been bad for the area in which the buildings occupied, it was great for design because many high-quality items and materials became available. With the population boom in the 90s, there became a shortage of residential houses and it seemed like a perfect solution to use these left behind buildings as living space. Designers and architects saw opportunities for different designs by leaving the walls bare and exposing the brick and rafters and using the space exactly as it was designed.
Why It Looks Great
Industrial design is not for everyone. For some, it feels cold and mechanical. However, this design type also gives you a feeling of useful appeal. When decorated properly, a factory loft can be warm and inviting while remaining functional and industrial. This style inspires you to want to work and design and create. It is hard to live in an industrial type of home and not always think of new ways to repurpose items and make them new again. This style refreshes buildings and decor that was once considered dead and useless.