3 Ways to Get the Industrial Look

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Industrial Chic

If you’re at all like me, you can spend hours pouring over blogs and scrolling through Tumblrs in search of the perfect interior décor. We all want to be able to recreate those amazing finds in our own homes but—let’s face it—there are times when it seems impossible: for example, creating a terrific industrial vibe in your decidedly non-industrial space. Here’s how to let your rough-and-tumble self shine when you’re not blessed with rough concrete walls, exposed beams, and original factory windows.

The Right Tool

Andrea Bakac Piano Factory

Photo: Andrea Bakacs for Dwell

Nothing says industrial like a big red tool cabinet, and almost nothing is as versatile, either. Bring in one of these big boys for extra storage or to organize home office clutter and show off your nitty-gritty chops in style. I’ve even seen these used as bar carts – making a great conversation starter even in the most traditional of rooms.

Go Chunky

Industrial Apartment in Belleville
Photo: Marie Claire Maison

Adding large metal drawer and cabinet pulls is the fastest, easiest way to bring the industrial look to your kitchen. If you’re already using a dark color palette for cabinetry, you’ll be way ahead of the game; if not, start with some big chunky handles (hint: Ikea usually carries several great options) and watch the transformation begin.

Light it Up

Industrial Lamp
Photos: (Left) IndLights on Etsy; (Right) Alexandra Valenti for Remodelista.

Adding lighting fixtures that evoke workshops are a sure-fire way to amp up your industrial chic factor. And there are plenty of options available, from fantastic finds on Etsy to do-it-yourself bundles of big box hardware store work lamps. Pendants are always great, but remember to think about tabletop lighting and floor lamps as well. After all, industrial chic happens wherever you decide to make it happen.
How do you bring industrial chic into your abode?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.