Wonderwalls: Industrial Wall Treatments
Because I’m such a fan of the industrial look in décor, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate it more in my own home. One of the biggest canvasses to express personality in your home is your wall space—and, while incorporating art is always a must, you can also take a look at how to address the walls themselves as industrial elements.
Image: Yoshihiro Koitani via Delood
Exposed concrete is the holy grail of industrial technique when it comes to walls. Frankly, you just can’t beat it. So, if you know you’ve got concrete hiding behind a covering—drywall or wallpaper, for example—you’re in great shape for getting the industrial look with little effort. If not, there are some amazing concrete wallpapers on the market that will help you bring the look to a standard wall.
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Yes, metal. While most of us think of galvanized siding or pressed tin when we think of this category (and there’s not a thing wrong with either one), a more refined look is available from hot rolled steel. I’ve seen it used with terrific effect in kitchens, bedrooms, and all kinds of living spaces. A big plus: maintenance is super easy.
Whether painted or raw, brick is a no-brainer when it comes to incorporating industrial walls into your space. If you’ve got it, bring it out into the open and use it to bring that all-important texture into your décor.
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Possibly the most versatile of all industrial materials—with the possible exception of cinder blocks —subway tile works to bring industrial personality into any room. Used on their own or mixed with other materials to show off your own sense of style, subway tile may be the easiest way to add an industrial flavor into your home.
What industrial looks do your walls sport?