From structural elements and exposed, raw finishes to industrial inspired furniture and eclectic lighting, there’s no doubt that the Rustic Industrial aesthetic has taken the interior design world by storm. It’s a style that will always be in demand since it echoes a design concept that is familiar to most, revolving around mechanical ingenuity and manufacturing while incorporating unfinished interiors and exposed structural forms.
If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment or building that has exposed brick, structural wooden beams or even pipes, then you fortunately have a great foundation for a Rustic Industrial aesthetic. If not, then don’t fear because by carefully selecting raw, wood finishes, metal accents and natural materials — such as hide and wool — for your soft furnishings, you can easily curate the style yourself!
Our Rustic Industrial aesthetic is one that references the comfort of ‘Rustic’, with neutral colours and soft furnishings while equally incorporating ‘Industrial’, with bold metals that underpin a mechanical feel. We have curated a mood board below which is inclusive of furniture, accessories and lighting which creates a comfortable, yet intriguing Rustic Industrial space. Keep reading to explore our 5 Tips to achieve this look and why we selected what we did!
1.Midland Oak Bergere Chair / 2. Froste Light Grey 3 Seater Sofa / 3. Roman Side Table / 4. Nickel Lamp with Zebra Stripe Hide Shade / 5. Roman Coffee Table / 6. Chicken Feather Lamp (Brown) / 7. Hoxton Tan Cowhide Footstool / 8. Belgrave Cowhide Storage Basket / 9. Chateau Linen Dining Chair / 10. Farmhouse Extending Dining Table / 11. Silver Stag Wine Cooler / 12. Atacama Wool Rug / 13. Live and Let Die
FURNITURE WITH MINIMAL DETAILING
Incorporating furniture with minimal detailing will enable you to have fun with accessories, finishes and art in a Rustic Industrial style. Often, the raw metals and exposed wood surfaces and finishes will create enough of a visual impact in the mixing of materials that your furniture items should be fairly neutral in appearance. The simple, attractive silver studding on the Froste Light Grey 3 Seater Sofa adds a minor industrial touch to an otherwise plain, grey sofa and the traditional form of the Midland Oak Bergere Chair is more aligned with a rustic feel. But the combination is still harmonious and references the two styles effortlessly.
Natural materials such as wool, jute and hide are integral to this theme, especially the Rustic side of the overall style. The chosen combination of the Belgrave Cowhide Storage Basket , Hoxton Tan Cowhide Footstool and Nickel Lamp with Zebra Stripe Hide Shade work together to create warm, textural focal points. The raw hide materials reference a rustic charm and comfort within. Not only can you use raw hide and wools, but leather also makes a wonderful addition to this aesthetic and is very comfortable too!
During the Industrial Revolution, when iron and steel manufacturing were popular, rustic metals were used extensively. One way to incorporate the industrial element of the Rustic Industrial style is to use wrought iron and other raw metals in your living room decor. We have included the matching Roman Coffee Table and Side Table, which are made from richly grained wood for a Rustic feel, yet the industrial metal frame spells out the Roman numerals in a clockwise order, bringing a unique touch to any space.
Due to the monochromatic nature of the overall Rustic Industrial theme, you can certainly have fun with your choice of art! Whether you select sculpture, fine art or an installation (or perhaps a combination of them all!), don’t be afraid to express yourself with colours, textures and subject matter. Murals, bold graphics, as well as painting bold symbols in an exposed brick wall can instantly create a unique focal point. Abstract print, ‘Live and Let Die ‘ is a bold piece, both visually and texturally and why not soften up your living space with some 3D sculpture!
Turquoise is a colour that works very well with browns and greys, as it stands out tastefully and offers a focal point for your space. Intricate, small and unique in appearance, Cycles XIV is made from bronze and the base is made from Cumbrian slate. Patinated in a light turquoise blue, a raw stone rotates on the inside with bronze detailing. This contemporary and unique sculpture is ideal for a Rustic Industrial space to add a pop of colour, texture and personality. Furthermore, its circular form will echo the circular nature of the print, Live and Let Die , creating notes of harmony and intrigue within your space.
Tip! If you have a small space, such as a front hallway or powder room, why not create a visual impact with wallpaper? Our Deer Damask Wallpaper is the perfect option to echo this Rustic feeling and add some warmth to your space.