The industrial style applied to the houses is not something new; it has been present for more than half a century, although it is true that for a few years now it is experiencing one of its sweetest moments, driven by the greater environmental commitment that reigns in the sector. The construction material praised as the protagonist of interior design, gains weight in rooms where spacious and bright spaces prevail.
The industrial style, spurred by what a few years ago came to be called vintage, goes far beyond metal and connects directly with the structure, showing that respect for the original framework in which the pillars and exposed beams become one more element of decoration. The austere tone that such elements give to the spaces is amplified with the rest of the facilities, be it air conditioning, sanitary water or electricity. Betting on an industrial style for our house is to forget the false ceilings and show the skeleton and muscles of our home.
The new loft
The loft is undoubtedly the king of industrial aesthetics because, in essence, it comes to convert premises into a home. What originally came to be a mere necessity has ended up becoming a virtue. In this way, if in the past there were these reconversions of spaces that, due to a cost question, exposed the water pipes and air conditioning pipes; today they have become a sign of identity.
Nevertheless, they are not the only ones; to them is added the exposed brick, the concrete and those high ceilings crowned by the large windows that so important role plays for interior lighting. Hard, straight lines that make imperfection something beautiful, in that combination of metal and wood, gray with orange of brick, with matt tons of steel and iron.
Other distinctive elements
Interior decoration is the icing on the cake in an industrial-style home. Large-scale furniture is imposed to give greater importance to the manufacturing concept, with unrestored antiques pieces, with rough varnishes on wooden shelves, with trunks that mix bohemian airs.
The coldness of iron stools and chairs can find a perfect counterpoint with the warmth of wood, even with tan colored rugs, although without overusing them so as not to miss out on the touch that a polished concrete floor provides.
Likewise, leather and finishes without pickling nor lacquering – the more natural the better – are other elements that dress a space with these characteristics where neutral colors (gray, beige, white …) predominate, with special emphasis on black.
A point of sustainability
A space decorated with industrial aesthetics brings with it advantages that transcend the merely aesthetic, reaching the environmental ones. The fact of not requiring the installation of elements such as false ceilings to hide the facilities drastically reduces the use of certain construction materials and, therefore, the ecological footprint and the cost of the works.
The same happens in a matter of partitions, since this type of housing prioritizes open spaces, subtracting the number of divisions and making much more use of natural light, which leads to an improvement in energy efficiency.
Reuse is closely linked to this style, not only from the functional point of view, but also physically, taking advantage of second-hand pieces that are given a second life, making their old age an added value that highlights the decoration.