As interior enthusiasts, it's no secret we're devoted followers of The Block and Reno Rumble at Frame. Though the industrial look is currently trending, executing it with perfection is yet another ball-game. If you're allergic to IKEA and clinical environments, and wish to master the 'light' industrial feel, we've got some general tips of the trade for you on keeping it homely, artful accessorising and using quality goods over quantity.
D-Bodhi / Tango Collection *AVAILABLE AT FRAME*
Work with what you have - and have access to. And remember to keep it functional.
The best industrial spaces utilise a combination of found objects and sustainably sourced furnishings. It's not about cultivating a staged environment - as commercial industrial-style pieces on their own can look quite severe. This is also where a touch of recycled timber, some vintage glassware or ceramics and a natural palette can assist. Each piece should have its own story and interesting origins. Go for quality over quantity, and mend or make do where possible.
D-Bodhi / Fissure Collection *AVAILABLE AT FRAME*
Embrace the imperfections and let texture characterise your space. Soften up with neutral tones.
The best saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. See the potential in pieces that have natural raw appeal - and those that may also need a touch of TLC in the up-cycling department. Exposed surfaces, cracks, pipes, nooks and crannies give the 'unfinished' space or piece its finishing touches. Mineral and soft hues accentuate these focal points, hence why we suggest sticking to your more earthy palettes. This will also keep your space sophisticated and classy without being fussy, and enhance its masculine side with a touch of femininity.
Meizai / Pendant Lamps and Home Accessories *AVAILABLE AT FRAME*
Take risk, go for some edgy accessorising. And don't forget to freshen up the balance with greenery.
When we say edgy, we mean fence-sit between hoarding and minimalism. The one issue we see faced time and time again by industrial interiors, is their inability to encapsulate a homely appeal. Light industrial spaces are aimed to inspire a sense of nostalgia. They are emotional contrary to the belief of most, and do benefit from a hint of kitsch accessorising to liven things up - be it an addition of a rustic rug to basic concrete or hard timber flooring, some funky exposed pendant or industrial lighting to the lounge-room, or a mismatched arrangement of art and photographs on the bedroom wall. Last but not least, an indoor-plant here or there will buffer any remaining harshness. Add your favourite Glasshouse Fragrance and voila, light industrial-feel complete!