We’re back with another interior design and furniture style guide! If you recall, we began talking back in March about the many decor styles you can find at theLOFT. If you missed our post back in April about farmhouse decor, check it out here! As a sequel in this series, today we are walking you through the basics of industrial decor. Don’t let your location dictate your style. You may live on the outskirts of town, but you too can live in urban industrial style!

History of Industrial Decor

Starting in the late 1700s, the Industrial Revolution changed the way we made things. Over the next two centuries, the world would change drastically. During this period, we went from hand-crafting to the assembly line. From lantern light to the light bulb. From horse-drawn carriages to the automobile. As a result, everything from manufacturing to transportation would change; and with it, design and decor too!

Consequently, these advances in technology created a demand for purpose-built factories. As opposed to many homes of the day, these buildings had little need for frills or luxury. These vintage factories were the embodiment of utility and functionality. Over time, many of these factories became antiques in their own right. For one reason or another, some factories became vacant while others fell into disrepair. However, this unfortunate reality gave birth to industrial style and architecture when property owners and developers realized they could revitalize these spaces as loft apartments or condos.

Features of Industrial Decor

This background info explains many of the features we see in industrial design to this day. Keep in mind that in a factory every feature has a purpose. Large windows meant more natural light. High ceilings and open floor plans meant extra space for machines and industrial equipment. Casters made equipment easier to move. Brick, metal and concrete construction made factories more durable and resistant to fire. Exposed pipes, rivets, ductwork and bare Edison bulb fixtures existed because there was no decorative reason to “dress them up”. All of these things have become central to industrial decor, also known as industrial chic.

When it comes to decorating your home like a vintage factory, here are a few more tips. First, resist the temptation to use too many warm, bright colors. Keep in mind that frivolous uses of color take away from the minimalist look. Neutral or earthy tones are always best. Second, mix and match wherever possible. Contrast between pieces can add an eclectic feel to your home. Lastly, be on the lookout for reclaimed or repurposed items that can make your living room, bedroom or dining room feel well-used and worn. This gives your interiors an oddly comfortable, broken-in feel.

Build Your Own Vintage Factory Interior @ theLOFT

Remember, theLOFT is metro Atlanta’s source for unique decor and interior design inspiration! Visit our Acworth and Hiram showrooms to view our full curated collection of furniture in a variety of trending styles. Our no-pressure experts would love to help you find that industrial style piece you’ve been looking for. Keep in mind that our inventory in theLOFT is full of unique limited run and repurposed vintage items, so our stock can change on a daily basis! Lastly, stay tuned for our final post in this series where we’ll discuss midcentury modern decor!