If spring’s pastels and arty pieces don’t suit your style, the alternative is to go for a pared-down, industrial look with lots of reclaimed wood, hard metals and a sprinkling of cotton and linen to soften the edges.
This is an infinitely liveable trend, and one that can be evolved into a range of different looks once you have created your base.
First sand down all the surfaces you are going to leave exposed – there’s a big difference between ‘industrial chic’ and splintered wooden hand rails!
Strip-back painted doors and window sills and take down curtains in heavy fabrics. Replace them with light blinds or light curtains in neutral tones.
Next put the majority of knick-knacks and decorative objects in storage – this look is all about simplicity.
A large chest of drawers will provide versatile storage and looks good in any room, making it a key buy for any well-dressed home.
Barker and Stonehouse has the Earlston Benjamin chest 3×5 drawers in bleached old pine with a waxed finish and rustic black metal frame. With fifteen ample sized drawers, you can use the Benjamin as a filing cabinet in a home office or work space or as a chest of drawers in the kitchen, living room or even bedroom.
Overhead lighting in tough steel or polished aluminium such as the 1940s style Titan pendant lights were often seen in factories and offices of the era and will add a retro twist to the look.
Distressed leather always looks masculine and stylish no matter the surroundings. We love the Titus chair (great name) from Barker and Stonehouse. In buffalo leather with metal legs and a lacquered finish it’s got a tough exterior yet it’s soft and inviting. Either use the Titus as a dining chair or arrange a selection of leather chairs such as the Gaia and the Etta around a dining table for a cool contemporary seating arrangement.
And a traditional leather sofa will last indefinitely. The mid-century-style Asquith is a chesterfield sofa with huge charm and bags of character – from its button-back and hand-studded detailing to its brass castor feet, the Asquith is a true classic.
In an industrial setting, the furniture is thrown into sharp focus, so choose pieces which will evolve naturally with you and your home.
The Earlston Opio dining table is the perfect embodiment of the industrial chic trend – a large farmhouse-style table with a chunky frame and natural graining.
Finally finish the look with some personal touches such as homemade wall-art and metal sculptures.
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