8 Ways to Implement Industrial Home Design in Your Remodel

Updated December 9, 2021

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Finding ways to make your home unique isn’t always easy. But one good way to do that is by implementing an industrial home design. In today’s post, we’re breaking it all down.

If you haven’t thought about using industrial elements in your home’s design yet, then now is the time. Here are our tips!

Industrial Home Design with a Natural Palette and Lots of Textures

Industrial design naturally features a lot of earth tones. That’s exactly what you want to go for in terms of your home’s decor and design. Use natural textures and neutral colors throughout the entire room. Think of a warehouse and the many different textures that are present—brick, metal, exposed wood, and other textures that are often in neutral colors.

Mix Modern and Rustic for an Industrial Look

Mixing modern and rustic design is a great way to give your home a more industrial look. Try using metal, exposed brick walls, leather furniture, and other modern elements in the same room as natural textures like wood or stone. This collaboration between both modern and rustic is perfect for industrial design.

modern and rustic decor in industrial home design

Open Floor Plans Allow for Simpler Accent Pieces

When you have an open floor plan in your home, it allows for more simple accent pieces. You won’t need to have different accents in every corner because using one large metal or wood beam could be all the industrial accents you need. Whether you’re going for a simple home design or trying to find the perfect balance of industrial, modern, and rustic, an open floor plan can help you get it right.

We almost always encourage open floor plans because they also offer so much natural light, improved flow throughout the home, and greater efficiency.

Exposed Brick Walls

Like distressed wood and metal accents, brick can offer a great contrast to plain white walls or any other color you have. If your home already has brick present, then be sure to leave it in and if you’re looking to add a great rustic element, then consider exposed brick as the perfect solution.

While brick isn’t as commonly used in Minnesota Modern homes, in the right circumstances, it might be exactly what you need to tie everything together.

Here’s a video teaching you how to DIY a faux brick wall if you still want that industrial look:

Look For Industrial Lighting Opportunities

Your fixtures and lights can offer an industrial touch and might be exactly what you need to add industrial design to your home. Industrial lighting is often more straightforward and less ornate than other types of lights. Look for fixtures that feature metal or black shades with bold, straight lines and metal accents. Fixtures might use traditionally rustic elements such as mason jars, wood, or even rusted metal.

When it comes to lighting, don’t limit yourself to specific styles or looks. A light fixture can make all the difference in a home.

industrial lighting

Use Floor to Ceiling Windows

We mentioned lots of natural light above. One way to make sure that your home has a lot of natural light is to install or design the home to have floor-to-ceiling windows. Windows or lots of glass is very common in industrial design, giving your home an industrial and modern look while also providing you with natural light and beautiful views of the landscape around your home.

floor to ceiling windows

Distressed Wood and Metal Accents

Distressed wood floors or walls are common throughout the industrial design. Additionally, homes often have metal accents such as exposed ductwork or metal chairs at the kitchen counter. Reclaimed wood is an eco-friendly product that you can use throughout your home to provide a distressed wood look and character to the home and accent your industrial design.

Choose Industrial Styles for Your Decor

A lot of the industrial design elements that we’ve used above aren’t decor items but instead are structural elements that you might use throughout the house. When you do start to design your decor throughout the house, try to find industrial items. Glass, metal, and wood are all common industrial materials that will make a big difference in the overall design and provide you with a great accent or decor pieces throughout the home. But remember, less is more when it comes to industrial home design.

Sustainable 9 is the custom home builder that you’ve been looking for to build your next Minnesota home. From modern and contemporary to industrial, we’ll build you a home that fits both your needs and your personality.

Reach out to us today to get started on your new build or custom remodel today.


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