The converted loft look, with bare brick walls and exposed light bulbs? That’s industrial chic and it’s now made its way into mainstream interior decor. With its stripped back, rough and ready look it appeals to a new generation of home owners who like to break the rules.
When we’re starting a new renovation project, it’s good to take note of the natural elements of our home and play with that au naturel look that channels industrial chic. On the other hand, not all of us want to knock down all the ceilings and walls to join in with a trend! But that shouldn’t mean we miss out on fun design opportunities.
Add some edgy designs to your home by embracing these industrial style elements one wall at a time.
The living room is the place we spend most of our time at home, and in most modern homes it is largest open area that connects other segments of the house. So a change in the living room will have a huge impact on the entire mood and look of your home.
A bare brick wall looks perfect as an accent wall behind the couch where you can display your art and complement it with other furniture. Also, make sure there is enough light pouring into the room to avoid it looking dull.
If you have a home library or even a library corner at home, a bare wall will add a trendy vibe to the setting. The brick wall acts as a perfect backdrop for a cozy reading area. Since brick walls look great alongside both wood and metal finishing, you do not have to worry too much about the bookcase. All you need now is a nice reading chair or lounger and your favorite books.
If you want to add the brick wall look to your home but don’t want to disturb your contemporary living room decor, bedroom is a great option. You can turn the brick wall into a statement headboard by adding some art and lighting. Add more earthy and neutral tones to the bedroom to create a warm and relaxing space for yourself.
A backsplash that costs nothing at all! In the kitchen, a brick wall adds a rustic cottage-like look to the decor and moves away from the mainstream kitchen. Even a small corner around the stove can change the mood of your kitchen from formal to fun, and it might make cooking much more enjoyable.
It also reduces the cost of interior design, so you can prioritize quality appliances over tiles and the brick wall is easy to clean up after a messy kitchen debacle!
Our dining areas have changed a lot over the years. With changes in our needs, open plan living and smaller city apartments, most of us have already gotten rid of a formal dining room and incorporated a dining area into the living room. This also gives us the flexibility to decorate it in a more casual way.
If you like the idea of a brick wall in your home, you can experiment having it in the dining area, especially if you have views of the garden or backyard from there. It will help creating a nice inside out kind of feel and make your living room look more like a charming bistro.
The area along the staircase is usually the toughest to decorate. Too much decor might make it look stuffed, and too less makes it a lonely corner with no personality. So allowing the exposed brick wall near the stairs will make it an interesting part of the house. You can add some art or personal pictures, but even a plain brick wall will look just as great. This style is particular to an industrial style loft, while the metal railings look stunning against the bricks.
In this year certain trends have been on the rise in bathroom decor, they are all mainly minimal with clean lines and neat trims. If you do not believe in conforming to the trends, this mix and match look might interest you. The brick wall keeps the interiors casual for a refreshing edginess while the rest of the modern finishing creates a nice contrast and beautiful balance between the two design styles.
We are aware of using bricks to pave paths in the garden or veranda. This adds a beautiful touch with the green outdoors, however it is an equally charming idea for the room adjacent to the garden. It could be a living room or a casual sitting area, the bricks on the floor will set it apart from the rest of the house.
White Brick Wall
If you are not particularly fond of the bare brick walls, or if they are not in a consistent color, you can paint them all white. This way you get the beautiful texture and a cool look, without the bare orange and red bricks. You might even want to consider this option if the room does not have enough natural light and the bare brick wall might make it look even darker. The white paint will help liven up the room.
Are you thinking off adding hints of industrial design style to your home?