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10 ways to create the industrial look in your living room

Industrial living room with large bookcase
Industrial living room via Unsplash

WordsMegan Lambert

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It helps, but you don’t have to live in a New York loft to channel the industrial look in your living room. Whether yours is a terraced townhouse, 2-bed apartment, or rural retreat, we’re sharing our top 10 ways to create the industrial look in your living room, whatever the aesthetic of your house.

Industrial living room idea: opt for a neutral colour palette

A much more straightforward option to achieve the industrial decor look is with neutral paints. The key to an industrial style neutral palette is to think about recreating the colours of materials like stone, wood, and concrete. It’s greiges, beiges, charcoal greys, and even whites. It’s basically our Kelly Hoppen palette which boasts timeless neutrals. Just like the style, this palette is sleek and modern yet with a nod to the past—that’s what makes it timeless.

For a better understanding of different neutral colour palettes and how you can use them, find out how to style the Timeless Neutral paint colours in your industrial style living room.


Timeless neutral colour palette in Lick paint
KELLY HOPPEN TIMELESS NEUTRALS COLOUR PALETTE

Industrial living room idea: opt for a wooden or concrete floor

Industrial decor is about creating a functional space without it feeling too utilitarian. Not only are concrete and wooden floors low maintenance but they look great too. Create texture and a homely feel with large, natural rugs in key areas. Think jute, sheepskin or sisal, or go for a bit more colour with a Persian rug.

Boho Chic Industrial Living room with lots of plants
@SAILORANDSCOUT GIVES HER HOME A NATURAL FEEL BY LEAVING THE WOODEN ELEMENTS N THEIR RAW FORM
Industrial decor in living room with wooden floors
TEXTURE IS ADDED TO THE WOODEN FLOORS WITH A LARGE RUG VIA UNSPLASH

Industrial living room idea: exposed brick walls 

​​Exposed brick walls are, if you will, the building blocks of industrial decor. If you’re lucky enough to have exposed brick walls in your living room, make a feature of them. Those terracotta tones are instantly warming, whilst their rough appearance creates a gorgeous textured backdrop. If the previous owner has painted over them, it’s not game over just yet. Through sand-blasting or a brick cleaning acid (if it sounds caustic, that’s because it is) you can actually remove old paint from your walls. 

Another option is to expose the brick yourself. If you live in an old house and suspect you’ve got good quality masonry behind your plasterwork, you can remove it. But we’d recommend hiring a professional to carry out either of these options.

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