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How to: industrial chic

industrial chic

BY RYAN BOURKE

The colder weather is settling in, and lots of you will be feeling rather cosy in front of your brick fireplaces in the evenings.

Fireplaces are a perfect focal point to base your interior design on. They are (usually) centred in a room, and the eye is naturally drawn to them. If you are lucky enough to have bricks surrounding yours, industrial chic is the look for you.

Industrial Chic

Industrial chic is all about letting the natural elements in the space shine; exposed plumbing, bare brick walls, steel or reclaimed wood beams, and weathered metal fixtures are all on the cards.

In contrast to your modern, minimalistic all-white look with copper accents and stark finishes, industrial chic is all about leaving things with an edge.

Reclaimed Wood

Start with your mantelpiece. A custom-made mantelpiece from reclaimed wood is not as pricey as you may think. Instantly your room will be transformed and you have a space to display your most prized possessions.

High Ceilings

Be wary of how many you choose to showcase though; perhaps the most obvious trait of a true industrial chic design is open space and high ceilings. These can be faked with a few less of those possessions on display!

Metal Light Fixtures

Fittings don’t have to be permanent. You can get some seriously cool lamps from a range of homewares stores locally or online. The focus should be on unfinished metal with large lightbulbs.

Final Say

The industrial chic look may not work for every home, but bringing elements of the trend into your living space is an easy (and affordable) way to update your home.

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