A style as manly as the name implies. Influenced by the environments where it originated from, workshops, factories, warehousing and anywhere else raw, harsh and heavy materials are used to mould manufacturing and propel production. Think New York, Brooklyn loft.
The planning is predominantly open, due to the nature of its influencers (factories and warehouses) having minimal columns to create the largest amount of uninterrupted floor space possible.
Services, such as the air-conditioning ducts, electrical conduits (preferably galvanised steel), water pipes (copper) etc. can be left visible and unfinished or accentuated with brightly coloured paint, to create a feature. Steel beams, bracing and columns are left tarnished, painted with standard red oxide primer or painted a dark colour, for the cleaner look.
In keeping with the exposed and rough nature of the industrial style, the floors follow on from the structure. Power floated and polished concrete illustrating the stresses and cracks that harsh factory conditions force. Hard wood or parquet floor coverings are a great addition to any industrial style space.
Neutral, warm, earthy tones are a great fit for brickwork and timber. Shades of grey always work well with concrete and steel. Black can be used to make service and structure stand out .White can be used in all cases for a cleaner look.
Stark coloured fabrics (whites or greys) stand out and add a sense of modernity. A contemporary touch brings the space into a more modern time and fits well juxtaposed against the industrials style. Again the theme can be carried through with steel and timber stools, tables and chairs. However a comfortable couch makes a massive impact and offsets the harshness of the rough materials and creates an inviting homey environment.