Industrial Strength Style


Working at Spruce has really provoked me to start questioning what exactly is my style of design.  I have never been able to put a defining label on my aesthetic or declare a favorite era.  Lately, I’ve been flipping through design books on my lunch break, and as I drool over the astounding rooms, I daydream about what I will want to do when I have a big girl house.  I have noticed that there is a common thread in the rooms that I am drawn to…industrial furniture.  Adding industrial pieces to a room can do so much.  A little bit can go a long way.  You can pepper industrial elements into a room in so many ways: furniture, lighting, hardware, and other oddities and accessories.  It is also a good way to balance a room.  An area with a lot of warmth and texture might benefit from a metal hutch or sleek industrial lighting.  It can also be useful for adding a little masculinity to an otherwise feminine space.  This could be a relationship saver when trying to co-design.

I was inspired to write this post when I came across the above image on Apartment Therapy of David Butler’s (Amy Butler’s husband) home office.  It was love at first sight!  I must have a gurney desk at some point in my life.  It adds just enough creepiness, and it is truly a conversation piece.

Lighting is another opportunity to add a little industrial flare to your space.  There is an endless variety of styles and finishes to get the look you want.

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If I haven’t yet sold you on this concept, allow me to add yet another bonus of industrial furniture…functionality!  These utilitarian pieces usually have a past in which their main purpose was to be functional and durable.  What more can you ask for?

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