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.
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?