Friday, July 14, 2017

Industrial Style Fabrics

When choosing fabrics to incorporate into your industrial style room look for heavy duty type fabrics such as cotton, denim, linen, hessian, ticking and wool. These are some of the fabrics used in the industrial age and will bring more character to your room. Sheepskin, leather and even velvet go great against a rough industrial setting and add a touch of luxury as well.

You can't go wrong with cotton for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen textiles. It's clean, natural, and crisp, and cotton ticking- originally used for mattress covers, is great for covering chairs and sofas.

Linen has been used throughout history because it is strong and durable. It has a stubby, uneven weave and is ideal for curtains and bed linens. In the past it was used in hospitals for uniforms, bedding and even bandages. You could also find it in the unbleached version on some surfaces of airplanes.

Popular choice's for industrial settings are denim, calico, and canvas. While they are associated with workplace uniforms, they have been found to be versatile and wear well over time. This makes them a great choice for the aged and rougher look of some industrial pieces.

If you want to add a touch of class and luxury to your industrial setting, bring in some leather, velvet or sheepskin. They look great surrounded by brick, steel, concrete and aged wood.  For a sense of warmth add some wool, tweed or flannel. These are all natural fiber items that add a sensual feel to the room. You can find military blankets at army surplus outlet's that are heavy weight and hard-wearing. Layer items made of these fabrics on sofas, chairs and beds for warmth and style.

In the end,choose what works best for you and your unique space, and above all have fun with your room setting and the choices you make to create that one of a kind look.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Choosing Industrial Furniture Pieces for Your Home

Many industrial furniture designs today have been greatly influenced by the industrial workplaces of yesterday. Items once produced for factories, hospitals, schools, and commercial units are now being reproduced for our living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and even our bedrooms. They also work great in office's and can add a lot of style to commercial settings. Many bars, restaurants, and even rental venues are using an industrial style to draw customers into a bygone era.

The oversize pieces work well in large open settings. You can easily imagine the pieces in this photo in a hotel lobby, but they have been placed beautifully in this very large living room. Choosing pieces that work well in your environment  is really a matter of taste. Picking items that fit nicely into your home or business setting may take a bit of browsing, but finding items that make you feel good, and that look good in your space, is really what it's all about.

In today's market place you can find a plethora of reproduced chairs, desks, tables, and storage units inspired by the industrial  era, but if you truly want an industrial look, try searching for original items that can be found in salvage yards, flea markets and junk shops, and re-purpose them, or use them as is to add a bit of character and drama to a space. Either way, have fun!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Becoming an Urban Pioneer

Urban pioneering is taking the best ex-industrial spaces and products to create unique, distinctive homes that reflect the marrying of the old and new, while protecting and utilizing the integrity of both. An urban pioneer looks for large empty buildings or spaces, to convert for their home or business while keeping the original elements that are safe, visually appealing, useful, and just plain fun. Many people are jumping on the industrial or urban style band wagon and are really enjoying the experience as well as their new space.

With the decline in manufacturing in the 1950's and 60's, empty warehouses, schools, factories, and office and retail spaces opened up the opportunity for cheap rentals. These spaces allowed for the first true urban pioneers to establish an imaginative and trendy style that is still alive and growing. By keeping the exposed brick walls, and wood or concrete floors, as well as the duct work and pipes that were left in the buildings, people began creating useful and inviting spaces. Since many of the building were equipped with large windows and lots of them, there was no shortage of light to flood the rooms, which was just another added bonus, in some cases.

Although renovating an old building can be daunting and expensive nowadays, it can be well worth the effort. Breathing new life into formerly unused buildings is not only good for the building, it brings a sense of uplifting pleasure to those who live and visit the home or business. It renews the neighborhood and the people who live there, adding beauty and style. It allows the owner and designer to keep a bit of historical architecture while using new processes to preserve them. It can even add new revenue to the neighborhood by adding a bar, nightclub, restaurant, or even rental venue for weddings and such. The opportunities are endless for these vacant buildings. Of course, planning and design are an important first step. You should know ahead of time just where any wall or plumbing will have to be placed for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and you'll want to try and keep as much of the existing details and elements of the original building to stay true to the industrial/urban feel.

The style has led to the manufacturing and reproduction of industrial pieces that were popular in this bygone era. From lighting, to seating, to dining tables and accessories, there are a plethora of products that will look great with almost any decorating style. You can find fun pieces to incorporate into your home by looking for reproductions or shop the salvage and junk yards, garage sales, and flea markets for a special piece. An aged and worn look is what makes these pieces stand out and adds character and charm to any home when placed in just the right spot. Searching is half the fun, but the finished look of the room is what will grab the eye, so search for pieces that speak to you about the industrial times.

In today's internet world, you can find people who will refurbish old finds or create new pieces to match old ones such as wall or ceiling tiles. Metal staircases, doors and pulley systems left in old buildings make a great addition to these spaces. Keeping everyone safe by removing lead paint and asbestos is certainly a priority and you should always have the property checked before making a purchase or renting one out. Needless to say, you will also have to apply for permission to change it to residential use if need be.

We understand that the industrial style is not for everyone. The fact is, most people like the look and feel of something new. Personally, I love holding on to a special aged treasure that reminds me of times gone by. I also really enjoy shopping for creative and imaginative items designed for today's spaces. Whatever your style, I hope you stay open enough to open your home to a bit of the past by seeking out a few urban elements or industrial furniture pieces.

You can search our website for industrial furniture pieces that will look great in your home or business setting  at  We wish you luck with all your decorating and design plans and hope you will visit us often.