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10 clever ways to warm up industrial-style spaces

Industrial style takes inspiration from the lofty look of warehouses, factories, and urban apartments, conjuring thoughts of hard-wearing materials, from metal to bare bricks and concrete. It's an undeniably chic interior look, but if you're worried the trend lacks warmth, don’t be. Some of the best industrial spaces are comfortable, cosy and cool, and we've rounded up 10 tips to help you achieve the same balance.

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1. Scale-up

Industrial spaces tend to be large and open with high ceilings, and it's important to choose proportionally-sized pieces of furniture that match the scale. Go for the likes of a family-sized modular sofa, tall freestanding shelving unit and oversized light fixtures that will comfortably fill spacious areas.

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2. Incorporate wall art

Wall art is key to bringing personality to any interior style. Industrial spaces gain warmth from oversized artwork that tells the story of its occupants and adds character to large, lofty walls.

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3. Find the light

You can't beat warm light for bringing the cosy vibes. Choose incandescent light bulbs for a soft golden glow and team with decorative light sources such as pendant lights that anchor zones and create a sense of intimacy.

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4. Add an area rug

Industrial homes often feature concrete or timber flooring that can feel cold, making area rugs essential for creating warm, inviting spaces. A soft rug that incorporates texture, colour or pattern will appeal to the eye and feel oh so luxurious underfoot.

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5. Lean into texture

Whether it's a mohair throw or velvet cushions, small but mighty decor items are the easiest ways to incorporate a range of textures that contrast traditional industrial materials and make the smallest nook a place of solace.

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6. Go natural 

When it comes to larger furnishings, natural materials can make a space feel more comfortable. A brown leather sofa and reclaimed timber coffee table inject lived-in charm while sitting seamlessly alongside industrial metalwork.

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7. Make it personal

It may sound simple, but your personal library of books, framed family photographs, and unique ornaments collected over the years will make an industrial space feel more like a home and should be proudly showcased for all to see.

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8. Include a splash of colour

There’s no rule against using colour in an industrial interior, so don’t be afraid to dip into warm reds and yellows or lean into a sea of deep blues and greens. Either way, the contrast of the colour will stop a predominantly neutral space from feeling one-note. 

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9. Prioritise plants

Greenery will lift your home on even the dreariest of days. The freshness of foliage adds another welcome dose of living comfort that balances the aloofness of industrial elements.

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10. Section your space

Separating areas within an open-plan space will create more zones for intimate activities and bring a snug feeling to your home. To create a flow that suits your needs, lay down rugs and create boundaries with bookcases and shelving units, room dividers, indoor trees and more!

Take your industrial styling to the next level with the functional, sleek and stylish furniture and homewares in our Loft 23 collection.
Natalie Mell 12 April, 2022

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