Time for industrial action Derby Telegraph

Time for industrial action

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: October 04, 2014

Davey Lighting school ceiling light, 405, Tolix H Stool, raw steel 199, Tolix A56 armchair, raw steel, 225, Calia eight-seater dining table, 550, all johnlewis.com.

THE BIG WALL CLOCK: Fob wall clock, 35, marksandspencer.com.

THE CHUNKY METAL MIRROR: Space industrial metal mirror, 195.00, alexanderandpearl.co.uk

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CONTEMPORARY, cool and a little bit edgy, the industrial trend can be defined in many ways. But it’s the strong lines, raw finishes and metallic tones, designed to mirror the urban architecture, that’s inspired interior designers to create modern living schemes that are slick and hard to resist.

Functional and fuss-free, but with a nod to heritage, it’s a clean look that has traditionally been seen as a masculine one. However, women have also demonstrated a love for industrial style in recent years, and while it lends itself well to bachelor pads, it can also be channelled by anybody hankering after a touch of loft-style living.

This applies to family homes too, because, despite bare and exposed being a key characteristic, this look can still bring warmth and comfort without the need for expensive curtains and cushions. And it’s a great excuse to declutter.

Simple and understated, colour and texture are key, and the industrial look is all about metallics, distressed surfaces and raw wood. But giving your lounge or living room an industrial-style makeover doesn’t mean stripping it of all soft touches.

«It’s a very tactile style, so it works well in the living room,» says Kate Hassard, marketing manager at Sofa.com.

Of course, leather sofas ideally suitably battered and brown are most synonymous with the industrial look. And while these are an investment which will never go out of style, if the budget doesn’t stretch, or you simply don’t want leather, that doesn’t mean your industrial action is over.

«Start with a relaxed corner sofa in a cool, neutral fabric with texture, such as wool,» suggests Kate. «Soften it with cushions, or a throw with a shimmer of silver, glow of copper or glint of brushed steel. And if you don’t have an exposed brick wall, make a feature with what you do have.»

Time for industrial action Derby Telegraph

Indeed, some vintage and antique frames propped in a casual stack, studio floor lamps, factory-style ceiling lights and a mix of vintage and rustic pieces will go a long way, and you’ll soon realise there’s no need to call in the builders to remove the plaster.

«If exposed brickwork, concrete surfaces and minimalism feels a step too far, then incorporate statement pieces, such as a smart clock or statement bookends, for added emphasis,» suggests interior designer Joanna Wood.

Allowing functional items that would normally be hidden away, such as a radiator, to become focal points, is an integral part of the trend for that slightly edgy feel.

For a chef’s perk, and a hard-working centrepiece that combines all the elements, it has to be a range cooker, oozing industrialism, yet somehow remaining homely.

«Matching the kitchen design with stone, concrete worktops and other urban materials, such as worn metals, allows you to create many different looks, which can be used as accents, or as a complete kitchen,» says Matt Thomas, fitted furniture buyer at John Lewis.

Carefully chosen accessories, like stainless steel and copper-finish utensils, and perhaps some vintage advertising-inspired artwork, will help bring the look together.


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