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How to get the industrial living room look

Otto Industrial Chester Club Sofa and Armchair

The industrial style is a popular one. And no wonder: easy on the eye and not too difficult to emulate from the glossy pages of interior design magazines, the industrial look is both a practical and comfortable style for the living room.

Framing and materials

The industrial look is an effortless and seamless combination of two factors – framing and materials.

The industrial look is the stylish connection between wood – usually reclaimed wood – and metal, black, polished or matte chrome. There are also some industrial styled pieces that include rose gold finish too.

Framing is about the appeal of the style to the eye. A piece of furniture can be large and statuesque but maintain the frame with items of the same height, giving a uniform appeal to the living room.

The sofa and the armchairs

The living room is an informal space where all the family can come together and enjoy time together thus, the essential industrial style furniture for the room is the spacious, comfy sofa and the armchairs.

Choose a shape that has style to it, very much like the industrial leather sofa with the detailing similar to the iconic Chesterfield style.

Otto Industrial Chester Club Sofa and Armchair

Maintain and promote cohesion with matching industrial styled brown leather armchairs. If it feels too matchy-matchy, use different scatter cushions and throws to soften the edges.

Raffles Reclaimed Wood Industrial Coffee Table

The lower backs and arms of this style of sofa and armchairs bring a delightful clean-cut appearance but don’t forget the ‘frame’ them with an industrial coffee table that sits perfectly against the backdrop of the sofa. 

HINT - the coffee table should never be longer than the sofa. Choose one a little shorter than the sofa in length as this allows it to frame it perfectly.

Surrounding it with beauty

The combination of reclaimed wood and metal is a marriage made in heaven and one many people are turning to.

Maintain this with the pieces you choose to include in the living room. It doesn’t mean, however, that industrial furniture is only truly industrial in style when there is a lot of metal with a hint of wood.

Mitcham Industrial Oak TV Unit

We feel that it is the simplicity of design, the clever use of reclaimed wood and the hint of metal that makes this wooden TV unit a fantastic example of industrial style furniture with a difference.

It fits beautifully against the stylish aplomb of the industrial sofa and armchairs, allowing its sharp angles and pleasing lines to shine.

HINT – it’ll be tough but try not to focus your living room furniture around the TV, have another focal point in the room such as the log burner or the vast expanse of floor rugs that add comfort to the space. 

Kingsbridge Industrial Reclaimed Oak Drinks Cabinet

Similarly, this drinks display cabinet has a sheer simplicity that has echoes of art deco about it. Fitting into both the industrial living room and a more traditionally styled one, we just love it.

The floor up

Whether you choose carpeted floors, sanded floorboards or even a darker oak laminate, the floor is an expanse of space that is assumed, under the guise of the industrial look, should be kept ‘clear’. But floor rugs soften those sharper corners and for the family living room, we would say are essential.

Following the tenets of the industrial style, steer clear of geometric or floral patterns, opting instead for abstract floor rugs, such as a grey rug that suits both the wood and metal of the industrial living room.

And there you have – strikingly simple yet superbly stylish: the industrial look living room.

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