Inspiration & Ideas

How to create the perfect industrial living room

More and more homes are incorporating modern design inspirations these days, and the aesthetic beauty of industrial furniture has been at the forefront of this trend. Industrial can refer to everything from the smallest accessories to the largest tables and all stops in between, so if you’ve been looking to become increasingly creative you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Reclaimed industrial furniture has the eye-catching looks you’d expect to find, of course, but it also has a story to tell along the way. Each piece can be full of character, whether it’s the exquisite Maddox Pendant Light with its distinctive frosted glass finish or perhaps the stunning Luxe Elm Industrial Reclaimed Wood Square Coffee Table with its weathered top and cage design legs.


A living room that features industrial decor and furniture throughout will showcase your persona, so you should feel free to express yourself throughout. This means adding in your own ideas in both the small things and the large. Try to remember that you can incorporate your favourite clocks, wall hangings, light fittings and bookcases, as well as larger pieces such as the gorgeous Barkby Leather Sofa and perhaps a Barkby Leather Armchair or two.


The only rule is your own personal style

In many ways, the main rule about industrial room design is that there are no rules. If a certain item catches your fancy, go ahead and use it. This can include a brown leather sofa and a leather armchair that don’t necessarily match, perhaps, or a solid wood coffee table such as the spectacular Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table and a host of other pieces created from completely different materials.

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home with high ceilings, you can create rooms that pay homage to the urban loft spaces that were once used as warehouses and factories. Your custom wood coffee table - the Oldman Coffee Table would be an ideal example - can be complemented by suitable floor coverings which have all the character your new design will ever need.

The Louis de Poortere Mad Men Metro Black & White Rug is a particularly good choice, as is the eye-catching Louis de Poortere Mad Men Harlen Contrast Rug. If you incorporate an industrial coffee table with steel legs, grey rugs will look particularly wonderful. For a somewhat softer look, it may be worth considering the sublime Large White Icelandic Sheepskin Rug instead.

As you recline in style on your comfy 2-seater leather sofa or perhaps on your luxurious Easton Vintage Brown Armchair - a true industrial classic - you can reflect on the perfection that you’ve created. Don’t forget to include space for all your home comforts, however. The stylish Industrial Wooden Bookcase will fit in well with the overall effect, and the the Maddox Industrial Reclaimed Elm Display Unit features a more than pleasing combination of wood and steel.

How to measure your living room for a farmhouse coffee table

If you love the farmhouse style, you are in good company. Popular as an interior design style, it is warm and homely, but with tweaks of finesse that makes it a firm favourite.

Savannah Farmhouse Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table in Living Room

Farmhouse furniture is chunky and wholesome, but modern. It has a level of detail that adds a certain panache. It is functional and practical, stylish and suitable for every home, from a busy family house to a bachelor apartment.

What Makes a Farmhouse Coffee Table?

An essential component of a successful farmhouse living room design, the coffee table is the platform for refreshments, as well as magazines, newspapers and other essential accessories.

It has a clearly defined purpose, and in the farmhouse style, it is just as important as the industrial modern look.

So, what sets a farmhouse coffee table from any other?

Chunky.

Solid.

Wood.

If there are three words that sum up the farmhouse coffee table, it is those above.

A solid wood coffee table pulls together the farmhouse style in the living room. Not only does the platform – the top of the table – have a sturdy satisfying chunkiness, it comes complete with a drawer or a handy lower level shelf, perfect for hiding things away.

Scaling, Size, Dimension – Getting the Measurements Right

Have you noticed how in the glossy pages of magazines, everything looks together, united and scaled? So why doesn’t your farmhouse living room furniture have the same scaling?

The answer lay in following the golden interior design rules of measuring, scaling, dimension and size.

The distance between the reclaimed wood coffee table and your sofa should fall within the 14 to 18 inch of space rule. Close enough to reach a magazine, but without cramping leg room.

The height of the coffee table would match the height of the sofa, with not more than 4 inches’ difference in height in either direction. This ensures easy access too but also helps the coffee table fit in the space, not looking too big nor too small.

The final scaling factor is the coffee-table-to-sofa size ratio. In terms of visual appeal. The coffee table should be ½ to the size of your sofa. Too big and your handpicked chunky wood coffee table will simply look enormous. Too small, and the carefully chosen, handcrafted reclaimed wood furniture will look pitifully minute.

What Happens When the Size of Your Living Room Doesn’t Fit the Equation?

These measurements imply that there is a ‘right’ sized living room. But there isn’t. Some farmhouse styled living rooms have acres of space, others are delightfully bijou and compact.

What this presents is not finding a coffee table big enough nor one small enough to complement the space perfectly.

There is a solution in the shape and curvaceous form of the made to measure and resplendent English Beam coffee table. Made from reclaimed wood, its dimensions and scale will fit your room perfectly, in width, length and height.

For extra functionality, team your farmhouse coffee table with a taller in height reclaimed wood side table.

The farmhouse style is ideal for any home, but which coffee table catches your eye?

The myths and marvels of reclaimed wood

Luxe Kensington reclaimed wood dining table close up sleeper

Reclaimed wood has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Here at Modish Living we supply some truly exquisite examples; we feel privileged to be working with such an exceptional material and we’re always happy to discuss the merits of reclaimed furniture.

There are a few well-held myths about reclaimed wood, and we feel it’s important to refute many of them, but first it may be useful to clarify the meaning of reclaimed wood in the furniture industry. If you’re buying a reclaimed wood dining table, for example, you’re not buying an original dining table that has simply been restored. Instead, you’re purchasing a brand new piece that’s using reclaimed wood that has then been turned into your table.

Myth number one: Furniture using reclaimed wood is more expensive

This isn’t necessarily true at all, and in fact some pieces may be cheaper. Reclaimed wood contemporary furniture can take a great deal of work, because the wood has to be de-nailed, cleaned and specially treated, so it’s not an easy process. The overall cost of many items, such as a reclaimed wood desk, may be cheaper than you would think.

Myth number two: Reclaimed wood is dirty

All our reclaimed contemporary furniture pieces are thoroughly cleaned by our craftsmen using tried and trusted techniques, and only after they have been deemed suitable does the major work begin. Reclaimed wood is often taken from old houses, so the environment may not be clean, but once the wood has been treated it is more than usable.

Myth number three: Reclaimed wood is not pretty

One look through our website will convince anyone of the sheer beauty of our reclaimed wood items, including our superb choice of living room furniture pieces. The wood that’s been used has a story to tell, and each piece has its own unique character. It may not feature the clean lines and sterile feel of brand new wood, but of course it’s not supposed to. Reclaimed wood is, in our opinion, utterly beautiful.

Myth number four: Reclaimed wood doesn’t need maintenance

Clearly this isn’t true at all. Every item of wooden furniture, including brand new wooden pieces, needs to be maintained. Wood, by its very nature, is strong, robust and can last for a lifetime and beyond, but only if it’s well looked after. Our rustic furniture will always look impressive if it’s maintained properly. If you purchase an English beam table, for example, from Modish Living you will receive information about proper care for the wood.

Myth number five: Reclaimed wood is poor quality

Our craftsmen select only top quality wood before creating heavenly pieces of furniture. Reclaimed wood is more dense than new wood because it has been allowed to grow naturally, and of course using reclaimed wood is better for the environment. It’s solid, dependable and extremely attractive.

Myth number six: Reclaimed wood makes a room look old

Reclaimed wood can be used to create many different styles, so it depends on how it is used. We supply many examples of iconic industrial furniture, for example, which use reclaimed wood to showcase modern styling. Of course, other themes such as rustic and contemporary can be created using reclaimed wood, so it’s worth remembering that it can be used to make rooms look old or new.