Industrial style for a new decade

Black framed mirror on white brick wall with yellow hanging light

The Industrial Look for a New Decade

The industrial style has been around for some time and is easily one of the most popular interior design schemes. A perennial favourite it may be, but the industrial look has evolved over time, just as other interior trends have. With the turning of a new decade, we look at what we can expect from this style and how industrial furniture fits in.

 ‘Unfinished’ walls

As you would expect, the roots of this design scheme hark back to the exciting era of industrialisation. As large buildings were vacated by industry, people moved in, choosing a style that remained true to its industrial heritage.

Industrial style bedrooms with raw plastered walls

Unfinished walls, mainly bare brick, have long been a staple of loft living and the industrial style, but in the new decade, this will extend to include bare plastered walls. Replicating the smooth, slightly pink hued finish of freshly plastered walls to give an ‘unfinished’ effect walls will be an additional style backdrop for industrial furniture.

Recycle and reclaimed revolution

Flat packed furniture brought contemporary and designer-inspired furniture to the masses but today, shoppers are looking for something more and unique.

The recycled and reclaimed revolution is a movement growing rapid momentum and the term 'single use' is being used for more than just plastics. Reclaimed wood furniture is one such tool for choosing items made from natural materials that reduce our impact on the environment.

When it comes to industrial style furniture, reclaimed wood is perfect. But it’s not just wood. Items that would be destined for the scrap heap are broken down into constituent parts and used to make other items of furniture, the perfect example of reclaiming and upcycling materials.

Close up image of round dining table and reclaimed wood

Scaffolding planks that have served their useful life now become tops for industrial desks. Oak beams that once help up floors now become part of a reclaimed wood dining table, coffee table or other useful items.

The whole essence of industrial style is to make use of repurposed items, but in the coming decade, we can expect to see this take an even stronger hold on the style.

Simple, easy textiles

Sometimes the ‘old ways’ are the best and so, as we enter the third decade of the 2000s, our tastes are returning to simple, easy fabrics over the manmade alternatives available.  

For the industrial style aficionado, this is music to the ears. The industrial style has always been uncomplex and reliant on simple, uncluttered, non-fussy textures and textiles.

Linen is one such fabric. Crumpled linen is unpretentious, ideal as both tablecloths and napkins laid on the industrial dining table, as well as lightweight throws for the sofa, or for your reclaimed wood bed frame. 

Crumpled white and grey linen table cloths layered over table

Flora and fauna

For too long, houseplants have been shunned by many of us as being too difficult and time-consuming to look after. Nothing could be further from the truth and the growing trend to bring the outside in will continue into the coming decade. If there is one component you should add to bring your industrial side table or reclaimed coffee table up to date, it's a plant.

Choose those that are evergreen and easy to care for. Aloe Vera has satisfying foliage and will thrive in most settings, as will a pretty fern or palm style plants. For colour, add flowering houseplants and bring nature into your industrial style home. 

Green plant against a grey concrete wall

The industrial style will continue to change and evolve in the coming decades, but one thing is for sure, it is showing no signs of disappearing anytime soon.


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