In case you’ve somehow missed it, one of the biggest trends to come out recent years has to be the industrial look. Whether it be in coffee shops, trendy bars or renovated older buildings, the industrial look is everywhere. Luckily, this is a look that is easy for you to recreate yourself thanks to its fairly minimalist ethos. One of the best ways to start your industrial look is by using tiles. Tiles have a no nonsense aesthetic about them and gives you that clean cut, simplistic look required of the industrial design.
To start with, you want to work from a natural palette with a slightly harsher edge. Think white with natural, exposed woods coupled with greys and blacks for that slightly more dramatic flare. Additionally, try to opt for a matt finish on your tiles as this will encapsulate that rustic look. Similarly, any stone tile would be a perfect choice as it gives a natural, earthy look that works beautifully when paired with modern furniture for that stark contrast of old and new.
The industrial look relies on the building of textures in a room for that stunning end result. Therefore, polished concrete tiles are also a great choice. These tiles have a colour and effect that creates a cool and stylish aesthetic that works seamlessly with the industrial look and act as a perfect base to work on building your mixed textures. However, if you’re after a slightly more sleek look, a metro tile would be ideal. Metro tiles are used frequently in restaurants and cafes for that sunning vintage glamour aesthetic. Rising to popularity in the early 1900s thanks to its heavy use on the London Underground, metro tiles possess the rich history needed to give off that industrial aesthetic. When opting for a metro tile look, try using a contrasting grout and tile colour to make them really pop. For example, a black metro tile with a white grout line will give off that gorgeous staple design.
Whichever tile you end up deciding on it’s imperative to stick within the before mentioned colour palette. Colour has the biggest impact when someone walks in to a room. No matter what design you’re trying to achieve, working with the appropriate palette will be sure to give you your desired effect. For your accessories think of using browns, creams and similar earthy colours. This draws the room back to that stripped down look that should always be at the forefront of your mind when designing an industrial room. With your furniture aim for distressed woods, brushed nickel or copper metal work married with soft furnishings to help tone down the rougher look and maintain that homely feel.
If you’re looking for a cheaper style of renovation, the industrial look is perfect. It’s minimalist look is easy to replicate in your own home without having to completely redecorate. The tiles are a fantastic starting point and all it takes is a simple new set of tiles to transform a home or room into a shabby chic industrial haven.