Vintage Industrial Style

Vintage Industrial Style

Regina Yunghans
Jun 7, 2010

Every room of the house can be imbued with vintage industrial style. The look hearkens back to an age when we were just finding our way into a mechanized, industrial age. So it can look a little rough around the edges and experimental, but that's all part of the allure:

Above are some specimens of vintage industrial-style spaces from each room of the house.

Kitchen: Instead of a fitted kitchen like we're accustomed to, this kitchen uses separate free-standing pieces salvaged from industrial roots. The utility lamps and heavy-duty steel work table all work to give this kitchen a vintage industrial vibe.

Living Room: One of the strongest vintage industrial influences you can have is the in the habitation of a converted industrial building. Those windows, the brickwork, and high ceilings make us think this is a converted warehouse. The interior follows suit with hard materials like that glass door and partition but softens things up with a cushy rug and comfortable chair.

Bathroom: This renovation by Tongue in Cheek might be new, but it has a definitive vintage industrial influence. It can be seen from the surface-mounted plumbing in the shower to the lighting over the sink (and toilet!) to the imperfect finish of the "concrete" wall tiles.

Bedroom: We so often find ourselves taking inspiration from hotel rooms when it comes to the bedroom. But who wouldn't love the look of the Maison Couturier, which is furnished almost entirely with refurbished antiques? Check out that adjustable bed-side lamp, the old telephone, iron bed frame, and raw materials of the ceiling and floor. It's all set off just-so by the black-painted wall at the bed head.

Home Office: The desk and stool come straight from the era when industrialization was on the drawing board. The lamp above compliments these perfectly, as do the over-sized rolling doors and the chalkboard.

Images: Mikkel Vang/Canadian House & Home, Ideal Home, Tongue in Cheek, Design Hotels, Meyer Davis Studio

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