Trend Watch: Industrial Looks

The industrial look doesn’t just encompass furniture or accessories that embody a typically ‘industrial’ look, it also refers to furnishings that are suited to an industrial-influenced setting – such as homes that are within converted warehouses or which overlook new builds in urban areas, such as canal-side buildings. Whatever route you’re taking to industrial style, our latest instalment of Trend Watch is packed full of suggestions…

Industrial Glamour

Is it possible to create a scheme that has a distinct industrial style but also embraces a touch of luxury and glamour? Yes, we think so – if you go for our Lemmy Pumpkin Gold Wall & Floor Tiles. They’re available in shades of grey and black; Nimbus Grey is the variant used here. This combination addresses the tough, practical, and hardwearing industrial angle, but the inclusion of the gold colourway definitely adds a swoop of glamour.

Iron Age

Metal Iron Porcelain Mosaic sheets are used for the splashback area of this kitchen, creating exactly the correct industrial vibe for a contemporary apartment. Each sheet measures 300mm x 300mm and the tiles have a weathered, metallic look with touches of a rusted effect here and there. Also available in larger, rectangular formats, such as the Metal Silver Rectified version, measuring 600mm x 300mm and suitable for floors as well for a continuous theme.

Industrial Night Shades  

Slate style flooring may not immediately spring to mind as something to be included in an industrial-style scheme, but we think the natural stone looks of our Majestic Night Slate Tile Laminate Flooring provides exactly the right look. This laminate flooring is DIY click-fit installation, with a bevelled edge on each side of the plank for crisp definition; and each plank measures 635mm x 327mm, with a depth of 8mm. A good choice for living spaces, halls and corridors for a busy home.

Simply Vintage

These Vintage Floor Tiles in porcelain are cleverly designed to replicate aged, worn floorboards. They have a matt finish and authentic colour variations so would fit into an industrial-style scheme perfectly – without the worry of trying to source original vintage timber boards. Needless to say, these planks need next to no upkeep and will take everything a busy kitchen can throw at them!

Gunmetal Industrial Style

This is a great pick for those in-between spaces – such as a hallway or between the kitchen and dining spaces. Use for anything from hats and gloves in the hallway, to table linen and accessories in the kitchen-dining space. This is the Stepney Industrial Tallboy in Gunmetal finish, from Swoon Editions.

Metro-Industrial

Our Metro Light Grey tiles are one of our most popular styles, and of course, they come in a huge choice of colours, including neutrals, black, brights, and darks. However, for industrial-style practicality try Metro in Light Grey.

Making a Stand

The Artisan Mixer Tilt Head 4.8L premium stand mixer from Kitchenaid has a tough, business-like appearance and will do practically every kitchen prep and mixing task imaginable. It comes in a great selection of colours and has various accessories; we think this is the perfect version to add serious industrial-professional style to the kitchen.

Long-Lasting Laminate

Our Boscage Warm Stone Oak Laminate Flooring will work well with industrial looks and finishes. It has the luxury appearance of dark oak, combined with the practicality of easy cleaning and easy installation. Boscage has a ‘short plank’ format, where each plank measures 628mm x 127mm and is 10mm thick. So, it can be installed in a zig-zag or herringbone manner, but can also work in a strip or brick-style manner. For helpful advice on laminate installation, check out our handy How To Install Laminate Flooring feature.

Sleek Style

It’s perhaps difficult to define ‘industrial style’ for the bathroom, but we think this is a good start. Simple design, no fuss, matching wall and floor tiles and furniture with a natural finish. These tiles are our Surface Mid Grey Lapatto Wall & Floor Tiles in a 600mm x 300mm format. The overall effect is of concrete tiles, although these are in porcelain. The rectified edges are precise and allow for crisp grout lines – use a grey grout for a minimalist look. For a similar bath, take a look at the Hyde 1800mm Freestanding Bath from our sister company Bathroom Mountain.

Outdoor Industrial

We love the Adoo Outdoor Bulkhead Lamp from Nicholas Engert –  it’s a great industrial-style choice for a porch or entrance, or even for an outdoor deck.

Up the Wooden Hill to Bed

It’s probably a difficult task to add an industrial vibe to a bedroom scheme, so we think it’s best to keep it low key, with some dark accent colours and some natural textured wood finishes. There’s no need to go full-on ducting, iron furniture and locker-style side tables! This is the Fusion Bedroom Furniture Collection from Sharps, which features a Rustic Oak finish, as shown here. However, there’s also Native Travertine and Urban Concrete finishes if you do want to go full-on industrial style. Try our Grande Light Oak Engineered Flooring as a paring with the Rustic Oak fitted furniture.

Black to Nature

And finally, another dark suggestion for industrial style. Our Nature Black Slate porcelain floor tiles have a matt finish and come in a huge 750mm x 750mm format for a simple look with few grout lines. And they can be used outdoors too, in the event that there’s a balcony space that needs a stylish finish!

Will you be incorporating any of the industrial-tinged interiors ideas explored here in your latest renovation project? If so then we’d love to see your photos – hit us up on Twitter tagging @TileMountainUK or on Instagram!

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.