The couple who live here weren’t originally going for an industrial aesthetic, but the materials, furnishings and colors they chose fused into a strong example of polished industrial style.
Industrial. Concrete countertops, vintage industrial light fixtures, exposed brick walls, factory boards repurposed as a kitchen tabletop and a serious-looking range bring industrial style to this home in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
Polished. The kitchen has a clean look thanks to soothing pistachio walls, crisp white trim and rafters, and streamlined oak cabinetry.
Polished industrial. The floors are polished concrete, an industrial material with a refined finish.
Industrial. Black muntins andsashes on the windows, vintage-looking Toledo stools and inspiration from commercial kitchens bring in the industrial style.
Polished. White Caesarstone countertops that look like marble and white walls and cabinets soften the look.
Polished industrial. The ceiling-tin-like backsplash is new but nods to the past.
This English home features a thoughtful mix of traditional, industrial and modern style.
Industrial. The hefty steel table base, reclaimed-wood tabletop, metal-frame doors and glass and metal pendant lights lend industrial flavor.
Polished. Classic millwork on the walls and the tufted leather banquette cushions are sophisticated and classic.
Polished industrial. The luxe wool and nylon rug has a rough wood grain pattern.
Rug: Platinum Grain Du Bois,Timorous Beasties
Industrial. The DIY pendant from Lindsey Adelman’s You Make It and flat-packed, copper Real Good chairs by Blu Dot give patina and industrial ingenuity to this streamlined dining area. The gray color scheme and no-nonsense square tiles also add industrial flair.
Polished. The light oak base and gray fabric on the banquette, the seat cushions on the chairs and the natural woven shades lend ease to the room.
Polished industrial. The concrete fruit bowl is a traditional accent in an unexpected material.
A chicly playful loft design suits the Moscow fashionista who lives here.
Industrial. Exposed brick, track lighting and a stainless steel vent hood and range backsplash create the industrial loft vibe.
Polished. The designer covered the ductwork and pipes that are often exposed in loft apartments. A traditional tufted sofa with rolled arms, pops of blue and red, a patterned rug and draperies soften the space. The Smeg fridge and cheeky pillows nod to British country house aesthetics.
Polished industrial. The metal divided-lite doors have mirrored glass that adds elegance and makes the space brighter. And the steel PH Artichoke lamp is a midcentury modern icon that honors industry but was designed to emit a warm glow.
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A softer and more polished look abounds in this warehouse conversion in London, which hasn’t lost touch with its architectural history.
Industrial. The gray color palette, metal windows, exposed brick and vintage industrial pendant lights bring the look.
Polished. The elegant map mural, chunky knit and velvet bedding, clean-lined painted wainscoting and white paint on the bricks erase any thought of rusty and crusty.
Polished industrial. Painting the exposed brick a clean white adds sophistication.
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Industrial. The ceiling beams, large windows and exposed brick wall and pipes keep the industrial building’s spirit alive.
Polished. The neutral color scheme, tufted wingback bed, bench made of vintage saris, layered bedscape and natural light fixture transform the industrial space into one that’s calming.
Polished industrial. The light fixture is an organic touch, but the way it hangs from its exposed black wires add an industrial detail.
Bed: Cisco Brothers
This San Francisco float house took its cues from the industrial history of its site, Mission Creek. But it’s also light-filled, bright and immaculate.
Industrial. A true divided-lite shower enclosure, pipe-like accents (towel bars, light armature), hanging bulbs, wrapped wires and gray rectilinear tile all support the industrial theme of the house.
Polished. The cheerful splash of bright yellow paint, Carrara marble floor tile in the shower and white bring in elegance and playfulness.
Polished industrial. The knotty wide-planked floor has a rugged look but is smoothly sanded and finished.
Tile: Heath Ceramics
Industrial. The divided-lite shower enclosure, gridded cage-like vanity base, mirror frame and subway tile recall 100-year-old factory architecture.
Polished. The patterned tile floor, gleaming white porcelain tile and chrome faucets add sparkle.
Polished industrial. The vanity base and mirror have a factory look but are finished in glossy black.
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Industrial. Vintage industrial sconces with Edison bulbs, dark bronze faucets and gray tones nod to the classic industrial look.
Polished. Brass mirrors, Shaker cabinetry, white grout and a clear glass shower enclosure keep the bathroom feeling spic-and-span.
Polished industrial. Calming gray and subway tile in an elongated (5-by-13-inch) size strike the right balance.
Sconces: Restoration Hardware; mirrors: CB2; Pop 5-by-13-inch subway tile: Specialty Tile; Kingsley Collection faucets: Moen
- Give industrial materials a new finish — polish a concrete floor or sand rough reclaimed wood, for example.
- Preserve the best architectural bones, such as ceiling beams and divided-lite windows, but freshen them up with paint. For example, paint an exposed brick wall white — or all of the exposed pipes black — for a more uniform look.
- Add refined details such as polished natural stone tile, marble-like quartz countertopsor traditional woodwork.
- Layer soft textiles in the form of rugs, pillows, throw blankets and upholstered furniture.
- Mix in traditional and transitional furniture.
- Use an updated version of a classic industrial element such as elongated subway tile or an industrial-style pendant with a glossy finish.