Nothing like a trip to the city to reignite your love affair with on-trend architecture and design.
For me, it was a recent breakfast at Chicago's The Kitchen that did just that. All it took was one step into this cool, urban hot spot and I knew exactly why I continue to crush on industrial decor.
And why my homes have subtle hints of industrial elements throughout.
Metal, cement, zinc, stone, glass, and an occasional pop of the unexpected, add a stylish, modern feel--and a fun, casual flavor that works with any aesthetic.
Thinking your phase three home could use a fresh, hip edge? Then adding an industrial point of view maybe just what the doctor ordered!
So why not steal a style tip or two from The Kitchen? Here's how 3 simple design elements can bring an industrial vibe to your nest.
1.MAKE HARD CHOICES
Don't have exposed duct work, unfinished construction or raw stone walls? No problem.
Try adding texture or color that expresses hard surfaces: Cement/metal table tops and counters, stone accessories, limestone surrounds, neutral and gray-based palettes. Distressed, weathered finishes....bring 'em on.
In my kitchen reno, I used a Caesar Stone counter in a cementy-taupe hue to simulate a more industrial feel. The iron and glass elements of my kitchen table add to the aesthetic. (view House Walk: My Phase Three Home Renovation-The Kitchen, for a complete tour)
Take advantage of non-traditional materials for everyday decor. For example, Crate & Barrel's cement table tops---which are on my wish-list for my next phase three home, btw--offer a fab industrial alternative to the usual options.
Pairing hard surfaces with traditional pieces, like this cement finial and mahogany chest, adds a fresh, kicky vibe that blends well with an industrial aesthetic.
2.SHOW YOUR METAL
THE KITCHEN combines a wide variety of metal accents in its decor. Chairs, lighting, table bases and exposed building materials all work together to complete the look. In your home? Mix it up. Step out of your comfort zone.
My thing---uh, yeah, that would be metal lamps and light fixtures (below, dining room buffet lamps, Ethan Allen). Zinc, brass, silver. Love....and for me, a refreshing change from the everyday ceramic.
3. ADD THE UNEXPECTED...FOR A POP OF FUN AND STYLE
In a space full of industrial elements, the tiled floor and romantic full-length mirror featured at the restaurant entrance, offer an interesting soft edge to the decor.
As do the unexpected lines on the chandeliers......
Looking for a good resource to test out an element or two? Restoration Hardware is one of many retailers featuring specialty pieces that can create the look and feel of industrial in your home.
My thanks to The Kitchen for a big hit of industrial inspiration.
For more great ideas, check out my Pinterest board, Industrial Vibe.
And these other personal favorites on P:
Industrial Decor (Samantha Simms)
Industrial (Irene Turner)
And on Instagram:
Oh, and by the way, if you're in the Chicago area, besides having a great industrial atmosphere, The Kitchen also has great food. And a warm, welcoming staff.
Not to mention exceptional views of the Chicago River and the city skyline!
See you there!
And thanks to SJO--loved sharing breakie with you.