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4 Easy Ways of Infusing a Modern Industrial Interior Design for Your Home

Modern industrial interior design themes are everywhere these days. From rustic metal finishes and exposed structures to bare concrete elements and custom-made home fixtures, this style makes any space truly unique and exquisite.

The industrial style was originated in the mid-18th century during the Industrial Revolution, but became popular around the late 1960s when artists began to convert old abandoned warehouses into artsy spaces that are conducive for working and living. 

Overtime, it evolved and became popular for the newer generation of homeowners wanting a distinctive look for their abode. Today, the modern industrial interior design theme can be seen in many Singapore homes. 

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your home, then the modern industrial design look may suit your taste. Here are four easy ways to achieve that look:

Dare to Expose

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Exposed brick walls, bare beams and visible piping are common traits in industrial style homes. Since this style is based on industrial settings, they are now viewed as an aesthetical form of interior decorating, where these features are prominently exposed instead of concealing them. 

However, since HDB flats and apartments in Singapore don’t have any exposed piping or electrical systems, interior designers in Singapore have ingeniously come up with ways to replicate this industrial vibe into your dwelling - without the need to knocking down walls or costly renovation.

One trick here is to install a network of adjoining pipes across the top of your kitchen or living room to create an “exposed look”. They don’t have to be functional; you can simply add them to your ceiling or other home fixtures to make them look like a part of your electrical or plumbing system, but in reality, are just there for decoration. 

As for the exposed bricks, there are easy-to-install faux bricks and wallpaper available in the market that you can now purchase to infuse drama into your space. This is a great alternative if don’t want to hack off any plaster from the wall or if you decide to change a new look in the future. 

If you are an ardent fan of the industrial vibe, you can simply ask your interior designer to leave some brick walls, piping, and ductwork exposed to achieve the modern industrial look.

Raw and Unfinished

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Additionally, one other key feature of an industrial design home is having that exposed, unfinished feel. So if you want to transform your home with industrial style details, then using concrete is imperative – most homeowners and interior designers will agree that having a cement screed floor is a must-have. 

Most people might think that the concrete effect is cold and boring, but you’ll be surprised how this architectural gem can actually transform your home into an interesting and warm place. This is not to mention that cement is durable and easy to maintain.

For those who are daring and creative enough to go beyond limits, the cement screed look can also be used in different parts of your home, such as the kitchen countertops, bathroom walls, and more. 

The best thing about concrete these days is that it can be polished and decorated to create a finish that is unique to your home. Add some accessories, such as rugs, cushions, and wood-grained furniture or fixtures to bring out a sense of warmth to your space.

Work with Wood

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If you’re not a fan of concrete, installing wood grain pattern vinyl flooring, barn style doors and heavy grained furniture is another great alternative. The aim of the modern industrial theme is to recreate that “warehouse feeling” in your home, and one of the best ways to achieve that look is to decorate the space with materials such as wood. 

Well, there’s no need to purchase newly sawn wood to have that industrial appeal to your home; in fact, faux wood wallpaper, flooring, beams, counter-tops etc. can be easily purchased. If you are environmentally conscious, why not talk to your interior designer about using recycled wood to bring out the natural “warehouse feel” for your interior space.

There are such vendors that offer used wood at a substantially reduced price. I knew some friends who actually went to industrial areas to hunt for discarded wooden palette or crates, and then refurbished them to become cool looking side tables, shoe cabinets, wall panels and display fixtures which are perfect additions for the modern industrial look!

Don’t Forget the Decors

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Last but not least, your home’s decorations are one of the most important elements for achieving the modern industrial look that you desire. There are many shops that sell hip looking decorative items and furnishing that cater to homeowners. 

They offer a good range of collection that emphasize rustic aesthetics reminiscent of the bygone industrial era. Most of these retailer stock items such as raw wood tables, chairs, bar stools, bold metal or exposed steel elements, Edison ceiling lamps etc. 
Since industrial style is about recreating a vintage warehouse feel, you can also consider saving some money by visiting thrift shops or flea markets to scour for used items that can complement well with the modern industrial interior design theme.

If you want to add a touch of vibrancy, you can use coloured art pieces and accessories, but make sure they work well with the theme.