What’s new in the design world these days? Well, nothing really. The upcycling continues, and “new to you” is still gaining momentum at an alarming rate. We are especially fond of the most recently emerging branch of this trend: the “industrial chic” look. I haven’t actually heard it called that, that’s just what I’m calling it… and I think it works. While upcycling, reclaiming, and repurposing are all part of this process, industrial chic takes it to a new level. The best way that I can describe the difference between rustic/reclaimed and industrial chic is this: focus on the word industrial. What do you think of? Industrial chic incorporates obsolescent objects of industry from days gone by into current design trends. Exposed brick, raw beams, and an overzealous use of hardware are a good start. Then metal, concrete, raw wood, pieces of old machinery. Junk, basically. These pieces join hands with more modern facets to create entirely new objects with a strikingly fresh look.
Living in Colorado, we are able to celebrate a special kind of industrial chic. While we may not have a tradition of skyscrapers, iron work, and factory production, we DO have an industrial tradition all our own: the mining industry. Railway carts become coffee tables, lanterns now light hallways instead of mine shafts, and gears and other metal components claim spaces as wall decor.
Just like with all other trends, there are easy ways to apply industrial chic to your rugged mountain style. Stay tuned for a follow up to this post that will feature industrial chic products. And, just like always, Home on the Range is here to help. Come in to the showroom and see what we have that will help you add industrial chic-ness to your own home!