How to achieve an industrial style look in your home

Rough and ready warehouse style is contrasted with sleek and sophisticated surfaces in a chic new take on the enduring industrial trend.

Bunnings magazine, April 2019

Raw appeal

Grittily urban, industrial style has been on the decor radar for some time, but warehouse-look interiors have recently matured, embracing a modern twist. Traditional industrial style is best described as ‘unfinished’ – rough timber, exposed pipes and a patina of rust-speckled age. The new take is a more polished version.

The look still highlights raw architectural materials, stripping a space back to its utilitarian shell, but those materials are more refined – polished concrete, honey-toned timber – or are juxtaposed with smooth, matt surfaces and modern, organic shapes. The effect is simple and uncluttered, elegant and deliberate, and delightfully easy to live with.

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Start with a feature table

Pair a feature table in the kitchen with minimalist chairs and shapely glass vases to achieve an industrial look in the kitchen. Tusk’s durable, stackable and waterproof chairs are easy to clean, as well as offering utilitarian appeal. Pendant lighting will also help add an extra element to the space, whilst also lighting it up.

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Outdoor surface appeal

A change of flooring helps to delineate zones with different uses in this neat outdoor area. Good combinations can include timber decking and decorative paving using larger pavers with contrasting coloured pebbles to fill in the gaps. Add in another layer of texture by placing an outdoor mat, if space permits.

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Material mix

Matt black finishes, cement tones and shades of grey are perfectly in tune with industrial style in the kitchen. Monochromatic tiles and charcoal cabinets allow the warmth of rich timber grain to shine through.

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Tactile finish

A mix of materials creates a richly textured palette in a bathroom. Complete this look by adding a round hanging mirror, free-standing bath and a pot plant with a cement look planter.

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Bring the industrial style into your home

Head into your local Bunnings to view our range of products to complete an industrial makeover. 

Photo credit: Brigid Arnott. 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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