Over the past ten years, the industrial style has dominated the interior design, especially in restaurants and showrooms. In times of crisis, simplicity and an informal environment are embraced. A little more recently, the country-traditional styles, timeless or neo-romantic (Shabby Chic, Scandinavia and Boho Chic) have depopulated in homes and clubs throughout Europe.

What do these furniture trends have in common? In all, there is nostalgia for the past and the desire for comfort and naturalness.

The reborn desire for the handmade and the do-it-yourself, a desire to give character and a personal relationship with the objects of one’s home, capture more and more people who are tired of standardized styles, furnishings and houses.

A style that we like this industrial chic, an urban interpretation of the most fashionable trends, which moves away from a little from the purest and coldest form of the industrial loft, to have interiors that are always warmer and more welcoming.

This loft in Barcelona is the perfect example of European Industrial Chic inspiration.

The building, over the years, had undergone several transformations and the original architectural elements were lost, but in the restructuring, we tried to preserve what little was left, like the large and spectacular fireplace, which gives a touch of classicism to the dining room. Even the herringbone oak parquet in the living room was recovered and glazed in white, as was the Catalan vaulted ceiling.

These details of character are enriched by the walls, which have been left in exposed bricks, also painted with white paint, while in the veranda the natural red brick creates warmth and depth.

It also affects the use of fabrics, which here (as in the Nordic-Scandinavian style) have been used with great effect and variety of textures, to create a sense of warmth and intimacy and at the same time “soften” the industrial style.

The search for light has determined the chromatic range, marked by white on the floor, walls and in most of the furniture, with small contrasting touches in gray (light and dark) and natural wood.

In short, it is a successful mix of styles, which brings together “rustic” elements (recovered or repainted wood, signs of wear) with the sobriety of the Nordic style (neutral colors, sober decorations, the play of textures) in an industrial architecture (large windows, beams and exposed bricks).

How to copy the style:

  • Draw attention to surfaces and raw materials or with signs of wear: wood, brick, stone, concrete, even pipes left exposed.
  • The metals are essential in the industrial-chic: metal chairs, shelves, windows, beams or lamps doors are guided toward this look.
  • The exposed brick walls are the best for this style, but the white, ultra-white walls accentuate the rich textures of wood and metal.
  • Avoid bright colors. The darker neutral colors work perfectly on rugs, cushions, and throws.
  • Do not overdo it with decoration and fabrics. The quality over quantity is key to this look. Prefer natural textures, such as linen or raw cotton.
  • Search for “timeless” or industrial design stage lamps. Set up different points of light such as floor lamps or table lamps: the tone of light can bring warmth to these large spaces, which would otherwise be cold.
  • A staple of the style is the furniture and accessories inspired by laboratory equipment (tables with trestles etc.) or old country houses: old furniture, chests of drawers and wooden tables to be repainted or anything else that can give the room a little ‘ character. Rummaging through flea markets and thrift stores is always a good idea!

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