Creating that unkempt, cool loft atmosphere is fairly difficult, especially if you are used to coordinating and pampering your kitchen to look like an interiors magazine. This look is difficult to master but once achieved, a dream to maintain, as it doesn’t need constantly updating, just add pieces as and when you find them. This isn’t only a great theme to consider for young singles because the storage aspect of ‘industrial’ means that families who have multiple piles of toys hanging around getting trodden on can stash them away. Here, we give some tips for how to achieve the utility loft look without spending thousands.
Similarly to some other interior trends that are currently doing the rounds, such as shabby chic and vintage looks, the key to nailing it is being innovative and creative in your approach to décor. Repurposing items is common and can look great when done successfully. The most popular item that seems to have attained many new roles is the trusty old ladder. From using small wooden ladders as shelving once mounted on the wall, to a clothes horse, picture frames or jewellery stand, the simple ladder seems to have evolved. Be imaginative about an items alternative uses and disregard the ‘rules’ that make you think you can’t use that item as something else and live a little!
If you see an item you like in an expensive home décor or furniture catalogue why not consider your own DIY project to recreate, using minimal funds. This is not as difficult as it sounds. The combination of reclaimed wood and metal is the key to transforming your space into an industrial haven. Especially reclaimed oak dining table with brushed steel legs is a great option for a warm and modern looking kitchens. Start your own collection of wooden frames, old rusting metals and well-worn nails and handles to ensure you’re well equip for your next crafting session. Car boot sales, charity shops and antique shops are perfect for gathering this kind of treasure, so get hunting.
If you already have furniture that you think could fit into your newly decorated room or kitchen with some help then great, this is the fun part. You can make your furniture appear more ‘utility’ by painting it and then sanding the corners and handles to imitate hard wear as well as subtlely knocking it around a little with a hammer. To soften the blow use a tea towel or other piece of fabric between the hammer and the item, so as not to completely destroy it.
To adorn the walls keep your eyes open for bashed up film posters or signage from shops or cinemas used in past decades. There are also companies nowadays who can add this look to existing photos or images so no need to struggle to source one of a kind pieces.
Carpet is obviously a little too plush for the industrial appearance, so ideally strip them back to reveal a wooden floor or even bare concrete, which will be a great canvas to build on with all of our other tips.
Finally, lighting. This can really make or break a space so don’t try and cut corners and leave your modern halogen lights hanging unless you feel they add to the rest of the loft look. Using unusual item(s) such as bird cages, propane tanks with the lids cut off as well as reclaimed wood can all make fantastic shades that will be the envy of your friends as well as great focal pieces in the room.