While HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper may have ended its run, the legacy it has left on our contemporary design aesthetic is far from over. Enter Industrial Farmhouse design: full of natural materials, neutral colors, and all the shiplap you can handle!
The Industrial Farmhouse style has been around for awhile, and can find its roots in the renovation and re-use of urban spaces. Cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, and, yes, Madison, have been repurposing buildings for the better part of two decades, turning former office spaces and factories into everything from restaurants to apartment complexes. Industrial Farmhouse design takes its cues from the bones of existing spaces. Think unfinished brick walls, exposed ductwork, and unfinished wood floors. Nothing too covered up or hidden; it becomes part of the character of the space and is there for all to see.
This style has crossed over into our homes, too, aided largely by the popularity of Chip and Joanna Gaines. It’s a style that can suit both renovations and new construction. Here are some elements of an Industrial Farmhouse design.
Think materials like exposed brick, stone, cement, wood, and ductwork.
This style thrives on light and airiness. In a kitchen this could take on the look of open shelving and open sight lines to the dining area or living room.
The popular colors of the moment fit in well here: whites, creams, grays, blacks, and navy.
Fabrics or wallpaper typically have little to no pattern to them. Subtle stripes or plaids are about as bold as it gets. Look for furniture with linen or leather upholstery.
Metal gives that industrial look and can be incorporated in many different ways, in everything from chairs to tables to countertops to appliances.
Look for bold, dramatic fixtures that emphasize the light source, often combined with dark metal.
While companies like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware offer new furniture pieces made to look old, try looking at your local salvage yard, consignment shop, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore to find materials and pieces that actually are old to give your space some character.
Avoid excess furniture and accessories. This style is clean, simple, and unadorned.
Think painted walls covered with shiplap and furniture constructed with both wood and metal.
Even if an entire house or even room done in this style isn’t your favorite, it’s a great base to add other design elements. Layer in some mid century modern furniture pieces for a contemporary vibe, throw the color and pattern rules out the window and go nuts with bold pillows and curtains, or layer in some feminine touches like florals or an oversized chandelier. The neutral simplicity of the Industrial Farmhouse style in both its colors and materials make it the perfect starting point to really make it your own.
Do you love Industrial Farmhouse design or are you looking for another style to fit your home? Contact Bella Domicile to meet with one of our talented designers today! Call (608) 271-8241 or fill out an appointment request form here.