Industrial Style Lounge

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Styling Your Industrial Lounge

Old buildings can often offer us the opportunity of high ceilings and long bright airy windows and possibly a balcony leading off.

If you are lucky enough to be able to buy an old house with plenty of character including authentic wooden beams and original windows it gives you a wonderful starting point if you are looking for an industrial feel to your lounge area.


Industrial Style Lounge
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Paint and Colours

Before starting any design, it is important to measure, measure, measure. Before embarking on the fun task of picking out your paints, here are a few tips to remember.

Pinterest or Google – are good starting points if you have no idea where to begin. Choose a few images that appeal to you with a paint colour that you like. Check out a few rooms that may have something similar.

A piece of art that you like is also a good starting point as you can work your scheme around it. Pull colours from the art and incorporate them into your room.

They could feature golds, whites and blacks or even a mixtures of greys and browns, inspire yourself with art. If the room is very dark a really good choice is a neutral paint, the addition of darker pieces in the form of furniture will work well to make the room warmer.

Tester Pots

If you can purchase small pots of ‘testers’ then these are ideal. You can paint test patches near the window, or on a wall that is more shaded as the colour may not be to your liking in certain areas where it can change in different lighting

Many paint manufacturers offer an app where you can upload a photograph of your lounge, bathroom etc and then you select the walls you want to paint and apply the appropriate colour.

It is kind of a cool thing to do as once you have decided upon a certain colour they recommend contrasting colours to guide you which can be used for other walls, trim or doors.

The photograph above is a perfect example of an old room with wooden beams, bare bricks that have been painted white and nice long high windows. Bare bricks are perfect when looking for the industrial feel, with paint or without, it is your room so you decide.

Let’s Decorate

As an example, let’s decorate the room and see what it could look like rather than the bare white walls we have at the moment.

The facing wall is a perfect starting point for a feature colour, adding this will prevent the room from looking too clinical and add a little warmth to the area. Browns are always a good choice, not only when it comes to warmth but also aiming for that industrial look as well. Take a look below.

greys for your wall
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A more up to date modern industrial feel can be achieved with a selection of silvers, greys and mid-tones.

Tones of greys
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The joy of painting a room is it changes the whole concept with just one colour. At the end of the day, it is all down to personal taste, a top interior designer may have a totally different idea to you, it is your room so work with it.

Faux panels for walls have been trending these last couple of years and these help bring the wall to life. It could be wood panelling, textured wallpaper or two-tone paint effects.

The particular room I have designed here uses teak wood panelling, again sticking to the industrial feel which uses raw materials, but still brings that element of warmth into the room.

You don’t have to cover the whole wall with your desired texture, it could be half the wall, one wall, or the bottom part of the wall. Experiment before you commit and go from there.

You can pick up panelling and wallpaper from your local hardware store, or alternatively, there are plenty of choices online for delivery.

If you don’t mind using power tools purchase furring pieces of wood and stain them to your desired colour and pin them to the wall. There are many DIY tutorials online should you need any assistance.

And then there was light

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Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels

Lighting is a very important element to consider when designing your room. Some living room areas have no overhead lighting, so you will need to compensate for this with accent lighting.

If you do have overhead lighting then also consider adding some accent lighting as well as it can make the room cosier during the evenings, especially if you are watching the television and don’t want an overhead glare on your TV screen.

The accent lighting could be in the form of a couple of table lamps, a floor standing lamp or even just some subtle lighting in a display cabinet.

In the mock-up below I have selected a rust coloured overhead pendant light with exposed light bulbs, another common feature in industrial interior design.

Not only does it give the room an interesting feature on the ceiling but it also shows the use of raw materials with the exposed bulbs and the use of metal in the construction.

Accent lights may depend on space but in our mock-up, I have featured a floor standing lamp in brass. This is perfect in a lounge area and can focus on just lighting up one area of the room.

It could be in a corner where you have a chair and want to read a book. It could be near your sofa or next to a plant.

The bulbs that you put into the lights are also important. Softer bulbs are perfect for your accent lighting, whereas you may need something a little stronger and whiter in your overhead lighting. Stronger bulbs are often used in areas like the kitchen or bathroom.

The Furniture and Decorations – The Fun Part

So we need to keep to the industrial design of the room and we need to bear this in mind when choosing our furniture and accessories.

Everyone has a sofa in their lounge and the shape, size and colour are something that you will have to determine. Comfort is probably at the top of the agenda though.

Pay a visit to your local furniture shops and try out some of the display models that you like. Take photographs and see what colours they have available and again, don’t forget to measure to make sure that they will fit.

The soft furnishings

Sticking with the industrial theme, try a leather sofa. Hard wearing, comfy and easy to clean. I have chosen a black leather sofa for our mock-up industrial lounge but added my own cushions.

One of my weakest downfalls is a cushion and I have at least 10 on my large sofa in my basement.

Adding a cushion with a different pattern and a different colour will create a feeling of warmth and interest. Select carefully and you will reap the benefits.

Other soft items to include are throws which can be placed over the side of the sofa and if it gets a little chilly or you want to have a quick nap than there is nothing better to cosy under, as well as making the sofa look more appealing and softening the look.

The flooring

If you have bare floorboards or laminate / hardwood flooring you may need to soften the floor a little with a rug. Rugs can pull a whole room together and still add texture and colour and feel a lot nicer on the feet in the winter evenings.

Again try to keep within your colour scheme, think of how thick you want the rug. If you have a carpet select a thinner rug.

In our mock-up we have also added a wooden topped coffee table – handy for drinks, books and snacks when you are sitting in front of the television or chilling on the sofa. These accessories all depend on how much space you have.

You might have room for a sideboard, even a few wood bookshelves to go on the wall or even a large display cabinet. Again, gather ideas from the internet and put together a mood board and see where it leads you.

Drawn out a rough plan of your room on graph paper and see if the items that you like are going to fit in the area.

To soften the industrial theme a little more pick out some greenery, real or fake, fresh flowers in a vase or a nice floor standing plant in a pot. Whatever you can cope with and fits within your scheme.

The mock-up

In our mock-up below you can see how the industrial scheme has come together. Gone are the clinical walls. We have plenty of light, some interesting art on the wall alongside the warmth of the wood panelling and texture and pattern in the accessories.

These items are available for purchase and I have provided the links below if you are interested.

MOCK UP OF A Industrial lounge
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The Sapphire ceiling light is designed in the style of a space probe and is sold in an aged patina look with oversized exposed bulbs. This is the perfect ceiling centrepiece and is available in two different sizes, you just need to purchase the bulbs.


Abstract paintings on canvas can create a great focal point – take a look at this one or alternatively if you are feeling brave create your own. This particular piece measures 36″ W x 60″ H x 1 1/2″ D and is available online.


A solid wood walnut table top beautifully mounted on brass x shaped legs. The measurements are 51″ Wide / 27″ deep / 13″ Tall. This slick, modern accessory totally compliments the industrial look in your property.


Burbank – Yes a place in Los Angeles. This sofa was inspired by 1950’s Los Angeles modernist design culture. It is stylish and contemporary and has angled hardwood legs and clean lines. Sexy don’t you think?


A gold metal floorstanding lamp on a white marble base to help you with your accent lighting. Dimensions: 61″ H x 27″ W x 10″ L.


The rug will totally pull your room together and we chose this exceptionally soft, Kayla Shag featuring a voluminous pile adding instant comfort to any space. Power-loomed in Turkey and made of 100% polyester.


A top grain leather panel pillow with a feather insert. There is also zipper detailing. Adds a nice touch and texture to your sofa.


A faux fur throw made from acrylic and polyester adds a little luxury to your room. Drape over the corner of a sofa and snuggle in for the night.

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