Setting is important when it comes to selecting an appropriate design scheme for your home. While there’s no rule saying that you have to choose one school of thought over another, there are certain aesthetics that may simply look out of place in a particular context.
For instance, a quaint country appeal characterized by rough wooden furniture and antique bronze appliances is a warm and classic style that many people find attractive, but it would look alien if set against a 21st-century cityscape outside of your window. Similarly, an ultra-modern and minimalist house may seem out of place in a rustic country town.
Look to the resurgence in industrial popularity
If you’re looking for a retro aesthetic that will complement the urban style of a chic downtown loft or flat, an industrial inspiration might be just the look you’ve been searching for. While in the past some criticized this decor style as being sparse, cold and unwelcoming, the passage of time has brought a new wave of nostalgic interest for industrial style homes.
Use weathered metals and woods
While there’s no one way to style your home in this fashion, traditionally this style makes heavy use of aged wood and unpolished metals that you might expect to find in a turn of the century factory or mill. In terms of color schemes, industrial vintage favors neutrals like white and gray to complement metallic accents.
Add lighting to warm the cool aesthetic
Because of this, lighting fixtures like overhead pendants and lamps are necessary for balancing the appeal with warm illumination and stylish designs. If you’re worried about overindulging in silver and gray metals, rust and bronze industrial table lamps will provide your apartment with a subtle but effective splash of color. Wooden furnishings can also help equalize predominant metals.
Accent the space with with authentic antiques
The industrial vintage look depends heavily on antique accents to help sell itself, so make sure to incorporate retro elements – though sparingly – to make your home feel like it was designed nearly a century earlier.
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