Lofty Goals for Industrial Looks

By Bedrosians Tile & Stone | 6/4/2018

Industrial design gives your home or space a modern, edgy feel. The look is all about opening up and displaying the building materials of a home or building's foundation that many try to conceal. Instead of closing off wood beams, pipes and ductwork or adding drywall and carpet, it's about embracing what's underneath and exposing it for its raw beauty. It can also be about adding in urban decor and selecting pieces that are as much about function as style. Used in loft apartments, modern homes and commercial spaces, industrial design showcases neutral tones, salvaged objects, and concrete, brick, wood and metal surfaces.

Contemporary Industrial DesignModern industrial-design loft | Source: Pinterest, UK

You can go all out to create an unfinished “warehouse design” or just dip your toes in the industrial world simply by adding elements that evoke an urban feel. Since not everyone can live in a New York City loft, you can incorporate industrial style into your home or commercial space through features like stainless steel surfaces, concrete floors and counters, brick walls, metal light fixtures and vintage furniture and decor.

 

Flooring Ideas

For a truly industrial feel, cement floors are the ultimate to create that stark, undressed feel in your space, however, for most homes pouring slabs of concrete isn't a practical choice. To get the look, we suggest porcelain tile that emulates the look of distressed and stained concrete. Like cement, porcelain tile is extremely durable, plus it’s water and stain-resistant and it's relatively inexpensive compared with many other flooring options. It's long-lasting and available in a huge variety of colors and patterns including plain concrete lookalikes.

Concrete Floor | Source: Urban Living and Matrix Real EstateConcrete Floor | Source: Urban Living and Matrix Real Estate

Our newest choice in concrete-look porcelain is our Chateau Collection.  This is a versatile series that combines 12”x24” and 24”x24” honed porcelain tile with 4”x8” glazed ceramic wall tile. The smoky shades of Canvas, Smoke, Tobacco, Ocean and Midnight pair beautifully with the collection’s four 12”x12” patterned porcelain deco tiles.

 

Chateau Collection - 12"x24" and 24"x24" porcelain field tile

Chateau 12x24 porcelain in SmokeSmoke
Chateau 12x24 porcelain in TobaccoTobacco
Chateau 12x24 porcelain in MidnightMidnight
Chateau 12x24 porcelain in OceanOcean
Chateau 12x24 porcelain in CanvasCanvas

Part of what makes this collection so multifaceted is its 12"x12" porcelain deco options. When used as a floor, they give your room a graphic foundation, allowing you to fill in the space with simpler, functional pieces that exemplify the industrial look.

Chateau 12x12 porcelain tile in Diamond Deco - Canvas, Smoke and MidnightChateau 12"x12" porcelain tile in Diamond Deco - Canvas, Smoke and Midnight

 

Chateau Collection - 12"x12" porcelain decorative field tile

Chateau 12x12 porcelain Diamond Deco in Canvas, Smoke and MidnightDiamond Deco in Canvas, Smoke and Midnight
Chateau 12x12 porcelain Fiore Deco in Canvas and SmokeFiore Deco in Canvas and Smoke
Chateau 12x12 porcelain Fiore Deco in Canvas and OceanFiore Deco in Canvas and Ocean
Chateau 12x12 porcelain Fiore Deco in Canvas and MidnightFiore Deco in Canvas and Midnight

For an organic, raw material feel to your urban space, use our wood-look porcelain plank tile. This look will contrast with the industrial features. Texture and appearance range from smooth and sleek to knotty and rustic. Get wood looks in white washed to russet browns to dark grey tones.

Crate wood-look 8x48 porcelain in Colonial WhiteCrate wood-look 8"x48" porcelain in Colonial White
Forest wood-look 8x36 porcelain in WalnutForest wood-look 8"x36" porcelain in Walnut
Othello wood-look 8x48 porcelain in Dark GreyOthello wood-look 8"x48" porcelain in Dark Grey
Wall Tile Ideas

Another area where Bedrosians has you covered is the walls. Classic urban looks include subway tile and brick. You can also achieve the look with glass and metal. Our new Chateau Collection offers a matte ceramic 4"x8" subway wall tile that gives the appearance of aged concrete in the same color palette as the porcelain field tile.

 

Chateau Collection - 4"x8" ceramic wall tile

Chateau 4x8 ceramic wall tile in SmokeSmoke
Chateau 4x8 ceramic wall tile in TobaccoTobacco
Chateau 4x8 ceramic wall tile in MidnightMidnight
Chateau 4x8 ceramic wall tile in OceanOcean
Chateau 4x8 ceramic wall tile in CanvasCanvas

Open shelving with metal or steel pipe supports allows you to reuse and recycle reclaimed wood and salvaged materials.

Subway tile wall with open shelving and steel pipe supportsSource: Home-Dzine
Zenith 2.5x9 glossy porcelain tile in TideZenith 2.5"x9" glossy porcelain tile in Tide
Create this look with our Verve Palisade Tall Hexagon Glass Mosaic in Matte Cloud NineCreate this look with our Verve Palisade Tall Hexagon Glass Mosaic in Matte Cloud Nine
Source: D•Kor Interiors - @dkointeriors
Acadia 2x6 metal mosaic in Birch CopperAcadia 2"x6" metal mosaic in Birch Copper
Urbanity 2.5x10 porcelain brick tile in ExposedUrbanity 2.5"x10" porcelain brick tile in Exposed
Counterop Ideas

The countertop is another surface, in addition to the floors or walls, where you can add a concrete look. Our Sequel Quartz® Collection has several grey options, but it's our colors with Natural finish that will really achieve the matte look of cement.

Counterop IdeasSequel Quartz® countertop in Charcoal Natural Finish
Counterop IdeasSequel Quartz® countertop in Annapolis Grey Natural Finish
Counterop IdeasSequel Quartz® countertop in Berkshire Taupe Natural Finish
Counterop IdeasSequel Quartz® countertop in Monterey Grey Natural Finish
More Industrial Design Ideas

Beyond your floor, walls and counters, fixtures, furniture and accessories will really complete your urban loft design. When shopping and planning, consider your lighting, your tables, chairs and fun accents that make the space really yours.

Industrial design using lockersSource: Pinterest
Industrial designed soft using reclaimed warehouse cartSource: Pinterest
Reclaimed wheels and lightsSource: AliExpress
Leather chair and gearsSource: Shelterness.com

 

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