Rough, with character: 5 aspects of the industrial trend

You´re seeing it ever more often in large cities: an old factory that’s converted into an apartment building or a hip co-working space. Instead of demolishing the building, it´s precisely the structure’s rough and distinctive elements that are carefully preserved. Exposed concrete, visible pipes and bricks walls catch the eye. Do you want a bit of history and authenticity in your home too?

1. Tough and authentic

The industrial trend is characterised by the use of metal, wood, rougher textures and authentic elements. For example, an original brick wall isn´t plastered over; on the contrary, it’s left visible. Just like you don´t have to hide all the cables or pipes. It´s all about being tough and authentic. 

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Though and authentic

2. Not too perfect

Industrial is by no means synonymous with cold. In combination with an accent wall and colourful or modern pieces of furniture, you can quickly create a very cosy interior. The fact that not everything is smooth and clean is exactly what generates the charm. It´s the imperfections that make your house a truly liveable space.

3. Concrete is in

The robust yet stylish impact of a concrete floor is also an increasingly popular choice and fits perfectly with the industrial trend. Concrete used to have negative connotations, while today it gives a robust impact that many people are intentionally choosing. Moreover, the usual grey colour is optional: by adding e.g. fragments or specks of stone, you can give concrete a different, personal note. 

For those who like the look but prefer the warm feeling of wood, Quick-Step has created an industrial concrete look that combines the best of both worlds. You´ll find this concrete look in both the Arte and the Impressive collections. These types of laminate are ideal for combining with vintage pieces of furniture and fluorescent tints.


4. Vintage look, modern standards

Today in industrial buildings you no longer have to accept even the slightest sacrifice in quality of life. New insulation and heating technologies make it pleasant and comfortable to live there. The right furnishings and materials can do wonders.

5. Neutral hues

Neutral and natural are a perfect match with an industrial interior. Black and white can work as well, but above all gentle greys beautifully complement the robust elements. A few vintage accessories complete the ensemble.

Natural hues