Can someone please tell me where August went? How can summer be gone already, and suddenly be replaced by enforced bedtimes, dealing with the morning rush, and nagging about homework? Sigh. Perhaps a little design inspiration is in order to lift our spirits. Lately, I’ve been totally
obsessed enamored with the industrial farmhouse style. If any of you follow the fantastic new show on HGTV, Fixer Upper, then you have seen this style in action. So, what is industrial farmhouse style? Well, it blends the simple, white, vintage, sturdy decor of a farmhouse with the industrial fixtures and features of an old warehouse. Let’s examine the two styles separately…
Farmhouses are simple, with basic, sturdy, and well-worn furniture items. Farmhouses have open floor plans and are predominately white inside, or have a very subtle color pattern. They have hardwood floors, and lots of other natural wood items throughout. The kitchen has mostly white cabinets, but the lower cabinets or island could be painted another color. The kitchen backsplash is simple and classic (e.g., subway tile), not ornate.
The industrial style is all about celebrating, rather than concealing, the exposed finishes and mechanical features you would find in a warehouse. Industrial wear and tear is expected as part of the style (e.g. weathered wood, and aged metal). Industrial items are repurposed as decorative art (metal sign letters on the wall). This style is not frivolous, and the color palette may not include bright colors, but rather toned down grays, reds, browns, and black. An industrial home has modern stainless steel appliances, stainless steel or concrete countertops, galvanized metal accessories, and other vintage industrial decor, (e.g., street signs, old architecture drawings).
Now when we put the two styles together, and we have a comfortable, casual home with modern amenities that marries old and new in a no-fuss, inviting way. Think of a dining room with white plank walls and a weathered table and benches paired with galvanized metal accessories, metal chairs and an industrial light fixture. Think of coffee tables with reclaimed wood tops and black legs made from steel pipes. Accessories include vintage items, like an old scale or typewriter, metal signs or letters, old books, mason jar vases, metal baskets, etc.
For the inspiration gallery this month, I started a Pinterest board with a collection of pictures that embody the industrial farmhouse style. Take a look, and enjoy the tour! I predict you’ll be seeing more and more of this style popping up in my home projects.
Follow Charisma Homes’ board Industrial Farmhouse on Pinterest.