First of all, what is Industrial Chic?
Industrial Chic is a design style that is rooted in industrial and factory-like functionality. Think gears, weathered wood, pieces of machinery, exposed brick, concrete countertops…that sort of thing. It’s been popular for a while now, and you can find almost every retailer selling it, from Martha Stewart to Target. You’ll also see it mixed with other design styles, especially Farmhouse and DIY refurbished furniture. I think mixing these styles is the best way to stay both original and expressive with your home decor. I’m going to highlight some of my favorite pieces that I’ve found either online or in the store…pieces that look great and are affordable.
One thing that can really give a room that Industrial look is your use of lighting. I was in Target last week and found this great Hudson Floor Lamp for $79.99
I ended up getting it online with a 10% discount and then I used my Target Red Card which have me another 5% off, so I paid around $68 for this gorgeous lamp! (I’d much rather take advantage of an online sale with free shipping than pay extra in the store, but that’s just me!)
Add one Edison bulb and you’re good to go!
Best (cheapest) place to find Edison bulbs that I’ve found is Lowe’s. Click here for their selection. If you want to transform several bulbs in the home, then buy a multi-pack on [easyazon_link identifier=”B01GI12LL0″ locale=”US” tag=” soverymerry-20″]Amazon. Here’s a good deal on them.[/easyazon_link]
Accent pieces are the fun part of decorating to me, and there are tons of great ideas to use for Industrial decor.
I found a few things at Hobby Lobby that would look great. This little galvanized bucket with rope handles was only $7.50 (it’s 50% off Metal Decor this week.) That’s like thrift store prices!
You could also soften the edges of your look with apothecary jars. They blend nicely with the Industrial look. I found them to be the most affordable at Home Goods. Here’s the display of them they had at my local store, and most of them were in the $9.99-14.99 range. (Home Goods has them too but I found those a little more expensive.)
You can actually find galvanized buckets almost anywhere now. I’ve seen them in the Home Decor area of Burlington Coat Factory as well. They had quite a few things I was suprised to see. Check it out.
Kirklands has also joined the game with all kinds of fun stuff. This great console table blends materials of wood and metal for a unique look. (A little pricy for my taste, but it would be easy to make! Always look for inspiration everywhere.)
As a matter of fact, I had really abandoned Kirklands for a few years until I found out they had this new Illuminate Collection There are some really cool pieces like this lighting:
I guess they got me back as a customer since they keeping pace with the design competition; way to go Kirklands!
There are a few other places that I often look for decor that follow the Industrial Chic trend right now…places like Craigslist, antique malls, apps like Close 5, and of course, Goodwill. (Did you know you can even shop Goodwill online? Here are some things on my shopping list right now that I’ve saved.
Almost forgot to mention Craigslist. You have to check on there often, but if you look hard, once in a while you’ll find something fun. I saw this ad:
and this is what I ended up doing with it (for now):