Industrial-style bedrooms: our design ideas

Industrial-style bedrooms: our design ideas

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

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Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

Loft-inspired bedrooms are bang on trend. Check out our top design ideas to get started on your industrial-style bedroom.
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Industrial-style bedrooms: design tricks and tips

Industrial-style bedrooms: design tricks and tips

Industrial style can work in any room of the home, even in the bedroom. In fact, creating a different decorating scheme is a great way to separate off your sleeping space. If you don't happen to actually live in a loft or converted warehouse, you can still achieve the look with a few little touches. Read on for our simplest design ideas that will make you want to get redecorating right away!

Industrial décor: getting started

Industrial décor: getting started

When it comes to tackling industrial décor, the basic idea is to start with a palette of basic tones like grey. This will help to make your darker metal furniture and other decorative pieces pop. Use a fairly light shade as this will create a uniform base without overwhelming the space. And if you like, it is possible to add in a few splashes of white to brighten up the whole room. In terms of materials, 'raw' is the name of the game. Metal, cement and stone can all be warmed up with a few wooden accents wherever possible. Another good option is to cover a wall with faux brick wallpaper. Apply the glue, hang the strips and you're good to go. Next up, finish off the wallpaper with a metal frame or mirror.

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Metal beds: an industrial must-have

Metal beds: an industrial must-have

What could make your bedroom scream vintage industrial more than a metal framed bed? A metal bed will be THE pièce de résistance and really set the tone of the entire room. Mineral tones like stone, beige and charcoal grey complement a metal bed perfectly. Don't hesitate to mix up different shades for your sheets, pillow cases and bed linen to create a full palette of paired back tones. Showcase your bed by hanging an oversized metal clock to really round off your whole interior just be sure to check that the clock is silent unless you want to drive yourself mad! In fact, you might want to use the clock for its design appeal alone (after all, phones are also pretty handy for telling the time!).

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Industrial style meets DIY and upcycling

Industrial style meets DIY and upcycling

Here is another easy design idea to help you create your loft-style bedroom. Take an old wooden chair, sand it down to achieve a raw finish and use it as a bedside table. You can do the same thing with an old chest to create extra storage space as well as a space to set up a metal architect's desk lamp. And there you have it – the perfect spot enjoy a bit of crime fiction. Another industrial design idea: make your own bed or shelves using palettes. Looking for a really simple trick to build a headboard? Pile up palettes and top them off with clip-on lamps on each side. Cable drums can also be re-purposed as bedside tables or even vanities with an workshop chair to finish off the look. Upcycling in general works really well in industrial interiors – and it's good for the planet!

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Workshop chairs and stools

Locker room meets warehouse

Locker room meets warehouse for an industrial interior

When it comes to furnishing your industrial-style bedroom, it can be a good idea to check out workshop furniture rather than traditional bedroom pieces. Work shelves will work nicely for holding books, decorative items or even clothes if your storage skills are good enough. As needed, repaint everything black to highlight your furniture and create a flawless graphic look. Then you can dot around a few trinkets, books, candles, plants and paintings to create a bit of organised clutter. Focus on creating a functional space with things like lockers for hanging shirts. One final secret: get on the hunt for an old seed chest or apothecary cabinet with curved metal handles to store away your socks and underwear while staying true to the vintage theme.

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Workshop furniture and accessories

Blackboards and stencils

Blackboards and stencils

What's great about a blackboard is that it is both functional and attractive – and even a bit of a throwback. With a blackboard, there's no need to search around the house for your post its to write little notes to your loved ones or remind yourself to buy milk. Pick out a few metal trunks in different sizes and writ on your lucky numbers or stencil on words like 'fragile'. Feel free to play around and have fun!

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

A metal clothes rack will be ideal for hanging your favourite pieces of clothing and add beautiful textures like silk, lace, taffeta and ribbons. This will help to create an 'artist's home studio' vibe for a creative and feminine feel. And why not add in a ladder to climb up to bed? A beautiful piece of wood hung on an unfinished surface will always be effective. Go the extra mile by hanging a few indoor plants off of it for a natural touch. This is a great way to soften up the harsh aspect of industrial interiors. Another option: let your imagination run free with aged doors or window frames hung against walls for a 100% vintage finish. You can always add a mirror to the top half of the door to make the piece more functional. If you go for shutters, you can always use them to hang up a few photos using ribbon and pegs.

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Clothes racks

Lighting an industrial-style room

Lighting an industrial-style room

Focus your search on loft-inspired large, round pendant lights or metal funnel lights. Graphic wire models and bare filament bulbs are also good options for lighting up your industrial bedroom. And to diffuse the light throughout the space, go for beautiful metal framed mirrors or three-panelled mirrors like something straight out of a glass factory. But don't hurry to throw away old hand-me-down mirrors either – you'll be surprised at the amount of charm they can add to your little boudoir!

In fact, playing around with colours, materials, upcycling and adding little decorative touches will make all the difference. Got enough inspo? Then get your sleeves rolled up and get decorating!

 
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Guide written by:

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester

After years of DIY, renovation and designing, I decided to turn my passion into a career. Starting in 2006, in the South-West, I helped people with renovation or construction projects. My expertise and curiosity led me to look further into innovative ideas for myself and my clients. Indeed, to live your passion is also to transform the space you live in and the objects you use daily. My family love my creations and ideas that I bring into their lives! My favourite thing to do: use colour to brighten up interior space. But also tips to hide away clutter. Your home is just never big enough, is it? It is therefore a great pleasure to share my tips with you, so that you also can take as much pleasure as I do when starting up your next project!

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