Sep 13, 2011
Translating Trends: Industrial Glam
Industrial glam. Sounds oxymoronic, doesn’t it? Industrial style is sleek, clean, and minimal – how can it be paired with glamour, which is known for it’s plush materials, detailing, and over-the-top design? Even though these styles are at opposite ends of the design spectrum, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. I'm completely obsessed with the look and am currently designing my new townhouse to be a mecca of industrial glam. Here's how to get the look before this delectable design duo hits the peak of chic: Walls Warm up an industrial loft space walls with a funky reflective wallpaper such as this foil wallpaper from Brocade Home. The stitch design is very industrial chic but the glistening metallic color is all glamour. Or opt to accessorize those brick and stone industrial walls – the rough patina on this Anthropologie mirror would fit into an industrial space nicely, while the beautiful rosette carved detailing adds glam. Tabletop The table is perhaps the easiest place to mix and match styles. Top your favorite industrial table with glitzy placemats (such as these mirror ones from Z Gallerie), crystal tumblers, and glamour chic table linens. Flock with industrial chic chairs, such as the Jackson Metal Tub Chair from World Market. Balance it out with flatware, using antique-inspired items such as this silver set from Pottery Barn. For a centerpiece, fill an industrial accessory, such as a vintage toolbox or wire basket, with a bouquet of your favorite flowers for an unexpected contrast. Lighting Our favorite lighting companies are stripping down their luxe chandeliers and adding in industrial materials, such as this fabulous vintage birdcage chandelier from Restoration Hardware.
Flooring Warm up cold industrial flooring with plush, glamorous rugs, such as this one from Z Gallerie (not to mention, a soft rug is much more favorable to land upon than cold concrete when climbing out of bed on those chilly fall mornings). For the kitchen, rubber flooring is a fantastic, often eco-friendly industrial material, and is perfect for those of us with slippery fingers (glasses will bounce instead of break!). The variety of hues allows you to add pops of color – who knew rubber could be glam?
Furniture The easiest way to create this look with furniture is to pair an industrial piece with glamour accessories, such as this couch from CB2 with metallic pillows from DwellStudio; or an iron rod bed with a frilly duvet, seen here at Anthropologie.