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Industrial Look New Trend in Decorating

LGI Homes homeowners may be interested in learning about an emerging trend in decorating, that has been dubbed “urban industrial chic”. According to a report from the Associated Press, rough hewn wooden tables, Edison-style light bulbs, rolling carts, metal filing cabinets, industrial lighting, painted plank wood floors, exposed brick walls and cement floors are now hot items in home decorating. Retailer Restoration Hardware, for example, now offers chairs and tables designed look as if they were built from old airplane parts.

Even if the idea may initially sound incongruous, industrial elements can be quite complementary in a modern house, says designer Emily Henderson, who will host the upcoming HGTV series, Secrets from a Stylist. “If I already have a carved-wood, French-traditional, damask sofa, I probably would mix in more of the wooden industrial pieces than metal,” she says, adding that wood tones are best when they don’t match.

“The huge contrast between industrial and traditional is what makes it work,” Emily explains. “Trying to make everything match color-wise or wood tone-wise can actually do you a disservice.” She suggests experimenting: put a vintage piece of machinery on a sleek coffee table, or a tall, industrial lamp next to an overstuffed chair. This sort of stylistic contrast is better when interspersed throughout your home, rather than concentrated in a single room.

Los Angeles-based designer Betsy Burnham agrees. “The last thing you want to do is walk into a Colonial house and have one room look like an East Village loft and the others looking like Colonial Williamsburg. It’s all about the right mix of things. Any one style done too literally is a mistake anyway, especially in 2011. We want to mix.”

Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn says the kitchen is a natural place to add some industrial elements, noting that many people already opt for stainless steel appliances and professional-grade stoves. Taking the look to the level of urban industrial chic is easy, he says, just “add two gigantic industrial lights over a kitchen island or over a big wooden table and you immediately have that look.”

Flynn also suggests checking out flea markets for “fun, playful and unexpected,” industrial items.

The key is to make sure the pieces you choose create an atmosphere and don’t just take up space. “If you have a pretty neutral house, it could start looking a little junky,” Burnham warns. “But if you have a really poppy house with lots of color, go for it!”

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