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10 Common Industrial-style Elements



The Industrial Revolution ushered in an era of machinery, factories, and mass production. Many warehouses became established at the start of the Industrial Revolution and still stand within prime locations of a city’s metropolitan area - usually near railroads and wholesale market districts for easy distribution.

Waves of economic changes, have rendered these warehouses' previous uses obsolete. Under these circumstances, many warehouses were neglected for years.

RAW, RUGGED, AND REDEFINED

Adaptive reuse converts an old building into something new, while preserving the look and feel of the structure's industrial style. This helps maintain historical value, keeps core aesthetics intact, and pays homage to the site's industrial past. This includes open spaces with high ceilings and large windows, oftentimes supported by exposed bricks, concrete and steel beams. CC Vintage casters are a great compliment to this aesthetic.

Read on to learn more about the 10 common industrial-style elements.

1. WOOD

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Photo by Michael Browning

Wood is (obviously) one the oldest building materials of all time. For years, wood has been used for beams, barn doors, tables, floors and more.

2. EXPOSED BRICK WALLS

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Photo by Igor Karpenko

Exposed brick walls are another category of traditional building materials. As shown above, brick walls can help add texture and warmth to industrial style.

3. STEEL BEAMS

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Photo by Yuvraj Singh

Exposed steel beams show the functional strength of the Industrial Revolution.

4. PIPES

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Photo by Julia Robbs

Pipe fixture, furniture, and decor draw from raw elements of the industrial-style. With this in mind, you can see examples of other pipe furnishings here.

5. CONCRETE

Industrial Kitchen

Photo by Scott Hargis

Concrete is a low maintenance, inexpensive option for factory floors and walls. At the same time, concrete can serve as an excellent alternative option to brick walls and wood flooring.

6. HIGH CEILINGS

Industrial Loft

Photo by Jill Greer

For warehouses, high ceilings made for proper storage clearance and sustaining future growth. For residential spaces, these high ceilings may give our brains a sense of liberation.

7. LARGE WINDOWS

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Photo by Lincoln Barber

Large windows were ideal for old warehouses to flood the space with natural lighting. Not to mention, massive windows can serve as an extended entry to move in larger cargo.

8. EDISON LIGHTING FIXTURES

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Photo by Kari Shea

Edison lighting fixtures enable lighting accents of industrial elegance.

9. RECLAIMED FURNITURE

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Photo by Abby Lorenz

When done right, factory-inspired furniture can make a bold statement.

10. VINTAGE CAST IRON CASTERS

Functioning, vintage casters can strengthen the details of an industrial-style environment. If you feel our vintage caster matches the look for a project you have in mind, you can learn more here.

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