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Industrial decor is attached to urban settings, and rustic decor is connected to the country. Here’s how you can combine them into a stylish interior design.

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There’s an interesting trend going around right now, especially in urban areas: matching industrial spaces with rustic decor elements; rustic industrial decor! There sure seems to be a kind of kinship between the two: both remind us of work (factory work, manual labor) and they use the same kinds of materials, albeit in different ways.

You get lots of metal and wood, shapes that are utilitarian rather than decorative, and charm that comes from choosing just the right kind of accessory to bring a little bit of comfort into a space that could otherwise look cold and unwelcoming.

Rustic industrial decor staple: warmth of wood

Something you’ll find in a lot of these spaces: wood. Exposed wood beams, original wood walls and rustic wood furniture are staples of the industrial + rustic mashup.

Rustic Kitchen by Emmaus Kitchen & Bath Designers Jarrett Design, LLC

This is the quintessential example of a rustic kitchen with an industrial spin, creating a rustic industrial decor mash-up that doesn’t seem like a mash up at all. The exposed brick walls, the wood beams and the middle island definitely say “old-timey”, while the metal stools, the open shelving and the professional-grade cooking range fit the industrial style. And… Is that a swing?

Here’s another example in a different style.

Contemporary Kitchen by Solana Beach Architects & Designers KW Designs

The wide-open space, stainless tabletop and fridge and metal chairs all belong in an industrial setting, while the wood beams and the painted wood island give a rustic touch that warms up this other cold color scheme.

Metal is cool

Now, if you want to add some industrial rustic decor openness to a space, there’s nothing like a good sheet of reclaimed metal or stainless steel appliances.

Contemporary Kitchen by Houston Home Builders Parker House Inc.

This super interesting kitchen joins a rustic infrastructure (wood ceiling, flooring and cabinets) to definitely industrial stainless steel. The wood looks either natural and untreated or rustic with worn and peeled paint. This kitchen has a similar but opposite balance to the first picture I showed.

Rustic Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Staprans Design

This kitchen uses metal as an accessory, an accent. The rustic flooring and cabinets contrast with the industrial hutch and the metal pieces joining the wood beams. I like the metal ropes linking the joints together; it feels like the industry that was here just up and left yesterday, and left behind this beautiful kitchen. This definitely has major style.

Industrial rustic decor in softer touches

But one does not need to live in a reclaimed warehouse to combine rustic and industrial. There are ways to bring these styles together in ordinary home spaces, albeit in more subtle ways.

Contemporary Home Office by Mill Valley Interior Designers & Decorators Jute Interior Design

For example, this office space uses a rustic table with industrial light fixtures and chairs. Metal, especially stainless steel, always has that effect. The exposed wood beams also help mimic an industrial space, so it was clever of the designer to use this feature and expand on it.

Eclectic Kitchen by Austin Photographers Sarah Natsumi Moore

Here again is your typical industrial/rustic kitchen: stainless steel, wood, open shelving. However, the absence of ceiling beams make this room seem a bit more approachable and more homey. The green striped wall softens the whole.

Contemporary Kitchen by Austin Kitchen & Bath Designers Twelve Stones Designs

Here, industrial takes centre stage as the rustic wood of the floor and the stools stay in the background. The HVAC pipe at the ceiling along with exposed beans and stainless steel range add to the industrial look. And what a great way to shelve your cooking books!

Eclectic Living Room by Granville Architects & Designers ENJOY Co.

And since I think we’ve had enough of kitchens, here’s something different: an industrial living room with a rustic touch. The garage door is definitely industrial, but we bet this space gets plenty of light. The exposed HVAC pipe and metal chairs add to the style, while the untreated floor and rustic wood table make the whole warmer and more comfortable. I also like the greenery, which is an interesting contrast to the greys and browns.

What do you think?

What do you think about the whole rustic/industrial trend? Is it too modern for you, or do you dream of living in a loft built over a reclaimed manufacture? Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.

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Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Anabelle is a freelance writer, writing teacher and blogger. She spends a lot of time at home, so she likes to make sure that it's cozy and nice, especially in her reading nook. In her free time, Anabelle knits, walks and learns how to write stories.