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Rich Industrial Style Unites Jewel Colours with Exposed Brick Walls

Exposed brick walls, metal beams and banisters, unboxed ducting, surface mounted electrical wiring, utilitarian lighting design; these are all things that have come to equate an industrial style home decor. The accumulative result is a no frills strong style that is often paired with a neutral furniture palette, particularly shades of grey and tan. But hold the phone: This collection of five industrial style homes introduce a much meatier scheme. Jewel colour accent furniture and flourishes, traditional silhouettes and inviting wall art, warm area rugs and even a splash of pattern all come together to create a rich industrial look that could even be described as cosy.

Visualizer: Fathy Ibrahim  

Industrial home decor is a cool trend but can appear a little cold. By introducing jewel tones into the scheme, like this garnet red accent chair, the room takes on a new personality. One solitary piece of colourfully upholstered furniture can bring a visual warmth to the whole room. In this space, the sumptuous red chair contrasts with the emerald green plants that have been dotted around the place, which gives the piece even more pop.

The television wall has a border of books that also apply a level of hominess to the utilitarian backdrop.

The area rug beneath the sofa and red chair is of a traditional design, which gives soul and a hint of history to the modern decor scheme.

Quirky scatter cushion prints, like the monocle eyeglass wearing cat on the modern accent chair, add a touch of fun to the seating area.

The differing tones of exposed brick work creates interest in the rest of the open plan industrial home, which we can see continued up on a mezzanine level.

Sheer voiles hang at towering windows, softening the hard look of dark metal frames.

Kitchen bar stools follow the industrial trend, standing on heavy metal bases. These are teamed with a smooth wooden countertop on the kitchen breakfast bar.

The bed is dressed with layers of earthy brown throws and a heap of decorative pillows. Swing arm wall lamps adorn the space over each of the geometric bedside tables.

In the bathroom, large tiles cover one wall whilst the adjacent wall stands in raw concrete. A delicate flower dresses a chunky wooden vanity unit.

Visualizer: Quattro Studio  

Our second industrial space is an old abandoned cotton factory with a very unique feel. This was visualised to participate in the Evermotion challenge “A Whole Lot of Loft”. The beautiful architecture is almost church-like in appearance, with vaulted ceilings and imposing arched windows.

The enormous loft could easily come out looking chilly and unwelcoming, but canary yellow adds a blast of sunshine to visually warm the bones of this place. From two well placed accent dining chairs to yellow throws and cushions in the lounge area, the thread of happy colour is merrily stitched across each area.

A reading nook has been created up on a raised level by installing a large bookcase, a comfortable reading chair and a simple floor reading lamp.

Mismatched Scandinavian style chairs set at a traditional style dining table give the dining area a friendly eclectic look. Two striped table runners add an unexpected dash of pattern to the industrial dining room, and form an attractive landing area for dishes and wine glasses.

Even the kitchen cabinets get the mellow yellow treatment. A small run of yellow wall units are mounted over white base cupboards, and a two towers of bright display cubbies are just enough to carry the theme through.

Visualizer: Evgeny Zjuba  

Our third industrial style apartment introduces jewel tones through a collection of wall art.

British rock ‘n’ roll icons inspire the artwork.

The red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag runs throughout.

The striking rock ‘n’ roll accents work well with the heavy network of exposed ducts and vents.

The kitchen is a simple classic shaker style.

This 122 metre penthouse is of a cohesive style. Two pieces of modular modern sofa in matching plum upholstery stand at each side of a cluster of coffee tables, nestled beneath a Sputnik Chandelier.

A beige accent chair has a matching footstool, and its light tones are picked up by the scatter cushions on the sofa and a nearby floor lamp.

A trio of lush green plants add another colour to the mix, and a set of pipes across the ceiling space have been specially coated to bring in a bright pop of red.

A Union Jack has been painted directly onto an exposed brick wall behind the kitchen shelf.

A ceiling hung fireplace coupled with a unique chair make a cosy corner.

A blue librarian’s ladder stands out against dark cabinets. It forms an attractive focal point as well as being useful for reaching higher storage.

The master bedroom has a look of the far east. A flock of decorative birds fly over the headboard, matched by black metal industrial style lighting. The bedroom pendant lights hang like large lanterns above neat bedside units.

A textured black wall matches the dark accents and furniture.

The work desk chair is more about comfort than stark industrial style.

In the bathroom, the black theme found in the bedroom appears here in smaller accents. A black wrought iron chandelier matches black wall shelves, clock and wall sconces.

The towel hoop and soap dish bracket are finished in black too but the unique faucet stands out in gold.

Visualizer: Christina Ryabchenko  

Our fifth and last home has copious amounts of golden wood tone.

Ceiling beams, floors, doors and kitchen island all match in a warm honey coloured glow. A monochrome wall mural carries a New York theme.

An arrow light complements the red brickwork.

Some of the exposed brick walls have been whitewashed to lighten and brighten.

Geometric wirework forms the kitchen pendants.

Plinth lights around the perimeter of the room give a cosy glow.

A wooden coat rack marks the entryway.

If you liked these industrial style homes then be sure to take a look at:
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Two Large Scandinavian Style Homes For Young Families

Scandinavian design can be a very good choice for families looking for a way to unify their home. Not only does Scandinavian design encourage minimalism, it also has a playfulness about it with pops of color and fun objects that add personality to any room. The two homes featured here take full advantage of the mix-and-match Scandinavian look. Neither home is too buttoned up or so minimalist that you can’t imagine living there. Rather, they take the elements of the design style and make them liveable, meaning the houses will be sanctuaries for both the parents and the children.

Visualizer: Kyde  

The first home featured is a townhouse located in Odessa.

The two-story house was designed for a young family of 3 and also has an attic living space.

The home’s interior was designed with the Scandinavian aesthetic in mind, including elements of minimalism.

The main living area is located on the first floor and is quite spacious, featuring furnishings such as Scandinavian style chairs.

The central element in the living space is a large, solid wood table.

In the kitchen, simple dark cabinetry and indoor herb planters make for a very clean look.

Recessed lighting overhead makes the ceiling feel tall and the entire space feel more open.

The use of natural wood is another Scandinavian element we see throughout the home.

In one bedroom, a ZZ Plant makes for a lovely almost tropical addition to the decor.

The worn wood finish on the side table/stool as well as the writing desk are warm and practical.

The natural wood motif is even carried through to the flooring.

The unique sofa in this room is a fun experiment in contrast while also providing a perfect brainstorming sofa or even napping space.

In the children’s room on the second floor is quite bright and playful without straying too far from the minimalist ideal.

Creative shelving adds a wholly practical element but is also quite cute.

Rounded shapes in the rug and ottoman pouf lend a softness to the style.

Organization is key with Scandinavian design and this closet is a stunning example.

When the washing machine is the same room as the clothes storage, unique laundry baskets don’t get that much use.

The attic space, which includes a few indoor house plants is meant as a space for relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea.

Whitewashed ceilings and lots of cozy seating is incredibly inviting.

A bright white bathroom is zen addition to this home.

White tiles from floor to ceiling sparkle and scream “clean.”

The natural wood cabinetry in both bathrooms is perfectly aligned with the look of the rest of the home.

And pops of green liven things up a lot.

The entire townhouse measures 180 square meters (1937 square feet).

The second apartment also utilizes a cool, clean color palette, taking particular interest in slate gray and even brown.

In the living area, white brick is a stunning, timeless choice that feels a bit brighter than unpainted brick would.

A gourmet kitchen is not exactly a minimalist choice, but its elements will make a young family feel that much more at home.

Moving into the private spaces of the house, bedroom pendant lights ake for a creative lighting choice in a white and blue room.

The shade over the light can better diffuse the brightness of the bulb for a dreamy feeling at night.

Small but practical Scandinavian workspaces are useful for families who need to get work done at home.

Of course, when it’s not work time, unique floor lamps make for a stylish and cozy reading nook.

Moving into the children’s room, unique kids’ night lights offer comfort as well as design in this playful space.

Pennants hanging from the ceiling and an adorable canopy bed will be the envy of this child’s friends.

While white may not feel like the most practical color for a child’s room, it will encourage good cleaning habits.

And a chalkboard wall is always a good way to promote creativity.

Varied patterns in the same color palette is a popular Scandinavian design choice.

The room also gives the kids a den to create their own clubhouse or just get away from the world.

The bathroom melds perfectly with the rest of the home’s design.

Black and white tile with natural wood cabinetry is sleek, modern, and beautiful.

Recommended Reading: Modern Scandinavian Style Home Design For Young Families: 2 Examples

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Here’s a Look at the Hottest 2018 International Furniture Design Shows

They’re the incubators where design starts. The international furniture design shows are where young and established designers and brands display their latest offerings in the hopes that the biggest retailers in the world will buy them — and bring them to you. Here are the most important international furniture design shows for 2018.

Trendset Munich, Germany | January 6-8

This is the winter edition of the “interior, inspiration and lifestyle” show with a heavy focus on home accents and accessories. There’s also a July show, although the winter show is more popular. You’ll find the upcoming spring and summer trends, which Trendset forecasts as “Earthy colours, relaxed patterns, and sustainable materials characterise the widely diverse trends of the coming summer. The deep attachment to the earth gives rise to new ethnic and near-natural designs. Natural and recycled textiles arise from the innovative power and creativity of excellence in craftsmanship.”

Heimtextil Messe Frankfurt, Germany | January 9-12

Messe Frankfurt Theme Park

Heimtextil is the biggest international trade fair for textiles. You’ll find professionals from all fields who work with fabric and textiles, like architects, designers, internal decorators, visual merchandisers and bed and bath retailers. According to Heimtextil, the future trend will be about urbanization and city living.

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Orlando, Florida | January 9-11

KBIS hosts this show in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and runs alongside the NAHB International Builders’ Show. It’s the go-to show for design professionals, retailers, builders, planners, cabinet shops and architects who specialize in kitchen and bath design.

IMM Cologne, Germany | January 15-21

IMM, or the International Interiors Show, gets more than 100,000 visitors from around the world. The show is well organized into 11 segments like Global Lifestyles, Pure Talents featuring upcoming designers, and Pure Architects geared toward architects and building professionals. The show is extensive, covering furniture, lighting and home accents, with trend reports for each specific category.

Lightovation Dallas, Texas | January 17-21

This is the main lighting show in the U.S. It’s held at the Dallas Market Center where thousands of lighting industry buyers go to find the latest lighting for their stores, residential and commercial projects.

Maison&Objet Paris, France | January 19-23

Held in Paris, this is perhaps the best show for design inspiration in the world. Held in January and September, in conjunction with Paris Design Week, more than 100,000 visitors come to see the latest trends and order the hottest looks for their design clients and retail stores worldwide.

Las Vegas Market, Nevada | January 28-February 1

You’ll find everything in this design show. It’s one-stop shopping for buyers and designers looking for anything from one-of-a-kind antiques to art to outdoor furnishings and everything for residential and commercial projects. The market brings top design stars to speak about their secrets to success or what the upcoming design trends will be.

Stockholm Design Week, Sweden | February 5-11

This is THE Scandinavian design show to attend. The show takes place throughout the city in some of the coolest galleries and showrooms. Plenty of activities including hip dinner parties, vernissage cocktails and museum nights to keep attendees entertained.

Ambiente Frankfurt, Germany | February 9-13

This is the largest consumer goods show featuring housewares, home accents and more. The items at your favorite home store probably started here. For 2018, 4,460 companies from 94 countries will be displaying their latest designs for sale.

Indonesia International Furniture Expo | March 9-12

You’ll find a wide range of handcrafted furniture and home accents during this event in Jakarta. Manufacturers not only offer their latest designs but will work with international buyers to create custom designs.

Design Shanghai, China | March 14-17

It’s billed as the leading design event in Asia. The setting is the vibrant city of Shanghai. You’ll find the future home design trends here, organized into five design halls of Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Contemporary, Kitchen/Bathroom and Office/Workplace.

Salone del Mobile Milano, Italy | April 17-22

This show is a must-visit for any design lover. With more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than 270,000 attendees coming for the week, it’s essential to book your hotel well in advance! Various events happen throughout the city, with a massive 1,000 events scheduled. This is the place to find the top contemporary design trends.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair New York City | May 20-23

Following Milan, Italy’s big contemporary fair, New York city follows. It takes place at the Javits Convention Center where, according to the fair organizers, “36,000 interior designers, architects, retailers, representatives, distributors, facility managers, developers, manufacturers, store designers, and visual merchandisers” attend the seminars, buy the latest products and take inspiration from what’s in store for home design.

NeoCon Chicago | June 11-13

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the show is the place where contract, hospitality and commercial or workplace professionals and designers source the latest products for their projects. The most beautiful commercial buildings, hospitals or businesses may have sourced their design products here first.

London Design Fair, England | September 20-23

London does something extraordinary every September. It creates a design festival with access to both trade and the general public. Hundreds of events and art installations are scheduled through the week. The 100% Design and Decorex are the trade-only portions of the festival.

Biennale Interior Belgium | October 18-22

Held every two years since 1968, the Biennale Interieur is an important show for the most avant-garde and contemporary design trends in the world. The nonprofit organization wants to showcase the most innovative designers in the world and presents a carefully curated collection of the latest talents and products.

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Incredibly Well-Planned One-Room Apartment in Stockholm

This small, one-room apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, is incredibly well planned. With the home at just about 344 square feet (32 square meters), it features a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room that doubles as a sleeping area.

A small entrance hallway guides you toward each entertainment space, while the light gray walls brighten up the place and perfectly complement the wooden floors. The living room is large enough to accommodate an extendable sofa, reading corner and bed. Plus, the vintage bench and stools add a charming touch to the interior.

It’s a known fact that Swedes love flowers, which is probably why this apartment is sprinkled with plant stands — all the more reason to fall in love with this place!

The kitchen has an array of storage options that make it extremely practical, but it still has a cozy feel. The window offers a lovely view of the building’s inner courtyard, where residents can relax and unwind during warm summer days. Despite the small size of the apartment (discovered by Freshome on Alvhem), the exquisite planning makes it spacious enough for two people to live here.

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