Industrial Rustic Modern


“Adversity is the mother of invention”- Albert Einstein perfectly describes Industrial Rustic Modern design. Once born as a child of necessity, it is the second most googled interior design trend of 2020. It's about appreciating what lies underneath structures and adhering to transparency. Structural elements are used as showpieces to achieve that unfinished yet chic and cohesive look. It blesses you with an opportunity to juxtapose the classic with sleek and modern with vintage. So, basically, it’s a fuss free, no nonsense, stripped back architecture and décor inspired from the industrial structures, factories, warehouses, cabins in the woods, and ski resorts.


Rustic Industrial modern or Rustic chic pairs up the amenities, layout and proportions of modern designs with the traditional rustic features and materials or vice versa. Mixing wood and metal furniture mixed with plush couches

  • While looking for the wooden pieces, go for the furniture which seems to have a history or with a weathered look.
  • Gray, white, brown or black all the colors are pretty intense and gives a sophisticated, peaceful, reliable, and classy vibe respectively.
  • Accents colors are often used but with great restraints for adding in some drama.


The industrial modern design is more popular than ever today because of its adaptability, rawness and natural appeal.

  • Hardwood or Concrete floors are both popular, but hardwood floors look more natural.
  • Reclaimed woods are the best to add in the warmth and contrast the cool metallic elements.
  • Steel, iron, copper, glass, brass or chrome is often used. Do not limit the metals to the fixtures, use it in other things like kitchen bar stools or shelving units as well.


Exposing pipes, beams, ducts, or anything which gives a vibe of a warehouse apartment. Using salvaged factory parts or machinery and distressed leather finds or Vintage photographs

  • Mixing old and new materials, combine different metals and woods for example have a steel framed mirror and vintage wooden vanity in bathroom
  • Introducing some chrome or high sheen steel accents in the kitchen.
  • Using plants to bring some warmth to the décor, specially the bigger plants.


Little is known about the origin of Industrial Modern Designs. However, it is considered as the product of necessity. It’s assumed to have been developed during the late 19th and early 20th century, mostly at the end of the second industrial revolution. At that time the globalization trend was becoming more prominent, many factories moved their operations to other countries resulting into the vacant industrial buildings. During the same time the cities were also getting extremely populated ultimately leading to the shortage of the residential buildings. Vacant industrial buildings were transformed into residential buildings. Around this time the home owners and savvy architects decided to celebrate the untouched and incomplete beauty of the industrial buildings rather than concealing it.


The basic philosophy of the industrial modern décor is to give up all the pretensions. It was designed with the aim of creating a utilitarian design which is not necessarily an eye candy. This design possesses a certain oomph that appeals to almost everybody who believes in the terms like natural, original, raw, etc. It was meant for the people who are not very fond of the pomp and grandeur of the other designs and have a go to mantra of ‘all that glitters is not gold’. The industrial décor in itself is very flexible, for example it could be paired with modern décor or contemporary décor to form the industrial modern or contemporary industrial décor, whereas, with the chic designs it forms the industrial chic décor.