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This London Home Shows You How to Nail the Industrial Luxe Style

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 17 October 2017
This early 20th-century industrial building has been sensitively restored by Chris Dyson Architects to create a family home that’s fit for 21st-century living, while maintaining the heritage and charm of the original cooperage in Clerkenwell. Love the industrial style but don’t have your own period building to renovate? You can still take inspiration from this project and follow these decorating tips to cleverly incorporate the look into your own home.
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Be open to space

Original industrial buildings are vast, voluminous spaces that aren’t compartmentalised like traditional homes. To truly embrace the industrial style or warehouse feel, you’ll need to knock down a few walls. If you don’t like the idea of going completely open plan, consider installing sliding pocket doors so that you can shut off rooms when you want to, or even a partial stud wall, room divider or double-sided fireplace to break up the space.

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Paint stairs black for a graphic twist

Even though this staircase is actually constructed out of wood, by painting it black it takes on the concept of the iconic metal fire escape, which references the industrial past of the building. Painting a staircase and handrail black will give your home a graphic, clean-lined edge, especially if it is set against a crisp-white interior.

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Go for maximum exposure

Often the lure of industrial buildings are their period features, so celebrate these. Here, the owners have highlighted original elements including the steel frames, which have been painted black to tie in with the staircase, plus the brickwork has been exposed and washed with uplighting to showcase its warmth and texture.

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Reach new heights

If you’re lucky enough to have very tall rooms, take the opportunity to go for a double-height ceiling, which will add instant impact and drama to your space. This home actually has an impressive triple-height atrium, which allows the building’s industrial heritage to shine.

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Create an urban indoor garden

The compromise of industrial ‘loft-style living’ is that there’s often not much room for a garden, if any, so homeowners need clever ways to incorporate greenery into their renovations. Here, the architects have installed a lush living wall that breaks up the monochrome interior and can be seen from multiple levels, to bring the outside in. A range of house plants are also dotted throughout the home to introduce some much-needed greenery into the more intimate spaces of the property.

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Opt for a polished look

Polished concrete floors are a sure-fire way to instantly get that industrial feel. If poured concrete costs too much, look into resin instead, which is often cheaper, or even concrete-look large-format tiles. As concrete is still on trend, it’s also easy to find accessories made in it, or furniture such as a concrete-topped dining table, bench or shelving unit.

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Go heavy with the metal

The owners of The Cooperage have embraced the building’s industrial heritage by introducing metallic elements into the project, such as the bold, brass extractor fan, which is certainly the centrepiece of the kitchen. Brass hardware and shaker-style units also add a utilitarian feel to the utility room, while the theme continues outside with an extension constructed from patinated bronze panels that contrasts with the original brickwork of the industrial site.

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Add warmth with wood

The industrial style can look a bit cold and clinical if taken too literally – to make it more homely, it’s best to introduce warm timber elements. Here, the owners have incorporated characterful timber flooring to the upper floors of the home, plus furniture such as the large wooden dining table really helps to break up the white, grey and black open-plan space. The painted timber in one of the bedrooms, set in the original rafters, also adds character to the room and stands out against the red brickwork.

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Mix old and new

To really give your new project character, add the odd surprise feature in the form of an antique to work in contrast with the clean lines and graphic look of your sleek industrial space. The owners have cleverly suspended a large antique chandelier over the dining table for a real show-stopping statement piece.

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Want more ideas to create this look at home? Learn how to incorporate raw finishes into your interiors by taking inspiration from this property. For more projects from Chris Dyson Architects, visit the website here.