Nail the trend: Industrial meets rustic earth

industrial office

One trend that never goes out of style for me is the rustic look; it’s classic, natural, understated and quietly confident. But at the same time, every trend often needs a little revival or twist to liven it up a little and I've found that rustic has met its perfect match with industrial. So, how do you get the look? Stunning industrial vs. rustic office

Industrial revolution

Firstly let’s get industrial. I’m not talking about garish metal beams, yellow hard hats or cement mixers repurposed as side tables, but more stripped back striking pieces such as unpolished metal framed chairs or disused vintage farming equipment. Antique fairs and farm sales can be a great place to hunt down any of these older more specialist pieces, alternatively, keep an eye on Gumtree or eBay for items such as old singer sewing machines or apothecary chests. You’d be surprised what you can pick up at antiques fairs or farm sales too – if a piece is treated and resorted properly and can give your home a truly unique look.


Back to earth

So how do you bring in that earthy rustic feel? Well, wood is the obvious choice and it’s the perfect stark contrast to the man-made materials found in more industrial pieces - wood is warm, inviting and classic. To get the balance right, look at investing in a central piece such as a large oak dining or coffee table, by opting for wood as a focal point you can still retain a cosy feel - The Furniture Market do some nice affordable oak pieces and once again, you could always look on second hand sites such as Preloved for a more worn look.

industrial lighting

Accessorize by recycling

One of the great things about this look is the home made element. Check out Pinterest if you’re after a little inspiration – it’s full of tutorials on creating your own accessories for the home and particularly popular at the moment is jam jar lighting. So simple and perfect for the industrial trend, they tick all the boxes and give you that extra ambiance.  If you’re after storage ideas, vintage wooden apple crates are a great buy and are incredibly versatile, smaller ones can be used as magazine racks or larger ones or stowing away soft furnishings such as Winter throws.