Make 2021 your own Industrial revolution
(and save on a grand scale)
Before industrial was a style it was a workplace; factories, warehouses, lofts and stockrooms around the world where blue collar workers rolled their sleeves up and put their greasy, callused hands to the grind.
Fast forward into the future and homeowners that want to break away from curated design trends and high street store decor have come to appreciate the utilitarian surfaces and unfinished qualities of industrial workplaces. Hardworking, laid-back and effortlessly functional, Industrial has captured our hearts and minds as a timeless style that can be as affordable as you wish.
Here are our top 5 design tips to get the look in your new home.
1. Crank up the exposure
Unlike the carefully concealed electrical and plumbing work of traditional domestic residences, old warehouses and factories were purely functional workplaces with pipework often left fully exposed for all the world to see. Industrial style borrows this as a design cue by incorporating galvanised pipe into furniture throughout the home, from shelving brackets to table legs or wherever your imagination leads you.
2. Light up your life
20th century industrial warehouses were often illuminated by striking pendant fixtures with steel glass shades and filament bulbs that glowed with a distinct warmth – and Australia’s lighting manufacturers and retailers have really embraced this design element. Make a striking statement by hanging a vintage lamp by its wires in your home, whether down your hallway, over your dining table or on a stand in your living area.
3. Take the weathered with you
Weathered, worn, stained, roughed up - the old timber flooring and furniture elements of old factories and warehouses add a nostalgic design element to your industrial style masterpiece. Far from smooth and glossy mass-produced products, industrial timber accents give you permission to appreciate imperfection, from nail holes to spilt paint, chips and dents. It works perfectly as a unique bed headboard or dining table, adding warmth and rustic style. If you’re having a custom piece made, you can source your own timber by fossicking through scrap yards or swap meets.
4. Give it a new lease on life
The old industrial workspaces have left behind an inventory of old mechanical parts like gears, valves, glass and tools. While they once served a purely functional purpose, this ‘junk’ can be salvaged and reclaimed as eye-catching design features of your home, from clever art pieces to tapware, bar stools, lampshades, trinkets, candelabras – even toilet roll holders.
5. Another brick in the wall
If you’ve ever driven past the historical Maylands Brickworks factory that operated between 1927 and 1983, you’ll get a feel for how the colours and textures of fired clay bricks can look in your home. Industrial style utilises similar exposed brickwork as a design element in homes, be it subway style kitchen splashbacks, rustic planters, table bases or shelving.
Embark on your industrial revolution in 2021: Start the New Year with a $10K bonus
The Heights Kardinya is the perfect place to bring your industrial love affair to life. Stage 2 has three exclusive lots (59, 60 & 61) close to the BBQ and park facilities – perfectly suited to the A2 floorplan. The edgy two storey façade flaunts a striking modern reinterpretation of industrial style, with classic warehouse design elements like rustic red brick, black window framing and bold cubist form.
The ground floor features a rear double garage, living area and a central dining and kitchen space, which flows on from a generous front alfresco. Then tucked away at the back of the home is your welcoming guest suite, complete with an ensuite. Upstairs is home to two bedrooms, including the luxe master suite with ensuite.
It’s the ideal setting to let your industrial sense of style shine through. And right now at The Heights, we’re offering a $10k Developer Bonus to start the New Year in addition to the $15k Federal HomeBuilder Grant. That’s also on top of the $10k First Home Buyers Grant, making a huge $35k up for grabs for eligible buyers!
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