How to Warm Up a Modern Industrial Home (With the Help of Vintage Accents)

With eclectic interior styles like ‘industrial glam’ gaining traction, the impassive modern industrial home is soon to be a thing of the past. In order to make industrial spaces feel inviting and personal, more and more designers are starting to rely on vintage accents. If your style leans towards modern industrial, but you want a warm, eclectic look, look no further than to these designs for decorating inspiration.

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Modern Industrial Meets Victorian

An eclectic, modern industrial loft decorated with vintage, Victorian inspired accents

Sources: Design by CollColl, Photography by Boys Play Nice

Opposites attract in this loft bedroom designed by CollColl, which merges modern industrial and romantic Victorian styles. Victorian inspired accents can provide a modern industrial interior a beautifully balanced dose of feminine flair, if used effectively. Sometimes, less is more, and CollColl makes this vintage floral pattern it’s most effective self by using it in a small dose.

In a design with this many moving parts, it’s important to let neutral industrial accents (like concrete or faux concrete wallpaper) take up most of the space. If choosing to go this route, you should also make sure to to maintain cohesive lines among key accent pieces.

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Faux Concrete Wallpaper, Amazon

Brick Motif Rug, Amazon

Antique Rose Quilted Patchwork Throw, Amazon

Modern Industrial Meets Mid-century Modern

Sources: Left – Design by Veneer Designs, Photography by Amy Bartlam, Right – Tudo & Co

If your vintage purchases usually lean more streamlined, then take a cue from Veneer Designs (left) and Tudo & Co (right), and opt for Mid-century Modern (MCM) decor. This vintage style is an ideal fit because it’s timelessly modern, playful, versatile, and nature-inspired. Take the iconic MCM Wishbone Chair as an example. In both of the dining rooms pictured, the chairs tie together a minimal yet charismatic blend of MCM, modern industrial, and modern-rustic wooden accents.

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Tudo & Co’s concrete pendant light (pictured above) is an affordable, space-defining accent. If you don’t have wooden built-ins or other large wooden architectural features, browse this list of modern rustic wooden accents on Amazon.

Midcentury Wishbone Chair Reproduction, Amazon

Midcentury Brass Globe Light Chandelier, Amazon

Modern Industrial Meets Hollywood Regency

An eclectic, industrial-meets- Hollywood Regency living room design with modern steel fireplace, plus glamorous vintage accents like horns, fur, club chairs, and a mirrored brass coffee table

Sources: Design by Tribe Design Group, Photography by Ryann Ford

If you have a penchant for luxury, Hollywood Regency is definitely in your lane. With all the motifs common to ths eclectic vintage style, there are more than enough accents to choose from. In this instance, some are more effective than others. Although bold colors and a myriad of patterns are some of the well known motifs from this style, it’s the more polished glamorous elements that will help you when using it to soften a modern industrial interior.

Take this living room design by Tribe Design Group as an example. A brass, mirrored coffee table provides needed tonal warmth and added depth to the space. It doesn’t feel out of place, though, because the metallic finish aligns with the room’s anchor – the steel fireplace. This room also craves inviting textures, but it’s important to not just throw in any piece with the right texture. In this example, the masculine legs of the fur stools stylistically align with the rustic antlers on the fireplace.

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Large Steel Framed Shelf, Amazon

Mirrored Brass Coffee Table, Amazon

Faux Fur Throw Pillows, Amazon

Modern Industrial Meets Parisian Vintage

Sources: Design by Set to Sell, Photography by Graham Yelton

Both glamorous and timeless, vintage Parisian style is also a favorable option. In this dining room design, staging company Set to Sell successfully mixes modern industrial features and vintage Parisian style accents with a multitude of styling techniques that you can integrate into your own home.

Because whitewashed brick (or faux white brick) is one part modern and one part vintage, an eclectic mix of decor and a neutral color palette make perfect sense in this space. The key decorative accent – an elaborate brass chandelier – warms up the space while providing stylistic contrast to the loft’s modern industrial features and lines. Moreover, it contributes to the eclectic mixed metal motif, which is a styling technique that can make any industrial interior feel more personal.

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30 inch Self-Adhesive Wallpaper Panels (3D Foam Brick), Amazon

Antique Style Brass Chandelier, Amazon

Parisian Style Dining Chairs, Amazon

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