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Laurel & Wolf Explains: Modern vs Industrial

By: Casey Gerber

February 11, 2015

Now that you’re a pro on deciphering the difference between Traditional and Transitional styles (and in case you need a refresher, we’ve got you covered!), it’s time to get down to business with Modern versus Industrial design. Often misconstrued as synonymous, these two styles are completely unique! We’ve compiled a list of key features that will make you an interior design style expert in no time.

Modern vs Industrial


MODERN

Modern interior design is all about simplicity, clean lines and minimal decor.

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Designers use basic shapes to create a streamlined and functional room that keeps the architecture in plain view.

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A neutral color scheme and large windows makes the space feel more open and airy.

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Furnishings typically include metal, chrome and glass to create a sleek and streamlined look.

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Minimal design and lack of ornate accessories creates a calm and serene setting for de-stresssing. In this room, less is more!

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Modern vs Industrial | Laurel & WolfModern design was born through the idea of creating interiors that serve a purpose. The key is to use furnishings that are both functional and economical. In this room, a simple area rug provides an accent color to emphasize the bold look of the space.

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An open floor plan gives the illusion of a larger room with more space. As a result, modern designs are great for apartments or small spaces!


INDUSTRIAL

Industrial design displays the beautiful exchange between form and function to achieve a warehouse look that is both stylish and practical to use.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Modern vs Industrial | Laurel & WolfCommon elements of industrial design are utilitarian surfaces, such as stainless steel countertops. They allow for ease of use and little clean up.

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Furnishings typically include salvaged objects, including metal pendants and aluminum chairs. Decorate with a plant to give the room a sense of life and a pop of color.

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A neural color scheme that emphasizes earthy tones is a large part of industrial design. In this room, you find a plethora of wood and metal, as well as weathered grey walls.

 

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To maintain an industrial feel, many interiors are stripped to utilize steel on doors and window frames.

 

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Polished concrete floor and exposed brick walls are juxtaposed with comfy bedding and scattered pillows.

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Achieving the warehouse look is key to industrial design. In this room, exposed walls, industrial shelving and salvaged clocks leave the room looking raw and unfinished.

Check out our Pinterest page for more examples of modern and industrial designs!

Need help creating these looks in your space? Browse our designers’ portfolios to find your match: modern interior designers and industrial interior designers.

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