Devon Hill Gets the Industrial Treatment

Devon Design Trend: Industrial Modern Chic

There’s a new kid in town (okay, there’s a new trend in town), and there’s no doubt it’s here to stay.  It seems like we’re constantly consuming new ways to give fresh life to barns, warehouses, industrial buildings, and downtown urban lofts with structural elements, rustic exposed finishes, and industrial inspired lighting fixtures. It’s taken the design world by storm…and now it’s transforming our homes to what we like to call “Modern Industrial” or “Industrial Chic” making this the hottest new trend sweeping our area (and—let’s face it—everywhere else).  With the appeal of bringing back a design age that focused on mechanical ingenuity and raw unfinished interiors, we thought this would be a fun way to bring this trend into our new model home at Devon Hill, and we’re going to show you how we did it.  

Tip No. 1: Introducing Metal

The raw edge of modern: industrial metal. Let’s talk furniture. We know introducing metal into the modern industrial design is the cornerstone of this look, but you don’t need to have a lot of industrial metal pieces to achieve this. You can start with introducing a few select pieces to update the rest of your home.  For instance, just add in industrial bar stools like what we have in Devon’s kitchen, or set up an industrial bar cart like the one in our dining room.

Counterbalance the more masculine look of the metal pieces (like our wood and metal dining room table or the bar cart) with the textured dining room chairs and curtains that help to soften the whole look. Keeping elements from your existing décor will juxtapose the stark nature of industrial design, and it’ll make the updating process much simpler.

While there are some basics to bear in mind, it is important to remember there’s room for flexibility & creativity. There’s no one-size-fits-all. You can choose to complement industrial elements with super-sleek modern metal finishes for a very polished contemporary look, or you could set a more rustic tone by using a lot of rich textured woods and vintage accessories to gel with the industrial features…it’s all up to you.

Tip No. 2: Texture Mixing

To create the look of our sales center—but still keep it warm and welcoming—we introduced hard, structured elements (A.K.A. the epitome of industrial) and softened them by mixing in a variety of textures. The industrial design elements are cleverly complemented by a neutral palette of materials, textures, and colors for an overall inviting effect. 

Heavy textures add a feeling of warmth to the space, and by introducing whites and creams as an anchor color, it helps open up the space and keep it from feeling too heavy. We let the textures of the rugs, pillows, accents, and furniture do the talking. And with lots of natural light from our magnificent windows and sliders, each texture is enhanced and contrasts everything this home has to offer. As you wander about the home, you’ll notice every space is diverse, but still mingles perfectly with the general design scheme making it timeless, neutral, and natural.


Tip No. 3: Neutral & Natural Design

An easy way to incorporate this look into your home is by using only a few individual industrial items. The great thing about this trend is that these items don’t have to be used in just the manner they were intended, so any individual piece can fit in an array of contexts! Achieving this look meant we started with a neutral color palette – grays and whites. You want relaxing and organic tones to set the stage and inspire. Then, to add some warmth to the space, we layered with some warm wood tones, fur, linen, burlap and other heavy natural textures and tones. We also brought in several plants and natural elements to bring in color and soften the lines of the industrial items while keeping the textures and colors neutral and soft. All these things combined (the natural and neutral colors, heavy textures, and plants) create a counterbalance to the straight, man-made and masculine nature of the furniture pieces. When you think of the colors of “industry” they are often natural, muted shades of browns and greys. Think of old galvanized pipes, copper plumbing and worn leather.  Although industrial style embraces these hard, structured elements, softening the edges in your space with a neutral and natural palette is what brings this look to perfection.    


Modern Industrial can work in an entire home or as just a small design element in a larger scheme, it’s all up to you and your personal style, but we are certain you will appreciate and embrace the design of our newest addition to the Sundquist Family at Devon Hill.  Come take a look and let us give you a tour of this gorgeous home at Devon, and let it inspire and spark something in you like it has in us!