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Perfecting the Industrial Look

The industrial look is all the rage now but like all hot trends and fashion, is it here to stay? You bet! There is something enduring about its look that we believe will render it a timeless classic.

If you are planning on a home renovation and want the industrial look to jazz up your flat, read on for tips on how to give your home an industrial twist πŸ™‚

1. Get Your Inspiration

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As a starting point, it is useful to look at and appreciate older buildings, warehouses, or certain cafes as they may spark the creativity in you! Some of the common characteristics include exposed brick walls, timber roof trusses, and steel columns. A concrete floor is also the best complement for brick walls in an industrial-themed home but still, it is up to your creativity πŸ™‚

Quick tip – Tai Seng is one place with really cool cafes. You might want to explore the area one day for some inspiration for your home decor and have a cuppa too!

2. Picking the Essential Elements

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Once you get a rough idea on how industrial you want your home to look, you can start looking at the accompanying elements such as furniture and decorations. The industrial home decor style mostly encompasses furniture that have heavy metal or wood elements. They can either be textured or minimalistic, depending on the feel you are going for.

You can also get creative and include surprising elements such as tyres, exposed mechanical parts, pipes, vintage accordion lamps or, simple hanging filament light bulbs!

3. Show Your Artistic Side

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If you choose to have an exposed brick wall, you can include bold graphics, graffiti, murals or paintings to add a personal touch and make it stand out! It can be as simple as a block of colour with some symbols or letters. You will be amazed how they can turn a boring wall into an eye catching centrepiece.

It is also a great conversation starter when you have guests over πŸ™‚

4. DIY Industrial Elements

If you are feeling a little crafty, create the exposed brick wall or concrete floors by yourself. Look for faux finishing techniques to create textures on the wall and if you have a knack with power tools, you can consider building furniture or making your own lighting fixtures as well.

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Be as creative as you can when it comes to perfecting that industrial look for your home but remember to refer to the HDB Renovation Guidelines beforehand. If there are any renovation topics that you would like us to feature, send us an email at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or let us know on our Facebook page.

By Briana Tan
May 5, 2016


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