Interior Trends to Try – Industrial Boho, a Popular Style

I have had quite a lot of new followers in the last few weeks and the question I get asked the most is, what is your interior style?

I find this such a difficult question to answer as I am definitely a mixture of several different styles. But I would say the two most defining design styles in my home are Industrial Boho and Biophilic Design.

interior trends what is industrial boho? Pinterest pin

Biophilic design has seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years, I wrote a blog post about this back in 2019.

It is a style centred around light, natural materials like wood, stone, rattan and jute and a lot of plants!

10 ways to use biophilic design in your home pinterest pin list

However, what is Industrial Boho? This term is quite new to me. I recently came across it when I was searching Pinterest to find a definition for my interior décor, mainly in our newly renovated kitchen.


I think it is quite self-explanatory, a bit of industrial décor for a strong, almost masculine look, with some bohemian elements like tasselled cushions, plants and wall hangings to soften it overall.

exposed black steel beams, navy island with brass fittings, wooden shelf with steel brackets, oak flooring, lots of plants and industrial style light fittings in the kitchen
Exposed steel beams, brass fittings, wooden flooring and shelves with flowers and plants is the perfect combination for a Industrial boho look

Industrial Design

When we think of Industrial spaces, we immediately think of New York style loft apartments or open plan office areas. They can often appear cold and minimalist, with harsh straight lines and raw materials taking centre stage.

Piping and steel joists are left exposed which provide an almost unfinished look, but can lend itself to a wonderfully relaxed environment. 

Exposed brickwork and wooden frames – Photo by Beazy on Unsplash 

Raw, imperfect and exposed are the key words when it comes to creating an industrial style home.

Colours are kept to a monochrome or neutral palette as if the room has been weathered by outside elements.

It is not all about exposed brickwork either, you can bring other rustic qualities to a room to make it look industrial.

Go for lime washed walls, concrete pillars or use wallpapers that have a rustic quality to their design.

small office corner of the kitchen with lime washed walls and industrial furniture
This is a perfect little office nook with lime washed walls. Image credit: @the_house_acc

Bohemian décor

Boho décor, on the other hand, is all about layering up, soft edges, a lack of structure and a carefree approach to decorating.

A bit like industrial design, boho incorporates earthy hues like white, browns, rust colours and mustard (although keep the black to a minimum) and vintage pieces scattered throughout.

Boho décor incorporates an eclectic mix of natural elements, patterns and textures. You can add lots of patterns and textures in the form of wallpaper, wall murals or wall stickers to give your home an individual style.

Perfect for my Biophilic loving nature.

natural materials, white walls and wooden floors is perfect for a bohemian trend
Wooden floors, white walls and lots of natural materials and plants. Perfectly boho. Photo by Alyssa Strohmann on Unsplash 

Industrial Boho

This is why Industrial interior design and bohemian décor are so perfect for one another.

Whilst Industrial design sees lots of sharp lines, monochrome colours and rustic elements, boho décor can soften this look and enhance natural elements, like the exposed brickwork and steel beams with plants, texture, woven cushions and a relaxing vibe.

It is quite an easy style to implement as well. The Industrial element is all down to how you initially plan the room.

Look at the walls, doors and floors and look at what natural materials you could use or expose to give it an industrial feel.

Boho décor is all down to the detail – woven, wool, plants, macramé, trinkets, ornaments and nature inspired art.

Lots of layers, textures, plants and macrame! Love the pampas grass hanging. Image credit: @daniellelouisedoughty

If you want to apply Industrial Boho to your home, here are a few ideas to get you started…

Keep things exposed

Brick walls, steel beams and concrete walls are all a good place to start when it comes to Industrial boho design.

One of the best decisions I made when designing our new kitchen was to keep the RSJs (rolled steel joist) exposed. We live in a 1960s home which was devoid of character and original features, so by keeping the steel beam exposed, it gave our kitchen a real feature and something to talk about.

Indeed, everyone does mention the steel beams when they first walk into the kitchen.

We have an extremely large steel beam in our kitchen, over 7m long! It is an amazing feature and probably one of the best decisions I made when it came to our kitchen

Brick walls are also a good way to bring an industrial boho and rustic element to your home. Either leave a wall exposed when you are building a new wall or extension, or use Brick Slips to create an extremely realistic brick wall effect.

I am currently working on using brick slips on our walls in the kitchen and I can’t wait to show you the results!

Beautifully industrial. Image credit: @thelittleyellownest

Raw materials

A bit like exposed brick and steel work, raw materials work so well in an Industrial Boho home.

Pairing the exposed brickwork with macramé hangings gives the rustic wall a softer look. Putting up wooden shelves with steel brackets and displaying all your plants is the perfect Industrial Boho mix.

We have reclaimed scaffold boards as shelves in our kitchen, held up with steel brackets.

Industrial style furniture

I love industrial furniture. We have a rustic bookshelf made of steel and wooden shelves in our kitchen and a herringbone effect wooden coffee table with a steel frame.

By placing lots of books, plants and little trinkets on our furniture, we can create a relaxed boho vibe and again soften the harsh lines of the steel frames.

Industrial style coffee table in our living room

Crittal doors and mirrors

These are all the rage in the interior world at the moment. Everyone is coveting after steel crittall doors and I can see why.

I have never really like white UPVC door and windows frames, they are just a bit, well, meh! Steel and aluminium doors in an anthracite grey tone create a real contrast to the décor inside your home and are extremely stylish

You don’t have to fork out for new crittal doors either. I recently painted and added an extra frame to our utility internal door and used ribbed glass film to transform the look of the door.

I wrote a blog post about it here.

It is now a real feature of our kitchen and is perfect for that Industrial Boho look.

Faux steel style door to our utility room
With reeded glass film from Glass Film

Crittal style mirrors are also a quick and easy way to update your home décor.

Paint the frame black and add some electrical tape to the mirror and you have a ready made crittal style mirror! Or you could do what @jade.doutch did and buy self-adhesive mirror tiles and paint the wall behind it black. So simple and effective and wonderful for a Industrial boho setting.

Mirror created using mirror tiles from IKEA. Image credit: @jade.doutch

Anything with a black frame can give you an industrial look, so if you don’t fancy crittal style mirrors, look for mirrors with a black metal frame. 

Concrete and lime washed walls

Another trend that has seen a huge rise in popularity recently is lime washing walls. It gives your walls a look of freshly plastered walls and brings real texture to the room.

Lime washing is a perfect for an Industrial Boho style as it provides a rustic and almost unfinished quality to the wall, whereas the texture is a nod to bohemian décor.

Lime washed bathroom walls. Image credit: @haus.life

However, don’t get your paintbrush out just yet! There are plenty of wallpapers out there now that mimic concrete and lime washed walls.

Depending on whether you like wallpapering or not, it is a quick way to add some rustic detail to your room.

Concrete effect wallpaper. Image credit: Ever Wallpaper

Earthly tones

Industrial décor is very much monochrome and strong contrasts, boho is a little softer and earthy. Again, these two colour schemes work harmoniously together.

We have exposed RSJs in our kitchen and I recently decorated the living corner of this room. I started out with quite strong colours, but it just didn’t fit in with the industrial theme of the kitchen.

I panelled part of the wall and painted it in a lovely neutral brown – Dulux Brave Ground, with biophilic inspired wallpaper above it.

Biophilic design wallpaper, brave ground panelling, exposed steel beams and anthracite grey radiator

The mix of the earthy panelling, woodland wallpaper and exposed steel beams work so well together and are a brilliant example of how well Industrial Boho décor work together.

Completing this corner with a sofa.com Olive velvet sofa brings even more nature inspired elements to the room.

Soft furnishings

Adding a lot of soft furnishings in your home helps soften the harsh lines of your industrial style. I have a lot of cushions with different textures, like macrame, pom poms, faux fur and pattern and they make the room feel cosy and inviting.

Lots of rugs in different patterns and textures are also a great way to soften the wooden floors and harsh lines of industrial design and help make a room feel welcoming.

Boho inspired rug from ruggable.

Mixing neutral colours with black accents

Black accents are a strong feature of industrial design and you will find it in the steel doors, exposed steel beams and metal frames of your furniture.

By adding mirrors with black frames, black plant pots and curtain poles, you have a ready-made industrial theme.

This black headboard makes a real impression against the rust and neutral tones. Perfectly Industrial boho. Image credit: @beesnburlap

Black pretty much goes with anything, so with all the black accents in place, colour is easy to add.

If you want to keep it to a Industrial Boho theme, add neutral and rustic colours like cream, browns, rusts, oranges, greens and mustards.

Accessorise

Finally, you’ve stripped your home back to the bare bones, now it’s time to decorate!

Boho décor is all about filling your world with things your love, a carefree approach to displaying trinkets from your travels abroad, mixing pattern and texture and having asymmetric layouts.

Try not to use too much black, the black accents will come from the industrial design.

Use botanical and nature inspired wallpaper and art and layer up your cushions throws and rugs. But most importantly, make sure you add lots of plants! They’re good for the soul and the planet.

I certainly like a lot of plants in my kitchen!

Do you think your home is Industrial Boho? Or would you like to give it a go and don’t know where to start? Ask any questions in the comments.

Mel x

4 Comments

  1. Christine
    10/07/2022 / 1:10 am

    So well written and such great tips. Love your style and am enjoying rethinking some areas of our house. Just curious where the green sofa is from. I’m in the US, so probably cannot find it here. Wonderful blog!

    • Melanie Boyden
      Author
      16/07/2022 / 10:53 am

      Hi Christine, thank you! The sofa is from sofa.com which don’t ship to the US I’m afraid. But I’m sure you have a lot of green velvet sofas to choose from over there! 🙂 x

  2. 10/07/2022 / 9:27 am

    I’m so glad to happen upon this post! This perfectly describes my style. We have been remodeling after a kitchen fire destroyed most of our living area, we took this opportunity to open up the walls. I’ve always loved natural materials and plants! Our remodel just kind of accidentally evolved into this style. However curtains have been an issue. I’m installing bamboo wooden shades but have idea what to do about curtains! any suggestions? Thanks for the great post!!!

    • Melanie Boyden
      Author
      26/07/2022 / 8:58 am

      I’m the same, my style has definitely evolved over the years. I would suggest natural/neutral style curtains that are linen-like. We’ve just got some for our bedroom and I absolutely love them! Mel 🙂

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