Industrial Boho Decor: How to Use this Easy Modern Trend in Your Home

a kitchen with exposed brickwork and bohemian style decor
Industrial Interior Design – Exposed elements and raw materials

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. Biophilic design has seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years, it is an architectural approach that incorporates natural elements and features to create spaces that promote human connection with nature, leading to improved well-being and productivity.

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

an industrial boho living room with industrial furniture and macrame hangings
Industrial decor can be something as simple as a coffee table with black metal and wood elements

However, what is industrial boho decor? 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. Industrial boho decor, also known as bohemian industrial or boho industrial, is a design style that blends elements of industrial and bohemian aesthetics to create a unique and eclectic look.

This fusion of styles brings together the rugged, raw, and utilitarian characteristics of industrial interior design with the free-spirited, artistic, and colorful elements of bohemian style. The result is a relaxed interior that celebrates individuality and creativity.

Clean lines of industrial interior design can be softened with some bohemian elements like tasseled cushions, plants, and wall hangings to give your home a unique look. 

It is a popular style and Real estate photo editing can play a significant role in enhancing the curb appeal of properties with industrial boho decor, if you are looking for home improvement projects that will add value to your home!

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 are the perfect combination for an 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 center stage.

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

brick wall and supporting wooden beams left exposed in the living room
Exposed brickwork and wooden frames – Photo by Beazy on Unsplash 

Raw, imperfect, and exposed are the keywords when it comes to creating an industrial-style home. Colors 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 and 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, brown, rust colors, and mustard (although keep the black to a minimum) and vintage pieces scattered throughout.

natural materials, white walls and wooden floors is perfect for a bohemian trend
Wooden floors, white walls, and lots of natural materials and plants. Boho interior design is what you want it to be. Photo by Alyssa Strohmann on Unsplash 

Bohemian interior design 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!

Industrial Boho Decor

pink vintage headboard and lime washed walls with a dried flower arrangement hanging above a bed
Lots of layers, textures, plants, and macrame! Love the pampas grass hanging. Image credit: @daniellelouisedoughty

This is why Industrial interior design and bohemian décor are so perfect for one another. Whilst Industrial design sees lots of sharp lines, monochrome colors, 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 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. If you want to apply Industrial Boho decor to your home, here are a few ideas to get you started…

Keep Things Exposed

exposed steel beams in the kitchen with a navy island and metro tiles and open shelving
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, steel beams, and concrete walls are all good places to start when it comes to Industrial boho style. One of the best decisions I made when designing our new kitchen was to keep the RSJs (rolled steel joists) exposed.

We live in a 1960s home that was devoid of character and original features, so keeping the steel beam exposed gave our kitchen a real feature and something to talk about. Indeed, everyone mentions the steel beams when they first walk into the kitchen, and was a defining feature when creating our industrial boho kitchen. 

brick wall and crittall patio windows out onto the garden
Beautifully industrial. Image credit: @thelittleyellownest

Brick walls are also a good way to bring a boho industrial 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!

Raw Materials

reclaimed scaffold boards in the kitchen with grey blue cabinets, belfast sink and metro tiles
We have reclaimed scaffold boards as shelves in our kitchen held up with steel brackets.

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

Industrial Boho Decor Furniture

green cabinets, biofuel fireplace, large peony print, pink and green velvet sofas and an industrial style coffee table in the living room
Industrial-style coffee table in our living room

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.

Crittall Doors and Mirrors

faux crittall door with fluted glass leading to a utility room with gallery wall and mid century sideboard in the kitchen
Faux steel style door to our utility room

These are all the rage in the interior world at the moment. Everyone is coveting steel Crittall doors and I can see why. I have never really liked white UPVC door and window frames, they are just a bit, well, meh! Steel and aluminum doors in an anthracite grey tone create a real contrast to the décor inside your home and are extremely stylish

If you’re after another budget-friendly boho hack, why not try large door mats? Not only do door mats come in a range of light tones, and darker accent colors, but they’re also the perfect way to keep your home clean.

Practical, yet stylish, door mats can provide that extra bit of comfort your home needs. If you’re looking for an absorbent material, I’d recommend looking at coir. Due to its eco-friendly properties, it is highly water absorbent, and great for keeping those muddy shoe prints out of your home! Take a look at some on Make an Entrance today.

faux style crittall door with fluted glass
With reeded glass film from Glass Film

If you are looking to update your doors, you don’t have to fork out for new Crittall doors. 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. It is now a real feature of our kitchen and is perfect for that Industrial Boho-style look.

Crittall-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 crittall-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 an Industrial boho bedroom setting.

crittall style mirror made from square IKEA mirror pieces
The mirror was 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 crittall style mirrors, look for mirrors with a black metal frame. 

Concrete and Lime-washed Walls

lime washed walls in the bathroom with a large white bath tub
Lime-washed bathroom walls. Image credit: @haus.life

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

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
Concrete effect wallpaper, perfect for an industrial boho theme. Image credit: Ever Wallpaper

Earthy Tones

botanical wallpaper, paper lantern light fitting, brown panelling, olive velvet sofa, jute rug and industrial style coffee table
Biophilic design wallpaper, brave ground paneling, exposed steel beams, a green velvet sofa, and an anthracite grey radiator

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

We have exposed RSJs in our kitchen and I recently decorated the living corner of this room. I started with quite strong colors, but they didn’t fit in with the industrial theme of the kitchen. I paneled part of the wall and painted it in a lovely neutral brown – Dulux Brave Ground, with biophilic-inspired wallpaper above it.

The mix of the earthy paneling, woodland wallpaper, and exposed steel beams work so well together and are a brilliant example of how well Industrial Boho décor works together. Completing this corner with a sofa.com Olive velvet sofa brings even more nature-inspired elements to the room.

Soft Furnishings

botanical wallpaper, paper lantern light fitting, brown panelling, olive velvet sofa, jute rug and industrial style coffee table
Boho-inspired rug from Ruggable.

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

Mixing Neutral Colours with Black Accents

white brick effect wallpaper, black headboard on bed and wicker light fittings in the bedroom
This black headboard makes a real impression against the rust and neutral tones. A perfect Industrial boho bedroom. Image credit: @beesnburlap

Black accents are a strong feature of industrial design and you will find them 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.

Black pretty much goes with anything, so with all the black accents in place, color is easy to add. If you want to keep it to an Industrial Boho theme, add neutral and rustic colors like cream, browns, rusts, oranges, greens, and mustards.

Accessorise

plants on a shelf in the kitchen
I certainly like a lot of plants in my industrial boho kitchen!

Finally, you’ve stripped your home back to the bare bones and given it an industrial boho decor feel, now it’s time to decorate! Boho décor is all about filling your world with things you 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.

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.

What Type of Furniture Works Best in Industrial Boho Decor?

Opt for a mix of old and new: vintage pieces, reclaimed wood tables, and comfortable, plush seating with colorful, patterned cushions or throws.

Can Industrial Boho Decor Work in Small Spaces?

Absolutely. The key is to balance the heavier industrial elements with lighter Bohemian touches to avoid a cluttered feel. Use open shelving, hang plants, and choose smaller furniture pieces that don’t overwhelm the space.

How Can I Add Bohemian Flair to an Already Industrial Space?

Introduce colorful textiles, such as rugs, pillows, and tapestries. Plants, eclectic art, and unique, handcrafted items also bring in the Bohemian vibe.

Can Industrial Boho Decor be Minimalist?

While it’s typically a more eclectic style, it can be adapted to a minimalist approach. Focus on fewer, well-chosen pieces and keep the color palette restrained.

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6 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. 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. 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!!!

    1. 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 🙂

  3. This is everything I love! I’m so glad I have a name for it and some direction to give my look cohesion!

    1. I came across it by accident on Pinterest and I knew immediately this was my style 🙂

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