13th October 2022

5 Steps to An Industrial Style Bedroom

Concrete wall in bedroom

When you say ‘industrial style bedroom’, what do you think? Do you picture a cool, masculine room with black walls and hardwood floors? Can you imagine a bright, airy space with white walls and natural light? Or do you imagine something completely different altogether? The truth is there are many ways to create an industrial-style bedroom. And while there’s no one-size-fits-all formula for success, we’ve put together a few tips that can help guide you on your way.


Due to the nature of industrial-style furniture, the scope you can go with colour may surprise you. Industrial-style spaces typically comprise similar colour tones, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can go for a palette of greys, blacks, whites and metallics, or you could go for a more colourful approach—mix warm tones like reds, oranges and yellows with cooler hues like blues and greens. You can also experiment with texture using rough or smooth materials. While you can use any colour palette, it’s essential to consider how this will affect the overall feel of your space. For example, a more neutral colour palette is recommended to create a modern and industrial-inspired space. However, going for brighter colours may be best if you want a more vintage or rustic vibe.

If you’re designing your bedroom from the ground up, you have the scope to start with a blank canvas and design it exactly how you want; however, if you are transforming a ready-made space, you may need to be ready to compromise. Remember, you can always add colour with the finishing touches like rugs, throws or pillows.

industrial style bedroom with red accents


When thinking about industrial-style homes, one more common feature is exposed walls – typically concrete or exposed bricks. Exposed brick walls instantly add warmth with terracotta tones and a textured backdrop. What are you waiting for if you’re into that American-loft style and this is a feasible style for you?

If you’re not lucky enough to have access to a feature wall like this, there are other options, such as wood panelling or wallpaper. Wood panelling also allows you to use reclaimed wood – keep your wood untreated for an authentic industrial look.

Exposed brick wall with light in front


A design element of the industrial style is using natural materials, such as metal, wood and concrete. You may have already touched on one or two of these when designing the room. However, they make an excellent choice for the furniture in your bedroom too.

Before you buy furniture for your bedroom, you’ll need to decide how minimalist you want to go – you could strip it back to just the bare necessities, a bed, and simple storage, or you could fill the room with carefully selected pieces. If you want the appearance of a minimalist design, this can be done without losing storage space by using storage boxes under your bed or built-in wardrobes. However, if you are open to more pieces in your room, you can choose from some beautiful pieces of industrial-style storage and accessories.

Another way to add an industrial element to your bedroom is by opting for open shelving or an open wardrobe – embracing the natural look and feel of this type of storage creates a purposeful yet lived-in feel. If your wardrobe is no stranger to colours, this can also be a great way to inject colour into your room without making too much of a commitment.

SV Warehouse Wardrobe


Lighting can make-or-break a room, particularly in a bedroom, where you can create a moody, industrial feel with carefully selected lighting features.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to lighting; with so many options available, it can be hard to choose, from tall-standing lamps to hanging pendants, exposed lightbulbs to wall lights. Once you’ve decided which light features you want, select a warm, low-voltage bulb if you wish for that gentle glow instead of harsh bright-white light.


This new trend involves introducing indoor plants into your home, which became popular during the Coronovirus pandemic and has become an aesthetic of its own. You can add indoor plants to any room in your home, and the space instantly feels different, and no room is screaming for plants more than the bedroom. An easy way to make a space more relaxing, they also add life to an artificial environment.

If you have chosen open industrial-style shelving, these can be utilised by opting for plants that hang or drape like a string of nickels or find a free-standing plant for the corner of your room.

Adding indoor plants brings the outdoors in and is a great way to add another layer of colour to your room. If you plan on filling the space with plants, choose a contrasting colour, like red tones, for the rest of the area.

Industrial shelving with hanging plants

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Paige Allison