Industrial style lighting is exactly what it sounds like – lighting that is inspired by historic industrial designs that used to prioritise function and brightness to facilitate working conditions, rather than looking pretty. That was before designers realised that actually, some industrial lighting options are actually very attractive, and today there are plenty of ways to bring industrial lighting into the home.
Although industrial lighting sounds like everything would look at home in a factory, there are plenty of other elements that can count as industrial. Of course, for edgier interior décor styles such as steampunk, industrial style lighting is absolutely perfect, since it plays to the retro-futuristic elements that many writers and artists imagine for the style. But it isn’t just tougher stylings that can benefit from industrial lighting. Nautical inspired rooms look great with lighting that features ropes, mesh, or chains, for example, and tripod lamps that are inspired by photography lighting can work in rooms that are inspired by Scandinavian décor styles.
There are a wide range of industrial lighting options too, including ceiling lights, floor and table lamps, wall lights, pendants, and even chandelier styles. You can find industrial lighting options to suit almost every room in the home, offering a little toughness to contrast with softer interior décor styles. How tough you want your lighting to look is up to you, and there are industrial lights made from all kinds of materials – metals and woods of course, but glass and plastics feature heavily too. Finding texture is definitely not an issue despite fabric not featuring much, as mesh, glass, exposed wires, and even rust finishes provide plenty of contrast.
Colour definitely isn’t restricted either when it comes to industrial lamps and lighting. While many traditional industrial lighting options would have been silver or black, and relatively inexpensively made, today there are plenty more options to choose from, including sleek matte blacks, deep copper tones and yellow golds that add warmth to a space. There are even table and wall lamps that play to the industrial lighting trend, but use unexpected colours like pastels, reds, and greens, allowing you to get the look without compromising your colour palette.
Industrial lights are as flexible as you need them to be for your home too. With modern LED, dimmable technology, or by using a smart bulb, you can set the brightness and tone of your industrial lamp to the perfect level that you need, whether you’re relaxing, or are preparing for another busy day.
If you’re unsure how to bring industrial styling into your home, our advice is to start simple. An industrial style table lamp is a single ceiling pendant or a tripod floor lamp – they’re all great ways to ease into the trend, and since we offer free returns within 60 days, you have plenty of time to make sure your choice really is the right one.