Concrete, Metal & Industrial

Inspired by the dream of living in a spacious repurposed factory, is the hugely trendy idea of industrial style living spaces. Urban, gritty and minimalistic, there is beauty to be found in this rough aesthetic. But for those of us not lucky enough to have scored a renovated warehouse, faux concrete or metal wallpaper murals are the next best thing.

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Beauty in Imperfection

We’ll be the first to admit that the industrial chic look is not for everyone; peeling paint, rusting metal and the general feeling of dilapidation is on the surface, well, ugly! Rebelling against the Western ideals of polish and perfection, this look takes a note from the Japanese philosophy of ‘wabi-sabi’ in that it accepts and embraces the concepts of impermanence and imperfection. After all, there is definitely beauty to be found in asymmetry, roughness, simplicity and the process of aging.

Creating Contrast with Concrete

To understand why the industrial chic style has become so popular in recent years, look no further than other examples of bold contrast in interior design. Whether it’s an unusual colour combination or inspiration drawn from previous times to be mixed with the modern, daring to do something unique is what’s really in style today.

Industrial wallpaper whether it’s concrete, metal or wood, conjures the feeling of space – after all, this look is normally only found in factories and warehouses! The unexpected pairing of industrial walls with clean, modern furniture and lively green plants is the best way to style this look. Shoot for intentional minimalism, as an eclectic interior with apparently decaying walls might become a little too convincing!

Choosing Non-woven or Paper Material

The main difference between non-woven and paper wallpapers is in the ease of application and removal. Non-woven wallpaper is easy to hang as you can apply the paste directly to the wall without any soaking time and it can also be easily removed while completely dry. Paper is much more affordable for those on a budget, but it also requires more work to hang as the paper must soak in the paste before hanging (where it will also expand in size) and it will also be much more difficult to remove. Both have their pros and cons!

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