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Industrial Chic Accessories – Our Top Ten Finds

Following on from our Top 10 Industrial Chic furniture pieces, Benjamin has been out looking for ways to accessorise with other smaller pieces and accessories to complement to look. He’s even found a robust but gorgeous firecube for those summer nights with beers and marshmallows in hand. 


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Add a small reference to utility with this combination chalkboard and lighting fixture. Made from slate, wood and wire, this brasserie-style piece would work well in a kitchen (menu items, grocery lists), study or mudroom. £121 Or, this metal wall clock from Oli & Grace offers visible functionality in the industrial tradition. Its distressed blue casing also adds a hint of colour to an otherwise fairly neutral and natural palette in a foyer, kitchen or study. It’s cased in metal and glass-faced, unlike a lot of the cheaper pieces you see these days. Remember, plastic is rarely industrial chic! £ 105

Although it’s more commonly associated with the mid century modern aesthetic, concrete is a material that is also well suited to an industrial chic look. We love this concrete-look lamp from Maisons du monde. £28.49 Generally, lighting is a great way to incorporate the industrial chic style into any room, because there are so many iterations to choose from. Here are just three possibilities from a vast array of metal options.

The Oboro film lamp (top right) recalls the early days of cinema and with a the distressed green shade it offers a quick hit of colour. £ 195 A pendant light (left) is perfect over an industrial strength dining or kitchen table; this one from Loaf is crafted from spun steel with exposed fittings and a cream shadow that softens its edges. £85 And, finally, desk lamps can also offer the factory floor/warehouse experience. This concrete-look cast iron fully adjustable desk light from Loaf is finished in vintage bronze and brass. £125

For window treatments and soft accessories in a living room or bedroom, think humble, unprocessed fabrics like muslin or even linen. Both textiles are intrinsically linked to production in Georgian/Edwardian times. In throw cushions or draperies, they add texture to a room without the distraction of a print or bright colour.

Industrial chic can also easily inform the design scheme of your hallways, outdoor areas, a patio or terrace. Consider this Oli & Grace all-weather firecube, if you have space for a bonfire. £395. Attach a sturdy sconce to a hallway wall £65 (we also love this version from Maisons du Monde £76.99). If you’re thinking ahead to a future dinner party or supper, you could add a distressed bench for guest seating £495, and your nod to the aesthetics of hard work is complete. Now relax.

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  • Ben is a painter and DJ and loves all things concrete, urban and handmade. Based in London, when he’s not working on an interior renovation, he’s riding his scooter down some alley or other in search of the perfect cortado.

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