Using Urban Stencils to Create the Industrial Chic Look

Industrial or Urban Chic refers to a recent development in interior decoration which uses designs based on old industrial machinery, rustic wood furniture or shelving, piping, wheels and quite bare brick or brick effect walls.

Industrial Chic has come about because of the number of old factories and industrial buildings which have been converted into houses and apartments.

Now we know what we’re talking about in terms of effect, we can turn to using urban or industrial stencils to create the Industrial Chic look that we’re searching for without necessarily, living in a converted warehouse or factory. However, to make the look work, you need to start with a home which has quite large open spaces with high ceilings; you’ll never make Urban Chic work in a country cottage.

How to use Urban/Industrial stencils

There are a few ways in which you can use Industrial or Urban stencils to create the Industrial Chic look:

If you have plain walls, you can use stencils to create a brick effect or you can stencil on very plain drawings of interlocking cogs or old machinery or a factory clock. You can even buy a real clock mechanism and hands so that your retro design clock will actually work.

Plain wooden furniture can be effectively distressed (i.e. made to look old) with the use of wood effect stencils (think railway sleepers) as can plain ceiling beams.

Use Urban stencils on plain cream or grey fabric to create cushions and curtains to fit with your look. You can even use stencils on window blinds to create the appearance of old factory windows.

Design your own Urban stencils

If you can’t find what you want commercially, you can create your own designs on tracing paper, trace them onto some sort of stiff material such as acetate or card. Cut out the design using a craft knife and use a spray paint or roller to make the effect you want.

Which colors for Industrial Chic?

For the true Industrial look, greys, black and shades of brown or beige are the norm but if you want splashes of color, say red or orange, then use your Urban stencils to make a particular area or design stand out from the rest of your place.

Basically, you can do just as you like to create results you want for your home or office.
 

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