Palette Addict: Industrial Loft Subtle Colours


When it comes to bringing colour into an arresting industrial space of lofty proportions it can be a difficult task, after all you don’t want to deter from the striking beauty of the building’s physical features. It’s in these spaces that colour can be used for dual purpose – to gently soften the harder industrial textures while highlighting the tones and shapes of the buildings architecture. You can see how colour has been used to this end here through a few clever tricks: the tufted rug hung on the wall reflects the cool grey concrete floor but still ties into the black wall behind it thanks to darker threads woven through it. Meanwhile, the textile accessories and pillows on the sofas are predominately teal and navy colours, which are a softer take on the black walls yet don’t stray too far from the palette. This prevents the coloured accessories from becoming the focus of the space, instead they simply complement the rich and dramatic black walls that emphasise the building’s form. The lavender rug is just the dash of femininity the spaced needed to throw the look off – if all the colours had been deep, moody and industrial then the scheme would risk looking forced or twee, but this delicate introduction of hue breaks the flow nicely. What do you like about this space, folks?

// Photography by Felix Forest | Dina Broadhurst | via The Design Chaser


  • Reply Chiara April 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love the cushions. I never would have thought of using those colours in such an industrial space, but it really works!

  • Reply belle April 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love these posts because you always explain so clearly why the space works so well, thank you Mr.B!

  • Reply Sue April 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The floor lamp is perfectly matched to the space.

  • Reply cassie {hi sugarplum} April 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love, love this room! And it’s amazing how bright and light it is….I always think dark walls will darken a room.

  • Reply ChiCHI furniture May 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    My favorite things about this trendy space are the rug hung on the wall and the huge light on a tripod stand. The rug really does work perfectly with the colour scheme and is a really different idea to hanging a pic or mirror on the wall. Also, the light is the ideal style for this large contemporary space and holds a real stylish presence.

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  • Reply Mark Mole August 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Great post!

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