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Our Guide to an Industrial Color Palette

Industrial interior design is extremely popular in urban areas, and is all about using the wood, metal, and brick features of a building’s skeleton to your advantage when designing. The goal is to create a raw, utilitarian space that strips away ornamentation and clutter. Our guide to industrial color palettes will review classic and adventurous options for industrial color schemes.

Because of industrial decor’s focus on building materials, color palettes always start with neutrals, whether they are brown, white, or gray. There are a lot of good ways to mix things up to add to the neutral background.


Earth Tones

Many classic industrial rooms stick entirely to earthy tones, starting with exposed wood or brick, and accenting with red-brown, gray, and sand tones. These palettes fully lean into the industrial look, and deliver an authenticity that is hard to match.

Neutrals with Metallic Accents

Exposed building materials present plenty of opportunities to mix in metallics, including especially classic shades like copper and silver. Combine these with a solid, neutral palette for walls and decor to help the metallics of the building materials stand out and make a statement.

Neutrals with dark red and blue accents

Darker tones tend to work nicely as accents in industrial decor, as the building materials at the core of industrial design likely have a strong presence and need darker colors to accent effectively. Dark red or dark blue can work perfectly with the rich neutral tones of industrial design.