From modern cabins and cottages to A-frames and Cape Cods, types of house styles are nearly endless. Working with such a wide variety of homes is part of what makes our job so much fun. In this blog post, we highlight one style in particular: industrial. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite industrial house projects and noted what makes them unique.
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What is industrial house design?
Before we start showing off our favorite industrial homes, we want to define industrial house design. First, industrial homes are known for their use of raw materials like wood, concrete, and metal. These homes are typically sleek, modern, and minimalist, with functionality as a key component of their design. As the name implies, this design style is inspired by industrial buildings, such as warehouses and factories.
#1 // Monochromatic and moody
Most industrial home designs feature a neutral color palette consisting of blacks, whites, browns, and grays. The industrial house above has a mostly monochromatic color scheme, with Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron on the siding and Black Satin on the trim. The Corten steel siding and hardwood paneling act as the natural elements. The glass garage door, iron columns with concrete bases, and metal railing add to the industrial vibe.
#2 // Light stone, dark siding
The light-colored stone cladding on the industrial style home above pops against the dark siding, which is rendered in Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn Black. The wood accent on the upper level adds more texture and a touch of warmth. Finally, the large windows with a minimalist grid pattern work well in this industrial design, as do the modern entry and garage doors.
#3 // Sleek stucco exterior
Tons of elements contribute to the industrial feel of this home. It features some hallmarks of the style: sleek lines, oversized picture windows, a modern entry door, a flat porch awning with wood paneling, glass railings, and stone accents. Next, our designers recommended a neutral color palette with dark trim and Sherwin Williams’ Amazing Gray, a warm-leaning greige, on the stucco.
#4 // Mixed materials
Mixing several textures and materials is also quite common in industrial design. The home above is a great example of what this looks like when done properly. The exterior is a combination of dark panel, light vertical, and wood horizontal siding that creates a color-blocked effect. Natural materials like stone and concrete are used throughout, including on the walkway, driveway, retaining wall near the entry, and landscape divider to the left of the drive.
#5 // Cozy industrial house
If you think industrial homes are cold, this rendering might change your mind. It has various elements of industrial design, like wood accents, a concrete gate, and metal privacy screen and rain chain. But it also feels quite warm, thanks in part to the wood siding and fence, as well as the earthy paint color on the stucco.
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#6 // Farmhouse industrial chic
This home blends two styles — modern farmhouse and industrial — for a unique look that’s both cozy and chic. It has the monochromatic color palette and large front porch farmhouses are known for, along with some elements of industrial house design. The metal roof, privacy screen, and Corten steel planters add an industrial feel and pop nicely against the light siding.
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#7 // Industrial lake house
This modern lake house has a decidedly industrial feel. The pair of metal awnings over the seating areas both feature modern wood columns that tie into the front door. The vertical siding is rendered in Sherwin Williams’ Mountain Road, our top exterior house color of 2023, and the black lap siding accent draws the eye to entry.
# 8 // Minimalist and modern
Industrial homes tend to have a minimalist design. The color palette for the home above is simple: Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray on the stucco with white window trim. The wood siding accent creates just enough visual interest. Furthermore, our designers didn’t go overboard with accessories. They suggested simple outdoor decor, including a few light fixtures, a concrete bench, dark porch planters, and an entry rug.
Industrial house design ideas that inspire
We hope this roundup of industrial homes offers you plenty of inspiration for your exterior design project. Whether you want to fully embrace industrial style or just want to incorporate a few elements, the homes above offer a great starting point.
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