I used to live in a converted meat-packing factory in Chicago’s University Village area. The building was packed with incredible industrial features, and although I wasn’t able to complete the living room from an interior design perspective, it’s worth a look.
When we moved in, a bold red wall with patches of mismatched paint dominated the room.
It’s a long wall, and I didn’t want a big expanse of solid colour. Wallpaper wasn’t in the budget, so I chose to paint neutral stripes. It immediately changed the vibe in the room.
The stripes helped create visual balance in this industrial living room. It played well off the stunning brick wall, raw concrete ceiling, exposed ductwork and floor to ceiling windows. I will always miss living in this apartment!
The rug was a budget-friendly place holder until I found something better. I found a metal trunk coffee table from Restoration Hardware on Craigslist, and it fit the room perfectly.
The large scale worked so well, and it was very practical. Its two huge storage drawers held blankets and board games. It was well built, with no hard edges, and practically indestructible. Great for toddlers.
Styling in a house with toddlers isn’t practical, so I used an oversized wicker tray to corral a few pretty things, easy to move away when the kids were around.
A long Parsons-style table behind the sofa spanned its width, and provided a place to rest things out of the way of little hands.
A neat office area, with child-locked drawers, sat to the left of the fireplace.
Given the opportunity to complete the industrial living room design, the plan was to edit the colour scheme, and replace the rug and some of the big-box furniture left over from student days. Even without those updates, though, it was a beautiful space to live in.