Hygge Mingles with Industrial chic
Merge urban chic with autumnal warmth and colour to add something a little different
Article by Marie Soliman
What a glorious autumn day! Last week I was rushing taking my daughter to school as I had back to back meetings. It was the typical morning madness of the mother stroke designer lifestyle, until that view stopped me. It felt as if someone had said STOP and watch…it was mesmerising! It felt as if I was looking at the most magical yet realistic landscape. London in its finest.
As I continued to walk alongside the river, I was inspired by the pink, orange and gold leaves next to the solid, rough and grey London pavements. This created an unexpected moody/sexy contrast, celebrating this very romantic and rough look of the year. This view created a wonderful combination of romantic warm colours, crispness from the fresh air and industrialness from the city roads. This heavily mimicked the Scandinavian style but it also inspired me to add some roughness to this romantic and poetic scene.
I am currently working on a couple’s home where I have been given the tricky specification of creating an industrial style interior design, without having an overbearing sense of masculinity. Seeing this autumn view inspired me and the puzzle pieces fell into place. I would then go on to create a design of industrial chic combined with warmth and intimacy – creating a story of wellbeing, happiness, freedom, beauty and style
Hygge is a concept which is centred around family, warm functionality, and a true sense of ‘cosiness.’ It’s all about our habits and how they shape us. Normally, this style gives a lot of importance to wood floors, wood furniture, nude colours and linens and natural materials. Light takes a very important role, and the majority of Scandinavian-styled homes are often characterized by the use of earthy tones, white walls, natural materials and minimal ornamentation.
But what if we add the rough masculine touch of ‘industrial chic’ to embrace the warmth of Hygge?
The use of black metal Crittall doors and dividing spaces with Crittall panels, visually opened up the space thanks to the glass panels, which also maximised the use of natural light throughout the day. I used linen curtains behind the Crittall doors and panels where privacy was needed, which softened the whole look of the black metal doors. Metal works really well when mixed with warm timber floors whether that be light oak or ash grey colours.
Water Mark Collection have launched a beautiful collection of taps in an industrial chic style, which captivates this flavour of roughness, yet the marble handles illustrate that pure elegance and craftsmanship. Balance is key for an industrial chic look; as a designer it is important to select your resources carefully so the overall aesthetic doesn’t become overly rough or masculine.
I also experimented with playful furniture shapes, which took a second form of art in the design of their home. Concrete accents were weaved throughout, as I sourced concrete panels for wall cladding and also found a very smart wallcovering of concrete imitation, which is surprisingly affordable. I like to use PSLab lighting, as it delivers an industrial tone but still provides an intricate and lived-in look. Colourful side table tops from Tom Faulkner drew back the romantic look of the autumn colour, alongside brown leather trim on the cushions which lay on a soft linen sofa against a concrete coffee table.
Words to live by:
- Craft makes our homes more human.
- Authenticity is a way of being – not an acquired lifestyle.
- Diversity is when real authenticity is found where we can feel human, in those places that emanate identity, relation and history. Book of Hygge
Marie is one of the founders of Bergman Interiors
Photograph courtesy of www.arcpr.co.uk