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What is Industrial Farmhouse Style?

What is Industrial Farmhouse Style?

Rustic kitchen with metal accents and dog sitting in front

Industrial farmhouse style combines a comfortable and welcoming farmhouse atmosphere with the edgy, rugged lines of industrial style. Traditional industrial style is based on the concept of living in a factory or warehouse setting—picture a modern loft apartment in a big city. But without any softer elements to balance the look, the style would look harsh and unwelcoming. Instead, the industrial farmhouse style is all about the contrast between the country and the city, and the results are both unique and fun! Take a look at the central elements of this farmhouse style.

This is part of our Design Glossary series! Catch the whole series to find out more about the different types of farmhouse style!

Metal Accents

Metal accents are staples for industrial style—particularly black steel or iron. If you were to live in a converted loft in the city, the space might have exposed piping and plumbing, and other unfinished elements. Add this to your country style by using metal chairs at your kitchen or dining room table, or erecting a set of metal bookshelves to display your decor. In the bathroom, install an open vanity so guests can see the sink plumbing, and add black casing to the windows.

Dining room with exposed brick and industrial farmhouse style lighting
This dining room has rustic finishes that are characteristic of the industrial farmhouse style, alongside vintage touches and leather accents. Image courtesy of Lily Waters.
DIY kitchen renovation with hanging industrial pendants over island
Industrial pendants hang over the large island, adding an industrial touch to this kitchen. Photo by Yelena Larson.

Victorian Vintage

The Victorian Era was home to the Industrial Revolution, and plenty of modern interpretations (think steampunk) incorporate Victorian touches into an industrial setting. If you love vintage decor, this is a great angle to use with industrial farmhouse style.

Place a velvet sofa against the backdrop of exposed brick, or display a collection of vintage portraits inside your metal bookcase. Use textile patterns that were popular in the Victorian era, such as damask, and if you have a large open space in your living room, try adding a chaise lounge or fainting couch.

Living room with exposed ceiling beams and exposed brick
This living room by Daily Dream Decor has stark contrast and metal finishes.

Rough Materials and Finishes

From exposed brick to black metal finishes and concrete floors, the industrial style evokes the stark functionality of a factory in a residential setting. Combine these elements with the homey, comfortable nature of the farmhouse, and you get space that's unique in its juxtaposition. Pair concrete floors with a cozy sheepskin rug, or add lots of texture through throw pillows against a leather sofa.

Also Read: What are Metal Finishes & How to Choose Them

Industrial farmhouse style with metal lighting and farmhouse table
The industrial lighting in this dining room gives the room a modern edge, which contrasts nicely with the vintage look of the farmhouse table. Image courtesy of Pottery Barn


Lighting is key to the industrial farmhouse style. Pieces labeled as industrial lighting are perfect, because they'll have vintage-style light bulbs, rustic metal finishes and visible wiring. If you have an industrial space you want to enhance with farmhouse style, try adding vintage-style lighting such as a crystal chandelier.

Also Read: Types of Farmhouse Lightning

The dining room chairs come in a checkered black and white pattern to fit the large black built-in cabinetry sitting beside the table.
The hanging light above this dining table leans a tad more industrial in tone compared to some of the other items in the white farmhouse. Photo by 1593 Studio.

Get the Look

Ready to incorporate some industrial farmhouse style look into your home? Grab some of these fun picks!

Here at American Farmhouse Style, we absolutely love to share our finds from around the web with you! That being said, you may notice that some of the links in this article are affiliate links. This means that if you click through and make a purchase, AFS receives a small commission at no extra cost to you! Truly a win-win!

Industrial farmhouse style coffee table with rustic wood top
Table from Amazon
Industrial Farmhouse
Wall hooks fromEtsy
Industrial Farmhouse
Desk from Wayfair
Gray cement pendant light with industrial farmhouse style
Pendant from Y Lighting
Exposed brick wallpaper with chair in front
Wallpaper by Murals Wallpaper
Bistro Chairs
Bistro chairs from Amazon
Three piece wall art with world map
Wall art from Holy Cow Canvas via Etsy
Metal baskets from Amazon
Metal Shelves
Industrial Piping Shelf from Kirkland's
Lamp from Kirkland's
Rustic wall art resting on floor next to gray accent chair
Wall art from Toe Fish Art via Etsy
Metal towel rack
Towel rack from Amazon
Industrial farmhouse style open shelves
Shelves from Hobby Lobby
Laundry Basket
Rolling laundry basket from Terrain
Wall Hooks
Wall hooks from Amazon

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