One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This saying has come alive in homes over the past few years as home-owners become more adventurous and thrifty with their purchases and from the rise in popularity for more Industrial style homes. We’re seeing a stripped back look of exposed detail, second-hand finds and handmade beauties. Rough metals, exposed wood and industrial trinkets define a salvage inspired living. This look is very urban, think Spitalfield Market meets the industrial skyline of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Today, we’re going to look at how you can create a salvage inspired living with key lighting and accessories.
The key to getting this look is to be as authentic as possible with your finds. Rummaging through salvage yards, junk shops, car-boot sales and flea markets to find one off and unique industrial gems. Adding unique styles to your interior brings a great talking point to your rooms when entertaining guests. If you’re not a fan of hunting around charity and salvage shops, you can find salvage inspired replica home-ware items from many home-ware retailers. This look is all the range at the moment and a trend that can easily be replicated using store bought items. Whilst ideally a salvaged inspired living will require some sort of creativity and home-made items, it’s sometimes easier and safer to get the look from a reputable retailer, especially when it comes to electrical goods such as lighting. Decorative items can easily be displayed but when it comes to installing electrical fittings you’ll need to make sure the item is safe to use, we advise any light fitting be fitted by a certified electrician.
Salvage inspired living – Lighting
This week we’ve scoured the web for some salvage inspired living images and pulled together a guide to getting this look with our own collection of lighting and interior accessories. We’ve even thrown in some exciting newbies just for you. When choosing lighting opt for rustic and antique finishes such as brass, bronze, brown and copper. Unusual fittings such as caged pendant or lanterns that expose the bulb will give an authentic, rustic look. The exposed bulb element is a big trend this year with the resurfacing of vintage filament bulbs being a big hit. Alternatively opt for industrial style pendant shades. We have a great selection of cage style light fittings, including two new designs inspired by the salvage trend. Our new Haddon 1 Light Cage Pendant features a simple cage shade in a matte brown finish, the cage element exposes the bulb for an on trend look. Choose our Squirrel Cage Light bulb for a vintage twist. Similarly our new Beaumont Orb Chandelier Pendant boasts a cage like sphere shade surrounding a 3 armed fitting, finished in a satin chrome to give a smooth industrial element. For a more subtle look why not opt for our Joshua Easy to Fit Cage Ceiling Shade. This fitting reflects an industrial vibe with a simple mesh grid but features a more country cottage style with a cream enamel shade surround.
This look is meant to be laid-back and easy whilst showcasing a slight eclectic twist, so don’t go overboard with colour and accessories. Just a few simple decorative pieces will do, old vintage bottles next to a vintage restored singer sewing machine will attract attention, add one of our Hobby metallic desk lamps to illuminate. For more accent lighting choose industrial style wall lanterns to illuminate any forgotten areas. Our Tees Outdoor Spun Cowl Wall Light is predominantly an outdoor light but can be installed indoors for a unique look, particularly if you’re after a rustic interior.
Salvage inspired living – Accessories
Introducing industrial and salvaged elements into your home can sometimes make a space feel harsh and a little cold. So make sure to add some warmth with deeper colours such as red and brown. Wood furniture will also instantly warm up any décor which is perfect for salvage inspired living. You’ll be able to find antique wood furniture in many salvage shops or if you’re feeling creative, make your own with salvaged wood pallets or rail-road sleepers. You could even get a second hand item and give it a reclaimed look with a sander and some vintage paint. In-keeping with the warm vibe opt for warm brown and tan leather sofas that show a little distress, wear and tear, this will add a warm yet rustic feel. Unique designs such as coffee tables with wheels or cog and wheel style accessories will give your home that unusual and unique element.
Salvage inspired living – Walls
To complete a salvage inspired living, look at your surroundings, we’re not all lucky enough to own a converted factory apartment with exposed metal beams, stripped back brick walls and distressed floor boards. But there are a few ways to replicate the look. Many paint and wallpaper stores will have a range of faux brick and concrete wallpaper designs that give the illusions of a stripped back bare wall. For our inspired look book we chose Graham and Brown’s Red Brick by Hemingway featuring a gritty yet realistic red brick design. Red and brown toned brick will add warmth and comfort.
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Remember to keep this look laid-back and casual. Is this a trend you’d adopt for your home? Tell us your thoughts below…