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Tough Luxe

THE NEW TAKE ON THE INDUSTRIAL INTERIOR TREND

Reclaimed furniture, exposed brickwork and an abundance of wood and metal. The industrial interior trend has been a favourite on the design scene for some time and fashion forecasts predict that it’s here to stay – but with a new twist.

Enter Tough Luxe: A softer more opulent version of this rough and ready style so many of us love. The essence remains, with bare concrete, metal and woodwork providing that raw, contemporary appeal but now trend experts are steering away from the cold, hard finish and instead, pairing these somewhat harsh but characterful aspects with the gentle elegance of lush velvets, rich hues and gentle, curved edges. The devil is in the detail with this new angle – the foundations stay very much the same, with wide open spaces and industrial fixtures laying the ground work but with furnishings and accessories creating a warmer (and perhaps, more accessible) sense of luxury.

The industrial interior trend has always been stark by nature, but now we are being invited to enjoy the same pared back, simplistic approach with a wonderfully contrasting edge.

LIGHTING

Lighting is the first port of call when it comes to creating atmosphere in a room and this is no different when it comes to Tough Luxe, but it’s quite a skill to get it right. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that one light will do for a room – the trick for a brightly lit yet welcoming ambience is to utilise multiple light sources, with ceiling lights ideally being on separate dimmer switches to manipulate the light as needed.

Many vintage inspired and industrial lighting solutions are often styled with steampunk-esque yellow bulbs with a visible filament. This certainly looks great and lends to the character of Tough Luxe interiors, but be aware that yellow, low wattage bulbs are naturally less bright than white alternatives and this can create a bit of a drowsy feel. Try using the two together – white overhead and yellow for lamps, for the best of both worlds

FURNITURE

Furniture is where we’ll see a lot of that contrasting aesthetic in the Tough Luxe trend, with metal, wood and concrete still playing a big role, but with lush fabrics like velvet, fur, worn leather and gentle curves as opposed to hard edges softening the overall look.

This new variety or texture, colour, shape and even mood is what truly separates your average industrial style from Tough Luxe, but it’s not only fabric that does it. Antonino Sciortino’s collection of handcrafted furniture is the perfect example of using a harsh material (iron) in a soft way to make the practical into beautifully fluid scluptures.

ACCESSORIES

The right choice of interior accessories really pulls a room together, taking it from a somewhat sterile environment to one with personality, charm and an inherent cosiness. Tough Luxe allows very different elements to merge in one space, and the more layers the better, particularly when it comes to textiles. Linens are still a firm favourite, but there’s no need to shy away from bold colours if that’s your thing. Pair nude linens with majestic purple and red velvets for a unique finish.

Organic shapes in interior accessories is another big 2019 trend in its own right and it’s one which can be incorporated with Tough Luxe seamlessly. The Earth collection by Marie Michielssen offers rustic charm with soul, moulded into her handmade ceramics whereas the Hurricane Vase by Rene Barba combines contemporary pillar (minimalistic materials and straight lines) with a traditional ornately candle stand for statement piece.


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