Industrial Craftsman is 2020's Smart Design Style

This blending of two styles — industrial's raw, exposed aesthetic with Craftsman's high-end woodworking and natural materials — is a polished, comfortable design that feels completely lived-in.

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March 04, 2020

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Reclaimed + Refined

Simplicity and quality reign supreme in industrial-Craftsman style. Inset white Shaker cabinets pair with crisp white countertops for a clean-cut setting that is infused with warmth from the rustic island and hardwood floors and ceiling. An exposed-pipe light fixture and wood-and-metal barstools add a decidedly industrial feel to the space.

Timelessly Current

Craftsman homes lean into the handmade, the unique and the natural. The pitched plank-and-beam ceiling of this living space delivers a one-of-a-kind architectural element that, combined with the lantern chandelier, is reminiscent of Old World grandeur. Leather-and-metal chairs are a perfect mix of contemporary and classic designs.

The Right Hues

Industrial Craftsman tends to stay in the neutral lane of colors, yet some time-honored shades add rather than distract from the overall effect. Cadet-blue cabinets clad in concrete countertops have an almost achromatic look, while still infusing the space with color. Windows trimmed in natural wood bring in instant warmth.

Broaden the Limits

Original Craftsman homes were darker and closed off. As the style has adapted over the years, it maintains its love of woodworking, exposed beams and strong lines, but has adopted an open-concept layout and lighter colors. This expansive living room mixes dark wood beams with painted white tongue-and-groove walls. Heat lamp-inspired pendants with exposed piping create an industrial vibe in the dining area.

Natural Meets Machine-Made

Stacked stone walls and rustic wood beams are a striking counterpoint to the steel newels and iron-grid railing of this distinguished staircase. The floating design of the stairs, along with the floor-to-ceiling window, bring a light airiness to what could have been an overly dark space.

Urban Flair Converges With Farmhouse Chic

This small kitchen in Seattle maximizes every corner with smart cabinet planning, open shelving for handy essentials and a well-planned cooking layout. An exposed brick wall and a petite metal-and-wood staircase that leads up to a bedroom and bathroom add a loft vibe.

Bare Illumination

This Atlanta townhouse has all the trappings of a great industrial design: exposed brick walls, paned window doors and an iron spiral staircase. To balance the gray-and-black palette, the butcher-block island is stained a dark brown. The bare-bulb pendant light fixture makes for a stripped spectacle over the island.

Vintage Mod

Unexpected of-the-moment light fixtures modernize a timelessly crafted space. This welcoming kitchen balances the rustic exposed wood ceiling and provincial farmhouse table with classic white Shaker cabinets and marble countertops. The metal-and-brass chandelier jolts the space with a luxe-industrial dynamic.

Back to the Basics

Handcrafted and natural are two calling cards of Craftsman design. Here, a solid oak island is topped with a 12-foot slab of honed Calacatta Caldia marble to provide tons of prep space and a rounded bartop at the end. Seemingly off-the-factory-floor pendant lights illuminate the space.

A Little Bit Country

Taking its cue from the natural surroundings, this pared-down kitchen and dining room mixes soft green and light woods. Exposed rafters expand the height of the ceiling, opening up the rooms, and pendant lights in both spaces inject an old-school aesthetic.

Integral Factors

Industrial style finds its origins in converting old factories or warehouses into livable spaces. The look embraced exposed structural and mechanical elements, mostly out of necessity, and they became a hallmark of the design. Here, the distressed finish of the cabinetry and island bridges the gap between the new construction and the down-to-the-bare-bones appeal of exposed ductwork and steel beams.

Avant-Garde Organic

Simple lines and raw components combine for a cutting-edge bathroom. The custom walnut butcher-block floating vanity is topped with trough-style sinks and paired with wall-mounted faucets.