Go Open, Or Go Home
Because so many of these converted warehouses took one room and made it a residential space, today, industrial design still incorporates that open-concept feel. Often, living spaces are contained to one large room, using cabinets or screens to divide the spaces.
“Furniture is used to define the use of different spaces vs. walls or architectural elements,” Arends says. Where a wall would typically separate a bedroom and living room, in the industrial style, that divider might be a giant dresser, for example.
Negative space is crucial so that the room feels as open as possible. Adding to that feel is a defining characteristic of industrial design—large, steel windows. The more light you can let in, the better.