Industrial-inspired aesthetics have always looked cool, but this room shared by Interior Hints puts a spin on that effortless style by making it feel cozy, too. The slate gray color palette offers a neutral backdrop to showcase standard sleek silhouettes, which range from a set of bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling to a distressed column supporting a rustic beam. The many black, glossy furnishings are common for this design, too, but thanks to the surrounding high-impact details — from the burnt orange couch and hint of a velvet side chair to the mirrored trunk and leafy plant — the contemporary feel is softened into a space that appears, well, livable. We tend to think that there's no point in outfitting a living area you can't feel comfortable in, no matter how fashionable it may be. So be sure to balance out structured pieces with a few relaxed items, even if its just a similar set of pillows. You'll create a striking, but approachable, finish.
Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.