7 Industrial Wallpaper Ideas That Feel Edgy Yet Chic

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Industrial style puts an emphasis on the beauty of materials, specifically the raw textural components that make them stand out. Think of an open-format loft with exposed brick walls, wrought iron pendants hanging above a massive kitchen island, and black steel-framed windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling. That, in a nutshell, captures the aesthetic.

Recycled metals and porous surfaces, such as stone or concrete, are staples of the look and we'd hardly call a space industrial if it didn't have a wood detail or two. So when it comes to emulating those distinct features in your home, there's a simple solution that comes in the form of industrial wallpaper.

Keep an eye out for patterns that mimic finishes such as concrete, reclaimed wood, or even patinated brass. Install them on the wall behind the bed or as a backsplash behind the bar to instantly infuse your space with that unique, converted-factory vibe. Ahead, we've rounded up a few industrial style wallpaper ideas to help you get started.

1. Gray Grasscloth

We would be hard-pressed to find an industrial style home without a trace of gray or charcoal. The powder room in this Tribeca loft by Chango & Co. is a tonal respite from the rest of the home, which is all-white. The subtle texture and moody hue, when paired with brass fixtures, lend this space an element of drama and sophistication.

Get the look: Kenneth James Canton Road Kowloon Charcoal Sisal Grasscloth, $82.46 per roll

2. Whitewashed Brick

Exposed brick walls are a hallmark of industrial style and decoratively versatile enough to complement an array of spaces. That said, they're arguably best when paired with other signature features of the aesthetic, like wood beams and statement lighting. Karen from Making Spaces outfitted the wall behind her bed with a whitewashed brick mural wallpaper that's bold, yet subdued thanks to its faux, weathered finish.

Get the look: Murals Wallpaper Rustica White Paint Bricks Wallpaper Mural, $4.40 per square foot

3. Rough Sawn Wood

Cladding an accent wall with planks of reclaimed wood is great in theory, but the follow-through can get tricky, especially if you're living in a rental. So industrial wallpaper might just be your next best bet, and this one designed by Joanna Gaines for York Wallcoverings is exactly what we had in mind. A refreshing departure from standard paneling, this pattern (inspired by salvaged rough sawn wood) is a foolproof way to add a hint of industrial style with a touch of glam on top.

Get the look: Wallcoverings x Joanna Gaines Benchmark Wallpaper, $598 per roll

4. Concrete Finish

Who said industrial style couldn't feel luxe? HAO Design's three-bedroom revival features an entryway that marries the two with effortless ease. The standout components of this scene include a copper wall sconce paired with a sky blue, lacquer console set against a faux concrete finish wallpaper that channels a chic downtown loft.

Get the look: Williston Forge Gatun Faux Concrete Wallpaper, $86.99 per roll

5. Factory Windows

Mind the Gap's industrial wallpaper collection is the quintessence of the aesthetic. Borrowing elements from vintage cabinets and factory-style steel-frame windows, the result is a lifelike print that brings with it a raw, unfinished edge. Install this one in a powder room or the dining room for an unexpected layer.

Get the look: Mind The Gap The Factory Collection Foundry Wall Wallpaper, $299 per roll

6. Wood Planks

If you prefer the look of traditional wood-paneled walls, but live in a rental or you're on a budget, take Kate Marker Interiors's lead and get the look with industrial-style wallpaper. It's best when set as the backdrop of a living room or bedroom, and we're all for pairing the print with a sliding barn door to really drive the look home.

Get the look: Eazywallz Reclaimed Barn Wood Removable Wallpaper, $99 per roll

7. Colorful Cork

Cork-like materials are always fitting for industrial-style decor, doubling as an ideal complement to wrought iron or lustrous brass accents. This sophisticated print gives the classic aesthetic a warm, sophisticated revamp that feels textured yet polished enough to go in the bedroom or entry.

Get the look: Ronald Redding for York Wallcoverings Cork Wallpaper in Blues from Industrial Interiors II, $160 per roll


Anna is a New York-based writer and editor with a penchant for travel, design, and interiors.

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