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Embracing industrial chic

There's a wrought-iron chandelier with etched glass shades

There's a wrought-iron chandelier with etched glass shades that is strung with crystal. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Industrial chic has been a style favorite among city dwellers for decades, and now Long Islanders are slowly embracing the hip utilitarian design -- a look that encompasses an open space with weathered woods, exposed beams and brick, unrefined metals, concrete, stainless steel, exposed filament bulbs, metal mesh and natural or distressed fabrics.

"It's no-nonsense and minimal," says designer Crystal Photiou of CP Interiors in Bellmore. "It is a mix of new pieces and reclaimed or repurposed ones. It works well with an open floor plan, like a kitchen, dining room and family room blended into one."

Photiou calls the industrial movement a cross between Restoration Hardware and funky flea markets and finds many young professionals taking up the style. "It has a more Manhattan or Brooklyn vibe, but we have the space here on Long Island for this style to take hold since so many older homes really lend themselves to this style," she says.

Here are four Long Island rooms that use industrial elements in inspiring ways.

 

A HINT OF GRIT

Designers Melissa Fenigstein and Cindy Foti of New Age Interiors in Deer Park transformed what was once a Roslyn family's home office into a serene yet masculine space for the 20-something occupant. A color palette of gray and browns and an over-scaled mural of an old pressure steam gauge serve as the backdrop. "The sparse lighting gives the room an urban and gritty feel," she says. They also added a concrete headboard to the queen-size bed, a concrete nightstand, gray wool "men's inspired" carpeting and gunmetal finishes throughout. For the finishing touches, organic shades were added to dress up the windows and organic linen bedding to complete the look.

DESIGNER'S TIP "Use brushed metal finishes, organic materials and a muted color palette for the large pieces in the room," says Foti.

 

A MODERN TWIST ON INDUSTRIAL FINISHES

For this newly built summer home in Greenport, Sea Cliff designer Margreet Cevasco incorporated industrial elements in the kitchen and great room while still maintaining the comfortable, casual and kid-friendly environment that the homeowners were looking for. "Unrefined finishes are integral to the look," she says. Woods and metals with natural patina suggest commercial and industrial use. "In this house," says Cevasco, "the finishes are chic and modern but highly durable and functional." The reclaimed wood tables add warmth to the space and the brushed slate countertop gives the room that distinct industrial style. Iron lanterns with metal details add a rustic charm.

DESIGNER'S TIP "There are many accessories available, which can be layered into a room to create an industrial feel," says Cevasco. "For example, one might add wood or metal lamps or hurricanes, a distressed leather chair, burlap or natural linen pillows, an iron ceiling fixture with exposed filament light bulbs or hammered metal artifacts."

 

DETAILS ADD CHARACTER

Carle Place designer Patrice Auerbach added industrial chic details to the living room and dining room of this Roslyn home. For the ceiling, Auerbach kept the existing beams and made them look more industrial by staining them a tobacco color that contrasted well with the room's neutral color palette. "The custom buffet piece beneath the counter was purposely beat up to give the item a more aged look while also creating texture against the polished concrete surface," she says. The woodworker achieved the look by hitting the piece with a chain, she says. Other industrial furnishings and fixtures include a large dining table made from raw wood, a sofa with nailhead detailing and a dining room chandelier made of metal and iron that looks like it belongs in a loft.

DESIGNER'S TIP "Try and find something authentic like reclaimed beams, reclaimed wood flooring or even a brick or stone wall," Auerbach says. "There is just something about using authentic materials that brings the whole look to life. It can even be an old industrial cart with iron wheels that could be converted into a coffee table by adding a thick, beaten-up wood top," says Auerbach.

 

A VINTAGE LOOK WITH INDUSTRIAL ACCENTS

A steel lantern fixture prompted Bellmore designer Crystal Photiou to give her kitchen an industrial edge. "I had the fixture for two years before I even did my kitchen," says Photiou, who shares the 1923 farm-style home with her husband, Rick, daughter, Emma, dog, Molly, and cat, Junebug. The fixture, made of distressed metal with rivet detailing, features five Mason jars. Each jar has an Edison lightbulb, which gives the space an industrial vibe. The stools that sit under the island are made from metal and wood, with spare, linear styling. The chairs around the table are Navy Emeco, made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. "They are very industrial with a green twist," she says. There's also a commercial Viking stove, as well as a wooden table and flooring and a cowhide rug.

DESIGNER'S TIP "Don't be afraid to be a little quirky and mix the genre up a bit," says Photiou. "Use open stainless shelving with vintage pottery. Mix new pieces with old, reclaimed pieces. Strong, clean lines mixed with an overstuffed chair in a neutral color keeps it comfortable and functional."

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