The metal/industrial trend seems to be everywhere these days! From boutiques to restaurants and even office spaces, this classic design aesthetic is really making a huge comeback. I'm sure you can see why. Metal speaks to both a modern and a retro sensibility, which is why it's so easily incorporated into your workspace. Like all styling choices, there is a right and a wrong way, but luckily, it's way easier to be right about metal than it is to be wrong.




big pieces shine

One of the biggest ways to incorporate metal into your workspace is with metal furniture pieces like a desk or office chair. The look is very striking, but it can be a bit overwhelming if there is too much of it. For instance, an office with a metal desk, chair, bookcases, bookcase decor, lamp, and storage might be going overboard on metal. If you're going to go for a metal desk, try and limit other inclusions of the material so that the desk can have all the attention. You can add a metal piece here and there, but avoid so many large pieces in one space.



storage space

I've seen a lot of offices utilizing industrial metal storage and I love it. Not only is it functional, but it's also a great base piece to plan the rest of the room around. Big, metal bookcases or cabinets are perfect for organizing all of your papers, but they're also great styling spaces for decor and knick knacks. Metals also work like neutrals, so they go with just about every color and design option. But if you're going for that specific industrial look, avoid your standard Office Depot metal cabinets and go for that signature, vintage look of aged metal.





I think a lot of people think that the metal/industrial trend has to stick to a vintage vibe, but metal can also be used to give your workspace a super modern look too. When incorporating metal into a modern looking office, stick with pieces that have clean lines and modern shapes, like the metal Parsons desk or the criss cross lamp. Modern metal speaks more to a glam aesthetic then a retro vibe, so try to also include accessories that are more glam.

How are you incorporating metal into your workspace?


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