A decorative arbor, constructed of cedar beams and galvanized metal pipes, filters sunlight and creates interesting shadow details. The architectural element echoes the design of railing details in the front yard.
The vaulted ceiling kids' bedroom in the HGTV Green Home 2010 has a bunk bed made from industrial metal pipe railing and stairs. A cozy reading nook with a comfy orange chair is illuminated by paper-mache lamps.
A bar table can provide a cool space to have a drink without taking up too much room in a small space. This DIY outdoor bar table is made of 2-by-4s that are cut into same-size blocks and glued together, then attached to a stand made of metal pipes and fittings, says Amanda Giles with DesignFix, a California interior design company. The metal stools cost under $85 for a pair.
The combination of dark wood cabinets and stainless steel create a kitchen with masculine style. An exposed metal duct pipe, industrial track lighting and a ladder on sliding rails emphasize the unexpected, a signature attribute of eclectic design.
Among the hallmarks of loft spaces are their size and the visibility of materials that might otherwise be hidden or treated to a smooth finish: metal pipes and ductwork and well-worn wood flooring, for example. Architect May Sung explains how she used these elements to loft-style look: “In this kitchen, we utilized proportion and texture to create interest to the space. The texture of the reclaimed wood juxtaposed next to the industrial element of the table legs created warmth and coziness, emphasized by the over-scaled ceiling pendant.”
Exposed pipes and a pair of metal chandeliers are industrial accents in this fresh and bright, contemporary office. Beautiful natural light combined with indoor palm trees brings a little bit of the natural world creating a lovely space to hold meetings.
Landscape designer Scot Eckley and his team cut about 200 rings from various PVC pipes to create a template for the gate. A metal fabricator duplicated the design using aluminum rings cut and welded into one solid piece.
From expansive glass block windows to a custom fixture the design team dubbed "Daddy Long Legs," this modern-eclectic stairway is filled with light and interest. A corrugated metal ceiling provides a cool contrast to the warm, textured walls. The team also custom designed the railing using pipe and mesh.
If you love the open flow and exposed structures of loft-style spaces but don’t happen to live in an actual loft, no worries: It’s easy to give any room in any house an industrial edge. In the living room of a midcentury house, for example, designer Michelle Lord left the ceiling beams beams and metal ducting exposed and hung open shelving created from plumbing pipes and reclaimed wood.
To get the look of this high-end bar cart on a budget, start with a basic metal or wire shelving unit, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. Spray paint it your desired color. To add the lattice and bamboo trim, use a piece of vinyl diamond lattice, which you often see on outdoor decks and fences. Use bendable PVC pipe that is spray painted to match or in an accent color, for the trim.