As featured in the Surrey Advertiser, here are some top tips from Bubbledrum for creating the vintage industrial chic look at home:
■ Mix materials: aluminium, wood, steel, plastic etc.
■ To achieve a homely industrial look, choose bright, bold, striking accent colours, and furnishings to lift the ensemble.
■ Lighting is also key to achieving the right atmosphere; choose anglepoise lamps and hanging enamel shades. When we started the business we fell in love with vintage factory enamel lights that look stunning in a living room, dining room or even in a kitchen. These are increasingly rare to find.
■ Don’t forget the garden. Vintage trolleys on which to place pots, and classic deckchairs are a must.
■ When buying one statement piece don’t be afraid to pick an oversized item, such as a station clock or large-aged mirror.
■ Be creative and have the vision to re-invent items’ original uses. For example, use fruit crates as shelving units, and factory crates as bedroom storage etc.
(Rebecca Younger, Surrey Advertiser, 24th June 2011)