As defined by Wikipedia "Urban decay (also known as urban rot and urban blight) is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude." This definition may leave you wondering how this could ever become trendy! However, as a result of our love of the environment, our passion for the three Rs, followed hot on the heels by the instant hit upcycling, it seems an almost natural progression.
Urban Decay, in the fashion and interior sense, also known as Industrial Vintage and Industrial Chic, is really about embracing the tarnished and somewhat old and used pieces and making them your own. I posted about this back in December but it's high time for a revisit! Bemz's Loose Fit - Urban covers are set to go live momentarily and they are core to this look.
What do you need to achieve the right amount of decay you ask? Well obviously, as with any design, personal taste will guide you here but basically think about these three things:
1. Take cues from old, defunct factories and rustic surroundings: Furniture choices are sturdy and functional, with straight lines and simplistic design, ideally a little worn with either rust or peeling paint to give it the proper tarnished look and a genuine factory feel. Use a balanced mix of concrete, untreated wood and tarnished metal, ideally in their crudest, unpolished form to provide the industrial base for this look but then soften it with personal details like framed black and white photos, fresh cut flowers and supple fabrics.
2. Fabrics are key: It is the softness and versatility of fabrics that interprets the industrial theme for home living. Shades of grey, with white, black and blue accents, especially denim-like textiles build a solid base for the colour palette of this look. Injections of soft pastel colours, particularly "dirty pastels" such as mint green or light yellow, can break up the predominantly grey colour scheme. On-trend metallics are the ideal partner for offsetting the less refined materials used in this style. Patterns should be used sparingly so that the subdued, monochromatic grey, white and black colour palette remains uninterrupted. To achieve the right, worn look, opt for interesting textures instead, such as washed, tactile fabrics in any and every shade of grey.
3. Repurpose pieces - think outside the box! Stacked boxes provide unconventional storage; a slightly worn metal stool can be used as a bedside table; an upcycled pallet finished with a glass top and casters is a coffee table. These details define that urban decayed look while making it personal too.