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Create an Industrial Craftsman Kitchen and Living Room

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Exterior house back porch with seven skylights

Dubbed “Industrial Craftsman,” The HGTV® Smart Home 2020 combines two primary design styles: Industrial and American Craftsman.

In some ways, the styles could seem at odds: the original Craftsman movement was a reaction and intentional step away from the industrial revolution, favoring natural materials and hand craftsmanship over mass production. (Ironically, companies like Sears Company capitalized on the style by mass-producing pre-fab kits.)

Blending the styles together results in a both beautiful and practical effect: rustic with a cozy, sophisticated edge. Want to try this style in your home? Consider the following tips:

Light Up Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans are a trend with staying power, but unless your space is lined with lights (which may be both expensive and energy inefficient), it can feel dark. Even more so if you have a covered porch like The The HGTV® 2020 Smart Home 2020 does. The solution is two-fold: skylights and borrowed natural light. First, adding skylights to the breakfast nook and the porch provide ample natural light for each room. This year’s HGTV® Smart Home uses VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” skylights that open via a smartphone app, allowing both natural light and fresh air to circulate through the rooms.


The living room (see below), which is under the third floor and behind the porch, benefits from the natural light that streams in from the adjacent breakfast nook and porch. Without skylights, the porch roof blocks a lot of light from the living room. And while natural light floods the breakfast area, bringing it in through skylights allows the sunlight to spill deeper into the kitchen, creating a well-lit communal space.


Mix Materials and Textures

Details like black iron accents, metal beams and industrial inspired backsplash as the focal point of the living room are balanced by upholstered kitchen chairs, a plush couch and natural greenery. While the industrial influence is robust in the living room and kitchen, the visual connection to the outdoor covered porch, outfitted in natural wood, rough stone and a crafts-inspired rug, provides an earthy, communal balance to the common spaces.


Balance Light and Dark

Instances of light make all the difference when executing a dark neutral color scheme such as the bold, dark grey that dominates The HGTV® Smart Home 2020 color palette. In this instance, the darkest wall is in the breakfast nook (seen below), highlighted with ample sunlight from the skylights and windows. The designer, Tiffany Brooks, finds a natural balance by keeping the cabinets and floors light and bright, and these lighter materials amplify the effect of the natural light.


Brooks also adds a touch of nature with wood cladding on the porch ceiling (seen below), brightened with natural light from six skylights.


Use Soft and Sharp as Complements

This Industrial Craftsman interior has subtle, cohesive nods to the craft and industrial design movements throughout. For example, the designer installed a craft-forward striped black and white kitchen backsplash that complements the outdoor rug of a similar pattern. The throw pillows and blankets on the breakfast nook bench and the living room sofa are made of natural fiber cotton in organic, earthy colors that soften the hard edges of the industrial light fixtures. Carpentry work is also visible throughout, from the window frames to the stair bannister, providing a sense of equilibrium with the industrial iron and metal details.

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