Even with summer in full swing I find myself looking at the calendar and realizing how fast the season is going by. After the 4th of July, I tend to grab every opportunity to get outside, take advantage of the weather, and socialize more. Informal gatherings on the back porch or spread on the lawn are perfect for the summer, and while these parties are meant to be low stress, you still want your home to look its best for friends and neighbors.Read More
From pristine to panache, vintage industrial accents make period design accessible to all. We’ve seen a fair share of unique takes on industrial lighting (remember the dolly light?) but in order to make your rustic redesigns truly inspired it’s important to keep some design guidelines in mind. Here to help explain these guidelines are some of BarnLightElectric’s frequently pinned industrial farmhouse design images.
1. White Washed Wonders
There’s nothing wrong with keeping your canvas clean when you are working with rustic accents. This pristine white kitchen is packed with charm with a cluster of vintage-inspired angle shades and beautiful wood flooring.
2. Show your pastoral roots
Evoking a strong sense of nostalgia is key to carrying industrial farmhouse style throughout the home. Photo-galleries with mismatched frames are wonderful for sharing photos old and new.
3. Bring the outdoors, in.
Don’t be afraid to hang your herbs to dry. The industry and utility of barn spaces were ideal for large scale crops and preparing for the harvest. It’s so healthy to revive those practices, even on if it is on a smaller scale.
4. Use new trends to recapture old elements.
Perhaps you think aged wood paneling is a dust trap, but you love the rustic story it tells… Fortunately for you there are a plethora of wall paper companies to have taken on the task of creating wallpaper that imitates the likeness of painted, raw, or finished wood planks!
5. Timeless Mediums are Always in Style
There’s a reason porcelain rlm lighting has been a prevalent go-to choice for illuminating barns, farm and horse stables. The porcelain enamel finish is durable, easy to clean, and keeps its vibrant hues for decades. It also is the finish of choice for these enamelware nesting bowls–a staple, in our opinion, to a barn style kitchen!
6. No-fuss surroundings makes for easy relaxation.
After a hard day’s work, the last thing you need to do is worry about mucking up your carpets or taking a white glove to every surface in your home. Industrial farmhouse interior design frees you from rigid restraint, allowing you to release the expectation that clean and shiny is perfect. Take some time and enjoy the patina in your life.Read More
If you’re a regular reader of our Porcelain Blog, you probably know all about our porcelain enamel lighting. How it’s American made and hand crafted right here in our manufacturing center in Florida. How our own metal artisans hand spin the shades and hand apply the layers of porcelain enamel glass. And how the shades are baked in our special porcelain oven that reaches temperatures of up to 1,600 degrees to create that shiny, hard-as-nails finish that will never fade or corrode.
But did you know that we also make Porcelain Enamelware Cups using this very same, meticulous process? These cups are one of the newest additions to our Industrial Home Utility collection and feature the same shiny and durable finish as our porcelain enamel lights. These cups are meant to last a lifetime and can be used in many different spaces.
Kids can choose their favorite color for their very own bathroom cup. Put one on the table by the front door to hold those keys you’re always searching for. Lipstick and mascara tuck neatly into a porcelain cup on the bureau. Think outside the house and use these 4″ wide beauties to start some seeds growing this winter! Choose from the same nine gorgeous porcelain finish colors that are offered for our lights — everything from creamy Jadite, bold Cherry Red, to bright Cobalt Blue.
And while you’re looking for ways to add to your industrial decor, don’t miss out on the rest of the collection which is chock full of vintage inspired wire & metal baskets, canvas carry-alls, attractive storage containers, and mirrors. These industrial home decor accessories will bring a rugged style and utilitarian functionality to any home and you can take advantage of our Free Shipping offer during our annual Holiday Sale starting this Friday, December 21st and continuing through Friday, January 4th. Enjoy Free Shipping on any purchase plus save an additional 10% on any qualified Porcelain Enamel Lighting purchase!Read More
Like it or not, winter is bearing down on us in the northern hemisphere and although the meteorologists can’t agree on how severe the weather will be this year, you can bet that, sooner or later, the snow will be flying. Winter can be a messy time of year with snow shovels, ice scrapers, boots, and winter toys scattered all over the garage and front porch. But who says you have to sacrifice style when looking for storage solutions? If you love the industrial design trend, look no further than our Industrial Home Utility Collection for a variety of storage ideas.
Snowy, drippy boots can be easily put in one place, off the floor, in a handy rolling container like this. This one looks exactly like our Rolling Metal Dolly that is crafted from raw metal. This very functional and stylish dolly is 31″ long and 19″ wide and will keep all manner of items together and organized. The perforated style allows air flow to speed the drying process.
Need something a bit deeper for shovels, snow shoes, or kids’ winter toys? The handy and well-crafted Decorative Metal Cabinet Basket is a 10″ high, square shaped piece that is able to store wet items by the front door while adding plenty of industrial charm to the porch. Guests now have a place to deposit wet umbrellas without tossing them aside or, worse yet, bringing them into the house! These metal accessories are so adaptable that you can use them anywhere in your home or garage to make your storage stylish and functional. This basket will look right at home on the hearth with a stack of kindling at the ready for a cozy fire. The beauty of industrial design lies in the functionality and utilitarian nature of the pieces you choose. Mix and match and move them from room to room as needed!
Top photo courtesy of Remodelista
If you’re like us, you spend a fair amount of time browsing design websites looking not only for inspiration but for what trends are rising, falling, or holding a steady course. Some types of decor are timeless while other items people choose to feature in their homes make you scratch your head and say, “What were they thinking?” Large ceramic dogs come to mind. Pretty to look at maybe, but a poor substitute for a loyal lab. A bowl filled with fake fruit hints at a reluctance to splurge on the real thing. And nobody is buying the notion that you just returned from safari even with the vintage suitcases propped against the wall by the front door.
The industrial decor trend has taken such a foothold perhaps not only because the style is appealing but because most industrial pieces focus on functionality as well. Pieces that serve a useful purpose and help make the most of a space rank high on a homeowner’s list. This room, for example, shows a thoughtful plan for a kids’ study space. A wide table for spreading out books and projects, sturdy yet comfortable chairs, and utility shelving complete with wire baskets to keep supplies handy but neatly gathered. These baskets look similar to our Wire Hand Baskets, part of our collection of Industrial Home Utility pieces. This set of two generous-sized, light and airy baskets would be perfect not only for storing school supplies but to display items on the hearth, store towels in the bathroom, or foodstuffs in the pantry. U-shaped handles make moving from place to place a breeze.
Utility baskets such as these would also be a great choice for a retail establishment looking for a creative way to change up merchandise displays. Add colorful liners to change the look with the season!
Top photo courtesy Julie RaneeRead More