Deadline Design With Shaynna Blaze

Shaynna's Design Notes: Industrial

Find out more about Shaynna's design process in the makeover of the Port Melbourne home.

The industrial style started back in New York when the old warehouses and factories were converted into residences. They took the raw industrial spaces and gentrified them, whilst keeping the original elements and inner workings of the building on display. Exposed beams, metal columns, brick walls, cogs, pulleys, pipes and ducts, big slatted doors on rollers are all typical features.

Helen said she wanted industrial but delving further, Shaynna discovered that she wanted her version of industrial – very, very safe. She didn’t want raw elements and finishes and at the end of the day had to be pushed to get any industrial feeling at all. The other issue was Helen’s building - a fairly new Florida style apartment block. Trying to plug a NY loft style interior into a 55 square metre cream box was going to look ridiculous, so Shaynna had no option but to tone things down.

Living area

Shaynna used a textured black finish for the kitchen. This less than perfect textured look is divorced from the slick perfect modern finishes you see in a lot of kitchens today. The rolling panel is reminiscent of the big rolling doors you often see in factories. The sliders are on display to represent the big wheels you often see at the top of these doors. Subway tiles are an iconic industrial style feature, and the stainless steel splashback has a commercial feel. Helen had to be pushed to adopt black tapware which adds to the industrial feel.

The leather sofa in the lounge is a gentrified version of the old battered leather sofa you might find in a NY loft. The leather is designed to mark and age, again linking into that less than perfect industrial theme. The black spool stools are multi functional taking on elements of the black used in the rest of the apartment. This helps tie the space together.


The bathroom has a dark textured vanity to tie in with the kitchen and the textured finish gives a raw look. The dark on the floor tiles are reminiscent of the concrete floors you often see in factory spaces. Again subway tiles are used in here but in greater quantities than the kitchen. Using them in two spaces ties the small apartment together.


The panel look doors in the hallway represent the slatted wood doors you might find in a factory. The little study nook is a champion of small space design and again has little nods to industrial. The leather handles, the storage box on the door with exposed wheels. Even the light that Yas chose has an industrial feel with the cord out on display and the grey finish echoes raw metal.

Design Option

Shaynna implemented a contrasting palate of light wood and dramatic charcoal for the kitchen. Helen chose the light wood finish but Shaynna could have opted for all charcoal. Keeping the colour scheme dark throughout would really lift and highlight the stainless steel splashback, creating a slightly edgier take on the industrial kitchen look.


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Posted by Helen1514Report
Great programme love Shaynna! Where can I get the porcelain jars featured in Port Melbourne flat makeover?????