You don't always have to look too far to find some sweet pieces that ooze with an industrial feel.
1. Get rid of everything plastic.
I mean it.
Plastic looks cheap.
If anything, grab a can of Rust-Otoleum metallic spray paint and give your 70s ceramic floral lamp a high-end metal look with a gorgeous industrial feel. You can make a lot of blah-looking things with good shape, look like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
2. Find something old and rusty. The more vintage looking, the better.
Maybe its an old street sign.
Check out an antique shop for an old locker.
Maybe you're not so handy with getting your hands dirty, but grab a buddy one afternoon who likes welding, and have them cut the front end off a 1953 Ford you found off craigslist.
Add a couple pieces of metal furniture, like these rusty barn tin ottomans.
3. Mix dark and light colors.
Paint a wall or your ceiling a dark gray or black color.
Add a soft, light colored faux rug. Visual texture is everything.
Plants add an instant touch of beauty, and interior designers use them all the time.
You don't even have to have a green thumb to make it work.
Want something almost impossible to kill? A snake plant or aloe vera is the way to go, plus they are great air purifiers.
Want something completely impossible to kill? Faux plants. 'Nuf said.
Take a look at your favorite Instagram or Pinterest photos.
Ever notice little nick-nacks filling up the shelves or lined up on the counter?
Larger items give a bigger bang for your decorating buck and are more pleasing to the eye.
Plus, they're way easier to dust.
Stack a few here.
Turn all the spines completely around on the shelf over there.
And bam. That's how its done.