Transform Your Home With Grunge Decoration TipsOn February 22, 2022 by Melissa Castillo
Are you the type of homeowner who isn’t afraid to take on a challenge? Does the ‘ordinary’ beige wall and Ikea flat-pack furniture fail to meet your expectations for what a home should seem like? Are you envisioning your home as a blank canvas on which you can allow your youthful, visionary side run wild and create a space that truly reflects your personality and character? If your personal style is more on the gritty urban, worn, and distressed side of the home décor spectrum, the following may be just what you’re looking for. Welcome to our list of 8 grunge interior design ideas that can completely remodel your home.
1. Make a grunge accent wall
Installing a grunge style feature wall is the single most visible and crucial way to capture the essence of grunge and distressed home décor. The three main styles you should be leaning towards are shown below.
- Wall of fictitious concrete
- Barn wood paneling on a rough plaster wall
- Wall of Faux Concrete
A G4H concrete feature wall can be one of the most fashionable additions to your home, especially with such a bold and cold appearance.
You can, of course, build an actual concrete wall. Nothing compares to the real thing in terms of smoothness and texture, but it’s a lot of effort, expensive, and messy!
Fortunately, Dulux has a series of concrete effect wall paints that are remarkably accurate in their representation of the actual thing. Here’s a glance at what they have to offer.
Plaster Wall in its Natural State
We’re not talking about the obnoxious circular plaster swirls that adorned the ceilings of homes in the 1920s and 1930s. A bare plaster wall is exactly what it sounds like. An unpainted wall that lets the raw plaster’s gorgeous reds and pinks peek through. The plaster can be applied evenly, as if it were a regular wall, or roughly to add more texture to the look.
Wood paneling from a barn
There’s something about distressed wood wall decor that screams grungy home decor. Barn wood paneling is one of the greatest methods to add a grunge decorating style to your home and can be found in a variety of eBay shops and, of course, reclaimed timber vendors.
Check out our 6 recommendations on how to decorate a warehouse apartment for more on feature walls like raw brick.
2. Make use of natural materials
Don’t forget to complement your concrete walls and industrial lighting with a variety of natural home décor items that meet the following guidelines:
- earthy color palette
- Textures that are rough and ready
- Designs that are both unique and bold.
Concrete home accessories, such as concrete coffee and side tables, go great with the gritty feature walls we mentioned before. They’re not only fashionable when paired with a grunge backdrop, but they’re also extremely durable.
Hodi is a concrete end table.
Jute is another of our favorite materials for home design that works well with the grunge look. Jute lends an earthy, rough-and-ready feel to the room’s dcor, from pouffes to placemats.
Natural Jute Placemats in a Pale
Jute rugs are another natural home accent with a lovely dusty orange tone that pairs beautifully with the distressed trend’s earthy colors. They aren’t the most comfortable underfoot, but they do provide some cushioning. A faded Persian rug, on the other hand, is the way to choose if you really must have the finest of both elegance and comfort. More color and design options are available, and the fact that they’re made of cotton makes them a more comfortable option.
3. Lighting in an Industrial Style
The importance of adequate lighting cannot be overstated. Not only for the recognized psychological benefits of well lighted homes, but also for aesthetic reasons. Consider the lighting schemes below to complement your grunge-inspired home decor.
- Pendant lights made of rattan
- Concrete Lighting Metal Lighting
- Lighting made of rattan or jute
Rattan is the most recent material that has us all drooling. You can’t go wrong with natural or sultry black to create an eye-catching style that’s perfect for the distressed interior design trend.
Lighting Made of Metal
Industrial home design and grunge interior design go hand in hand. We propose choosing either an industrial, large metal pendant light or distressed wire mesh pendant lighting, both of which are currently popular in the home lighting scene.
Consider earthy timber tones and aged and blemished metals, as well as distinctive fixtures and features like metal chain cables and metal ceiling roses, when selecting distressed house lighting for your filthy dwelling.
Lighting Made of Concrete
What better way to complement your new faux concrete wall than to place a few concrete pendant lights in front of it?
Concrete lighting embodies the raw character of deep metropolitan design that the grunge interior trend so strongly favors, resulting in a natural and completely complementary match.
4. Rustic and distressed flooring
In any home, stylish flooring sets the tone. We’re not against putting a soft carpet underfoot if you prefer comfort above all else. But that’s not what we’re discussing. You must consider two factors in order to fully capture the essence of the grunge home décor trend:
- Flooring made from reclaimed wood
- Concrete tiles that are too big
- Flooring made from reclaimed wood
You’ve won if you pull into your new apartment, lift up the dank and stinky old carpets installed by the previous occupants, and discover a delightfully spotless and well-kept original reclaimed timber floor. Continue to point 4; you’ve nailed it. If, like the rest of us, your once-beautiful reclaimed oak floor has become a shattered disaster, you’ll have to get inventive.
Reclaimed hardwood flooring, like barn wood paneling, may be found in abundance on eBay and reclaimed timber yards, but be warned: they’re not as straightforward to install as a box of tongue and groove straight from your local Homebase, so you may need some assistance. Additionally, be prepared to discard at least 15% of the boards due to warping and damage.
If you want to go the easy path, there are a few flooring companies that offer a distressed, hand scraped, matte finish that comes close to replicating the effect. Check out Elka, which is made of real wood and engineered to give you an idea of the appearance we’re talking about.
Concrete Tiles with a Larger Size
Concrete floors, like the emerging trend of actual concrete kitchen worktops, are made by pouring concrete, allowing it to set, and then sanding it to produce that gorgeous gleaming smooth surface you see in every other enormous and unattainable home project on Pinterest. It’s not a good idea. It’s dirty, expensive, and reacts poorly to acidic liquids, so spills will ruin the look eternally, no matter how well the firm claims their sealing procedure holds up.
Companies like Topps Tiles offer huge and highly realistic imitation concrete tiles that will do the same purpose and look wonderful to get the grunge flooring effect you’ve always desired.
5. Use distressed fabrics in your design.
Distressed textiles, such as distressed sofa and bed wraps, natural fiber placemats, and thin Turkish bath towels, provide a much-needed sense of comfort to a kind of home décor noted for its harsh look.
Soft cotton, aged fabric bed throws may not only elevate the aesthetic of your bedroom to something of a much edgier appeal, but they can also keep you cosy and warm on those chilly winter nights.
Placemats, for example, might be an unnoticed and underappreciated complement to your grungy home décor goals. To really introduce a grunge appearance to your table service, toss out those shredded old cork placemats and replace them with natural jute or dusty color toned, worn cloth placemats.
6. Dress up your home with industrial accents.
Being unusual is the core essence of grunge interior design. It’s to project a distinct sense of style, therefore it’s only natural to fill your home with complementary odd home accessories.
Let your imagination run wild with the unlimited possibilities of how you can arrange your home a little differently, from wobbly wooden towel ladders to industrial influenced shelving and storage units.
Louis Swivel Bar Stool (Industrial)
The first stop should, of course, be reclaimed furniture and home accessories. You can’t get that sense of accomplishment or that sense of authenticity from a store, and you can’t get that sense of accomplishment from personally restoring that lovely piece of furniture that needed a little TLC.
If, on the other hand, your life is a little too hectic to put on your overalls and get down and dirty with DIY, here’s a list of goods to get you started.
- Towel ladders that aren’t straight
- Vases for the floor
- Clocks made of concrete
- Stools for the bar made of wood and metal
- Lanterns from Morocco
- Mirrors for the workplace
- Cushions and throws with a worn appearance
It’s all about ‘where the head leads, the heart will follow,’ and with a little creative input at this point, whether it’s handmade or store-bought, you’ll enjoy the completed product, and so will your visitors.
7. Artwork that is abstract
An big, dramatic piece of abstract artwork is the perfect complement to your grunge feature wall.
When choosing a statement piece of art to match your grunge-themed home, keep these two aspects in mind:
Color pallet that stands out
If you’re looking for a statement piece of art to completely boost a feature wall, we recommend going big! Always keep in mind that art should never be a haphazard, ‘anything-will-do’ investment. It completely changes the look and feel of your home, so think carefully about the piece, its size, and what it means to you. After all, you’re the one who has to look at it every day.
Second, one of the most common blunders we encounter is when a buyer brings their brand new piece of artwork home only to discover that it doesn’t match the color scheme of their home. Fortunately, the grunge home décor style does not lend itself to bright and vivid color palettes, but it’s worth considering.
Fixtures and fittings are number eight on the list.
The finer elements, such as fixtures and fittings, are one of the most typical blunders that completely destroy the illusion of the distressed home décor trend.
Here are a few of the tiny home fixtures that we shouldn’t overlook:
Before you plopped that terrible white radiator on top of the grunge feature wall, it looked magnificent. Radiators are pricey, to be sure, but they can also be wonderfully beautiful and aren’t nearly as expensive as you may assume.
We’re all aware of how lovely Victorian cast iron radiators are, but we’re also aware of how expensive they are. Thankfully, there are now a slew of companies that sell vintage-style radiators for a fraction of the price.
Handles for doors
Door handles and knobs are an often-overlooked element. We tend to overlook these minor touches, yet it’s the smaller inanimate objects that can truly complete the appearance. Bronze, brass, and wrought iron are all excellent textures and tones to compliment your grunge decor style.
Switches for lights
On a white wall or if you’re on a budget, white plastic light switches and plug sockets are OK, but slap those bad boys on a concrete feature wall and you’ll notice them from a mile away. Stainless steel or bronze fittings can be used to accessorize your highly fashionable urban-inspired, damaged home. Even the switches themselves can be replaced with vintage ball bearing switches.