The industrial style aesthetic is inspired by warehouses that were converted into lofts, made popular in the late 2000s. It’s usually associated with raw materials (like exposed bricks and piping), open space, neutral colors, and metal finishings. There’s some overlap with shabby chic and the farmhouse aesthetic.
There are lots of shelving strategies that utilize an industrial aesthetic, whether you want a home library that matches the rest of your decor or you want these shelves to add some visual interest to a more neutral home layout. Weathered wood is associated with this look, but I didn’t want to stray too far into farmhouse territory, so these shelves have a metal — and especially metal piping — element.
There are industrial bookshelves options here to house the bulk of a home library or just a few books tucked into a corner. I also found a few different options that incorporate a lamp or reading light to make it multifunctional. These Edison bulbs are sure to be eye-catching, so you can store your conversation starter books with them!
Let’s start with the larger bookcases, and then get into the smaller shelves and bookends. No matter what space you have available, you’ll be able to find at least one to match!