Industrial vs Eccentric: Each Style’s Pros and Cons

When we say design style, we are mostly referring to the combination of colors and certain elements that when put together creates a holistic and uniform feel.

If you’re looking to decorate your space or new home, it is a crucial step to explore all your design style options and see which one will fit your taste. 

In this article, let’s look at two design styles including industrial and eccentric and see the pros and cons of each style.

Industrial Design Style

As the name suggests, an industrial design style evokes urban vibe elements reminiscent of the Industrial Era. It is a blend of modern interpretations combining reclaimed machinery and rugged factory-esque materials. 

Rather than covering rusty designs, industrial ducts pipes, rough woods, bare cement, and metals, it exposes these materials and even uses it as a defining element of the space.

This is a common style used in spacious lofts or high ceiling open floor plans exposing tall walls made of brick woods.

Masculine elements including metal, rustic wood, and leathers consist of this style. However, it adds some smooth injections including neutral tones, vintage furnishings, and other utilitarian accents. 


If you have an open ceiling space and think it needs more personality, an industrial design might be something you wanted to consider.

This style has a clean and somewhat minimal but steampunk feels to it.

It uses warm, earthy colors such as browns and tans and uses no harsh contrasts.


Because this design incorporates oversized machinery inspired elements, it needs plenty of breathing room just like what you see in urban loft type of spaces. 

If you are working with a small space, it’s difficult to follow this kind of design style. 

However, if you still want an industrial feel to your space, you can inject objects that use raw materials like a rusty bookshelf, an exposed pipe in your ceiling, a rustic leather chair, and vintage photographs.

Eccentric Design Style

The word eccentric is just a fancy way to refer to unconventional curation of different styles but nonetheless a creative way to combine these elements together.

It combines bold colors, textures, and patterns. In an eccentric design style, it uses contrast, repetition, scale, and composition and combination of these breaking any rules that you ever learned in design.

To achieve this style, you might need a plain wall as a background to work with. That’s because you have a lot of room for experimentation in adding decorative elements such as antique vases, statement rugs, and even busts and taxidermy mounts.

Unlike the industrial design style, there’s no rule to what color palette to use, or what decorative arts to incorporate. Mismatching is definitely the only rule.

However, it doesn’t mean that you can add whatever you like when going for an eclectic choice. It is a matter of looking at iconic pieces, colorful combos, and curating aesthetics that blend well together. 


If you are someone whose choices change regularly and don’t want to be limited in just one style, you will be happy about following an eccentric design style where you have the freedom to choose the right pieces that fit your taste. 


Eccentric style designs are chaotic. Because of several choices in textures and colors, it makes it difficult for an observer to fix the eye on just one thing especially when looking at interiors. However, when done correctly, it should be able to evoke a sense of commonality. 

While both styles seem to not follow any definite rules in the combination of elements, these two still create unity in the sense of having an asymmetrical balance.

Author Bio: Rachel Chua thought getting a degree in Language and Literature will get her more time to read books, but sheaccidentally became a writer. She writes blogs for Word Count Tool mostly. She’s also a minimalist, a health enthusiast, and a hobbyist photographer.

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