Industrial look scrubs up beautifully

CLEAN LINES: Industrial aesthetics have made their way into the bathroom, with simple shapes and matte surfaces taking centre stage in built-in shelving and hollowed out niches.
CLEAN LINES: Industrial aesthetics have made their way into the bathroom, with simple shapes and matte surfaces taking centre stage in built-in shelving and hollowed out niches.

The industrial look that has crept into bathrooms will remain a strong trend coming into 2019, according to bathroom fittings expert and head of design and innovation at Methven, Andy Grigor. Here are his top five bathroom design elements to achieve the industrial look.

Concrete. Concrete, from porous and unrefined to smooth and sanded, is growing in popularity with a strong nod to the use of urban industrial materials. “We are seeing with increasing popularity concrete being used for floors and walls and even whole basins,” said Andy.

Natural. Natural materials work to balance and create softness, and perfectly complement the industrial theme. “The use of reclaimed wood, gives a great rustic and worn in charm while creating warmth and softness in juxtaposition with the colder industrial materials such as metal and concrete,” said Andy.

THE PANEL: Wood can be incorporated as a panel wall or with the use of storage boxes like crates and other accessories such as stools.

THE PANEL: Wood can be incorporated as a panel wall or with the use of storage boxes like crates and other accessories such as stools.

Black. Matte black tapware is very popular due to its ability to pair so well with other current design and style trends. The use of natural materials like timber and stone in bathrooms has also been growing, and black tapware and accessories complement these beautifully.

MATTE BLACK: The trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in the bathroom will be popular in residential homes this year.

MATTE BLACK: The trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in the bathroom will be popular in residential homes this year.

Metals. The use of metals remains strong in bathrooms, with warmer tones such as copper, gold and bronze being utilised as eye-catching features. “These metals can be used through tapware to even hairdryer holders, and suggest a touch of luxury against the industrial theme,” said Andy.

Colour. Another trend that’s continuing into 2019 is the mid-century Miami look, with a focus on soft colours and dusty pastels such as mint and powder pink.