Think minimalism, matte black, metals and mesh with a pop of colour. The industrial look that has crept into bathroom renovations will remain a strong trend.
Andy Grigor, Head of Design & Innovation at Methven, says that the trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in new and existing bathroom renovations will be popular in residential homes in 2019.
“Industrial aesthetics have made their way into the bathroom from other areas of the house in a fun way, with simple shapes and matte surfaces, taking centre stage,” says Australia by Design‘s Grigor.
Here are Grigor’s top five design elements to inspire your own bathroom renovations and get that on-trend industrial look in 2019:
Truth to materials
Concrete whether it’s porous and unrefined or 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,” says Grigor. “It’s also a great material for built-in shelving and hollowed out niches to hold towels and other accessories.”
New nature bathroom renovations
Natural materials such as wood, 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.”
“The wood being used is also becoming rougher and less refined celebrating its imperfections, so reclaimed wood is a great choice and a way to incorporate recycled materials into your bathroom and house.”
Wood can also be incorporated as a panel wall or with the use of storage boxes like crates and other accessories such as stools.
Black is here to stay
“While bathroom design is calling on industrial influences, there is a softer approach to the concept in bathrooms with the use of more modern materials such as matte black finishes,” says Grigor.
“Matte black tapware is very popular due to its ability to pair so well with other current design and style trends. For example, the use of natural materials like timber and stone in bathrooms has also been growing, and black tapware and accessories complement these beautifully.
Putting metals to work
With reference to the urban city and industrial workspaces, 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,” says Grigor.
“For bathroom accessories you can use antique-like cake moulds as containers or metal tins combined with mesh and raw string to get that rough, yet repurposed look.”
Stainless steel rather than chrome is also becoming a popular choice.
Pops of colour
Another trend in bathroom renovations 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.
“Classic 1950s patterns are also popular on tiles and textiles, as well as mid-century curves making a comeback,” says Grigor. “Pale wood can also beautifully complement the mid-century Miami colours.”
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