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Bathroom renovations: Get that on-trend industrial look

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 in 2019.

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.”

Read more: A growing bathroom trend to also look out for in 2019 is green walls.

Perfectly framed picture

The Samsung Frame TV is truly a work of art. The ingenious 4K UHD TV combines pleasing aesthetics and the latest technology in one clever package, offering a seamless flow that fits with your room design.

Gone are the days where clunky conventional televisions would dominate entire living spaces. The televisions of today are sleek, inconspicuous and – in the case of the game-changing Samsung Frame – can double as your home’s very own art gallery.

For Rickie Dee, director of fashion boutique Superette, The Frame was the obvious choice for her Takapuna office space. “We wanted our office to be relaxed but also inspire creativity,” Dee says. “The open spaces certainly do this, and encourage our team to collaborate on all ideas.” With its slick design and ability to transform into a work of art with the press of a button, The Frame blends seamlessly into Dee‘s overall aesthetic for her office space.

Dee says as well as using The Frame as a conventional television, she uses it to bring life to the office. “I love the huge array of art that is available, and that you can customise the framing depending on the space you have it in.” In addition to the 100 pieces of art in the Samsung art collection – which The Frame comes with – through partnerships with leading art galleries, the likes of Rubens, Monet, and Cézanne could be hanging in your office or living room. There are no limits on how often you decide to change out your artworks either. “We are constantly changing it,” says Dee. “It is located in our reception so I change it up to match our weekly flower delivery,” she adds. 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Rembrandt or a Picasso? You can use The Frame to display custom-designed digital art pieces or your own content. A choice of changeable framing options in white, beige wood, and walnut means The Frame will enhance the design and décor of almost any interior. The Frame’s unobtrusive design features make it the perfect companion for art lovers. The no-gap wall mount and clear cable connection mean that when you’ve got art mode switched on, no one will notice it’s a television unless you want them to.

But when you’re using The Frame as a conventional TV, it doesn’t disappoint with 4K UHD technology. Samsung’s Smart Hub means all of your favourite content-streaming services are just a click away.

The Frame by Samsung is available from select retailers nationwide in three sizes: 43-inch, RRP $1999; 55-inch, $3999 and 65-inch, $5999. samsung.com/nz

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