Think minimalism, matte black, metals and mesh with a pop of colour. The industrial look that has crept into bathrooms will remain a strong trend coming into 2019.
Andy Grigor, Head of Design & Innovation at Methven, says that the trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in the bathroom will be popular in residential homes in the New year.
âIndustrial 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,â says Grigor.
Here are the top five bathroom design elements to consider to get that on-trend industrial look, according to Grigor, who also appears on Australia by Design.
Truth to materials
Concrete whether itâs porous and unrefined or smooth and sanded, is growing in popularity with a strong nod to the use of urban industrial materials.
âWe are seeing with increasing popularity concrete being used for floors and walls and even whole basins,â says Grigor. âItâs also a great material for built-in shelving and hollowed out niches to hold towels and other accessories.â
Natural materials such as wood, work to balance and create softness, and perfectly complement the industrial theme.
âThe 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.â
âThe 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.â
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
âWhile 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,â says Grigor.
âMatte 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.
âThese metals can be used through tapware to even hairdryer holders, and suggest a touch of luxury against the industrial theme,â says Grigor.
âFor 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.â
Stainless steel rather than chrome is also becoming a popular choice.
Pops of colour
Another trend thatâs continuing into 2019 is the mid-century Miami look, with a focus on soft colours and dusty pastels such as mint and powder pink.
âClassic 1950s patterns are also popular on tiles and textiles, as well as mid-century curves making a comeback,â says Grigor. âPale wood can also beautifully complement the mid-century Miami colours.â