Think minimalism; matte black; metals; and a pop of colour. The industrial look that has crept into bathroom design is expected to remain strong in 2019, according to bathroom fittings supplier Methven. Here are Methven’s top five bathroom design elements for that on-trend industrial look:
Truth to materials. Concrete, whether it’s porous and unrefined to smooth and sanded, is growing in popularity with a strong nod to the use of urban industrial materials. Concrete is being used for floors, walls and even basins. It’s also great for built-in shelving and niches for towels and accessories.
New nature. Natural materials such as timber work to balance the industrial theme and create softness. Reclaimed timber provides a rustic and worn-in charm; while creating warmth and softness in juxtaposition with colder industrial materials such as metal and concrete. The timber being used is becoming rougher and less refined, celebrating its imperfections. Reclaimed timber is a great way to incorporate recycled materials into your bathroom renovation; and can be incorporated as a panel wall; 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 bathroom renovations with the use of more modern materials with matte black finishes. Matte black tapware is popular due to its ability to pair well with current bathroom design. Black tapware and bathroom accessories complement timber and stone beautifully. This has been the main driver for Methven to offer their halo-shaped Aio twin shower in matte black [$1699].
Putting metals to work. The use of metals remains strong in bathroom design, with warmer tones such as copper, gold and bronze being utilised as eye-catching features. These metals can be utilised through tapware and bathroom accessories; and suggests a touch of luxury against an industrial backdrop. Stainless steel is becoming popular, with Methven’s Turoa shower rail [$448.99] being crafted from this hard wearing material.
Pops of colour. Another trend for 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; while mid-century curves are making a comeback. Pale timber complements beautifully mid-century Miami colours.
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