At Urban Chic, our expert property stylists keep a constant weather eye on up and coming trends to ensure that, come the time your home hits the market, it looks the bomb. A big trend currently on their radar is the industrial look for bathrooms.

While a full bathroom renovation could be over-capitalising if you are planning on selling, updating the fixtures and adding on-trend accessories can improve your bathroom’s allure in the eyes of potential buyers.

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, according to bathroom fittings experts Methven.

Andy Grigor, Head of Design & Innovation at Methven, leading the team who creates and manufactures award-winning showers and tapware, commented that the trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in the bathroom will be popular in residential homes.

“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 centrestage,” says Grigor.

Here are the top five bathroom design elements to consider to get that on-trend industrial look, according to  Grigor, who regularly appears on Channel 10’s Australia by Design series.

  1. 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 an increasing popularity for 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.”

  1. New nature

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,” says Grigor. “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 such as crates and other accessories such as stools.

  1. 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 Mr 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. This has been the main driver for Methven to now offer our popular and award-winning halo-shaped Aio twin shower (pictured) in matte black.”

With its intriguing sculptural contours and elegant forms, it not only looks amazing, but delivers a divine showering experience.

  1. Putting metals to work

With reference to urban city and industrial work spaces, 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 from tapware to 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 becoming a popular choice.

  1. Pops of 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.

“Classic 1950s patterns are also popular on tiles and textiles, as well as mid-century curves making a comeback,” says Grigor. “Pale timber can also beautifully complement the mid-century Miami colours.”

Our expert property stylists can advise on many ways to make an outdated bathroom look fresh, up to the minute and appealing to buyers, without the expense of smashing it up and starting again. Give us a call, make an appointment and see what they have to suggest!

Image courtesy of Methven.


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