Think minimalism, matte black, metals and mesh with a pop of colour – Methven bathroom designer and manufacturer says the industrial look will remain a strong trend in 2019.

Head of Design & Innovation at Methven Andy Grigor said 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 centre stage,” said Andy. According to Andy, the top five bathroom design elements to consider for the on-trend industrial look are simple to conquer.

Firstly, whether it is porous and unrefined to smooth and sanded, concrete 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 Andy. “It’s also a great material for built-in shelving and hollowed out niches to hold towels and other accessories.”

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.” Wood can also be incorporated as a panel wall or with the use of storage boxes like crates and other accessories such as stools.

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, comments Andy. “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.”

With reference to the 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. Stainless steel rather than chrome is becoming a popular choice.

Another trend continuing in 2019 is the mid-century Miami look, with a focus on soft colours and dusty pastels such as mint and powder pink.

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