Industrial design is the new must-have worldwide, and no wonder: bold design and fresh colour combos are more than enough to make it popular. However, regardless of its popularity, this style is definitely not for everyone because raw and rustic do not fit into every surrounding. If you are looking for a way to incorporate elements of industrial design in your bathroom, we offer you a few tips which will help you add a dash of militant and dynamic into your comfortable rooms.
What used to be hidden…
What was meant to be hidden in ordinary bathrooms is proudly exposed in industrial ones. All those pipes which were hiding behind plaster and tiles should be out in the open; this is one of the key elements of industrial chic style. However, be careful with exposed pipes, you do not want your bathroom to look unfinished and messy, but beautiful and unusual. Pipes should be clean and eye-catching (in a good way), this is the reason why copper and black PVC ones are the best option. What is more, you can even make shelves using threaded pipes and wood as well.
We usually choose to put tiles bathrooms because they look nice and are rather easy to clean, but if you are looking for a way to spice up your ordinary bathroom with a pinch of industrial air, you can leave the walls ‘naked’. Simple exposed brick walls or whitewashed wooden walls look amazing and perfectly combine that vintage rustic and lovely modern design, and exterior wall cladding can also be applied indoors in case you don’t want to cover it with planks. If you feel like exposed brick walls would make your bathroom look too small and you and your guests would feel a bit claustrophobic, you can even paint your brick walls white.
Let there be light
When it comes to lighting, simple rule applies: keep it vintage. Go through several garage sales, visit Ebay, and estate sales, and try to find old, heavy pieces or even make your own chandelier using differently shaped light bulbs. Luckily, the rule of industrial decoration goes: the simpler the better, so you will not make a mistake if you choose to use light bulbs in steel cages and pendant lamps. Remember to light your face, not the mirror itself; otherwise, you will be blinded every time you look in the mirror.
Crucial materials and details
In the time of real Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, it was all about progress and modernization. Glass, steal, steam, wires, brass, and rustic details are all that matter, so by choosing to add details made of these materials you will not go wrong. Brass pots with leafy plants, fixtures with simple design, aluminium mirror frames, and tin or stone tubs will make you feel like you have gone back in time to a whole other era.
Remember, you do not have to redecorate your bathroom floor-to-ceiling to make it industrial-like. You can add a few carefully selected details in several well-chosen places and you will have an industrial bathroom in a blink of an eye. Use your creativity and imagination well, and you will be able to transform your ordinary bathroom into industrial one with ease.