Corrugated metal? Concrete floors? If you’re looking to give your bathroom an industrial look, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Modern, minimalist bathroom designs are in right now – and it’s an interior design that you can easily replicate in your own home. Want to transform your bathroom into an urban oasis that echoes the style of an old factory, warehouse or loft apartment? Here are six tips to turn your bland bathroom into an industrial masterpiece.
Refrain from too much color
Natural colors might sound uninspiring, but that’s exactly the type of look you’re going for when you create your industrial bathroom. The key here is to use color in splashes – covering walls in bright red or green is a big no-no. White or grey walls can create an atmospheric effect in your bathroom and will create a clean look that reflects the contemporary industrial style. You may also want to strip your bathroom wall to reveal the original brickwork underneath. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect or slightly patchy in parts as this can help to create the look you are trying to achieve.
Bold canvas art
You can decorate a wall in your bathroom by using canvas art – a big, bold statement that will catch the eye as soon as you walk into the room. Your canvas print should have meaning behind it – look for designs online that suit the style you are going for. Abstract designs work the best, but you might want to create a futuristic Dystopian look with a motivational quote. If you prefer, wall decals work just as well as canvas art, even if they are slightly more difficult to use. Decals peel off and stick to the wall so you will need to position them correctly; however, if you do it properly, it can create a bold style that will revolutionize a bland, boring wall space.
Salvage old junk
Yep, we know what you’re thinking: “Junk in my bathroom?” Hear us out. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and this couldn’t be more evident when creating industrial style bathrooms. Look in your garage or attic for previously discarded items that you thought you no longer had a use for. We mean things like old, broken typewriters, metal clocks, and pretty much any relic from the past that’s seen better days. You can place one or two of these items on a wall surface or shelf to create a Dystopian style that will really make your bathroom stand out from the crowd. Alternatively, check out online auction websites or head to your local flea market for items you can use. You never know what you might find!
Use plenty of metal
Metal is synonymous with industry and you should be including plenty of it in your bathroom. If you have space, a metal chair in front of a dressing table will help you achieve this look, but even making small modifications like switching brass faucet fixtures for aluminum ones can create a streamlined contemporary look. Industrial is not about being showy, but rather downplaying the style so that appears almost like the interior of a factory. A huge metal bathtub – made from aluminum or tin – can create a striking statement piece and will instantly become the centerpiece of the bathroom. If you don’t have the funds to install a metal shower, you can at least change the showerhead to complete the look.
The right interior lighting will turn your bathroom into an industrial wonderland. Pendant lamps or large copper ceiling lights will help to illuminate your bathroom effectively; if they’re second-hand and a little rusty, that’s OK too. Try and pick something vintage in order to bring your bathroom to life. Industrial lighting is usually harsh so you might want to use a stronger lightbulb.
When creating an industrial bathroom, you might want to expose your current floor surface and show the wooden beams or concrete underneath. Concrete flooring is one of the hallmarks of industrial chic and will complement the rest of the style you are trying to incorporate into the bathroom. If concrete is too cold on your feet when you come out of the bath or shower, place down a rug to ensure comfort.
Who said industrial bathrooms were sterile and boring? This stripped-down style is one of the hottest interior design trends of the moment and it’s a lot easier to replicate than you think! It’s all about keeping things simple: incorporate statement pieces and lots of metal, use natural colors, and introduce industrial style lighting to create an industrial style bathroom that’s bold and creative.