The minimalist industrial look will continue to be popular and on-trend in residential bathroom design in 2019, according to bathroom fittings experts Methven Australia.

Andy Grigor, Head of Design & Innovation at Methven commented that the trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in the bathroom will be popular in residential homes. Grigor leads the team at Methven that creates and manufactures award-winning showers and tapware. He also appears on Channel 10’s Australia by Design.

“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,” says Grigor.

Grigor lists out the top five bathroom design elements that will help you achieve the on-trend industrial look.

Material choices

Concrete – be it porous and unrefined or smooth and sanded – is increasingly becoming popular as a material choice in urban design.

“We are seeing with increasing popularity 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.”

Go natural

Natural materials such as wood perfectly complement the industrial theme by providing balance and softness.

“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.

“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 panelled wall or in the form of storage boxes such as crates and other accessories such as stools.

Black is beautiful

“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 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.”

The Aio shower combines intriguing sculptural contours and an elegant form with a divine showering experience, making it a suitable choice for homeowners wanting to update their tapware or complete a modern bathroom renovation. The Aio uses Methven’s Aurajet technology to deliver a highly efficient and luxurious shower with fan-like spray delivering more water contact to the body.

The metallic touch

Referenced widely in industrial design, metals will continue to remain 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 even 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 is being preferred over chrome, with Methven’s latest innovation, Turoa (pictured, shower rail) crafted from this harder wearing material than traditional brass. Stainless steel not only eliminates the need for chrome plating, which is harmful for the environment, but is also easier to recondition, allowing for re-use in future. It also allows for greater design detail flexibility, and offers a high quality and precision-engineered product.

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, and mid-century curves are making a comeback,” says Grigor. “Pale wood can also beautifully complement the mid-century Miami colours.”