How to create an industrial-style bathroom

Industrial style has been around for some time now – but, thanks to its versatility and strong appeal, it is one that’s here to stay

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The bathroom is one of the most hard-working rooms in the home, not to mention a big selling point, so it pays to give its design some decent attention. Bathroom design isn’t just about selecting a shower and/or bath, basin and toilet – there are the tiles, lighting, mirrors and storage options to consider, too. Here we have pulled together all you need to know about industrial style to get you excited about your next bathroom project – including bringing non-traditional pieces of furniture and accessories into the space – to take it from functional to fantastic.

Design tips

One of the strengths of this look is the ability to engage the eye and brain with a variety of materials. Industrial-style bathrooms often feature concrete floors and walls, wood, glass and sleek metal surfaces, even exposed brick.

These grey concrete floor tiles (picture 7) with their edgy ‘scratched’ finish are a good starting point for this scheme. Depending on your budget, you could continue the tiles up to walls or paint the walls in a complementary grey. A feature wall, perhaps behind the vanity and mirror, in either stainless-steel brick tiles (picture 1) or black or grey subway tiles are also typical of this look.

Another option for a feature tile is a grey ‘cube’ tile (picture 9), a geo design that’s very on-trend right now. A geometric mirror (picture 2) and caged pendant light used in conjunction with this tile would create a stunning look. In terms of lighting, two glass wall lamps (picture 3) would look superb teamed with a simple square mirror above the vanity.

To soften a grey scheme, consider introducing a pastel, such as mint, through wire baskets (picture 12), towels or artwork (picture 10). For accessories, numbers or typography are commonly seen in industrial design and can be included via a framed print, storage bags (picture 5) or towels. A leaning ladder for hanging towels is worth considering if you are not a fan of heated towel rails.

Words by: Vanessa Nouwens; Photography by: Maree Homer/