Whether you are actually living in the heart of a major city or simply want to bring the style of an urban loft into your suburban or rural home, this guide is designed to help you achieve the industrial design you are looking for. I will bring together years of experience and research in the design field to help you achieve a clean, industrial vibe in your bathroom.
Many Shapes and Sizes
While the term “many shapes and sizes” can apply to some of the pieces and fixtures you can include in your industrial design, this title is actually referring to the fact that industrial designs themselves come in many varieties. The typical industrial style most people envision when they think about an industrial-style space is the urban industrial loft. Another popular industrial style is vintage industrial. An up and coming style in today’s design world is the steampunk style – one ripe with industrial influences.
There are many aspects of a space which will apply to all three of these design styles. The aspects they share in common are the very core of what it means to be an industrial style. Let’s first take a look at the general industrial style and see how you can incorporate it in to your bathroom, before looking at some specific design elements used in the three subtypes listed above.
High ceilings are incredibly important to the industrial design style. To understand why high ceilings (and many other key design features) are so important to this style, allow me to walk you through a brief history lesson. The industrial style was born of a trend during the mid-nineteenth century when former industrial buildings were transformed into condominiums. As the technological and service industries grew and the industrial and manufacturing industries shrank, there were many vacant buildings left littering the streets of major urban metropolises. Instead of spending the time and resources to tear these buildings down and construct new residential buildings, urban architects had the ingenious idea of transforming the factories of old into homes.
As word spread about this new approach, people became enthralled with the idea of living in a renovated factory. To keep up with the hoopla around the idea and, undoubtedly, to cut the costs associated with installing ceilings and walls, architects decided to leave out many additional walls and ceilings which would have made the spaces feel more like houses or traditional apartments.
To create this lofty feeling, we suggest the following. If you live in a space with high ceilings, leave them. If you have the ability to knock out your ceiling and raise it higher, do it. If neither of these are options, use any one or two of a variety of interior design techniques to make your space seem larger.
First, you can add tall mirrors to the space to draw the eye upward. You can also add something reflective to the ceiling (such as tin) to give the illusion that it goes higher. You can also paint the walls and ceiling the same color so that there is less of a distinction between them.