A New Take on Modern Classic Bathroom Design

Moretti Blog   •   November 03, 2015

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Two typically underground design movements have soared to prominence in 2015. Now, Industrial design and Steampunk design are officially at the forefront of the year’s most popular interior design trends, contributing to a whole new take on modern classic bathroom design.

Industrial design strives for more of a ‘warehouse’ effect, whereas Steampunk is decidedly more Victorian and eclectic. Nonetheless, both design styles have a signature vintage feel; they embrace rough finishes and raw materials, with an emphasis on metal statement pieces, brick and wood surfaces, textural contrasts, and neutral colours.

What makes Industrial and Steampunk design trends so desirable is their versatility when blended with different aesthetics—from rustic to ultra-contemporary and baroque styles. It is this very flexibility that has led to a brand new (more fluid) interpretation of modern classic.

Transforming bathroom interior design

These revamped design movements have made waves in modern classic bathroom design in particular. Furniture designers like William Holland are creating exquisite bold pieces that are ideal for incorporating the Industrial and Steampunk trends into bathroom interiors of virtually any style, with basins, bathtubs and basin fillers made in classic shapes using metals like tin, copper and nickel.

We’ve drawn inspiration from these pieces to suggest modern classic bathroom design ideas that combine various styles with the Industrial and Steampunk trends to give a unique, highly polished final effect.

Urban chic: The neutral hues of tin, copper and patina pieces complement popular contemporary colour palettes like grey and beige, while the more organic shapes of the basins and tubs contrast nicely against the sharper lines of contemporary-style features like flat-panel cabinets, large porcelain tiles, and floating vanities. Adding vintage-looking elements like bateau bathtubs and vessel basins prevents an ultra-modern space from feeling cold or sterile, while their bold metal surfaces maintain a contemporary feel.