Once upon a time — you know, back in the 1700s — industrial design was born as a practical way to outfit America's growing factories. Today, however, it is one of the most in-demand styles around. With an emphasis on raw metal, Edison bulbs, and building materials such as concrete, industrial design offers an air of understated elegance that's equal parts pretty and practical.
The good news is that you don't need to live in a hip, downtown loft, complete with exposed brick and sky-high ceilings, to bring the same spirit into your space. Adding industrial-inspired lighting to your space is an easy, affordable way to transform any room in the house — especially your washroom. Scroll on for five awe-inspiring ideas that prove industrial bathroom light fixtures are the way to go, plus where to shop so you can pick up a few for your own bathroom.
1. Chic Cages
Iron accents are a hallmark of chic, industrial lighting — and the wall sconces in this bathroom tick all of the design boxes. Wall-mounted fixtures are a fail-safe style for bathrooms, plus the cage detailing oozes industrial charm. Complete the look with black accents like a vanity mirror, towel cabinet, and dramatic ceiling.
2. Mixed Materials
If iron isn't your material of choice, take a cue from Shea over at Studio McGee and opt for glass bathroom light fixtures like these reimagined hooded sconces. The clear glass offers modern flair to a tried-and-true industrial silhouette. And the board and batten wall treatment infuses a dash of traditional charm into the overall design.
3. Beautiful Bulbs
It's simply not the industrialist way to mask your lights with frilly, fabric shades. Instead, Jenny Komenda of Juniper Home allowed this cabin's bathroom to shine bright with globe wall sconces. While this silhouette tends to be associated with midcentury modernism, these light fixtures look decidedly industrial juxtaposed with black subway tile, concrete floors, and a large trough sink.
4. Hung Up
This just in: You don't need to deck out your bathroom in wrought-iron sconces. Instead, opt for a statement pendant. The black factory style fixture in this 1860s miners cottage designed by Kali Cavanagh is enough to add an industrialist sentiment to any space, and that's especially true when paired with rustic wood floors, white subway tile, and a steel frame window.
5. A Lightbulb Moment
When it comes to industrial bathroom light fixtures, simplicity is key — just look at this setup by California-based designer Amber Lewis. The strategically placed wall sconces with exposed bulbs make a statement without overpowering the rest of the room.
Where to Buy Industrial Bathroom Lighting:
Convinced you should add an industrial light fixture (or two) to your space? Now the only thing left to do is pick out a standout style. These three retailers will give your personal sanctuary the perfect glow.
This retailer has plenty of fixtures in an array of different styles — especially industrial-style lights. Shades of Light has plenty of tapered flush mounts, caged sconces, and much more to choose from.
Love iron details? Pottery Barn is the perfect place to buy industrial bathroom lighting for your space. From pendants to sconces this well-known brand is just bursting with options that boast stunning iron accents.
Not only does this retailer have great fixtures for midcentury bathrooms, but it also has a pretty impressive array of industrial light fixtures, too. Best of all, Rejuvenation has an entire section dedicated to bathrooms, meaning your oasis will look impeccable.