7 Small Industrial Bathroom Ideas That Will Work for a Spacious en Suite, Too

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You don't need a sprawling bathroom to make a meaningful impact. In fact, petite spaces are perfectly sized to try out something new — a bold wallpaper, a unique light fixture, or perhaps a particular interior design approach that you've been mulling over for some time now, like industrial style.

If you're intrigued by the industrial look, you're not alone. With a focus on signature details — such as reclaimed wood, stainless steel, concrete walls, and exposed brick walls — neutral hues, and the use of industrial elements (like ducts and pipes), the raw aesthetic is a match made in design heaven for even the most spatially challenged bathroom.

Check out the following seven small industrial bathrooms to see exactly what we're talking about.

1. Infuse rustic details.

Soften the inherently masculine tone of industrial design by layering it with another style. Mindy Gayer introduces rustic, farmhouse vibes to this small bathroom with shiplap-clad walls and wood accents. Creamy white walls, an oversize metal mirror, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware complete the look.

2. Consider a trough sink.

Trough sinks are a practical addition to small industrial bathrooms. Plus, they add a vintage touch and nod to schoolhouses of yore, without looking dated. This space by Wendy Word underscores the industrial look with a metal rivet mirror, high-contrast color palette, and double sconce.

3. Make a statement with your shower door.

Glass shower doors with a black metal frame call to mind the factory windows made popular by industrial lofts — they also do wonders at transforming a humble shower into a real showstopper. The team over at Chango & Co. personalized this industrial bathroom with wall-mounted fixtures, a stock tank tub, and black floor tile paired with white subway tile on the walls. The reclaimed wood ceiling beams add the perfect dash of warmth.

4. Embrace brass accents.

Brass fixtures are a quick and easy way to elevate any bathroom design — adding elegance and sophistication. In this remodel, designer Katie Martinez hit all the small industrial bathroom high notes thanks to graphic cement floor tile, floor-to-ceiling subway tile, and plenty of brass fittings. Exposed pipes and a vintage-inspired vanity mirror are telltale industrial details that add authenticity.

5. Introduce pattern in an edited colorway.

Introduce color and pattern to a small industrial bathroom without detracting from the style's pared-down ethos. For instance, RailiCa Design integrates monochrome "plus sign" wall tile, vibrant artwork, and a quintessential industrial cage light fixture for a stylish design idea that doesn't take itself too seriously.

6. Splurge on custom details.

Make a big statement in a small industrial bathroom with custom touches like a wall-mounted cast cement sink for two, a walk-in shower with high-gloss black tile, and poured concrete floors. Monochrome expert Leanne Ford punctuates the look with a trio of de rigueur bare bulb sconces.

7. Install tile with dark grout.

Subway tile gets an upgrade in a less ubiquitous square shape, and really pops when it's installed using dark grout as seen in this timeless small industrial bathroom by Emilie Fournet. A wall-mounted bucket sink enhances the utilitarian vibe while greenery and woven accents add texture and plenty of warmth.


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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