Bathroom design is evolving and concrete is a great alternative finish for a modern bathroom design. You can use applied concrete finishes for a concrete bathroom without using poured concrete.
Concrete is a very versatile material. You can make concrete floors, walls, concrete sinks, and countertops. As an architect in NYC and owner of Fontan Architecture, I like to use concrete for its modern and unique look. It really feels architectural and unique. I have even built entire homes out of concrete, we have another blog post if you want to read a bit about Concrete House Design.
Concrete Bathroom Walls
Concrete bathroom walls will create a modern and minimalist look and also has an industrial feel. The concrete bathroom walls can have a smooth texture for greater comfort especially in the shower. Since a concrete bathroom is generally a very industrial look you want to take that aspect into consideration for all facets of the design. You can incorporate some other modern and industrial design features to compliment the concrete textures.
In this concrete bathroom you can see the smooth concrete texture on the walls. This custom finish was applied to the existing bathroom walls. The bathroom becomes monochromatic as it only has grey, black and white throughout. This is a very specific look. We have another post on Interior Concrete Finishes if you want to see more ways to use concrete for interiors.
Concrete Finish Bathroom Walls
This next photo is a close up look at the concrete bathroom walls. They have a bit of texture but not too much as you wouldn’t want excessively rough textures in a bathroom.
As you can see in the concrete shower below concrete can be a very modern and textured material but still minimalistic. This is a truly unique and amazing modern shower completely made with concrete walls and floor. The bathroom only has a few materials with concrete being the primary.
Concrete Bathroom Floor
If you are going to make a concrete floor in a bathroom you do not want it to be too textured to make sure it is comfortable to walk on. There are lots of details to take into consideration when making a bathroom especially when you are doing something a bit less common like a concrete bathroom and concrete shower floor.
The picture below is of a close up look at the concrete bathroom floor. This bathroom has a curbless shower where the concrete shower floor is continuous without a step or curb. We installed a linear drain with a concrete finish top to make it even more continuous. This is a very modern concrete bathroom design detail. The bathroom floors and walls are seamless.
Modern and Industrial Details For Concrete Bathrooms
In this concrete bathroom we also placed a custom ceiling mounted towel bar made out of black tube metal hanging from the ceiling. This went very well with the bathroom’s concrete walls and floor. The most important thing about a bathroom design is that the bathroom has to be designed as one entity, you need to make everything work together. Be consistent.
Modern Concrete Bathroom Design
In my opinion there is only one real reason to make your bathroom with concrete, and that is because it looks awesome. Concrete is a real modern look and gives a high end custom architectural feel to a bathroom design. The seamless nature of the concrete finishes is a major factor in its modern ad minimalist look that sets concrete bathrooms apart from other bathroom designs.
We have another blog post you may want to check out filled with Bathroom Design Ideas of all different types of bathrooms.
The above bathroom is in a modern loft apartment we designed and renovated in the Manhattan Financial District (FiDi). If you are interested we have another post where you can read more about this Concrete Apartment.
Concrete and Wood
Concrete and wood are actually a good combination where you can have a lot of fun with creative freedom. The picture below is of the door to this bathroom. It is an orange stained wood door which pops out and brings life to this concrete apartment.
Industrial Hardware and Accessories
You can easily compliment your concrete walls and floors with industrial hardware and accessories.
Concrete finishes can be applied with different types of texture from smooth to rough. In a bathroom you probably will want it to be more on the smooth side, but you can make it however you like if it is a manually applied concrete finish.
The picture below is not of a bathroom but shows a very textured concrete wall finish.
Concrete Look Porcelain Tile
There are porcelain tiles made to look like concrete. There is a wide variety in color texture and sizes. This is a good alternative to actual applied concrete finish. The larger the pieces the more realistic it will look.
The picture below is of a bathroom we designed in a Chelsea Loft in NYC. These are porcelain tiles with a grey concrete weathered look. These tiles are from Porcelanosa.
Concrete Bathroom Designs
A concrete bathroom is a great option for a modern and unique design with an industrial look. good design is consistent and the entire bathroom should be designed as one coherent space, all details need to be meticulously thought out.
As an architect, I study design and construction, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. Every project is different and must be assessed on its own unique characteristics. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.
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This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.