Usually, we think of plumbing as a necessity, but rarely do we see it as beautiful (aside from choosing faucets, of course). Pipes sit neatly tucked away behind sheetrock and tiled walls, or hidden from view underneath a vanity. Yet, lately, exposed plumbing has begun to gain popularity - and for good reason.
When done right, exposed plumbing can be absolutely stunning. It gives an almost industrial edge to design, and - dare we say it - adds a touch of glamour to the space, too. Not sold on the idea of exposing your bathroom’s pipes? Read on - we’ve got a feeling that this collection of our favorite designs is definitely going to change your mind.
The easiest way to incorporate exposed plumbing - especially if you’re not sure you’re ready for a busier visual take - is to keep things simple. By exposing only the piping from your showerhead to your handle, it emphasizes the straight and clean lines of the plumbing, keeping the overall focus on the room itself. The plumbing, by effect, is merely an added jewel - it gives the bathroom a touch of interest without becoming the centerpiece.
If you’re ready to kick it up a notch, go for an industrial-inspired look with edgy knobs and attachments that add an element of contemporary flair. Whether you opt for vintage-style faucets or modern amenities with long and sleek silhouettes, adding more exposure to your plumbing will certainly make a statement.
Open & Airy
Aside from the shower area, we love the idea of incorporating exposed plumbing at the sink. This look is all about keeping things open and airy. With a pared-down vanity - either with a “floating” mount or on metallic legs - you have added floor space where you can show off your floor tiles, add a decorative basket, or let your sink’s plumbing shine.
While plumbing is, of course, functional in nature, it also has the potential to double up as art. With exposed pipes, there’s no limit to the creative ways to arrange them. Try exposing your plumbing from your sink to the ceiling to add visual height. Or, create a pattern to keep your eyes moving across the wall. With horizontal piping, you can even get some use out of it as a towel rod.
In short, plumbing is more than a conduit for water - it’s a chance to let your expressive side come to life. Your bathroom doesn’t have to stay within the bounds of the expected - experiment a bit, and you just might find you’re ready for something completely different. And that’s the kind of design we love.
By Megan Johansson