Who knew plumbing could look this good?
Exposed pipe showers are coming, and there’s a good chance you’ll be wanting this 2019 interior design trend in your bathroom before you know it. Sure, this bathroom design trend is a little unexpected, but the final look is absolutely gorgeous.
Most exposed pipe shower systems consist of a shower knob, visible pipe to the showerhead, and the showerhead. Sometimes, a handheld showerhead or other attachment is also included. The whole system mounts on the wall of the shower, putting the internal workings of the shower on full display for a subtly rugged, industrial look. In most bathrooms, the showerhead and accompanying water controls are purely utilitarian, with minimal flair or style; they are barely visible and usually blend into the background. Exposed pipe showers make them (and the plumbing between them) a visible design choice.
Exposed pipe shower systems are a way to bring a little personality into bathrooms, which are notoriously difficult to spice up, outside of buying a nice shower curtain. A little exposed plumbing is an opportunity to highlight some flashy (or decidedly matte) finishes, and everything from chrome to copper to pewter works. More luxe materials soften the industrial harshness of exposed pipes, while more rugged ones (like copper) emphasize it.
Exposed shower systems are available from a number of retailers (think Amazon, Wayfair, and Home Depot) and specialty fixture stores. Prices start around $200, while systems with more elaborate attachments and features or high-end finishes can cost thousands.
Design pros have already called out exposed pipe shower systems as a big design trend in 2019, and like any trend, there are ways to customize this one. In custom installations, pipes can be exposed throughout the bathroom, emphasizing the industrial look all exposed showers have. The look can extend to sinks and standalone bathtubs, too.
Matte black fixtures with a streamlined shape look contemporary, while chrome ones look more traditional. For a retro twist, try a copper finish; gold looks incredibly luxe. Need proof? Scroll on for exposed pipe shower ideas, plus a few sinks and tubs with exposed plumbing.
All that glitters…
A post shared by Elevate Home Decor & Lighting (@elevate_home_decor) on Jun 16, 2018 at 3:25pm PDT
A strip of mosaic tile gives this exposed shower system an extra pop.
A post shared by Locals Love Local (@localslovelocal) on Sep 13, 2016 at 6:04pm PDT
The clean lines and matte material of this showerhead make industrial chic feel doable.
As far as the eye can see, brass
A post shared by @ thislittleoldhouse on Oct 15, 2018 at 9:15am PDT
This charming bathroom updates a traditional layout with lots of exposed brass plumbing and a colorful mosaic tile floor.
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A post shared by Pure Plumbing (@pureplumbinglv) on May 24, 2018 at 12:00pm PDT
Exposed plumbing and matching pipes repurposed as a curtain rod work together to help this shower feel cohesive.
Absolutely in love with this antique 1900s inspired exposed shower hardware! We are preparing to remodel our bathroom this summer and I can’t wait to add some character to the only full bathroom we have! #drummonds #bathroomdecor #bathroomremodel #shower #hardware #wishlist #exposedplumbing #brassisback
A post shared by Danielle Biegner (@the.marbury.homebody) on May 16, 2018 at 7:48am PDT
The large, almost ornate details on this exposed pipe shower system pop against a black tile shower.
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A standard chrome finish blends seamlessly into this tiled shower.
Retro all over
A post shared by TK (@minimallyluxe) on May 24, 2018 at 7:41am PDT
An unexpected hardware finish pairs perfectly with an unexpected tile pattern.
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A post shared by Pure Plumbing (@pureplumbinglv) on Oct 15, 2018 at 2:30pm PDT
A stretch of exposed copper plumbing helps this toned-down bathroom pop.
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A polished copper finish elevates the industrial feel of this elaborate exposed faucet fixture.