Interiors Trends: The Natural Look Bathroom | Modern Mummy

Friday, 8 September 2017

Interiors Trends: The Natural Look Bathroom

If you’re planning on redesigning your bathroom anytime soon, why not check out the natural look. It’s one of the biggest contemporary bathroom makeover trends at the moment. Going natural doesn’t mean plain – far from it. It’s all about bringing the outdoors in and creating a bathroom that uses designs and materials that reflect Mother Nature’s natural beauty.

Natural materials will add character and warmth to your bathroom, but they’re also a clever way to tone down the sleek and sometimes harsh lines of modern sanitaryware. Whether you prefer a traditional or period feel, a modern aesthetic or a rustic look, there’s a wealth of materials out there to help you transform the space.

Natural colours

Let the overall design scheme for your bathroom be inspired by the Earth’s natural palette. Natural materials are currently on trend using soothing, clean, organic shades. Bathrooms, shower rooms and WCs are no longer sporting bold bright colours. Instead, hues such as sky blue, pale green and warm neutrals – including shades of grey, ivory, taupe – are extremely popular.

For wall coverings, think about fitting floor-to-ceiling wall tiles in off-white, with carefully positioned accent tiles to provide subtle colour highlights. Or how about tile textures that look like pebbles or stone finishes to give your bathroom a real spa feeling?

Wood is good

Wood should be high on everyone’s list of bathroom materials. The recent trend for Scandi Styling, with its heavy reliance on wooden materials, is set to continue. You can introduce wood into your bathroom in many different ways. Team solid oak furniture with simple white bathroom tiles for a cool sophisticated look. Shaker style cabinets and matching bath panels in a light oak finish can create a farmhouse feel, while painted tongue-and-groove wall panelling is perfect for achieving a casual bathroom aesthetic.

Wooden panelling provides oodles of character, and it’s a great insulator too. Tongue-and-groove panelling complements period bathroom designs, while large panels of wood-effect composite work well in a modern shower cubicle.

Wooden floors in a bathroom are best avoided, on account of the high moisture levels. If you do choose wooden flooring, make sure the timber is treated properly and that there is effective ventilation in the room. Alternatively, why not think about statement tiles that give the appearance of real wood?

For a touch of earthy elegance, combine the tactile texture of warm wood with smart stone.

Say it with stone

Marble, travertine, slate and quartz are popular natural stone materials to add a touch of glamour to your bathroom walls and floors. Stone tiles are a classic option for both walls and floor, but do check that they are slip resistant for safe use in the bathroom. Some natural stone flooring is porous and needs to be sealed to prevent water from penetrating.

If natural stone flooring is beyond your budget, there are loads of realistic faux stone products you can choose instead. Stone effect ceramic or porcelain tiles are a great alternative to limestone or granite. Basins and baths carved from stone can add a real wow factor to a bathroom, adding an unusual and rugged element to the design scheme. Stone and composite baths can be extremely heavy, so do check your floor joists first to make sure they can take the weight.

For a quirky twist on the classic look, and if you have the space, try a freestanding bath on a statement wooden plinth instead of traditional claw feet. For a great selection of freestanding baths at affordable prices, the Bathroom Discount Centre is well worth a look. Repeat the same idea by placing a countertop wash bowl on a wooden dresser.

Touchy feely surfaces

The bathroom experience appeals to all the senses, and this is reflected natural bathroom materials – they’re wonderfully tactile. Consider textured wall coverings, antique taps and wooden accessories such as duckboards and shelving to complete the experience. Whether you utilise rich woodgrains or minimalist glass and metal, go Japanese or eco chic with recycled materials, your bathroom should be a multisensory pleasure.

To add the finishing touches, turn to nature inspired objects such as sea sponges and exotic plants and flowers, marble, stone or driftwood accessories, wooden bath boards and comforting textiles in cotton or linen to set the theme off beautifully.

Why not take a look at my Pinterest board for more bathroom inspiration.

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