Bathrooms might be practical rooms, but a wash space that’s only functional is a million miles from what most of us want. Today’s must-have bathroom schemes exploit the decorative potential of floors and walls as well as the suite and taps. Combinations of appealing natural textures, spa-inspired luxury touches and eye-catching pattern are all on trend and can turn a bathroom from bland to beautiful.
What’s hot for bathrooms?
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Giving bathrooms as much decorative attention as other rooms has transformed them from cold spaces. Natural finishes like wood can provide a textural as well as colour contrast to smooth white sanitaryware, while stone can introduce striking organic detail.
Metallics like brass, copper and rose gold are taking the place of chrome taps because they add a warmer note to the room. Or check out black taps, which look smart paired with white baths, basins and loos as part of a monochrome scheme.
Geometric pattern is an arresting feature of many of the latest bathroom designs. Like the idea? Create it with patterned tiles, or by laying plain tiles chevron style or using hexagonal mosaics.
Which bathroom flooring is best?
The flooring is a major element of a bathroom scheme, and it’s important to make a choice that’s decoratively appealing, but also suitable for the humid conditions. Providing a slip-resistant surface is equally essential, especially if children or adults who aren’t steady on their feet are using the room.
Solid wood is generally inadvisable because it can warp due to the moisture in a bathroom, and the high levels of humidity are also incompatible with engineered wood.
Tiles are a hard-wearing flooring, but for safety it’s vital to opt for a version that won’t become too slippery when splashed – avoid glossy finishes. They can also be cold underfoot.
For the look of wood and the ability to withstand a bathroom’s variations in humidity as well as a highly durable finish, a water-resistant laminate like our Brecon range is a clever selection. It’ll have all the natural appeal of timber and it’s warm and comfortable for bare feet, plus there’s a choice of real wood tones to create a look you love.
Get spa style at home
Wood-look laminate makes a great starting point for a bathroom scheme that brings a spa look home. Here we’ve paired the contemporary grey tones of Brecon Warehouse Oak with walls painted in a rich green for a relaxing feel.
Alternatively, try an earth-inspired palette to conjure up the soothing atmosphere a luxury bathroom haven needs. Brecon River Oak’s muted clay tones and ashen details perfectly complement foliage green walls like these.
If you have the floor area, a freestanding bath in either a traditional or modern shape makes a fabulous focal point against the backdrop of a coloured wall.
Introduce other natural textures that, like the timber-look flooring, contrast with both bath and basin materials. A rattan chair, woven baskets and deep-pile towels are all softening elements in this room.
Bring in real greenery, too. The glossy leaves of houseplants make a shapely display and will improve the room’s atmosphere as well as making the space inviting to spend time in.