Bathroom Materials & Decoration
The challenge in designing a bathroom often lies in deciding on the finishes and materials to be used. Any materials that are used have to be not only resistant to the day-to-day use of the bathroom, but also be attractive and pleasant to look at. When planning out your room, you could perhaps try a combination of different materials to help ensure the room is fully functional whilst also being eye-catching. For instance, wood whether real or artificial, will add warmth to any room, and is increasingly found within bathrooms. Iroko, Teak, Oak and Wenge (Dark Walnut) are just some of the most common types of wood found within the bathroom. However, almost any type of wood can be used in a bathroom providing they have been treated for such use. Cedar, Maple and Birch can also be found in bathroom furniture. The different shades of wood mean that it is perfect for the creation of different moods, from modern through to traditional, or even rustic.
Tiles are perhaps amongst the most versatile materials that can be put to use within a bathroom. Coming in all shapes and sizes, and available in a mass of patterns and designs, they are extremely useful. Thanks to being impermeable, they can be used in shower or bathing areas, in addition to being an attractive decorative option. Marble is also increasingly sought after, used as both a decorative and a waterproof finish.
The colours that you choose for your bathroom will go far in the creation of a mood or theme. Whilst accessories and coverings can help in this respect, the environment that is created by the tones of the walls and surrounding furniture should be addressed first. Don’t use colour simply to decorate the room, make use of it to enhance the feeling of space. The tone that you use will have an impact upon the feeling of the room; while red or orange will give a feeling of warmth, blues and violet can be used to create a cooler feeling.
Using yellows and whites, will serve to enhance the light within a room and create a better sense of space throughout. Such a technique would be extremely useful in a room that is limited in available space. The opposite is also true when trying to create a feeling of intimacy within a much larger space. If one uses darker colours and tones, then a bathroom can feel smaller in size, and help with this feeling of cosiness.
The use of colour is valuable in helping to portray certain moods and feelings within a bathroom. There are no set guidelines that dictate which colours should be used within your bathroom; at the end of the day the choices you make will reflect your own personal tastes. However there are some things that must be taken into account when choosing colours. In setting the mood there are certain conventions that should be adhered to throughout your choice of colour. If you opt for bright colours such as white or cream, then you will portray a feeling of cleanliness and hygiene within your bathroom. Cooler tones such as light blues or greens will help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation, something that many people wish to achieve with their bathrooms. The use of bright colours will bring about a feeling of vitality within the room. Part of the fun with designing the bathroom, as with any area of the house, is in choosing a colour that reflects your personality perfectly!