Creating A Natural Bathroom
A natural look can help a bathroom become either more homely and relaxing, or positive and uplifting. It refers to themes that replicate settings such as forests and beaches, or uses materials and colours found in nature. Despite being a modern trend, it feels somehow traditional in the knowledge that nature will always be around and stylish as ever - read below for our tips on how to bring the outside world into your home.
We are all familiar with the colours found in nature - the brown and green of the ground and trees, the blue of the sea and sky, and the yellow and beige of sand and stone. These colours all compliment each other perfectly, and go with almost any colour decor without clashing. Some more unusual colours can also be found in nature in plants and cliffs for example, allowing you to use colours such as white, purple or blue to make a statement without straying from the natural effect.Use these colours springily however, as nature would do the same.
For a coastal look, light beige floors, and light blue wall tiles with white backsplash or feature areas are the best colours to use. This would work best in a room with plenty of natural light or smaller bathrooms to help the room appear larger and reflect light better. This look will help energise you and increase positivity to start the day, whereas a forest look will help you relax and wind down. For this, use dark brown wall tiles with white or cream floors to enhance the homely feel. This aesthetic works better in a bathroom lacking natural light. Instead of incorporating a theme, you can simply include elements of nature by choosing certain styles of tile.
Most popular for a natural look is the stone effect tile. There are many choices of stone, and can come in authentic materials with or without texture, or replications from other materials. Which you choose depends on your needs and tastes, but for looks alone we recommend the real thing. A textured tile is more authentic, but may not be suitable. Children for example may slip on smoother tiles, whereas walking barefoot may be painful on textured varieties, despite decreasing slip risk. Specifically, for a coastal look we would recommend a textured stone floor, and glossy wall tiles that will better reflect light in the bright theme. For forest effects, non-textured floor tiles with a wood effect are preferable, and matt wall tiles again with a wood effect. With wood effects, try to use strong grain on the walls and subtler grain on the floor to limit clashing. Aside from these effects, plain tiles should be chosen over patterned varieties to best replicate nature. If you fancy a change from classically shaped tiles, try mosaic tiles of multiple sizes. These imitate the random unpredictability of nature whilst keeping the room modern and unique.
Accompanying decor and ornaments depend on the colours or theme you have chosen, and the tile style. In bathrooms with a forest theme or wood effect tiles, plants are strongly recommended. This will also incorporate green into the room, which can be complimented with green towels for example to create consistency. Wooden furniture or warm natural tones should be used in dark bathrooms with dark colours, as well as candles, low lighting and some mirrored wall ornaments. This is the same with matt tiles too, due to the lack of reflection and the atmosphere created. Alternatively, light rooms using gloss tiles or light colours should use minimal mirrors as reflection is already enhanced. Also try using light neutral colours like white in towels, particularly in coastal themes. Other considerations are shower curtains, door handles and decorative ornaments, showing how important it is to plan your ideas before choosing any tiles.
If you need advice on which tiles would best create a natural look in your home, contact our friendly team on 0800 994 9104 today!