Going “O” Natural
Planning on building a new house in the New Year? Or do you just want to update your old bath? Sounds good, however are you still looking for inspiration? Well, how about jumping on board the “naturally beautiful bathroom” trend that’s presently hitting North America? The bathroom is the perfect place to go “O” Natural (if you know what I mean). An easy way to incorporate this theme into your grooming space is to introduce earthy materials like natural stone or wood-look tiles. Drawing design inspiration from the environment is a great way to warm a typically hard and impersonal room in your home and turn it into a comfy space with character and a calming vibe.
What is an Earthy Bath Design?
If you want to bring a touch of the outside world into your home, then this trend is perfect for you. You can create a bath that reminds you of the forest, beach, or the woods. This fuse with nature is also known as the natural-looking bathroom where the room is filled with icons from the environment such as quarry stones, bark/branches, vegetation and classical renewable building materials. This concept has become popular because of its simplicity and freshness while at the same time maintaining a luxurious and elegant air.
Let Mother Nature Pick the Colors
Make your bath feel warmer and inviting by incorporating a nature inspired color palette of earth-tones such as green, blue, brown, gray, white and cream as well as other pigments that were inspired by the elements such as fire, water, and air. These color combinations will tend to produce a restful and inviting space. And don’t forget about lighting, adding big floor-to-ceiling windows with minimal coverings would be a great idea where applicable. Having the sunlight reflect inside your bath for additional lighting especially during the day just brings joy into your life when starting the day off on the right foot.
Recycled and Renewable Building Materials
Cut driftwood, a fallen log/branch or piece of salvaged wood can all contribute to the theme. Faux or real wood tile on the walls or floors helps add a rustic laid back country flair. A bathroom floor comprised of horizontal cuts of oak, birch, and maple, as well as tiny twigs and branches gathered from your own property gives a sense of creative sophistication and awe from your house guest. Cork, teak and bamboo are environmentally friendly as well as durable when properly sealed. Free standing storage units made from Birch branches, teak counter tops, wooden toilet seats, wainscoting and moulding accents all add that finishing touch. You can also make use of custom reclaimed wood for vanities, along with bamboo floors, and real plants inside the room to create a more sensual experience without losing that simple yet modern charm.
Rough Hewn Tile and Stone Rocks
The cool touch of raw stones is another excellent way to get that down-to-earth feeling in your washroom. Polished white pebble tile flooring feels invigorating under your feet. Focus on natural stones for flooring and even on walls such as marble, limestone and pebble-shaped tiles because intuitively rocks remind us of mountains and being out in the wild. You can even bring in a stunning carved rock basin design. In your shower install a waterfall shower head along with rough cut rocks in the enclosure then just add some greenery or moss and it will feel like you’re showering out in nature every day.
Upcycled Furniture and Accessories
Well, your naturally beautiful bath wouldn’t be complete without furniture and accessories. One novel idea is to use upcycled crates to transform pallets into shelves; this is a great storage idea or how about beautiful shelving made from branches? If you have an enclave behind your toilet you can create chunky horizontal wooden floating shelves built from recycled industrial support beams. Inspiration is everywhere around us for creating handmade furniture. Recycled timber from around the farm is an excellent place to source building materials for your natural bathroom. Driftwood shelves would be a welcomed addition to display your bath salts, shampoo and grooming supplies. Of course, don’t forget to add cut flowers in vases, plants and greenery in the bath to feel more natural, fresh, and calm.
Natural bathrooms promote a sense of well-being, and there are several ways in which you can play on the look. These are just a few of the creative decorating ideas you can use with this latest design trend to create an organic and natural-looking bath. If you need a respite from your busy life, or just looking for design inspiration then consider transforming your bathroom into a personal refuge by creating a naturally beautiful bathroom.