Influences From Around the Sphere
If you have ever traveled to another country and thought how wonderful it would be be bring home some of that old world charm, then designing a world style bathroom might be the decorative solution your are looking for. Countries and cultures from around the globe are coming to a bathing space near you! There is no argument that we live in a global economy. What affects one part of the world will inherently affect what happens elsewhere on the globe. A typhoon in South Asian can have profound effects on the production of electronics and consumer goods around the world, so it is no surprise that bath design sensibilities and influences from other parts of mother earth would eventually make their way into the mainstream of Western society.
Nostalgia Plays an Integral Role
Globally inspired bath ideas can come from many places such as vacation destinations you have traveled to or recollections from your childhood if you relocated with your family from another country. World style itself is no one particular genre but an eclectic decorative theme that borrows its inspiration from the periodic span of time and continents to create a personal ethnic powder room style.
Successfully creating a world inspired washroom will be subjective to your degree of authenticity and which country or geographic area you take your design cues from to re-create your global bathroom retreat. Some representational fixtures and fitting may be more easily acquired than others. From the clean lines and simplicity of Japanese baths to the old world impact of a Tuscan Spanish Vila, you can borrow elements from one or several periods to design your own restroom.
Scale Adds Coherence
With so many international configurations to choose from, how can the bath renovator put it all together without creating a design nightmare? The critical factor to effectively mixing styles and eras of world design is scale. Decorative room elements can peacefully coexist if their relative scale is common to the overall interior design.
Consequently the design styles from different countries and regions are going to be distinctive but there will be certain commonalities that can be used to create coherence within your decorative theme. Try to pick unifying elements that transcend colors, patterns, materials or similar shapes that inject an ethnic flavor in your bathing space.
Stay Fresh Through Personalization
To achieve a fresh approach, display your favorite items on a open shelf or case but be careful to keep it simple without overwhelming the space. Hand plastered walls and unmatched bathroom furniture with hand glazed finishes are simple ways to create an old world atmosphere in your lavatory.
While including influences from your family’s ethnic background is the typical inspiration for a world style bath, you can also gather stimulus from a passion of historical events: the French revolution or the Rustic styling of colonial homes from the Boston Tea Party era offer visually stimulating ideas. Remember the details; this is where creating a n internationally inspired bathing space gets fun.
While you may not be able to recreate the exact mannerism s of the period, try to purchase accessories that create a sense of the theme you are striving for. Ornate fixtures finished with elegant coverings, elaborate moulding, faux paint treatments or wood and tile work from a particular region give your bath a distinctive cultural flavor. So with a little research to the history section of your local library you can find the perfect theme for your bath.
Picking a Theme
Old world washroom style typically brings up images from the European continent emanating the embodiment of relaxation with elegantly arching doorways and hand painted scenery adorning the bathroom alcove walls. Southern European world styling might combine rustic antiquity with Mediterranean serenity. Here intensely colored handmade tiles set in cement colored grout house a white enamel deep soaking tub, a wicker basket for towels and old style classical bath faucets to finish up the décor of the wet room.
Creating a world style bath doesn’t mean you have to break the bank through custom craftsmanship and the layering of exotic surfacing materials either. There are many manufactures that cater to this rising artistic trend of creating ethnically themed washrooms and you can purchase whole suites based upon an Asian, Mediterranean or French theme.
Keep it Simple to Make it Work
With the right design and décor choices, an ordinary bathing space can be transformed into an amazing world class bath. Look for antique furniture, artifacts, artwork, decorative mirrors, decorative throw rugs and antique lighting fixtures. Keep the layout, layering of materials and design elements simple, to focus and evoke the cultural rendition you are trying to create.
Lighting plays an important part in creating atmosphere and as a design element in your bathing chamber. You would be surprised at the treasures you might find at antique stores and flea markets. And don’t forget when you travel to bring home little knickknacks that evoke a feeling of the region as a guide and to give you inspiration as you design your world styled bathroom. Hopefully this article gave you some inspiration on how to makeup your bath. Now the next step is to plan out your project.