This week we get into the khazi, the water closet, the restroom or what ever else you want to call it. This is a room of necessity and with a very specific purpose. We don’t spend the most amount of time there but it is where most of our money goes. Bathroom design and the Kitchen design can cost up to twice as much as the other rooms per square metre.
So why not make it somewhere outstanding.
“At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.” George Carlin
The Rustic Bathroom Design
A staple of the Rustic style is the raw, unfinished timber, effectively applied here in the cupboards, wainscoting and mirror frame. This style is all about bringing materials, in their natural form, inside. The rough polished concrete counter top further adds to the raw aesthetic while adding a touch of the manmade, to the otherwise natural look. This style is perfect for the bathroom of a country house, farmhouse or hunting lodge, a place with a strong connection to nature.
The Traditional Bathroom Design
Heavily characterised by porcelain fittings and tiles. Brilliant whites and neutral tones are, almost, fundamental to the Traditional style. The use of classic fittings, such as the pedestal basin, high level chain flush toilet cistern and the claw footed freestanding bath all keep to style perfectly. The grey exterior of the bath adds an extra touch of colour and connects well with the radiator style heated towel rack. Another great feature of the Traditional is the small rectangular wall tiles, laid in a staggered pattern. This has to one of my favourite tiling arrangements and is as versatile as it is good looking.
The Industrial Bathroom Design
The Industrial style is similar to the Rustic style in its celebration of the raw and natural state of materials. That is where the similarities end, natural timber and earthy hues are replaced with harsh concrete and grey tones. Industrial fittings, steel structure and exposed conduits/pipes are employed to connect us to the bones of the building. Wall and shower tiling, in the example, carefully match the concrete and steel. The raw concrete behind the vanity is lighter to brighten the space. The classic floor tiles are a great addition making the space less cold and harsh.
The Minimalist Bathroom Design
Cold and often clinical, the Minimalist style is perfectly suited for the Bathroom. Straight edges and a no fuss attitude make it a practical and clean environment. The floating timber vanity and mirror unit warm up the space considerably. They seem an imperative, with such a stark choice of colour and finishes on the wall and floor. A purpose focused style for a purpose driven room.
The Eclectic Bathroom Design
Once again the Eclectic style affords room to play and experiment with different elements from other styles. The staggered white rectangular tiles from the Traditional, the Industrial style light fittings above the basins with the contemporary, yet playful, hexagonal floor tile pattern. A painted Traditional style vanity adds an element of colour to the space and focuses the eye.
As always the Eclectic style can run away with itself. Too many colours can look unconsidered and too many different styles can make the space look cluttered. A style that often looks slapped together is actually very thought out. A quality evident in the example.
The Bathroom is a place of solitude and epiphany. We cleanse ourselves, ponder our lives and sing our hearts out. That is why we cannot overlook the importance of comfort and pleasing aesthetics created by Bathroom design. This is the place where we may come up with the next big idea that changes the world, wouldn’t you rather have that be on a throne fit for a Gentleman?
“Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance.” King George V
If you have great ideas for your Bathroom but are unsure how to implement them drop me a mail, I’m sure I could help.
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