The trend in bathrooms today is away from the slick-surfaced, institutional look of traditional tiled bathrooms towards a more natural look. What could be more natural than timber?
The trend towards the natural look in bathrooms began with natural healing spas, where all natural ingredients are used in massage oils, cosmetics, and facial treatments. The philosophy behind these spas is simple: nature has healing properties. Just the aromas of nature, fresh air and the soft colours of leaves, flowers and timbers are deeply relaxing and invigorating at the same time.
If anything held back the trend towards transforming the home bathroom into a home spa; it was the misconception that it had to be an all-or-nothing transformation. The bathroom had to be stripped bare and all the fixtures and fittings replaced with the latest and greatest (and most expensive) fittings. That’s fine if you can afford it and have the space in your bathroom to fit a spa bath for two and a waterfall shower. Most of us have limited budgets and limited space, though. Does that mean we have to settle for the clinical look?
One of the great things about using timber in the bathroom is that you don’t have to use much of it to create a dramatic effect. Timber accents like wall panelling or even custom-made timber towel racks are all you need to bring that touch of nature into the room. Some other ways Allkind Timber customers have used timber in the bathroom include:
- Replacing their vanities with timber vanities;
- Having a timber screen installed to hide the toilet;
- Installing timber hopper windows; and
- Installing a wall-mounted or freestanding slatted timber bench.
Ideally, it’s better to have a few matching or complementary timber accents rather than just one, but you needn’t go overboard. Just enough to create a homogeneous bathroom design and highlight the other decorative surfaces in the bathroom is perfect.
If you have a small bathroom, use timber sparingly. The best timbers for bathrooms are usually darker timbers. Dark colours used extensively can make a small space appear even smaller. Used in moderation, though, timber used as an accent against pale colours creates an illusion of three-dimensional depth that makes the room appear larger. Timber also reminds us of the great outdoors, relieving the “closed-in” feel of a small bathroom.
Your choice of timber and timber treatments is very important in the bathroom. Some timbers are more water resistant than others and one surface finish may be more appropriate for a wet area than another. An experienced joinery like Allkind Joinery Brisbane will know what timbers to use and how to polish them for long-lasting beauty and easy maintenance.
If entering your bathroom feels like entering a dentist’s office, think of ways you can use timber in the bathroom to make it feel more like a welcoming spa. You’ll be surprised by how cost-effective the timber solution can be and what a wonderful difference it can make.
Please call us toll free on 1800 757 949 with any questions you may have on timber joinery products, our friendly staff are always happy to help with any advice you need.