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Tile Africa’s Liza Watermeyer shares her thoughts on creating a dark bathroom – a dramatic, intimate space for the modern home.
Familiar, comforting and warm; our homes are a great retreat from a long day at work. Sadly, with too few hours in the day and our tendency to bring our troubles home with us, our home lives can quickly turn chaotic – anxiety ridden and awash with activity. But there’s one place you can always count on; your bathroom, a bastion for “me” time. Now, if only your bathroom better reflected you as a person, giving you the best possible space to shrug off the day’s hardships. How about something dark and dramatic?
A dark bathroom is definitely worth considering. For one, it’s harder to spot small specks of dirt on a darker wall, so you can spend less time cleaning it and more time cleansing yourself – to relax and recharge. Dark bathrooms can also be a very masculine or a warm and intimate space. It’s all about the choices you make when designing yours. So, let’s talk about turning your bathroom into a dark mood setter.
Gloss on matt
Nothing transforms a room quicker, and for less money, than a few cans of paint, dark grey paint in this case. For something more charismatic, smooth Lappato concrete will work as a fantastic matt surface. It also gives you the option to elevate the room’s look by playing those surfaces against glossy finishes.
If you’re feeling reserved, leave a good portion of the room a lighter colour and create a dark feature wall. Add a large reflective surface in the form of mosaic tiles, and complete the look with patterned tiles on the floors and adjoining walls. Alternatively, try a raised surface like natural stone. Your choice of materials is important if you’re going to correctly complement the darker hues and heighten the dark bathroom experience.
A promising start is to think about the textures you’d like to incorporate from the outset. The grain in a dark wood tile or undulating pattern found in the surface of a décor tile or mosaic, for example, will attract the eye without detracting from the overall design. It will also add interesting shadows, particularly if you can provide a good source of natural light, or you’re up for playing with various artificial sources – like candles or lamps. It’s also hard to go wrong with a little natural wood, bamboo or rattan accents. And if you’re one for opulence and warmth, supplement the wood for brass or copper.
Now for a splash of personality
Your bathroom may be a space for tranquillity and relaxation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be practical. Complete the matt look with a freestanding stoneware bath and use a matching floor-standing, sit-on or wall hung basin. The type of tap you choose is up to you, whether it’s rounded or consists of straight lines, but try to complement the bath and basin you select.
There’s no reason you can’t include additional features like a hand shower or thermostatically controlled shower panels. Perhaps bring nature into the space with plants, or add a bit of sophistication with some hanging mirrors. Just ensure bathroom ware, tile essentials and any additions enhance and reflect your lifestyle. It’s your own slice of paradise after all.
More to a bathroom than meets the eye
Most important of all is that you consider how your bathroom interacts with the rest of your home. It shouldn’t be a small space wedged in between living areas, or at the very corner of your home – something to be ashamed of and banished from the rest of the living space. This is especially true if we’re talking about your main bathroom, which should be large, open and considered an extension of the main suite area. To create the connected feeling without removing the doors – a necessity for bathrooms given their function – try using French doors opening up to the outside.
Ultimately, it may take a little determination to overcome the doubt that sets in the moment you see dark hues. Once it comes together, however, you’ll have a dramatic and intimate space no other room in your home can emulate.