Design Element: Natural Wood Bathrooms

Among the many popular trends for bathrooms we've seen over the last few years, one is certainly on the rise. The use of natural materials like wood in bathrooms is gaining popularity, and we've gathered a few different examples of design directions this material choice can take you in!

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This bathroom clearly shows the influence of Scandinavian design. The simple and geometric white cabinets, slate floors and sauna-inspired wood wall cladding all bring to mind the quintessentially simple and humble materials often chosen in these bathrooms. Scandinavian design uses icy whites balanced by warm wood and textiles to create a simple, humble yet welcoming space.

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This bathroom uses wood in a completely different way: to make this space feel more like a living space, and less like a 'bathroom'. The custom vanity with a built-in make-up area seems more like a piece of furniture than a cabinet, while the wide planked wood floors and exposed brick make this space feel vintage and well loved.

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This bathtub is surrounded by wood wall cladding which matches the floor. While there are certain types of wood which are suitable for use in wet areas, they do require maintenance to keep them looking pristine. There are also many porcelain tiles available in very convincing wood effects, for customers looking for a lower-maintenance option. We love the use of wood and stone as two contrasting wall-claddings. We think Cambria Quartz Britannica or Ella would look incredible if used in a similar situation!

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This bathroom's angled ceiling is clad in wood - a perfect way to bring warmth and texture to the high ceilings in this space! They have also used wood as flooring for the bath and shower area. Bamboo is an excellent choice for this type of flooring, as it is antimicrobial and dries quickly.

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Lastly, we love the cooler and more neutral tones of this natural wood wall. Using a cool toned wood is an excellent way to elevate a room by adding sophistication and elegance, without compromising on warmth. Using wood and drywall on specific walls creates a focal point and architectural detail without needing to incorporate elaborate built-ins or mouldings!