Bathroom

Using Nature to Inspire an Ageless Wood and Stone Bathroom

A wood and stone bathroom is an up-and-coming look for an ageless, naturally inspired room.

PhotoGrid_1459738166359Often when you walk into a bathroom, you can make a pretty good guess in what decade it was last renovated.  Certain colour schemes and material types reek of outdated trends.  You know what I mean, yeah?

The basin.
The basin.

When we stepped into the tile shop, we had already chosen our vanity basin – a black gloss above-bench oval.  We knew we wanted a timber benchtop.  Now we had to decide how to make it all work and look good.  Knowing that this room would be permanent upstairs once we build in downstairs, we were prepared to spend the time and thought to get what we wanted.  Armed with this, and a mental image (or images) of a vast pinterest folder of black bathrooms, we began to look around.

At first, our attention kept being drawn to a large square matte black textured tile.  It was the best option we could see.  The next best was a smaller square satin black untextured tile (which we ended up choosing for the temporary laundry and kitchen splashback).  Pickings seemed slim.  The shop guy eventually led us into a back area, where I immediately spotted the stone/pebble strips that were so popular in the early 2000’s.  I imagined a whole bathroom floor tiled in pebble strips.  Pebbles up the walls.  Too much?

Oooh, so purty!
Oooh, so purty!

We browsed for a bit, and discovered these rectangular black wood-grain finish tiles.  They’re matte and textured and looked like they would be perfect for hiding the grubbiness of little feet.

After a bit of chatting with the shop guy, we settled on a stone tiled shower floor, stone back in the soap niche, and stone around the bathtub.  The rest would be done in the woodgrain tiles, including the toilet.

As we walked out of the shop, we looked again at that first tile . . . in comparison it looked cheap and ‘trendy’ – the kind of trendy that dates really quickly.

We had to wait months to see it come together.  When we knew the tiler had been out to the house to install the tiles, I was champing at the bit to get out there and have a look.

This is what we saw:

Amazing shower floor. Feels lovely under your feet.
Amazing shower floor. Feels lovely under your feet.
The shower cubicle now.
The shower cubicle now.
Bathtub
Bathtub

We’re pretty damn impressed.  The tiler did a fantastic job, and so far it all looks just as good as we’d thought.

We’d never go back on our choice of creating a wood and stone bathroom.


What do you think of this wood and stone bathroom combination?

Since posting this post, we’ve had some ‘adventures’ with the bathroom. Click to read more.

Just hangin’ about, getting painty and DIY-ey. Chilling with the kidlets and my amazing husband, playing with hair as a career. Couldn’t really get much better.

I love to make, do and create, and share what I’ve learned along the way. Also love hearing other people’s experiences, so share away!

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