Texture-Terrific Bathrooms That Engage the Senses
Don't just focus on how your bathroom renovation will look – also think about how it will feel
Joanna Tovia 27 March 2015
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It’s too easy to get caught up in visual elements when it comes to bathrooms – or any room of the house, for that matter – but it pays to factor in touch and even smell if you want a result you can be proud of. Tiles can play a big part in bringing texture to this important room of the house, but there are other tactics to employ that can deliver similar results. Read on for ideas aplenty.
Green dream. The unusual combination of materials used in this bathroom is eye-catching not just for those rich, beautiful colours but also the lattice-effect tiles that cry out to be touched.
Organic element. Walking barefoot is a must in this unique bathroom; who needs reflexology when your feet can get all the health-giving benefits they require from a pebbled floor. Continuing the texture-rich effect up the walls creates an effect that’s positively spa-like.
Added extra. If you’re not quite willing to go the textured-tile route, a wall feature like this could be an option. It’s just the thing to capture your attention during a long bubble bath.
Timber lines. While tiles are the obvious choices if you’re looking to add textural interest to your bathroom walls, don’t discount decorative wooden panelling as an option. The timber in this beachy bathroom is a lovely feature that would make this a bathing beauty even without the view.
Vision splendid. Floor tiles such as these give off a textured effect through their shape and variation in colour – they’re worth considering if you don’t want to go all the way with raised tiles.
Special interest. Strip features are a great way to add texture in a small area of the room, such as in the shower, without making the material the main event.
Stone age. Edging a wall with stacked stone tiles gives the effect of a rugged stone wall, but soothes the senses with smooth surfaces while you shower.
Totally touchable. Mosaics could be just the right choice for your bathroom if you want a modern design. Multicoloured mosaic tiles add just enough texture to be interesting.
Magic input. Natural timber not only adds warmth and character to a bathroom, the grain running through it adds gentle texture.
Balancing act. If your bathroom is on the larger size, a mix of rough and smooth can be a wiser move than overwhelming the room with texture.
True hues. This is a balancing act of a different kind – textures of all kinds combine to create this knockout bathroom, but the key to its success is its smart use of colour. The textures may change, but grey and brown are the only colours that come into play.
Gently does it. This soft stylish bathroom uses subtle texture to great effect. Sticking to one colour prevents it from becoming too dramatic.
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