Tired of Contemporary White – Then Embrace Natural Design

April 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Over recent years, there has been a growing concern for us all to respect the environment. Not surprisingly, the green benefits of sustainable living has filtered through to the way we design  our bathrooms. So wave goodbye to minimalist style of modern washrooms, and welcome the green evolution.

The bathroom today is a place of relaxation, a place for ‘me’ time, a place to de-stress after work. Many of us associate sauna and steam rooms as part of a one-off luxury weekend, but how about creating that same experience at home? Instead of an angular white bath tub, consider replacing it with a wooden bath in neutral shades, such as this oak and walnut bath featured in the Telegraph.

These soft tones induce a soothing ambiance in the room. There is also an eco-benefit, as you can elect a product made from sustainable materials. Not only that, the wooden theme encourages sourcing furniture and accessories from materials in abundant supply.

A versatile option is furniture made from bamboo, which is available from many leading retailers.  Bamboo is relatively inexpensive, and also has an impressive green credentials:

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  • easy to grow.
  • no toxins or toxic waste associated with it’s production.
  • only takes 3 to 4 years to reach maturity, when compared to other hardwood.

Combined with its durability, resistance to moisture and ease to maintain, it has to be a winner!

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However, if you are after something different, consider exploring the designs of niche bathroom retailers. Copper bathtubs are a good example – dim the lights, lie back and relax in the warm glow radiated by the copper bath; additionally, the heat retentive properties of copper will ensure energy efficiency!  Through recycled materials, or carefully restored antique items, you may be able to source an unique piece for your bathroom.

Ultimately, the trend truly seems to be moving away from sharp right angles and more towards organic contours, where the dips and waves mimic the pastoral landscape. Why not embrace  new designs in one of the most important rooms in your house – and help the planet at the same time!

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