It’s not very often that we’re lucky enough to enjoy good weather in this country, and for that reason, many of us are cautious about spending time in the great outdoors, as we’re constantly living in fear of the cold, mud, dirt and torrential downpours. It’s a shame really, as nature has so much to offer in the way of colours and materials. To interior designers like myself, it offers an abundance of inspiration for interior schemes. Some of the most wonderful spaces I’ve created over the years have featured elements from the outside, inside and placing natural materials in the home is extremely on-trend at the moment. The finish is a look that has the ability to add depth and interest to an interior scheme, and I want to share my ideas with you all!
Whereas it was once associated with more traditional interiors, wood is becoming an increasingly popular addition to the home. Whilst you might choose to incorporate natural wood accessories and furniture, you may not have previously considered introducing wood into a contemporary style bathroom. Nowadays, it is a popular choice for storage units, and with so many of us now using our bathrooms to relax and escape the stresses and strains of our hectic lifestyles, wood can help to create a serene environment that’s perfect for washing away the tension from the day.
Wooden sanitaryware is also a lovely way of incorporating the material into the bathroom, transforming a bathroom into a calming sanctuary within the home and allowing you to replicate the luxury of a professional spa under your very own roof. Take a look at William Garvey for example; the company boasts a wonderful collection of wooden basins and baths that are sure to wet you appetite. For a contemporary bathroom design, the ‘Geo’ collection is perfect. Hand crafted from laminated teak composite which is then finished in a specially formulated marine polish, Geo is highly durable with a stain resistant façade and will last for many years to come. Also, teak has anti-septic qualities too! The natural oils in the wood prevent bacteria growth which makes it easy to clean.
When it comes to storage for the bathroom there are plenty of contemporary and traditional wooden pieces available on the market from vanity units to mirrored cabinets. Stonearth offers a range of high quality designs to choose from in a range of woods including oak and walnut to suit any bathroom scheme.
Incorporating wood in the kitchen can also bring a soft, warmly tone to the hub of the home. Even contemporary kitchen designs are now embracing wood and one key trend at the moment is to combine modern glossy or matt doors with either wood laminate or solid wood doors to add texture and depth to the overall look.
If you’re not looking to carry out a complete kitchen or bathroom renovation, but would like to add texture and detail to your home, a few unique wooden pieces could be the finishing touches you are looking for. Alternatively, another option is to incorporate the beauty of wood into your home with flooring. Wood-effect porcelain tiles are very popular at the moment because they not only look fantastic, but require little maintenance and cleaning, making them the perfect solution for those of you with hectic lifestyles and busy homes! At Taylors Etc, we offer a stunning selection of wood-effect porcelain tiles, so do pop in and see us as we’re more than happy to help you choose a design to suit your interior scheme.