Unwind in style in a Scandinavian bathroom
airy and easy on the senses – these are the hallmarks of every
Scandinavian-inspired bathroom. If this is the kind of bathroom
you could be into, read on.
bathrooms from oriental-style ones
The words ‘minimalist’,
‘understated’, ‘neutral’ and ‘calming’ are, of course,
also highly synonymous with oriental-style spa-inspired bathroom
abodes, so you could justifiably be asking yourself how Scandinavian
bathrooms are different.
Truth be told, the two
styles complement each other. But, the more earthy you go – as
opposed to neutral – the more you move towards oriental on a
sliding scale of spa-like bathroom styles. While oriental bathrooms
have dim or low mood lighting, the Scandinavian bathroom tries to
incorporate as much light as possible, and to maximise all natural
A distinguishing feature
of oriental bathrooms is the use of bamboo materials, even the outer
encasing of Japanese sunken-style baths. Architecturally, Japanese
bathrooms are not as open-plan as their Scandi counterparts, being
divided as they do into distinct bathing, showering and dressing
White, ivory, grey, beige
and lightwood interiors are the colour hallmarks of a typical Scandi
bathroom. This extends to bathroom linen such as towels as well –
tastefully rolled up spa-style white toweling on open shelves
represent the style superbly.
You could incorporate
elements of natural stone, but keep the floor tiles lightwood or
white, and add a natural-fibre bathroom mat.
Metallic touches in copper
or rose-gold hues will add warmth, but should add an accent to,
rather than dominate, a warm and neutral style scheme. The same goes
for wrought iron – discreet touches in the form of bath or basin
stands add a deft warm welcome without overriding the quintessential
neutral elegance of this style.
If you’ve gone for that
pristine, predominantly white look and you’re worried that it looks
too clinical, the trick is to liven up your bathroom’s interior
with green indoor plants, if you don’t have other accents. Plants
have natural calming abilities and are also some of the most
inexpensive, but effective, accents to add.
Indoor plants that do well
in the bathroom are:
Peace lily – keep away from
window sills or direct sunlight, but don’t distress the plant in a
shady nook with no light either.
Aloe vera – anywhere will do for
this hardy plant! The lovely thing about aloes is that as succulents,
you can fill your pot with pebbles strewn over the surface soil, and
turn it into a genuine bathroom accent feature.
Anthurium – as long as your plant
receives medium light and you keep the soil moist, you should have a
thriving indoor plant with the most showstopping pink or red flowers.
Begonia – the all-year round
flowers thrive in moist, tropical-like conditions and can tolerate
indirect sunlight well.
Keep it functional, with
clean lines. A wastebasket covered in an ivory slip, for example, is
instantly transformed into an elegantly functional piece of bathroom
wrought-iron and rose-gold accents make for stunning style
statements, but use them sparingly.
There should be very few
adornments that are there merely to embellish your space. Stone and
earthy accents, holders or utility-enhancing fittings work well with
the Scandi aesthetic, provided they don’t overwhelm the overall net
neutrality that is distinctly Nordic.
Tips for creating your
stylish Scandinavian bathroom
Use pendant and mood lighting,
candles and mini-chandeliers in addition to any natural lighting.
Ditch those fluorescent light fittings!
If your budget allows, add flowers
such as hydrangeas or orchids instead of plants. Cattleya orchids,
with their beautiful cascading leaves, will do well here with a
little bit of care.
Emulate the home spa feel by adding textures such
as toweling, rugs, lightwood or veneer timber – or even a
completely textured vanity wall. Leave the rest of the walls simple
and sleek though.
If you’re going for a modern take
on Scandi style, you can add a warm industrial touch in the form of a
brick feature wall. The red and grey tones make for an alluring focal
point, so there should be one only. Be sure to seal the bricks and to
allow for adequate ventilation. Do not expose too much cement or you
will veer from Scandinavian to industrial in essence.
Add an indoor mini waterfall
feature if your budget allows, especially if it’s encased in
neutral or lightwood tones.
Sunken bath? Yes, why not! Budget
allowing, of course.
And just how far can you take the
monochromatic theme? A black bath with grey walls would work just
beautifully, but be careful to keep it spatially sound, light-infused
and invitingly elegant as opposed to overly modern.
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