For a bathroom with a wealth of tactile appeal, John Sims-Hilditch, Co-founder of Neptune, says that marble and wood can be practical as well as beautiful
Incorporating marble tiles in the bathroom is an obvious place to start if you like the natural look. The principal reason is down to practicality. Splash marks don’t really show, and they’re easily wipeable should an accidental squirt of shampoo or toothpaste make its way onto your walls.
Ceiling-to-floor tiling creates a dramatic look, either on one feature wall (perhaps behind your bath or washstand), or it can be repeated on every wall for even greater effect, in a wet-room perhaps. Alternatively, you might like to tile two-thirds of your wall and paint the upper third. We love our Kennet marble tiles paired with our Charcoal paint.
Oak in any part of the home will help to root your scheme in nature. Designs such as the Edinburgh washstand, with its slightly rugged traits, do this with a touch of modern country style. We use a seven-stage finishing process to accentuate the oak’s natural grain so it feels textured and organic. We also apply our timber treatment oil, IsoGuard®, to give protection. The Edinburgh washstand is a little unexpected in a bathroom, but that helps it to shine even brighter.
get the look
Opt for well-crafted furniture or flooring in warm natural wood, and tiling or one-off pieces in cool marble or stone
- Herringbone Carrara marble tiles, £16.25 per sheet, wallsandfloors.co.uk
- Normann Copenhagen Toj clothes rack, £290, black-by-design.co.uk
- LSA maxi container, £42, lsa-international.com
- Gemini at ctdtiles.co.uk
- Manoir Vanity unit, POA, oficinainglesa.com
- Juliana rectangular basket, £19 for three, brissi.com
- Large round rustic window mirror, £185, thefarthing.co.uk