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Using Wood in Your Bathroom

Design Ideas

By Tamsin Allen

The rich, organic texture of wood is a beautiful complement to most bathroom styles, but people shy away from it because it's quite difficult to maintain. But, by choosing hardwoods such as teak and iroko, and oiling them frequently, wood is more versatile than you imagine. Here are our favourite ways to use wood in your bathroom.

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Floor it

This beautiful wooden floor and built in shower drainage have probably been made with heavy-duty teak or bamboo flooring, known for their water-resistant properties. The key to maintenance is to oil it all regularly and not leave standing water; underfloor heating would be good with this setup.


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Furniture it

An easier way to add wood elements and an eclectic feel, is to use a piece of furniture as your basin cabinet. Here they have adapted a mid-century modern sideboard by topping it with marble and inserting an undermounted basin.


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Panel it

These thin strips of wood make elegant panelling. By using it along the height of the wall and up onto the ceiling, they make this small cloakroom look much more spacious.


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Funk it

Here they have been practical under the bath and inserted a more durable tile into the wooden floor. But, by laying it in a funky pattern and using unusual hexagonal tiles, they have created a very unique solution to a problem.


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Furniture it

Here again they have used what looks like an elegant piece of furniture (we love its classic detailing) as a basin stand. This has also been topped with marble to give it a fresh modern look.


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Build it

They have used a lovely textured wood here as built-in bathroom storage, thus creating one seamless piece which has fluidity and doesn't seem heavy at all.


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Panel it

To create a more rustic feel in this bathroom, they have used a hardwood and oiled it heavily to stand up to the steam of the shower room. Employing the same principles as garden decking, this wooden wall would need oiling often to keep it looking so rich in colour.


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Lighten it

In contrast to the other richly-coloured woods featured, here they have used a lighter tone, maybe an ash to create much needed bathroom storage. And the clean lines of the drawers complement the grain of the wood beautifully.


Using Wood in Your Bathroom

Tamsin Allen

Tamsin has a background in design, art direction and advertising and a love for interiors, helping build the Foam & Bubbles brand and managing all their social media channels is a job that never gets tiring for Tamsin. Creating a brand that strives to provide a unique experience with a light-hearted attitude continues to be fun to work on every day.

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