How to turn your bathroom into a second living room
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How to turn your bathroom into a second living room

Pia Seidel
Zurich, on 01.03.2022
Translation: Katherine Martin

I want my bathroom to be clean, but I don’t want it to look sterile. That’s why I pick out shelves, holders and furniture according to three very specific criteria.

Compared to other rooms, the bathroom doesn’t get much love. It’s often accepted as it is on moving day: with drab accessories and bog-standard bathroom furniture. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Even small details are enough to make the room cosier and more personal; little things to counteract the dominance of porcelain and steel. You don’t have to go through the hassle of replacing all the fixtures.

1. Go for warm colour schemes

To warm up your bathroom’s colour scheme, you should replace a couple of things straight after moving in – namely the built-in blinds and the chrome or stainless steel towel rails. These cold looking surfaces are anything but pleasant. In Switzerland, they often come from the same suppliers and are rarely imaginative in terms of shape. There are much more attractive alternatives in warm colours.

Reddish tones make the bathroom warmer.
Reddish tones make the bathroom warmer.
The open toilet paper holder is functional, and its reddish-brown colour brightens up the wall.
The open toilet paper holder is functional, and its reddish-brown colour brightens up the wall.
Images: House Doctor

Scandinavian brand House Doctor is leading by example. It has two collections for bathroom fixtures, Pati and Bath, which are made of reddish-brown brass instead of silver chrome. Visually, the colour warms up the cool porcelain, while the matt finish soothes the eye. This is because, unlike surfaces made of chrome or similar materials, brushed brass isn’t reflective. If you combine it with textiles in similar natural tones, your bathroom will automatically look more inviting.

2. Bring in a touch of nature

Bringing ‘The Great Outdoors’ indoors creates a pleasant atmosphere in any room. In the bathroom, materials like bamboo and rattan allow white sinks or bathtubs to be contrasted with softness. On one hand, the beige and brown tones are in keeping with the warmer colour scheme. On the other hand, rattan is often woven. This creates patterns and organic shapes, injecting variety into the otherwise uniform grid of a tiled room.

Natural material comes off well: it offsets the rigid bathroom tiles with soft silhouettes.
Natural material comes off well: it offsets the rigid bathroom tiles with soft silhouettes.
The «Charlotte» storage solution doubles as a toilet roll holder.
The «Charlotte» storage solution doubles as a toilet roll holder.
Pictures: Bloomingville

The Bloomingville and House Doctor brands regularly incorporate wicker into their bathroom collections. On one model, toilet paper is given a home in the form of a basket made of banana leaves and trimmed with cotton thread. On another, the toilet roll holder is formed by a hand-woven basket made of water hyacinths, which sits underneath. And the mirror? It’s made of sugar cane. Decorative touches like this prevent your bathroom from looking clinical.

Holga (48 x 33 cm)
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Bloomingville Holga (48 x 33 cm)

3. Decorate with patterns

Whether printed, braided or embroidered, patterned items make a bathroom more inviting than stark white fronts do. Because they break with the clear lines of the bathroom tiles, they’re easy on the eye. Especially when the patterns are as shapely as the Viennese wicker, which is characterised by even, round openings. You can see through it, so it looks lighter than solid wood.

Patterned furniture and accessories decorate the room and make it more personal.
Patterned furniture and accessories decorate the room and make it more personal.
Viennese wicker brings a certain coffee house flair to the room.
Viennese wicker brings a certain coffee house flair to the room.
Pictures: Kave Home

Kave Home, for example, carries bathroom furniture with honeycomb mesh incorporated into the facades. With this, the Spanish brand has demonstrated that Viennese wicker isn’t just for seating – it’s a good fit for bathrooms, too. Other patterns also lend bathrooms a bit of charm. The geometric grid on the Kave Home rug, for example, will never go out of style.

Azuray (1 x 60 x 40 cm)
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Kave Home Azuray (1 x 60 x 40 cm)
Header image: House Doctor.

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