What does the seaside mean to you? Long sandy beaches in the sun? Seashells and sail boats? There are over 11,000 miles of coastline in the UK – but your inspiration for your new bathroom need not stop there.
From the French Riviera to Treasure Island, nautical New England to rocky Scottish cliffs, Cornish beaches to Caribbean Island Style, seaside bathroom design is as individual as you are. Just ask Hove based bathroom designers, The Brighton Bathroom Company, whose experienced design team know a thing or three about bespoke bathroom projects.
All coastal bathroom schemes have certain key elements in common: references to the coast itself, a bright and airy space, and a calming palette of blues, whites and neutrals. After that, the world of seaside bathroom design is your oyster!
If you’re not sure where to start, our guest poster, Dakota Murphey, has provided 5 design ideas to incorporate into your mood board for your next bathroom.
1. Porthole mirrors
Add a nautical feel to any bathroom by adding a porthole style mirror or, better still, a porthole window. Clad the inside of your bathroom ‘boat’ with painted tongue and groove panelling in shades of blue or stone grey, teamed with clean white sanitary ware.
Complete the look with lantern style lighting, boating paraphernalia, novelty rope towel rings and seaside themed artwork on the wall.
For a more considered, yacht club inspired look, add smart nautical stripes – in fabrics such as bath rugs, blinds or curtains.
2. Seaside themed wallpaper
Introduce the seaside theme by selecting a nautical inspired wallpaper for instant impact. Think old nautical charts or yacht motifs, seagulls, fish or other seaside wildlife, or go for a stunning wallpaper mural of a paradise beach or ocean scene.
Set the statement wallpaper against simple white painted wooden furniture for a clean look, then embellish with treasure trove accessories. Classic beachside posters and plaques, seashells or seaglass displayed on wooden crates or driftwood shelving – the result will be eclectic and individual.
3. Neutral colours and textiles
Seaside colours are pale and soothing, perfect for a private sanctuary at home. Why not go minimalist and keep your colour scheme white? The light and space will be amazing, especially in a large bathroom where you could splash out on a statement freestanding bath.
Mix different shades of off-white to keep the room from appearing too cold, and incorporate lots of different natural textures to create definition. White painted tongue and groove wall cladding or reclaimed wood panelling will contrast nicely with warm fluffy towels and cool stone flooring, or why not use marble tiles for stone effect look. A wicker laundry basket, cork bath mat or linen curtains will add to the natural, coastal vibe you are creating.
4. Relaxed coastal chic
Take your inspiration from the colours of the sky, the sea and the sand to create a totally dreamy and relaxed bathroom scheme that’s designed purely for relaxation. Think of fitting a multi sensory tropical rain shower in your wet room, or an indulgent natural stone bath to take centre stage.
Combining soothing blues and calming whites, but with a weathered, bleached and faded look that is hard to resist, you can embellish using driftwood and pebbles, dip dyed fabrics and candles.
5. Florida beach vibe
For a totally contemporary interpretation of your seaside bathroom theme, go sleek, modern and glossy, with a shock of vibrant aquatic colours such as turquoise, aqua, teal. Complete the Miami vibe with a bold ocean floor inspired feature wallpaper or tiles but keep the look very clean.
High gloss furniture and sanitary ware, coloured bathroom mood lighting and pretty seashells in pink and coral hues will complete the picture.
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