Your favourite piece of art on display… in your bathroom?

Bringing the outside into your home, and especially into your bathroom, is a dream many people have. It’s not necessarily all that practical to literally step outdoors to have a shower – especially if you live in the city – but by using natural materials and colours you can create a beautiful indoor space that’s totally in tune with nature.

Perhaps you could opt for a solid wooden washstand with an interesting grain, topped by a natural granite surface. Both natural materials, both with a beautiful texture and interesting colour tone: choose from a range of natural wood tones and a veritable rainbow of granite types.

copyright BetterBathrooms.comA light oak might be complemented by either a pale, creamy granite or a dark brown or black colour with a greenish fleck, reminiscent of grass, plants and trees. Add to this washstand a cast stone, marble, or travertine vessel basin: there’s plenty of choice out there in terms of materials, colours, and shapes, so you’re bound to find one you love. Then, emphasise your natural theme with a waterfall basin mixer tap: combining the aesthetic appeal of running water with the functionality of a single lever operated tap, this item delivers a stream of water to your basin along a cut back spout – you can see the beauty of the moving water as it surges towards you. Modern waterfall taps are frequently designed to be eco friendly, water saving designs, so you can feel you’re doing your bit for the environment, too.

Add to your feature washstand a freestanding bath in either a traditional or contemporary style, with a matching floor standing waterfall tap. Elsewhere, stick with simple wooden toned bathroom furniture with capacious cupboards into which you can pile any extraneous clutter, leaving your bathroom surfaces clear – good for creating a really relaxing, zen-like space.

We all spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Surveys have estimated that women, in particular, are likely to spend over a year and a half in the bathroom over their lifetime. So it’s well worth making the room attractive. A nature-inspired bathroom could be the ideal home for your latest artistic purchase too: so long as you regulate the ventilation in there to protect the picture, having a beautiful scene to gaze at as you soak in a candlelit bathtub might be just what you’ve been missing.

Choose a striking wall covering that recalls a natural theme: try combining natural, neutral stone tiles with a bold bathroom paint. Tile to mid-way up your walls and paint the upper section in your favourite shade: emerald green is a gorgeous colour, but choose a tone that you love to look at and, crucially, that will provide a stunning backdrop for your central feature – your bathroom art!

Check out Bluethumb’s range of affordable art to use in your bathroom.


Helen Davies is a senior content writer for Better Bathrooms, suppliers of beautiful bathroom furniture at discounted prices right across the UK. Ranges available include vanity units, bathroom cabinets and many other bathroom fixtures and fittings.

Interview with an artist – Jane Welsh

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