Traditionalists sometimes use the terms “stark” and “cold” to describe modern bathrooms which tend to have sleek stone like surfaces and square lines. One way to warm things up is by introducing wood to certain areas. In a Southern California bath with white-painted paneled walls [top], designer Kathleen di Paolo reduced a vanity to a set of floating natural wood-slab shelves. The top one acts as a platform for the vessel sink and the partner below provides handy towel storage. In addition to minimizing space taken up by the sink, the shelves are neutral. That helps them coordinate well with the floor and the leather loop for the captain’s mirror. Since space on the sink deck is spare, the faucet is wall mounted, which gets it out of the way.
Wood paneling can be tricky around a tub unless it’s tropical wood like teak, which is especially water resistant The lovely teak grain shows beautifully though alternating width horizontal planks stacked on the accent wall behind the tub. The planking adds decorative value and and an Asian-inspired organic look. It’s interesting to note that the spout for the tub is mounted on the wood wall while the controls are at the opposite end of the tub. Separating tub controls from the spout is unusual but can be done.
An unabashed lover of vintage pine-planking and poured polished concrete, I would not immediately think of mixing the two. But the planked ceiling in this Swiss chalet minimalist bath adds heaps of character and helps keep it cool and as casual as a ski house should be. Once again, we see a vessel sink sitting on a wood platform with a shelf below and faucet controls mounted on the wall. This is a very popular configuration we’ve been seeing for some time and I have no doubt we will see it even more in modern bathrooms.
(Source: Kathleen di Paolo, Aidlin Darling Design, Ardesia Design)
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