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5 Rough Luxe Material Mixes to Try

Choosing the right mix of natural elements can bring a sense of serenity to your bathroom
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 07-12-2021 10:30am

Design gurus agree that this is a mix-and-match trend that doesn’t need to be too perfect or too finished to make it work and can be altered according to your style taste. If you prefer the industrial look, for instance, go all out on concrete, bare bricks and black chromed taps; for a more glamorous tempo, try an exposed copper shower with an oversized rose for a refreshing drench and an eye-catching crystal chandelier. “Industrial style is absolutely not about Spartan living!” declares Drummond Shaw from Drummonds. “It’s about letting materials speak for themselves and their true nature shine through, even if that means a rough or even brutalist finish. The trick is to counterpoint rawness with luxury – contrast the stripped back with high-end materials.”

For masses of inspiration, check out the Rough Luxe Hotel in London’s King’s Cross where you can feast your eyes on large copper baths, distressed walls, rich crimson finishes and ornate mirrors. Even if you don’t want to get the full-blown look in your own home, compromise with accents and accessories such as warm wooden storage boxes, exposed pipework and industrial-style lights. “After all, the bathroom is where so many of us go to relax and rejuvenate,” adds Nancy Straughan, resident interior designer at bathroom experts Hugo Oliver. “Choosing natural elements can bring a sense of serenity to any room.”

- Natural wood is full of grain, texture and character. Try a smooth countertop basin in bamboo or teak or a statement bath in birch plywood. Make sure woods are treated and sealed or else go for hardwearing, man-made materials in rugged driftwood effects and finishes.

The interesting circular Bambu countertop basin from Bagno Design is made from beautiful bamboo with a distinctive grain.

- Using wood on walls will create an extra luxe look that’s totally on trend (and not just for barn conversions or Alpine hideaways). Head to William Garvey for its gorgeous teak tiles (specially formulated to be water and rot proof) while the eucalyptus wood cladding at Indigenous is great for bathrooms as it’s less porous.

With practicality in mind, the Bushboard Nuance wall panelling is made from laminate so it won’t swell or degrade over time. It is shown here in Salvaged Planked Elm and Natural Grey stone.

- A backdrop of raw brick, stripped-back plaster or bare concrete are all spot on for the rough, industrial vibe. Alternatively, for complete peace of mind, install huge panels of waterproof laminate in natural stone and salvaged timber effects – perfect for kitting out a wet room.

- Cool marble, rich granite and creamy limestone inject a luxe velvet smooth finish. Choose matt textures and earthy shades to harness the natural vibe.

The Soho range of bathroom taps are made from solid stainless steel with a textured, cast iron effect finish for a gritty industrial look. The wall-mounted basin mixer is available from Aston Matthews.

- Contrast the rugged wood and raw materials with flashes of warm rosy metallics and opulent finishes. Try copper and gold brassware or for a more industrial take, invest in robust taps and fittings that look like textured cast iron.

Credit: Lara Sargent (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 244, August 2016 

Also read:
How to Achieve the Rough Luxe Look

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