If you are planning to renovate or fit a new bathroom, you probably already have an idea of the look you want to achieve and the end result you are aiming for.
Generally speaking, the first step when going from an idea to the actual work is choosing what you want for the floor and wall coverings.
Before you start trudging around the bathroom showrooms and shops to choose the décor and accessories, it is worth remembering that the floors and walls are crucial for the style you want to give your bathroom. So, it’s essential to see how they look together to avoid ending up with a bathroom that isn’t what you wanted.
Here are the 5 basic combinations for floor- and wall coverings for you to use as a starting point and define your style to perfection.
Focus on the floor...
In this case, the combination puts the focus entirely on the choice of special flooring, with a bold design and a well-defined personality. Majolica, or perhaps a rug decoration, or tiles featuring colourful geometrical patterns.
If this is your choice, your best combination is to go with neutral walls, maybe just simply plaster and paint, or a plain tile in one of the colours of the floor.
Optical and geometrical effects
If you want to create a look that is bold and sophisticated, you can use colours, shapes and sizes to create geometrical patterns and optical effects. The tiling layouts are fundamental for this style, with hexagons, chequerboard patterns, rugs, shaded effects and original patterns.
Total uniformity for the wall and floor coverings is one of the combinations that has always been popular and is ideal if you want to put the focus on the bathroom fittings. The same material is used, in the same colour, for the floors and runs up to cover the walls too.
A more “dynamic” version is achieved by using different shapes to add interest to the tiling layout and create graphic and geometrical patterns.
Mix of materials
One of the trendiest design solutions at the moment is to combine different materials and surfaces. Mixing wood, ceramic and stone, for example, or playing with glossy and matt pieces, textures and smooth surfaces, results in a bathroom that looks great with almost any style of fittings and is extremely tactile