Incorporating wood elements into a bathroom is always something of a risky proposition. While wood bathroom vanities are pretty common, they’re also much more heavily finished than just about any other kind of wood feature, made to weather the worst humidity and moisture a bathroom can throw at them. But there’s also no better way to add warmth and sophistication to your space than with the beauty of natural wood. The solution? Mix and match natural and faux elements to get the appearance of real wood without all the hassle.
How It Works: To minimize worry about damaging your wood accents, you want to make a well-finished but natural-looking wood bathroom vanity the centerpiece of your space. From there, remember that, when it comes to wood, a little bit can go a long way. You don’t need floor to ceiling planks and a full suite of furniture for a wood surface to make a difference in the ambiance of your space. In fact, less is often more; too much natural wood is not only more difficult to care for, but also can make your bathroom feel more rugged than you signed up for. Alternatively, using a lot of faux wood – whether laminate or tile – will also be more obvious the more of it you use. Instead, add only a few subtle faux wood elements (like this patterned wood floor), and back them up with a lot of light neutral colors. This will help bring out the warm tones in the wood, keep a dark-stained wood from overwhelming the space, and hide the fact that not all the wood in your bathroom is 100% hardwood.
Get The Look: The most important piece in creating this relaxed, natural-yet-sophisticated style is the vanity. You want one that puts the emphasis on the wood, with a muted natural finish and just a little bit of traditional detailing – you don’t want an antique, just a hint of classical elegance. Matching mirrors are a must, but the real trick here is the flooring. Wood interspersed with marble helps elevate that elegant feel, and it’s also easy to clean and care for – provided you opt for wood- and stone-print porcelain tile instead. It will look just like the real thing, giving you the warmth of a wood floor and the elegance of a marble one, but without the frustration of trying to maintain either (let alone both).
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