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Bathroom cladding: 5 ideas to decorate modern design bathrooms

A few brilliant, easy-to-imitate design solutions in a selection of 5 homes by Elle Décor Italia


Designed to offer a unique relaxing experience, each one of Amanemu Resort suites is equipped with a personal wellness area, complete with a special bathtub for thermal baths with a large-sized ceramic tiles cladding


How to choose the perfect bathroom cladding? The most intimate, lived-in room of the house has always required a certain atmosphere and a matching sense of well-being, as well as functionality, durability and practicality. And, of course, the fundamental health and hygiene parameters, guaranteed by more and more high-tech materials combining contemporary aesthetics with excellent performances.

In spite of today’s great variety of bathroom cladding materials, ranging from natural to artificial ones (read also → Soluzioni per bagni moderni e di design), bathrooms are still the domain of tiles and ceramics, particularly in Italy where they represent one of the leading products of the manufacturing industry.

How can we make a useful selection? What tile format should we use? How to lay it? In what colors and sizes? For those who are looking for advice and inspiration, here follows a list of 5 cutting-edge projects. 

Photo by Maris Mezulis

White is definitely a must. For total white lovers there are infinite possibilities, even from a graphic point of view. An example of this can be seen in this old Paris lab, which has been deftly turned into a loft (read also → Restyling a Parigi, da laboratorio a loft chic total white). The serial repetition of the small, square tile format both decorates and delimits the space through a graphic effect that recalls the pattern of a squared notebook (see photo above).

Photo by Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / Boysplaynice

White can also be used in contrast with dark colored tubular metallic parts simultaneously serving as both equipping and decorating elements, lending the bathroom a modern touch. A peculiar blend which recalls the industrial style of many contemporary lofts, matching the modern idea of an elegant mixture of codes, styles and building materials. An example of this is this modern bathroom in a Prague home with a rectangular tiles cladding (read also → Restyling in stile industriale) featuring vintage-inspired varnished steel elements, among them the small table, the washbasin stand and the towel rail (see photo above).  

Photo by ©Adrien Williams

Color lovers can use strong, daring shades to freely express themselves in a modern bathroom cladding. An example of this is this small bathroom in a Montreal apartment, entirely covered by tiles and mosaic tiles, focusing on a two-colored play of juxtapositions (read also → Due appartamenti per sportivi in Australia). The resulting effect is elegant and amusing at the same time. The sun yellow shade used on the ceiling and vertical walls provide a strong contrast with the pitch-black flooring and the shower cabinet walls (see photo above).

Photo by Fernando Guerra (fg+sg)

Majolica tiles can also be used by those who prefer a more decidedly old-fashioned bathroom style. No matter whether it’s abstract graphics, recurrent textures or geometric patterns: “vintage” is the mot d’ordre. This bathroom in a Lisbon home (read also → Il restyling di una casa d 60 mq) features patterned tiles in keeping with the balcony decoration, giving a rétro touch to a modern bathroom (see photo above).

Another option is to play with the sizes and expressive qualities made available by today’s digital graphics even for the cladding materials of a design bathroom. The mosaic, for instance: once the perfect synonym of luxury, today it has become a living material, an eclectic device to experiment new patterns. An example of this is this Barcelona modern mini-bathroom (read also → Un appartamento di design con terrazza panoramica) where the bathroom cladding features a serial repetition of pixels in order to draw contrasting white-on-black playful, funny Pop graphics (see photo above) recalling a famous 1980s videogame.


by Benedetta Lamberti / 16 September 2016


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