Why Do You Need Wooden Elements in Your Bathroom?
Mixing wood and water is not something many people approve of, but you wouldn’t believe how effectively these two elements can be combined in your bathroom. Due to its unusual texture, wood is perfect for damp and wet spaces and could suit your bathroom flawlessly. Whether it’s a part of your floor, ceiling or decorations, wood will improve the overall design of your bathing area and make it more interesting. Here are some of the reasons you too should incorporate wooden elements into your bathroom.
The reasons why you need to include wood in your bathroom are practicality and appearance. Wood is a much better solution for your bathroom floor than tiles – it looks nicer and is much easier to maintain. However, most people are still skeptical regarding this solution and prefer other options, uncertain how wood will react when it comes in contact with water. But, if you treat your floors properly, clean the water regularly and take precautionary measures (bath mats and polyurethane finishing agent), you’re good to go. And you have to admit – wooden bathroom floors look more than awesome!
If you’re trying to dress your entire bathroom in wood, better think about money. Wooden elements can be quite costly, which is why lots of people use reclaimed wood instead. There are numerous ways to incorporate it into your bathroom – wooden walls and ceiling, countertops, vanities and medicine cabinets – so just choose the ideas that suit you best. Reclaimed wood is a cheaper yet highly effective alternative that brings a whole new level of style to your bathroom.
Wooden ceilings and walls are popular nowadays and introduce a dose of warmth, elegance, class and nature to your bathroom. It will therefore be more inviting and intriguing, and could easily turn into the most interesting room in your entire home. While you can probably manage to install the beams on your own, better leave it to professionals – just to be sure that everything’s done properly and avoid problems in the following years. The same goes for wooden elements around your fixtures: wooden sinks and tubs, as well as countertops and medicine cabinets, need to be installed with precision and care. This means that you should always consult a bathroom renovations expert before making any major decisions.
After deciding to equip your bathroom with wood, the only thing left to do is choose the proper wood. For cabinets and vanities, use oak, hickory or maple wood that’s easy to maintain, lasts longer and doesn’t rot easily. On the other hand, you might want to pick cedar, teak or pine for your walls and ceiling, and oak, ash and maple for the floors. Finally, finish your renovation off with a great cherry or madrone countertop.
Besides maintenance, the most important thing to consider when incorporating wood into your bathroom is protection. If you don’t want your wooden elements to absorb moisture, rot and change color, you must renew their protective coat every now and then. Most people reapply the finishing layer at least two or three times a year, but before you decide to do the same, check if it’s really necessary – just drop some water on the floor and see if the wood absorbs it. Also, don’t forget bath mats that will keep your floor dry after you’ve stepped out of the tub. When it comes to vanities, cabinets and bench tops, make sure to clean them regularly and prevent water stains. Finally, since some types of wood rot more easily than the others, just stay away from them and stick to the ones mentioned above.
About Guest Blogger - Mia Gunson
Mia is an interior designer with a burning passion for Art deco. She’s also a multitasking, bilingual cat lover. In her spare time she likes to paint, run, hike and make pancakes. Her motto is ”I live to decorate, and decorate for a living".