A beach in the bath!
With great mirror work, aqua colour schemes, large windows, super vanity systems and complementary faucets and tiles, aquatic lovers can create their very own Caribbean beach within the confines of their home
What started as a trend for freestanding roll-top baths in hotel bedrooms has now morphed into one for residential projects as well. The new master bedroom/bathroom/lounge suites challenge the conventional notions by incorporating themes like aqua or marine. Once an unheard concept, such themes are now definitely gaining popularity in the Indian market, thanks to the growing need to have some relaxing moments after a hard day’s work.
“A bathroom is a space where one spends time unwinding, under the shower. An open air bath gives the feeling of being connected to nature and can add a decadent and exotic touch to your home,” says, Richa M Vidhani, an interior designer. Parushni Aggarwal, an interior designer, says: “Earlier, bathroom designs and styles used to emphasise only on utility and lighting. But nowadays, we see the inclusion of theme-based bathrooms that are gaining immense popularity the world over.” Aqua and marine-themed bathroom styles are becoming popular as it provides a soothing mood inspired by natural colours and textures of the seashore. “In today’s hectic life, people love to be around nature and it’s a good idea to create such an ambience in your bathroom. The supporting concepts/styles of this theme are also a growing trend. An open bathroom lends a spacious look and adds value to the design aesthetics to create an atmosphere wherein you can spend quality relaxing time,” adds Parushni.
Rajiv Merchant, CEO and co-founder of a home upholstery line, feels that a bathroom should be welcoming yet unusual; different yet startling. “Creating an aqua or marine-themed bathroom can be refreshing. It can be a pleasant break for people who love the outdoors and the sea, but don’t get the time to be out there. With the interiors industry growing, you can actually turn your dreams into reality. The various theme-based residential projects coming up go to show that people now love to explore and live it up,” explains Rajiv.
‘SEA’ THE HOME
You can easily deck up the bathroom with beach-themed accessories; featuring tall grass, ocean water and bird graphics. Unless you want to create a whole concept, there are no limitations for experimenting. Materials like outdoor wooden decking, stone tiles, aqua-based wall paints, window treatments, green planters and add-on accessories like tropical fish prints, seashells in glass jars, or seascape paintings create a tropical effect. “With the marine trend growing not only in fashion, but in home décor and bathrooms as well, there are lots of beautiful natural accessories and summer coastal designs to choose from. One can look at walls of sky-blue glass subway tiles, which have the reflective qualities of water; a freestanding sleek white tub with a faucet offers a quiet place to soak,” adds Harsh Bhutani, executive director of a sanitaryware dealing company.
THEME OF YOUR DREAM
An outdoor shower has become the icon of good life. “An outdoor bathroom or a marine bathroom is a great idea and can add a decadent and exotic touch to your home. In lofts and open-plan homes, designers and architects are looking for ways to make spaces feel as open, light and bright as possible by eliminating walls and doors,” elucidates Harsh. Punam Kalra, an interior designer, emphasises that this theme is not difficult to create. “In an air pool bathtub, you can create thousands of warm bubbles that stimulate the skin’s light touch receptors, producing an overall calming effect. It offers an air blower, which works like a giant hairdryer giving a feeling of having a shower in an open area with gentle breeze,” says Punam.
How to create an aqua/marine theme-based bathroom?
❚ The most important factor in creating a sea or ocean-themed bathroom is in the colours you use. Pale blue walls can create an overall watery effect. Bright yellows can suffuse the room with sunlight. Blue-green or aqua can give a seawater effect
❚ The floor of your seascape-themed bathroom should resemble natural sand. You can do this with light tan carpeting or light beige tile. Even light-toned wooden flooring can be used to suggest a sandy beach
❚ Keep curtains or shades light-coloured and easy to open to let in the light. Louvered wood shutters in white or pale beige can give the room a beach cottage effect. Tropical fish prints, seashells in glass jars, or seascape paintings create a tropical effect. Go easy on animal designs such as dolphins, sea turtles or fish prints
❚ Bathroom fittings should be period style/white. Include a wooden panelled bathtub or an old-fashioned freestanding bathtub, matching basin, traditional cross head brass or chrome taps, see-through shower panels/marine motif and striped shower curtain
❚ You can decorate the bathroom with country style cupboards/chest/ shelves in limed, distressed, colour-rubbed wood, iron frame/wicker
❚ Lighting also plays an important role. Use glass/metal fishermen’s brass lantern, turned wood sconce candelabrum/candles
❚ Shell or driftwood mirror frame add opulence to such themed bathrooms. Porthole-shaped mirror, rustic shelves, wooden bath rack, rustic style/period glass containers, cane/wicker laundry baskets and natural objects like pebbles, shells, starfish, model boats and carved wooden seabirds create a perfect scene for a beach side feel
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