Back to Basics: Bring the Outdoors into the Bathroom

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Natural elements made a loud entrance to the interior design scene last year, but their invasion of stylish homes didn’t stop in boudoirs and living rooms. Pushing deeper into private quarters, timber, stone, and houseplants went on to claim their rightful place in the shower room as well. Right now, nature thrives in stylish quarters dedicated to personal hygiene, and the introduction of natural materials into the bathroom has brought many a benefit to both the planet and home aesthetics. Eager to jump on the wagon of trending bathroom designs? Then you’d better arm yourself with the basics on how to achieve natural restroom décor before you launch the makeover.

1. Stone Tiles for a Sustainable Twist

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Stone is one of the most common elements borrowed from Nature’s lap that looks at home in a graceful and airy lavatory. The best stone flooring options for the bathroom include marble and granite, but Caesarstone is even more convenient since it’s simple to maintain and promises superior resilience and lifespan to go with sustainability, aesthetic value, and reasonable cost.

For a green twist, quartz surfaces can be cleaned without the use of chemical detergents, which is a nice boon if you’re looking to reduce your household’s ecological footprint. On top of that, Caesarstone will last far longer than most other floor and countertop materials out there, which means its use as lavatory flooring will help slice extenuation of natural resources in the long run.

2. Bathroom Flooring Clad in Wood

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Most homeowners are wary of using wood in the bathroom, but there isn’t a single good reason why the lavatory floors shouldn’t rock a timber guise. Still, reputed shower plumbing experts say that timber flooring is a better fit for bathrooms with built-in or standalone tubs, while stone tiles are a financially wiser investment for lavatories outfitted with shower bases.

To reduce the risk of floor damage through exposure to high humidity, opt for engineered wood coated with acrylic impregnated wear layer and hack superior aesthetics, durability, and maintenance ease by a single flooring upgrade. Laminate is also a viable bathroom flooring option, but its aesthetic value is far lower than that of engineered wood or standard hardwood floorboards.

3. Organic Textiles That Speak of Style

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If you’re not a huge fan of minimalism, you can dress the bathroom up with organic textiles for a green twist. Coarse toilet rugs made from hemp or bamboo fiber will help keep sensitive timber or stone floors safe from moisture and minimize the risk of injury through slip-and-fall accidents.

Another cool accent for a restroom design following in the footsteps of Mother Nature, bath towels made from organic cotton will add a snug and sustainable vibe to your private hygiene haven. If you feel like going green in the loo, don’t forget to swap towels crafted from synthetic fabrics for their cleaner and safer naturally-sourced counterparts.

4. Bathroom Gone Botanical Garden

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Indoor plants are another simple update that will help usher a natural vibe into your restroom. Exotic plants such as philodendron, snake plant, aloe vera, dracaena, bamboo, and spider plant love humidity, so they will fit the bathroom bill perfectly.

Still, make sure to place the pots in a well-lit corner of the lavatory: the botanical tenants that don’t mind moisture usually require ample sunlight. In windowless bathrooms that don’t receive abundant natural light, fluorescent bulbs should do the lighting trick, and they also produce wavelengths plants need to survive and prosper.

5. Natural Details for a Quirky Touch


To round off your nature-inspired bathroom, throw in quirky organic details that bear a personal touch. For example, you can outfit the mirror in an elegant wooden frame or decorate restroom shelves and cabinets with pebbles and seashells salvaged on holidays.

Another way to introduce natural freshness in the restroom is to use framed botanical prints or adorn the walls with hand-painted natural motifs. Towel rails and hooks crafted from branches or twigs will also add a dose of originality to your hygiene spot, but be sure to treat sensitive materials with a coat of water-resistant paint, just to stay on the safe side of bathroom design.

These days, stylish bathrooms are one with Nature, so if your shower room is looking a bit worse for wear, try the natural formula in the next makeover. Stone, wood, houseplants, and eccentric details picked up outdoors will dial up bathroom aesthetics and sustainability and help achieve a sense of stylistic integrity with the rest of your home décor. Let Mother Nature be your design guide: dipping in the lap of natural beauty is more than worth the upgrade cost.

For more decorating with natural elements: Being Good to the Environment: Eco- Friendly Kitchens & Baths | Add Nature To Your Fall Decor

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Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger from Smooth Decorator. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.