How can I make a Mediterranean bathroom modern?
The Mediterranean bathroom and entire style can sometimes appear to be rustic and old fashioned in their true essence. Therefore interior designers can add new modern technological appliances to a bathroom to give it that new age look and feel. The first piece of technology that can add a modern twist to a Mediterranean bathroom is the shower. There are many extremely modern showers that come in a variation of sizes with different functions too. Modern showers have sleek and sharp lines of construction that complement the architecture in the bathroom. You may think that there is no way such a modern shower can fit in in such a traditional and rustic style bathroom, well it is perfect for that style of bathroom, as the two types of design will add a contrasting effect that adds uniqueness to a bathroom.
The second kind of modern technology that you could add to a Mediterranean style bathroom to help transform it into the 21st century is a modern bathtub. The modern bathtub comes in many forms, a traditional clawfoot bathtub, a jet spa bathtub and a hot tub bathtub. Each one is large enough to comfortably fit two people, and their exteriors can be made to suit the style of the rest of the bathroom, but the modern functions still remain within the bathtub. These are great for on-suit bathroom that have more space as compared to a guest or main bathroom located in the other areas of the house.
Next up to be discussed is the modern accessories that an interior designer can place in the bathroom to give a new age feel. One great modern accessory to add to a Mediterranean style bathroom, is a modern porcelain sink that is accompanied by stainless steel taps and faucets. These elements give a sleek and modern design to the rest of the bathroom, as the will directly contrast the rustic terracotta tiles on the floor as well as the plain concrete ceilings.
What materials should I use in a Mediterranean bathroom?
There are many options for flooring in a Mediterranean bathroom, and the traditional style of flooring starts with the terracotta tiles. These tiles are baked clay that have a sandy orange rust colour but can now be made in a colour that suits the colour and style of the room you would like them to be used in. Although the standard colour is compatible with almost any colour scheme, a Mediterranean bathroom looks its best with terracotta tiling on the floors and neutral or similar colours used around the rest of the bathroom.
Next up as an option we have a traditional Mosaic design on the floor. Mosaic is traditionally created with small ceramic tiles that are arranged in a colourful pattern. These tiles and their design originate from exotic lands like Turkey and Morocco, where they are used as decorative covering for an entire house. Not only can this design be used on the floor, if the designer and the home owner intend on creating an entire Mediterranean look throughout the bathroom, the Mosaic design can be placed on the walls as well as the ceilings.
Following the Mosaic design, we take a look at a trend that is fast becoming the first choice in modern Mediterranean homes, bare concrete. How is this effectively used to style a bathroom? The concrete can be used throughout the entire bathroom, and because of its plain colour, all the other elements in the bathroom can be styled and designed to be the main attraction in the room. Yet, if you wish to collaborate the plain grey concrete with more traditional colours such as white, a good way to do this is to make the ceiling plain concrete and style the rest of the bathroom accordingly.
What colours can I use in a Mediterranean bathroom?
Crisp white walls have always suited any bathroom, and that is no different with a Mediterranean bathroom. With all the other traditional colours and elements used in the bathroom, white is great colour to use to break the traditionalism and add that modern 21st century look to a modern Mediterranean bathroom. The colour white can also be used on the ceiling, in the bathtub and shower and obviously used in the toilet and basin.
The next popular colour to be used in a modern Mediterranean bathroom, is beige. There are variations of soft browns a designer could use, but beige seems to give the elegant and finished look to a bathroom. Beige can be used on the floors in a ceramic tile, it can be used in the doors and even in the window dressings like the blinds or the curtains.
In addition to these base colours, designers need to remember that a few pops of bright colours such as green, yellow and blue tie the entire room together in order for it not to appear to be too clinical. These colors can be subtly placed in the bathroom by adding potted plants to add the bright and natural green, as well as adding fun and colourful accessories such as towels, bathroom carpets and perhaps a colourful curtain to the bathroom. The final way that a designer or homeowner could add colour is in the furniture in the bathroom perhaps a few colourful chairs and benches to give it that old fashioned dressing room feel.