Category : Bathroom Posted : 25/07/2022

From classic monochrome to modern, rustic and tribal, there are many design genres and ideas around which you can design your bathroom. Designer Shonali Mahajan shows us how…

These bathrooms were designed keeping in mind a second home environment. So, the materials used are maintenance-free, budget friendly, and all locally sourced. We had to make the best of the tight budget usually provided for second homes and create dramatic and unusual looking bathrooms. Designing the large spaces to be comfortable, airy and spacious, and also filled with natural light, is key. 


The brief for this space was to make it contemporary. Clearly defined by a contemporary style, the vitrified tiles in taupe in a hexagon pattern on the floor are paired with marble tiles for the walls, cut and laid with grooves. The main feature of this bathroom is of course the floating mirror against the window above the vanity. The location for the WC has been defined by vaastu. 


Here, the client did not want to use marble, as they had grown tired of it. So we mixed piccolo wall tiles with a marble floor and worked with matte black tiles to create a border of interest on the floor, skirting and above the window. The style here could be defined as ‘Tribal Modern’. We love working with high contrast and playing with materials – using everyday materials in a different way instead of the usual ideas. 


The style we explored for this space was a mix of rustic modern with tribal elements. The tiles have been locally sourced and paired with IPS or piccolo and subway tiles. The plants add an element of both nature and colour to the bathroom, enhancing the otherwise simple look of the space. 


Shonali’s Tips For Adding Some Oomph To Your Bathroom

⦁ Deck it up with accessories, like interesting lights or decor pieces

⦁ You can play with monochrome materials that have a bit of drama in them, like different textured tiles for different areas of the bathroom  

⦁ Remember to avoid too many materials or the space will seem too cluttered and busy – always stick to a maximum of three materials in a bathroom

⦁ Have one focal point or wall and start visualizing the space growing from there 

⦁ Use one type of decorative fitting and avoid going overboard by introducing too many elements

⦁ If you want to enhance the look of your powder room, a fun wallpaper or coloured paint texture are the easiest ways to get a vibrant look

⦁ Adding elements like a dramatic light or an ornamental sink are great ideas too


Shonali Mahajan, Founder, Studio Wodehouse, Mumbai

“From conceptualization to execution, we strive to create timeless yet relevant spaces. With keen attention to detail, we adopt a 360° approach to design that delivers simultaneously on both beauty and functionality. Fine attention to detail is the cornerstone of our approach; from the initial design concept to the last hook on the door! We strive to deliver unparalleled satisfaction in service, technical expertise, and final creative design.”

Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company 
Images courtesy: Studio Wodehouse 

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