Floor and wall surfaces are not exactly the most exciting components of a home but they can affect the overall look and feel of a space. This is especially so in the private zones as they set the tone for your daily rest. If you’re feeling lost on where to start gathering inspiration for your bed and bath surfaces, we are here to help. Read on for some interesting ways to refresh your bedroom and bathroom.
Blur the boundaries
The common open plan layout has integrated the bedroom and bathroom as one but what pushes it up a notch is the use of the same flooring tiles for both zones. This free-flowing order of tiles not only culminates in a harmonious bedroom-bathroom merger; it shows off a larger expanse of space. The boundaries are definitely blurred but if you are not fond of waking up to cold, hard tiles in your bedroom, switch to vinyl flooring for a similar look.
We’ve seen bold patterned tiles like Peranakan-inspired accents hog the limelight in 2017 but in 2018, playing it subtle is the way to go. Try a mix of regular-sized tiles paired with smaller tiles with bevelled edges of the same or similar patterns. It will set off an interesting but understated visual impact.
Special effects paint
Special effects paint like Nippon’s Momento and Dulux’s Ambiance are picking up the momentum and these hand-painted designs are getting bolder. The wear-and-tear cement effect can be replicated instantly with special effects paint without undergoing the wrath of time. Even the chips, scratches and hairline cracks can be captured with the masterful strokes of a paintbrush.
While the bedroom takes on a rugged style take with cement, the bathroom becomes softer with fabric-patterned tiles. These tartan-printed floor tiles project a welcoming and cosy ambience—a neat visual trick that makes cold and sterile-looking bathrooms a thing of the past. Walking on it almost feels like plush carpet underfoot, except it’s waterproof and resilient to most bathroom elements like humidity and mildew.
Faux wood tile flooring or rather tiles with woodgrain patterns was a big thing in 2017. Nothing beats the real deal however but authentic wood flooring or even engineered wood flooring are not recommended in these wet zones. A vertical garden will be a good answer in bringing that authentic feeling of being outside. This works well for our space-starved apartments and will impart a spa-inspired ambience.
Walls of texture
With the limitless options of stunning digital imagery and patterns, you can always count on wallpaper to transform the room completely. Distressed textures will make a mark this year and wallpaper can achieve the realism of these strong patterns without you breaking a sweat over the maintenance.
The industrial style has been going strong since last year and this look has staying power due to its cool and edgy appeal. Cement screed has been a big part of it but the reality of it is it is too gritty and might leave too much powdery residue on the floor. By using a sealant to achieve a glossy texture, the cement is less likely to flake. Paint also works as an adequate bonding agent and to introduce a vibrant dash of colour.
This was adapted from an article originally written by Disa Tan published in the February 2018 issue of SquareRooms.