The bathroom is an ideal playground for architects and lovers of materials and materials who can deploy their creative talents there. Explore the solutions available to you.
Bathroom materials: long live the tradition!
The king material in the bathroom? The ceramic. It is found everywhere: on the tiled floor and walls, for a tray, the toilet, the basin … Ceramic is resistant to water and various products, easy to clean, and sometimes treated to reinforce its hygienic aspect. However, its manufacturing method limits the large dimensions of the receiver and its weight can slow down its use. For this, manufacturers such as Laufen, Ideal Standard, Duravit, Roca or Villeroy & Boch are revisiting the formula and now offering thinned, lighter and thinner ceramics, but ultra-resistant. This innovation offers this historic material new outlets and more contemporary forms. The wood is undoubtedly the other flagship material in the bathroom. Its natural warmth brings a pleasant note to the room. Wood is of course mostly found on furniture: solid, veneer, perfectly imitated by a laminate … In its solid version, you should pay attention to the species used. The wood is graded from 1 to 5 according to its resistance to humidity. Choose the most appropriate class 3 to 5 species. Ipé, cumaru, teak are perfectly suited species, but you can also choose oak, pine, or chestnut as well.
From the lightest to the darkest, you are free to choose the color that will seduce you. Of course, wood is also suitable for use on the ground, in a real or imitation version. Do not hesitate, you will bring real charm to the room! For several years, natural stones have been dressing our bathrooms and seducing with their natural character. The big winner in the category is marble, which brings its nobility and enlivens a wall or a floor. It can also be used as a countertop or in a washbasin. Its multiple colors and subtle nuances make it one of the materials of choice for architects who play with grain patterns in open book installation, for example. In this line, terrazzo comes back in force and settles in the bathrooms. More contemporary in appearance than marble with its mixture of materials and colors, it elegantly enlivens the room.
Bet on the practice: the PVC door a picture of low-end product and unattractive. But it has changed and is now multiplying the effects. It offers quite impressive decorations, which perfectly imitate a real brick wall, a wood facing. This material is suitable for renovation because it can be installed to dress the walls of a shower.
Spirit of innovation
New materials have completely taken over the bathroom. These are synthetic stones or what we call Solid Surface: Corian® from DuPont, Krion® from Porcelanosa, Staron from Lotte Chemical, Hi-Macs® from LG Hausys … They offer qualities that match perfectly for the use of the room. Composed of mineral materials and acrylic resin, they are antibacterial, resistant to abrasion, chemicals, and easy to clean. They are available in colors and sizes at will. In addition, they can be repaired in the event of a scratch. And above all, they allow all shapes for all types of products: a washstand with integrated basin in one piece and without joint, a tray, a floor, a wall. On the receiver’s side, there is concrete model resin, treated with a gel coat.
Rough formwork stripping: for an authentic effect, make way for waxed concrete! This material, perfect for new or for renovation, since it can be placed on an existing tile, provides a very interesting material effect. On the wall, on the floor, in a shower or on a washbasin, this material adapts to everything. Protected by a varnish, it becomes waterproof, hygienic, and easy to maintain.