Choosing the Right Material for the Bathroom

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.

designer Norbert Wangen

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.

Bathroom materials long live the tradition
Natural stones bring a mineral touch and create a unique decor when used as a wall covering. In this bathroom in the Borghetto Villas in Croatia, the shiny Radika elegantly dresses the wall. It was placed open book to reinforce the aesthetic aspect.Jan Stojkovic – Margraf

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.

Bathroom materials long live the tradition
Hard to believe that this wall is actually made of PVC slats! This decorative “3D Charm Element” paneling is both very decorative and easy to maintain on a daily basis. Waterproof, even in a shower stall, easy to install, it offers a textured appearance which gives it a beautiful material effect.Grosfillex
Bathroom materials long live the tradition
This “Coco” set combines a countertop in Rocksolid synthetic stone and a vanity unit with real wood veneered fronts (also available in glossy lacquers). The geometric play brings rhythm to this harmonious composition.Burgbad at Au Fil du Bain

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.

Bathroom materials long live the tradition
Ideal for renovation for a shower or any other space, this “Créapano” wall covering is easy to install and offers guaranteed airtightness in the bathroom. It consists of a PVC core surrounded by two sheets of aluminum. It comes in various sizes and various decorations.Lapeyre

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.

Spirit of innovation
Solid Surface is a synthetic material frequently used in bathrooms because it allows you to make original shaped basins, showers and bathtubs, like this Sentec island model. It gives resistance, comfort and a great pleasure of use.Kartell by Laufen
Spirit of innovation
Imagined by designer Cecilie Manz, the Luv collection conveys Nordic purism and timeless elegance. The washbasins are made of DuraCeram, a ceramic that allows the creation of very thin walls, accompanied by a piece of furniture whose top is in quartz or solid American walnut.Duravit

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.

Spirit of innovation
The effects of matter are in their place in the bathroom. “Le Stuc” is a smooth lime rendering. With its marbled appearance, its two-tone shades, it brings a warm note and gives a beautiful allure to the walls. It is applied in two stages: one coat to create a smooth surface, another for the marbled appearance.Home Deco