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A play of materials in varied palettes and textures can make a space look aesthetically pleasing. Designer Vinithra Amarnathan of WeeSpaces, shows us how to select the best combinations for a classic look…

Part of a small home with a rustic cottage chic style, this bathroom was designed in a clean, earthy palette that would flow with the rustic modern vibe of rest of the home. The floors are covered in a distressed pattern tile, while a beautiful handmade brick tile in tones of beige covers the shower area. Gold fixtures from Kohler complete the look.

Bathed in a rustic teal tile with hints of a copper patina, this forms a quiet haven in an industrial-chic home designed in Hyderabad. The bold colour instantly uplifts the small bathroom and the distressed feature of the tile links it to the industrial chic feel of the home. The countertop is made of poured concrete, with gold fittings from Kohler.

Created to be a clean and bright room, this all white space uses a smart grey-and-white combination, combined with gold fixtures to uplift and give it a luxe vibe. Slate grey tiles on the floor, and a marble tile all over, with Carrara marble countertops and French-gold fittings from Kohler, completes the luxurious feel.

Vinithra’s Tips

  • As a thumb rule, you should include no more than 2 colours in a smaller bathroom
  • Bring interest in the space by using texture, varying tones of a single colour, pattern and fixtures
  • While picking floor tiles from a functional point of view, matte anti-slip ones work best. Larger tiles in a single tone always make a space look larger
  • Use flooring as the hero for a small bathroom, and bring in a smaller tile in a bold pattern while balancing the rest of the bathroom in softer tones
  • Ensure a tile-drop in the shower enclosures to segregate wet and dry areas. Dry areas also allow a larger flexibility in material usage, from wallpapers and mosaic tiles to paint or board and batten!
  • Using texture is a great way to add warmth to a space. Think rugs, mats, wall art, soft accessories like towels hung on a towel rack, baskets – these can all bring in colour and texture
  • A simple way to make a larger bathroom feel cosy is to add a seating element like a pouffe, chair or stool

  • Vinithra Amarnathan, Founder & Principal Designer, WeeSpaces, Bengaluru

    “Weespaces is a full-service boutique design firm focussed on creating unique and personal spaces. Our design philosophy rests on finding the perfect balance of function, aesthetic and uniqueness to create spaces that are visually balanced and feel calm and collected. We believe a well-designed space should be inviting without being overwhelming, feel collected yet accessible and be able to evolve with us!”


    Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company

    Images Courtesy: WeeSpaces

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