Get out of ceramics: ideas for bathroom coverings

Get out of ceramics: ideas for bathroom coverings

House Ode to nature / Milwicz Architekci. Image © Przemyslaw Turlej

If, on the one hand, the bathrooms have a certain rigidity when we think of the layout and their spatial arrangement, it is in the floor and wall coverings that this logic is reversed. With the wide variety of designs and patterns available in the market, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are often used to give quality and identity to space. At the same time, the ease of access to ceramic and porcelain tiles, as well as their ease of installation, end up conditioning our choices, making it difficult to think of other finishing possibilities for these areas.

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Although ceramic and porcelain tiles fit perfectly into the technical requirements of bathrooms, it is possible to think of other finishes that can bring different qualities to these spaces. Materials such as brick, earth and wood can bring different textures and colors that make the space more comfortable, while hydraulic tiles and painted masses bring color and diversity. Other materials, even more unpredictable, such as the mirror, become an almost playful element.

Here are some projects that use other materials such as bathroom cladding, betting on the combination of colors, textures and even temperatures to give quality to the space:

Grout with pigment

One possibility of coating bathrooms is grouting with some kind of pigmentation. This ranges from grouting, plastering and painting with a suitable paint, to a cement which can be pigmented to gain color or maintain the color of the cement.

Beneath the willow house / Objekt Architecten

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Under the Willow Tree House / Objekt Architecten. Image © Bert Vereecke Photography

Hydraulic tile

Following an application logic similar to that of ceramic and porcelain tiles, since it is installed in pieces with mortar, the hydraulic tile is a ceramic-based material that can bring colors and patterns to the environment. .

Apartment Pinheiros / Ana Sawaia Arquitetura

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Apartment Pinheiros / Ana Sawaia Arquitetura. Image © Caroline Lacaz

Granilite and burnt cement

Granitite and burnt cement have the same application logic, since it is a single mass that is applied and then finished with varnish or resin.

Reforma e ampliação Segurola / OrdoñezWenzke

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Reforma e ampliação Segurola / OrdoñezWenzke – 24. Image © Javier Agustín Rojas

Casa Cachóns – Passivhaus / ARROKABE Arquitectos

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Casa Cachóns – Passivhaus / ARROKABE Architects. Image © Luis Diaz Diaz

Natural Materials: Wood, Brick and Earth

Natural materials are little considered a finish in wet areas, mainly due to the difficulty of maintenance. However, this does not mean that it is not possible to process them and integrate them into the environment.

Apartment Paleta / com/c arquitetura

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Apartment Paleta / com/c architecture. Image © Julia Totoli

Cuernavaca Guest Bathrooms / Mario Herrera Holgado

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Cuernavaca Guest Bathrooms / Mario Herrera Holgado. Image © Andres Cedillo

Sanitary Complex Faculty of Architecture, Design and Art of the National University of Asunción / Alberto Martinez + Guido Villalba + Yago García + tda

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https://www.archdaily.com/978065/sanitary-complex-faculty-of-architecture-design-and-art-of-the-national-university-of-asuncion-alberto-martinez-plus-guido-villalba- plus-yago-garcia-plus-tda. Image © Leonardo Mendez

natural stone

Stone is a smoother natural material, more common for use in wetlands in general, but it has lost prominence to ceramics and porcelain tiles which mimic its patterns with easier maintenance. Yet it is possible to apply natural stones in several different ways in wet areas.

Casa Reticular / Taller Estilo Arquitectura

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Casa Reticular / Taller Estilo Arquitectura. Photo © Tamara Uribe

Other materials

It is also possible to look for other qualities for the environment and to look for attractive finishes that transform the space, such as mirror walls or composites of resin and natural stone, among others.

Ode to the house of nature / Milwicz Architekci

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House Ode to nature / Milwicz Architekci. Image © Przemyslaw Turlej

Canal House Amsterdam / i29

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Canal House Amsterdam / i29. Photo © Ewout Huibers

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