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See how these unique finishes and building materials can add a coastal vibe to your bathroom upgrade. Looking to fit beach style into your bathroom? Here are some inventive ways to incorporate coastal materials in this smaller space.
1 . WOOD
For a more rustic coastal vibe, update your cabinets with reclaimed wood. This custom-made pine cabinet holds the sink while also providing storage. Boardwalk tiles make the floor look like it’s been worn down by wind and water. “Incorporate painted wood to keep it light and airy,” says Liz Baker of Coralberry Cottage. “Gray-washed driftwood finishes can accomplish this also.” Wood can also be added through décor, like this driftwood starfish that pays homage to the sea, both in shape and material.
They provide an instant beach element and have unique patterns and textures. But have you thought about incorporating seashells into your flooring? This example is a combination of porcelain tile and seashell tile. “We styled the shell tile to look like a rug,” says Susan Guest of Guest Interiors. Though the shells don’t span the entire floor, they add texture and make you feel as if you’re walking on the beach. “You can put anything inside resin tile,” says Susan. “There’s even tile that looks like weathered sand.”
3. SEA GLASS
Recycled glass countertop options include beach glass. This countertop sits atop a custom-made vanity, adding unique texture and color to a key bathroom piece. “Get a sample of recycled glass, or go with a color that has been made before,” says Loren Schirber of Castle Building & Remodeling. “Anything is possible with glass and resin, but not all combinations look good.” Stick with blues, greens and soft yellows for a calming space.
The coastal look is all about texture, and with expansive walls, there’s no better place to add some. “The best infusion is to add texture with a natural material, like grasscloth wallcovering,” says Lisa Michael of Lisa Michael Interiors. “Combine clean and bright finishes like white cabinetry with soothing beach colors to create a serene space that calms the senses.” Other textured wallpaper options include bamboo, hemp and cork, which can either be colored or left natural.