PURE & SIM­PLE

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.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DOWDING

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.

2. SEASHELLS

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.

4. GRASSCLOTH

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.

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