Your Bathroom-A Sactuary

Creating a comfort zone


As a designated wet zone, it’s critical to ensure safety in the bathroom. Non-slip tiles are ideal, especially in bathrooms frequently used by children or the elderly. The five main materials often used in this part of the house are porcelain, glass, mosaic, ceramic and stone.

Porcelain is a practical choice for wet spots like the shower, and the sink require extra water-resistant materials. Although similar in appearance, ceramic tiles retain more water and are more prone to chips and cracks, therefore making them unfit for the sink or shower area.

Meanwhile, elegant-looking natural stone tiles may accumulate dirt and stains over time.

For the floor, mosaic tiles are highly slip-resistant because their small size provides better traction. However, this translates to more grout and extra effort in maintaining a sparkly clean bathroom.

To achieve an airy, more spacious look, pick tiles in neutral shades. Lighter colours provide a timeless finish that won’t age as trends often do. For an air of quiet and modern luxury, opt for a large-tiled floor-to-ceiling design.

Tip: Reflective floor tiles can visually enhance space. Light shades of cream or grey effectively expand space, while dark browns create a cosy, resort-like feel.

Sink and toilet

When it comes to these two functional components that make up the bulk of a bathroom, the choices are limitless. In tight spaces, wall-hung pieces are ideal as their streamlined shape is less bulky and unobtrusive. Traditional pedestal sinks can make way for countertop-mounted basins, which allow enough room for ample storage underneath.

In eco-friendly fashion, choose a toilet with dual-flush options to save water with every use.

Tip: Make use of usually bare spaces above the toilet by building extra storage like slender, wall-mounted towel racks or corner shelving.

Tub a-hoy

A calming tub of water – this is one way we can truly be rejuvenated at home after a long day at work. But due to space constraints, many have traded in the tub for a shower, forgoing the luxury of a sensory and de-stressing experience. Here’s a suggestion: Combine the two. A streamlined tub fitted with a rain-fall showerhead gives you the best of both worlds. In lieu of shower curtains, install a glass partition for a continuous sense of space.

Tip: Instead of boundary walls in the master ensuite, encase the bathroom in glass for an added dimension of space, style and sensuality. Frosted or tinted glass is an ideal choice for those who don’t want to compromise their privacy.

Mood lighting

Unless showering in the dark is your thing, bathrooms need to be bathed in ample light for a refreshing experience.

Downlighting can be used to illuminate the shower and sink areas, filling the space with a warm glow as light reflects off mirrors and stainless steel fixtures. For a soothing spa ambience, highlight a tiled or stone feature wall with grazing lights that define shadows and textures. Bathrooms blessed with windows should embrace them, as natural light heightens your sensuous bathing experience. Streaming sunlight immediately brightens up the area, making it appear larger.

Tip: Get a skylight. Sheryl Boey


How come hotel bathrooms always look so glamorous? Take note of these style tips and replicate the luxury resort look in your home.

1. Say goodbye to bulky pedestal sinks of the past and mount your round basin on a granite countertop for a modern touch.

2. Pair stone with wood for a textured appeal. Natural stone tiling and wood veneer storage units create a warm facade.

3. Inject colour to lift up your spirits! Decorate a big bath’s shower cubicle with dazzling mosaic tiles. In tiny baths, use bright accents in the form of soap dishes and towels.

4. Countertop greenery lends a tropical feel. Choose fauna that thrive in humid conditions like orchids, ferns and lilies.


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