Can you imagine how enlightening it feels to swim in crystal clear turquoise seawater, or to dive into the deep blue depths of a swimming pool? This is a sensation that can be created in the privacy of the home too, in the form of a fresh bathroom. The right choice of colour goes a long way to promote this feeling of freshness in the limited confines of the shower stall or bathroom, aquamarine, azure, pearl, and crystal all help to desired atmosphere. The fresh look bathroom should always provoke a sense of space and light, with an open and bright quality, rather than a cozy and sensual one. Colour and line accentuate this feeling, so use sea coloured tiles to cover large areas, creating a platform of uninterrupted colour, alongside a generous use of transparent materials and glass. It may be possible to replace a whole wall with glass to eliminate solid visual obstructions, and to install sleek bathroom units in gleaming white or a fresh aqua shade, with minimal visible plumbing. Paint the ceiling in a suitably pale hue and keep the floor light in colour and pattern to further promote the atmosphere of fresh spaciousness.
The inherent hard lines, angles protrusions and changes in levels confined within the small space of the bathroom distract from visual harmony. Try and minimize unnecessary angulation and changes in texture by limiting the range of colour featured in materials, fabrics and bathroom services. Choose just one or two closely related colours for walls and tiling, a choice that may be based on the colour of your existing bathroom services, then try to ensure that blinds, shower curtains, towels and other pieces of bathroom furnitured blend in with the main colour theme. Sympathetic lighting is essential to any bathroom scheme, both for practical and aesthetic purposes. In the fresh look bathroom creative lighting can be used to enhance the watery effect of the colours and materials that decorate the room. For example, strategically placed spotlight shining through rippled glass and reflecting on the shiny surfaces of the tiles will create the optical illusions of sunshine dancing on water.
Alternatively, carefully direct neat, swivel headed downlighters so that they create fields of light on aqua surfaces. Just as with the real thing, the sea colours of turquoise, azure, and crystal become incandescent in sunlight. Use this idea to create a flexible lighting systems that can be manipulated to promote these qualities, using natural daylight where possible, perhaps filtered through slats or transparent voile to soften the reflections. Where there is a strong source of natural light in the bathroom, use transparent fabrics in yellows, blues, or greens to dress the windows and enhance the effects of daylight, allowing the option of drawing a gossamer veil to filter the light when necessary.
Continue the water and light theme by using colours and textures that are associated with this combinations, ripple surfaced aquamarines tiles alongside smooth, thick glass, sandy yellow fabric against a sea green mosaic, and for a feminine touch, the subtle sheen of mother of pearl floor tiles partnered with a pretty floral voile in blues, pinks and greens.