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4. BathroomPick a single material for multi-textural usesThis bathroom makes the most of a single material and uses it in different forms. The cement basin that is smooth and polished on the inside and slightly rough on the outside sits on a raw cement counter top that adds to the rustic yet rich feel of the unit. The rough exterior of the washbasin finds a commonality in the seemingly unfinished ceiling. The beaten effect on the wall at the far end could be achieved in cement (though here it is most likely plaster).How we perceive texture depends a lot on how it absorbs light – note how the sunlight bouncing off the far end wall enhances the dimples.
What a pleasure to use a bathroom that’s a meditative space. Like the one in the picture, with its earthy grey setting, concrete floor, stone washbasin and sun-soaked bathing area. The rectangle mirror that reflects the family photos in the background and the mystical black canvas add more drama to the bathroom. This space, designed by Dipen Gada & Associates, is a testament to how exposed cement is as sophisticated a material as they come. See more one-of-a-kind bathrooms on Houzz
Use muted earthy coloursZen-inspired spaces instil a sense of calm into the environment. Bright colours, even pastel shades, are believed to be high energy in character. Muted, neutral and earthy colours are usher in a feeling of calm and quiet. The aim is to keep all distractions, big and small, at bay. Solid neutral colours are an easy and cost-effective way to do that. You could also go for furnishings in muted tones.
Make a statement with a distinct bathroom. This one is exquisite because of its use of a minimal cement basin unit protruding from an exposed cement wall. The whole look is amplified by the continuous grey IPS floor and textured ceiling.
3. MonolithicIf you prefer more earthy materials, stone and exposed cement basins are just for you. This bathroom designed by Dipen Gada and Associates makes most of the natural texture of the material and uses a cement basin that is smooth and polished on the inside and slightly rough on the outside. The raw cement counter top adds to the rustic yet rich feel of the unit. Of course, the gorgeous open shower area and the different surrounding textures of the floor as well as the accent wall don’t hurt either. Tip: You could also opt for natural stone sinks – they come in variety of materials and patterns, and are very durable as they retain their essence for a long time.
Contrasting colour curbs not only create a boundary between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom but also add to the decorative value. The black curb in this design contrasts the subtle wooden-coloured tile. Here, even though there’s no glass door, the spilled or the overflowing water will not make the entire bathroom floor wet.
4. O-natural bathroom Better than a window is an open skylight – when you bundle that with natural materials and rough finishes, the “outdoors” effect created is unparalleled. In his own holiday home in Vadodara, architect Dipen Gada makes the best of a windowless bathroom by doing just this. Drenched in natural light, the open skylight over the shower creates the illusion of bathing outside, while the surrounding textures of the floor, the accent wall, and the rough-finish of the dry areas further complement the rustic outdoor vibe. However, what really ties the whole natural theme together is that cement sink.Tip: Although high humidity is great for plants, it isn’t the best for art. But if you have proper ventilation, loads of windows or an open skylight, then why not hang a picture or two to glam things up? See this contemporary home with an Indian twist
The bathroom follows a very simple layout, with extensive use of IPS and skylights framing the shower areas. “Although IPS is an ancient technique, its use is becoming extinct. We thus tried to revive it by inviting labour from Auroville to pass on the tradition,” explains Gada. A 16-colour chart was then created and a few selected colours were used throughout. “In the living and dining room, we’ve tried a grey floor, while in the bedrooms we used blue flooring. One of the bathrooms is even clad in black,” He adds.