Bathroom. Wednesday , May 17th , 2017 - 23:33:14 PM
While it‘s not uncommon to think of a bathroom space in the home as a place that is visited only briefly, the Japanese have a different take on this room. In Japanese culture, a bathroom is a space for rest and rejuvenation as much as it is for cleanliness. Because it‘s a space that is lingered in, a Japanese-style bathroom is built for enjoying, and not simply efficiency. One of the most popular recent imports when creating a Japanese bathroom is the incorporation of a small soaking tub. These are placed in bathrooms with the sole purpose of relaxing a tired body and giving you time to collect your thoughts and inspirations. Their size indicates that they are not for bathing for hygiene, but for peaceful meditation and calm. Oils and salts for a soaking tub should be readily available if you are looking to create an authentic Japanese bathroom.n a countertop with purpose. A Japanese-style bathroom should have the option for relaxing music as well. Making an effort to hide the technology within the décor is essential so it‘s not a distracting feature.
Much like a Japanese garden, a Japanese style bathroom must be built with nature in mind. Utilizing greenery such as bamboo plants or mossy potted plants is a key element to creating the feeling that the peaceful natural world can exist within your walls. Placement of these plants is just as essential. Make sure that bamboo plants or potted moss is lined up in pleasing, lines that do not overwhelm the senses. Lighting is another essential element in your Japanese-style bathroom. In order to create a space where your mind is free to relax, harsh lights and bold fixtures should be avoided. Color schemes in Japanese style bathrooms should also be kept on the neutral or natural side depending upon your preferences. Do not forget to bring bamboo into your décor wherever possible, but with a clear purpose. Whether it‘s bamboo floors, trim or plants, it‘s a feature worth investing in.
Tile flooring is common in bathrooms and offers a nice alternative to hardwoods, which can get warped if they are exposed to too much water. If you decide to put ceramic tile on the floor, look for a grade of 1 or 2, a water-absorption rating of less than 7 percent and a coefficient of friction above .60, which are slip-resistant and can stand up to water. Also pay attention to porosity; you‘ll want a more impervious tile for the floor because of exposure to water. Vinyl feels better on bare feet than ceramic tile, and it‘s one of the more popular flooring choices as it‘s inexpensive and practical (safe, easy to install and maintain). Define zones in the room by using a different tile in the shower. You‘ll want to use a tile that has a water-absorption rating of less than 3 percent (lower than what‘s recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that‘s greater than or equal to .60). If budget is not a factor, then all-over tile can be an interesting way to merge durability and easy cleaning with style. Vary the color, shape, pattern, size and texture of tiles by using different materials on the floors, on the walls and in the shower. Using all-over tile is a good way to make a small space brighter, as the tile will reflect light.
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