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Bathroom Design Ideas: Coffee Walnut Decor

Bathroom design ideas can always come in handy because it can be difficult to get started when you’re looking at refitting your bathroom (or any room of your home for that matter). Choosing a mood for your room may be a good way to kick start the designer in you, and putting together a mood board at the outset will make all the decisions that follow that little bit easier (and a lot more cohesive).

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We’ve put together a mood board based on coffee and walnut colours, which we’ll accentuate with creamy whites to brighten the room. These dark shades are rich and sumptuous – they are sure to add some warmth as well as a touch of glamour to any room.

We began by sourcing our bathroom furniture. Walnut is a popular finish in furniture generally and bathroom furniture is no exception. We found some modern, freestanding bathroom furniture with slatted door detail which we felt could be a good basis for our bathroom. As well as selecting this particular bathroom furniture because of its good looks, we were pleased that the range offers a variety of sizes, giving us the scope to fit to just about any bathroom size.

This is an important factor to consider when buying bathroom furniture: choosing based on looks alone will do you no good if the range you opt for doesn’t have an extensive selection of pieces in different sizes – so keep an eye out for wide ranges if there’s a particular set of size and colour combinations you’re looking for.

When you’ve found your ideal bathroom furniture, take a sample and a couple of photographs with you as you shop for sanitaryware such as your basin and bath, so that you can be sure the products you’re looking at will match those you’ve already chosen. White porcelain fittings will contrast sharply with walnut furniture – while cream will soften your overall feel. To achieve this look, try looking for a roll top bath painted on the outside in a soft cream, and a marble or natural stone basin.

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In terms of decor, you can take a couple of different approaches.

One, opt for a coffee-coloured feature wall (behind the bath or the basin, perhaps) and use white or cream tile and paint elsewhere.

Two, opt for full-on impact and paint your whole bathroom (excluding the ceiling, which should be white or cream) in a rich, deep, coffee brown. You’ll need to use tiled areas and accessories to lighten the overall effect, ensuring your room isn’t overpoweringly dark: use reflective tiled surfaces and add mirrors and mirrored or polished chrome accessories to bring light and movement to the room.

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