Rustic wooden wall paneling behind a sofa, as seen at Furninova

Wood endows living spaces with emotion. In this case, seen at Furninova at imm cologne 2001, the wood paneling behind the sofa.

Experience Nature

In home decor the current trend is the natural look, with wood becoming increasingly popular. The warm, genuine charm of wood works well in the bathroom.

Wooden surfaces in the bathroom caress the senses: bare feet love its warm touch, and it brings the veneer of the vanity to life. Whether on the floor, as a piece of furniture or as a console for the sink: wood creates a familar atmosphere. It provides a seamless transition from the bathroom to other living areas, and is completely in line with current trends.

Wood evokes a spontaneous sense of well-being

In today’s fast-moving world, where many people rarely get the opportunity to truly experience nature, wood gives us that spontaneous sense of well-being. Not only does this natural substance convey warmth, it also brings something of the emotional element into the home. So it’s not surprising that this is one of the oldest and most tried-and-tested materials to be used in home decor. It also symbolizes the natural passage of time: each board, each veneer ages in its own way – each one being unique. Surrounded by all the comforts of state-of-the-art technology, this kind of authentic experience with wood has a “grounding” effect.

Versatility right through to the bathroom

Wooden finishes, furniture and accessories can display a refined or puristic charisma, or even patina: the versatility of wood and its sustainability make it a favorite for all living areas. Axor, Hansgrohe’s designer brand, features the charming, familar touch of wood in its Axor Massaud and Axor Urquiola bathroom collections, amongst others.

As a journalist, our author Heinz Kaiser has been reporting on bathroom design though different media for many years.

Images
  • A knotty wooden slab and wooden accessories create a natural feel.
  • Wooden bowls and trays bring warmth to the living environment. As seen at Die Wäscherei, Hamburg.
  • Intricately crafted stools made of solid wood are the latest trend. As seen at Wohnambiente at imm cologne 2011.
  • Stools made of solid wood are both sculptures and useful pieces of furniture. As seen at Die Wäscherei, Hamburg.
  • Wooden bench with patina. As seen in the Lambert Store at imm cologne 2011.
  • Untreated wooden benches and rustic dining tables: very trendy. As seen at Die Wäscherei, Hamburg.
  • Free-standing bathtub made of mineral casting in a wooden frame. As seen at Moma at Cersaie 2010.
  • A popular bathroom accessory: a wooden slatted mat at the lavatory.
  • Wooden picture frames with little shelves are decorative details that improve the look of the bathroom.
  • Plywood bathtub. As seen at Palazzani at ISH 2011.