Homeowners embrace individuality with textured bathroom door fronts

BathroomsFeatures Wed 5th Oct 2022 by Lisa Hibberd

Homeowners embrace individuality with textured bathroom door fronts

Homeowners embrace individuality with textured bathroom door fronts

Feature by Lisa Hibberd | Wed 5th Oct 2022

Lisa has a background in working on consumer titles, and as the former associate editor of Your Home magazine, over 15 years' experience writing about kitchens and bathrooms. She now works as a freelance, contributing to both consumer and B2B platforms. More

From chic, Scandinavian-inspired slatted designs to abstract patterns and subtly textured woodgrains, Lisa Hibberd takes a look at some of the latest door and drawer fronts to look out for, as consumers relish the opportunity to add originality to their spaces.

“Driving the trend for textured finishes on bathroom furniture is the need to bring the outside in,” says Laufen brand marketing manager, Emma Mottram. “Consumers want to feel closer to nature, creating a relaxing bathroom that offers the ultimate in rest and relaxation in the sanctuary of their own homes. This idea is nothing new, but following events of recent years, homeowners have further committed to creating a bathroom that serves as a retreat from the stresses and strains of the world. Textured finishes are also an excellent way of softening the look and feel of a space that has the potential to be sterile thanks to the dominance of hard, cold materials.”

Designed by Peter Wirz of Process Design, Laufen’s Moderna furniture is available in four finishes including two stylish textured woodgrain effects – Dark Grey Oak and Honey Ash

Nuie’s Deco collection features a part-fluted design for those looking to add a flourish without committing to a door with all-over texture. Shown here in Satin Green is the 500 WC unit, 400 tall unit and 500 FS two-door vanity unit

The collection of Show furniture from Acquabella features lacquered units with fronts made from their unique Akron material. Akron is antibacterial, impact, hydrolysis and thermal shock resistant, and gives high definition textures. Show is available in eight textured finishes – shown here is Quiz – and over 2,000 colour options

Ben Bryden, sales and marketing director of RAK Ceramics, agrees that natural, unrefined finishes offer a welcoming, warm alternative to cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom. “Natural and nature-inspired materials, such as wood, have long been popular as a way of introducing calm to the bathroom, so adding a textured finish simply takes this trend a step further, with the same understated style and minimalism. Just like when it comes to adding colour to the bathroom, texture should be added in moderation. There are lots of opportunities to add texture, from the furniture to tiling, and designers shouldn’t be tempted to overload the space, particularly when it is compact, as many modern bathrooms tend to be. As ever in the bathroom, less is more to achieve maximum impact. There are practicalities to consider too though – as with any bathroom surface, textured furniture fronts need to be easy to clean – the grooves may well be a place for germs to gather so being able to wipe the furniture down with ease will be important to the consumer.”

RAK-Joy furniture from RAK Ceramics can be chosen in a textured finish, with its innovative TECHWOOD, a tactile finish that replicates real wood. Pictured is Scandinavian Oak

Limit, the new bathroom collection from Crosswater, fuses functionality with harmonious design to deliver bathroom furniture that pays homage to both Japanese and Scandinavian design. The wall-hung units are enhanced with striking 3D slats, perfectly spaced to deliver on-trend texture and subtle luxury. In addition to delivering style, these uniform lines divert the gaze away from the edges of the room, presenting a space that appears instantly larger. The Limit Single Drawer Unit is available in two sizes, 500mm and 700mm, and two finishes, including Steelwood and Modern Oak

Designed for cloakrooms, Crosswater’s Flute range is available in floor standing or wall hung options, in Nordic Oak and Windsor Oak, both of which feature anti-bacterial properties

“Texture is key to the customisable design journey for Root, VitrA’s new bathroom collection,” explains Margaret Talbot, marketing manager for VitrA Bathrooms in the UK and Europe. “Groove, a panelled contemporary option in the range, is available in 17 striking colours. The texture is a stand-out feature, and, like the whole range, Groove is adaptable to suit any bathroom setting. Durability and longevity are essential; designers must look for products explicitly produced for bathroom environs that offer protection from water ingress, swelling, rot or decay. Plenty of sustainable materials are available too – some made from 100% recycled plastic that is multi-layered and offers superb performance as well as peace of mind for eco-conscious clients.”

Vitra’s recently launched Root collection is offered in three key furniture designs including Groove – a contemporary option with a panelled style. It’s available in seventeen colours including Matt Fjord Green, shown here

Libra, the yet-to-be-launched collection from Scavolini, will give consumers a choice of flat or ribbed doors (featuring either horizontal or vertical ribbing), with a version of the horizontal ribbed door also available in glass. Pictured here is a wall-mounted vanity unit featuring a Morocco Red matt lacquer slatted door and a Morocco Red matt lacquer flat door, with a Slate Black glass top and black ceramic countertop washbasin

Anthony Barker, sales director of Optidek, suggests that – for those worried about the hygiene aspect of textured surfaces – a subtle texture can be added through the use of large format wall panels such as Dekton. “Since the pandemic, there has been an emerging trend toward featuring more hygienic surfaces in bathrooms and, increasingly, in wet rooms; the latter becoming a popular option in today’s homes. Consumers are opting for a hotel spa-like feel in their own homes and, consequently, in some cases there has also been a ‘less is more’ approach to the types of surfaces being specified by designers. 4mm Dekton Slim is an ideal option as it is lightweight and easy to clean. The finishes and textures also match most of the standard thickness Dekton surface and floor coverings. Bathroom designers now have the opportunity to design a layout with the same textured surface for everything from the cabinetry doors and drawers to the floor, the walls and work surfaces, providing visual harmony and making the room look subtle and minimalist. Scratch and stain resistant, 4mm Dekton Slim is resistant to humidity and will not lose colour or texture when regularly cleaned, plus it is resistant to UV, so it can be installed in rooms with a lot of natural light. Being a proprietary blend of quartz and porcelain, it is so fine and lightweight that it is an ideal textured surface option for door and drawer fronts, and at Optidek, we will fabricate every piece to exact size.”

4mm Dekton Slim in Kovik is an ideal textured surface options for door and drawer fronts. It has been used here to clad handleless cabinetry drawers in a contemporary wet room Image: Cosentino

Utopia’s Zara fitted furniture in Silver Fusion has a lightly textured surface appearance which helps to give visual depth to the colours

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