While a lot of people admire Mediterranean themed bathrooms, what they fail to realize is that the very term ‘Mediterranean’ consists of a number of sub-styles, each of which gives your bathroom a completely new look. While France, Spain and the Balkans all have their unique décor styles, when it comes to the typical Mediterranean look, an Italian theme is probably the first thing that most people have in mind. With this in mind, here are a few ideas that will give your bathroom that classic Tuscan look and help you feel like you are on vacation every time you take a bath.
1. Traditional or contemporary
Even though the idea of Mediterranean Italian style often goes hand in hand with the notion of rural, another option you have available is to try and bring the contemporary side of Italy inside your home. Rustic style is somewhat easy to comprehend, seeing as how it heavily relies on simple window coverings, potted plants and unfinished wood.
On the other hand, the easiest way to create the uniquely luxurious contemporary style in your bathroom is with the combination of gold, silver and metallic objects. Crystals are yet another interesting element you can introduce here; however, this would require you to find a bathroom vanity capable of encompassing all of these elements.
2. The layout of the bathroom
Another important aspect of your Italian bathroom that you need to consider is the issue of the overall layout. Of course, the first thing you need to consider is the amount of space that you have, because it will greatly affect the overall choice of elements you decide to introduce into your bathroom. An abundance of space will allow you to go wild with potential storage solutions. Those with less space will have to get a bit crafty. For instance, instead of going for a bidet, you can go for a bidet toilet, which is its space-saving alternative.
3. Bathtub or shower
Every major bathroom renovation requires you to decide whether you should go with a bathtub or a shower. Luckily for you, with just a bit of adjustment, you can easily have either of these two ideas fit your plans. If you decide to go with a tub, you basically have three different materials to consider – marble, stone or copper. This choice depends on which way you decide to go with the rest of your bathroom’s decoration, as well as your budget.
Those who decide to go with a shower have an even simpler and less expensive solution. All they have to do is pick the appropriate shower curtain. To stay on the safe side, the colors and patterns you should aim for are either nautical or oriental. Keep in mind that the rest of your bathroom fabric would also have to fit in with the same theme.
4. Look for some potted plants
Enhancing the atmosphere in the room with some appropriate potted plants is a must for any rustic-themed décor; however, here you have two important tasks. First, you need to find plants that thrive in such a humid atmosphere. Second, you need to find plants that are either Mediterranean or Mediterranean-like. Your safest two options here are Aloe Vera and Dracaena. The latter in particular prefers a lot of shade, which goes along perfectly with the above-mentioned window shades and curtains.
5. The choice of the floor
Finally, probably the single most important aspect of achieving that famous Italian look in your bathroom is the choice of an adequate flooring solution. Although marble would seem an obvious choice, a similar effect can be achieved with terracotta tiles at only a fraction of the price. If you manage to squeeze all of this into your budget, it might even be a good idea to have someone do a mural on your bathroom floor (or even on your wall tiles). While this is completely optional, it could definitely make a huge difference in the overall look of your bathroom.
Choose your style
As you can see, there is a lot of room for customization, which means that your Italian bathroom shouldn’t be that hard to fit into your budget, regardless of the price-range you have planned for this renovation project. Still, in order to start planning, you need to be a lot more specific than just saying you want your bathroom to look Italian. The two themes we mentioned in the first section are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of all the options which are available to you.
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.