Über-Trend: The Handmade, Rustic Look

As a company we aren’t hugely into ‘trend-watching’ as we find out clients are generally after a more enduring look, however we do find that occasionally we track an über-trend.  What do we mean by this?  Well, an über-trend for us is identified when a good number of clients are briefing us on a similar aesthetic or product types in their bathrooms for quite some time.

Recently we’ve noticed an ongoing desire for handmade, rustic-look tiles.  Take a look at our Pinterest board on this theme which shows some really beautiful hand-painted, Moroccan style bathroom tiles exotically named ‘Zellige’ and some more Mediterranean style ones in blue and white.  We love them all.  We’ve also had some stunning, on-trend samples arrive this month which have a more intricate, mosaic-effect and give great texture and detailing to a bathroom space. 

Another strand of this rustic look comes in the form of ceramic tiles which are either square or in plank form, that have a wood-effect finish to them.  These tiles are naturally hard wearing and of course perfect in wet areas, unlike real wood.  They come in a real range of shades from dark to light, even with a distressed paint look.  Have a look at them used within this gorgeous Master Wetroom design in East Sussex.  The grey tones of the wood-effect tiles look incredible set against the lilac Farrow & Ball paint colour.

This trend however isn’t restricted to just tiles.  It’s crept all over the bathroom space with use of natural wood surfaces, even train sleepers within designs to give an organic feel and upcycling furniture which is an inexpensive way to get a creative, shabby-chic look.

The rustic-look continues with many of our clients asking for antique and worn fittings which give bathroom schemes an aged and lived-in look that’s full of character.  Copper piping has also proved popular of late, but this overlaps with another trend that we call ‘industrial chic’, more of which in another blog.