A Guide To Using Reclaimed Wood In Bathroom Design

Reclaimed wood for use in residential & hospitality design projects


Utilising reclaimed wood in bathroom design for residential and hospitality bathroom projects is being championed by interior designers around the world.

Not only does the material add textural beauty to a bathroom space in all its captivating imperfections, it is an environmentally sustainable resource.


Counter top vanity in reclaimed wood in bathroom design

Reclaimed wood floating counter top with overmount basin. Beautifully contrasting the textures of the wall tiles.


The inviting and welcoming warmth and contrast of the timber works harmoniously with other natural materials.

When used smartly reclaimed wood in bathroom design can create very desirable results that are elegant, contemporary and sophisticated, with that all-important unique and raw edge quality.


Reclaimed wood vanity with silver hammered washbasin

The raw edge of the reclaimed wood vanity is beautifully balanced with the silver hammered overmount washbasin and brassware.


Reclaimed wood is growing in popularity for use in washrooms in funky bars and restaurants to elegant master bathrooms in hotel design and residential design.


Versatile for use in bathroom design projects


A material that is beautifully versatile in design use – reclaimed wood in bathroom design can be used for flooring & wall surfaces including accent walls, floating vanities and open vanity bases, mirror frames, counter tops and even bath surrounds.


Reclaimed teak mirror

A reclaimed teak wood mirror made from railway sleepers manufactured for a bespoke bathroom project.


You just can’t miss the magic when walking into a bathroom designed using reclaimed wood.

Not only are its inherent qualities and natural purpose unique but no two pieces are alike and each has a story to tell.


Warm and weathered good looks; captivating imperfections


Salvaged and reclaimed wood is deeply textured often with a tough-hewn appearance.

It is distinguished by visible wear marks, gnarls, knots and veins which gives the material a beautifully unique and natural rawness.


Woodsy design with a creative and historical story to tell


Not only does the preservation of reclaimed wood in bathroom design add great creative value to a project, the material adds significant intrinsic historical value.

It may be from a building where the wood was harvested or from a renovation project using wood that was salvaged and up-cycled from the property or surrounding area.

Each piece of wood has a former ‘life’ and will tell an individual story.  Something that is invaluable when weaving the past and present.


Reclaimed timber vanity

Beautifully balancing the black marble counter top, flooring and mirror frames with the warmth of the reclaimed timber vanity.


Select a wood with a good level of moisture resistance


The type of wood you select will need careful consideration in a water and steam filled environment.

You will need to select a wood with a good level of moisture resistance such as cedar, oak, teak or old-growth cypress.

As timbers of choice for traditional boat building they are prized for their resilience and have a number of qualities which make them desirable to use around water – naturally producing chemicals which help protect against deterioration and contamination.

Teak has a high oil content and is naturally water-repellent and one of the most rot-resistant wood species out there, making it ideal for bathroom design.


Design tips:

  • An efficient ventilation fan will also help minimise the level of moisture exposure to the reclaimed wood.
  • Sealing a rot resistant wood will help protect the wood from moisture and give it greater longevity.


There are smart design choices that can be made to help minimise the risk of damaging reclaimed timber. For example when using reclaimed wood wall panels to create a feature wall consider doing so on a wall where it won’t be directly splashed or have constant exposure to lots of water.


Wall panels using reclaimed wood in bathroom design.

Using reclaimed wood wall panels creates a stunning feature wall. The splashback helps to prevent the wood from being directly splashed by water.


When considering the use of accent wood panelling around the washbasin area, try incorporating a splashback into the design, placing the wood panelling above the splashback to minimise direct and constant contact with water.

There are many creative ways in which to build reclaimed wood into the heart of any residential and hospitality  bathroom and washroom design, with the right knowledge and experience.


We ensure that the design concept works seamlessly with the material


When using any kind of solid natural wood that one of the beautiful things about it is its ‘living appeal’.

This means that the wood is capable of growing and contracting dependant on the heat.

EXTO have the right understanding and knowledge of the ways to use reclaimed wood in bathroom design.  We can recommend which processes should be used so that the design concept works seamlessly with the material.

We take account of any potential movement of the wood by putting in place effective solutions to ensure that the products and surfaces work together harmoniously in terms of gaps and levelling.  This ensures a carefully considered and aesthetically desirable finish.


Reclaimed wood bathroom

A luxury organic inspired space utilising the beauty of natural materials and reclaimed wood in bathroom design.


Reclaimed wood is less susceptible to the shrinkage and movement of newer wood


This is one of the best things about reclaimed wood.

Often exposed to the elements, reclaimed wood pieces won’t be as susceptible to the shrinkage and movement of newer wood.

The wood has fully dried out, so it will be less prone to warping.

And because it is already “aged,” there shouldn’t be any surprises about its durability in the years to come – making it perfect for the bathroom.


Bathroom design as a continuation of the main areas


Whether designing bathrooms and washrooms for a bar, restaurant, hotel or private residence, we like to look at the concept as an extension or continuation of the main areas.

Seamlessly blending and weaving elements of the surrounding spaces into the bathroom design creates a sense of identity and belonging.


Reclaimed wood vanity and mirror

Beautifully crafted reclaimed wood vanity and bathroom mirror. A seamless continuation of the master bedroom area.


Achieving a cohesive look in a number of contrasting styles


Reclaimed wood has beautiful material compatibility with other natural materials such as marble, glass and granite.

When a delicate balance of natural materials is used, a number of contrasting styles can be achieved when using reclaimed wood in bathroom design.

The thoughtful pairing of stone and reclaimed wood in bathroom design has been gaining momentum, and can be beautifully incorporated into for example a biophilic bathroom design concept.

Reclaimed wood in bathroom design when used smartly can add creative and historical value to a residential or hospitality project.

It can be equally effective in recreating an atmosphere in a Nordic style or an industrial look offering great potential in design versatility and flexibility.


Industrial look reclaimed wood bathroom

The stone counter top washbasins work well with the reclaimed wood floating vanity and the predominantly copper and brass fixtures and fittings to create a beautifully styled industrial look bathroom.


Industrial bathroom design and reclaimed wood

When a large element of copper and brass are not being used within a design then the use of a white porcelain washbasin can really complement the industrial and rustic bathroom design scheme.


The use of reclaimed wood in bathroom design can create a surprisingly clean look when combined with the right products, palette and textures.

It can work beautifully with patinated brassware and unlacquered brass fixtures to create an authentically rustic look or with contemporary lighting and baths to create an industrial look.

It can add warmth against a wall with lots of tiles.

Whether you want to achieve a bathroom design that is traditionally authentic or sleek and clean in look the finish of the wood should be carefully considered to help you achieve this.  The natural finish of reclaimed wood can be enhanced by hand waxing to bring out the color and protect the wood or left in its purely natural state.

As a bathroom design consultancy our desire is to find the right solution for your residential and bathroom design projects, mixing the best materials and the most suitable components.


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