The technology available for printing on various wall surfaces has evolved to such an extent that today, it is possible to introduce a wider and more colourful array of designs and textures into the bathroom space. What was traditionally quite a sterile and cold space, the bathroom can now be infused with interesting visual features, textures, colours and prints. It works particularly well when visually interesting wall finishes are paired with stark white sanitaryware, as it really makes the design pop.
A prime example of new and innovative printed wall coverings is the tailor-made fibreglass Inkiostro Bianco Textile Papel Decorativo Vinilico wall covering. These tiles boast a bi-directional fibreglass fabric that acts as reinforcement to the wall finish, and gives it added stability and flexibility. It is also available in vinyl form which is made up of two layers; this wall finish can be applied to all wall and floor surfaces. Decorative, artistic and customisable, the Inkiostro Bianco Textile Papel Decorativo Vinilico wall covering redefines the concept of wallpaper.
Another great example is the intricate wall mosaics by Bisazza – one of the world’s leading producers of glass mosaics. The installation left was custom designed and installed for a high-end apartment in Amsterdam. As mentioned earlier, you will notice that everything else, from flooring, through to sanitaryware, lighting and window dressings have been kept supremely simple to maximise the appeal of the feature mosaic wall.
This trend has even moved from mere floor and wall coverings to encompass bathroom furniture as well. The Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders in collaboration with Bisazza (Italy), has recently launched a range of bathroom furnishings that boast intricate patterns made from handmade glass.