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Tadelakt Can Give You The Perfect Moroccan Style Bathroom

Moroccan Style BathroomWhen it comes to renovating your bathroom, you have more choices than you would think for this type of project.

Tadelakt is a smooth, waterproof plastering technique straight out of Morocco, that’s transforming bathrooms all over the country.

Here’s how you can have a beautiful Moroccan style bathroom for years to come:

Avoid Grout Issues

Tiling a bathroom can look fantastic, but the problem is that grout needs to be applied in between the tiles. Over time, those grout lines are a great place for mould to breed. If your bathroom is tiled, you’ll be familiar with the hours spent scrubbing those grout lines out.

Using tadelakt to create a Moroccan style bathroom changes all of this. You can have the bathroom you’ve always wanted, and the smooth surface of the plaster means that you’ll never have to pull on your gloves and scrub mould away again.

Use Tadelakt Everywhere

You can use tadelakt anywhere in your home where you may encounter water. You don’t have to keep it just to the bathroom. Try using it in your pool, spa, steam room, shower cubicle, or wet room. You can get a great look wherever you use it, and protect your home from water too.

As Waterproof As Tiling

Many renovators think that tiling is the only option for bathrooms, as it’s waterproof. In fact, tadelakt is just as waterproof, and can be quicker to install, too. This means it’s safe to use wherever you need to protect the walls from water. A (tadelakt) Moroccan bathroom gives you more options for your bathroom decor, rather than just normal tiles.

Create More Than Just Wall Coverings

Tadelakt, as a plastering technique, offers more than just wall coverings. It’s a highly versatile system, so you can do all sorts with it. Let your imagination be your guide. Create wash stands, seats, shelves, and floors with tadelakt, and you’ll have a truly Moroccan style bathroom. When you use it, your bathroom can look incredible and unique to you.

Use It Anywhere

Moroccan Style BathroomThe real joy of tadelakt is just how versatile the technique is. You can use it indoors or outdoors for a stylish finish to your walls and floors. Why not try using it around a hot tub, or around your pool? Again, tiles aren’t your only option. Create a truly different outdoor space.

Tadelakt Is An Art Form

In its native Morocco, tadelakt is a sacred art form. Very little is written about the practice, and the art is handed down from teacher to pupil. It’s taken very seriously, which is why we travelled to Morocco to learn from one of the best artisans in the country. When you use tadelakt to create your Moroccan style bathroom, you’re creating a work of art in your own home.

To start creating your very own Moroccan style bathroom, talk to us at Tadelakt Decor. We’re the experts in creating new and exciting looks with the tadelakt technique. We’ll turn your bathroom into a work of art.

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Traditional Moroccan Architecture

Morocco has a long, colourful and diverse history that has been influenced by different cultures over the centuries.

Saharan, Islamic, African and European cultures mix together to create a beautiful and fascinating culture that is especially reflected in the architecture.

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Vibrant, intricate patterns blend with natural, earthy colours of the desert to create an architectural look that is uniquely Moroccan.

Here’s a look at some of the fascinating buildings that make up the rich history of Moroccan culture.

Mosques

Stunning mosques can be found in every city, town and village in Morocco. Every mosque has an elaborately decorated marble and stucco mirhab indicating the way to Mecca, while fountains and walls are predominantly covered in green and white zellige, intricately designed terra cotta tiles.

One of the finest examples of a Moroccan mosque is the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque found in the ancient, university city of Fez.

Riads

Riads are houses and palaces that were traditionally used by wealthy families as a private residence. They were built around a central courtyard, often featuring a fountain and citrus trees, for private family gatherings and protection from the extreme Moroccan weather.

To preserve the family’s privacy and respect female member’s hijab, windows in surrounding rooms could only open onto the inner courtyard. The decorative features would symbolise the wealth and importance of the family and the walls would be adorned with tadelakt plaster and colourful zellige tiles.

Kasbahs

Kasbahs are a type of medina or fortress that were built to protect the city from attacks. It was also often used as a residence for the local leader. Like riads, kasbahs indicated the amount of wealth a prominent family had in the city. Simple construction materials such as tadelakt were used to protect the occupants from the searing heat and bitter cold extremes of the Moroccan climate.

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This traditional lime-based plaster has been used in Moroccan buildings for over 2,000 years. The materials were originally sourced from the Atlas Mountains, just north of Marrakesh.

The preparation and application of tadelakt is a long and lengthy process that’s been passed on down through the centuries and is stilled used today by skilled and expert artisans.

Tadelakt means ‘to rub in’. It’s said that to fully appreciate the beauty of the polished finish, ancient artisans needed to caress it. In fact, once you see tadelakt, you’ll feel compelled to touch it, such is its effect.

For more information on our tadelakt services, contact us today or visit our online gallery for beautiful examples of traditional Moroccan plaster.

Moroccan Plaster For Exclusive Hotels

Moroccan Plaster For Exclusive Hotels

Bathroom Ideas To Give Your Hotel An Exclusive Edge

Exclusive, boutique hotels are growing in popularity with discerning guests prepared to pay more for refinement and luxury.

Moroccan Plaster For Exclusive HotelsCompetition in this luxury accommodation category is high though, so you need to ensure your premises is up to scratch.

City-based boutique hotels are more inclined to offer a bed and breakfast service as apposed to dining facilities so more emphasis is put on bedroom and bathroom design.

Those all important customer reviews nearly always mention the bathroom, so it’s essential to put thought and effort into your bathroom designs. This should include quality fixtures, fittings and finishes.

You’ll give your guests a better experience and reap the rewards in returning visitors. Here are some ideas to give your hotel bathrooms that exclusive edge.

Extended Technology

Guests expect Wi-Fi, climate control and state-of- the-art sound systems and televisions in their rooms. These can also be extended to the bathroom to enhance the overall experience.

Warmth

Heated towel rails, heated toilet seats and underfloor heating not only provide a superior level of comfort but are also energy efficient, helping to cut down on heating bills.

The Shower

If space is limited, forget the bath and install a luxury, walk-in shower. Added features such as remote controlled sprays, directional water sprays, massage functions and in-built seating can turn your bathroom into a luxurious haven with spa-like qualities.

Natural Materials

Concerns for the environment and the need to use sustainable materials has a definite aesthetic value. Natural materials look better, they’re synonymous with quality, they’re longer lasting and they add beauty as well as function to your bathrooms.

Natural wood and stone have a timeless quality and are perfect materials to use in the bathroom.

Moroccan Plaster For Exclusive Hotels

Tadelakt is ideal for hotel bathrooms. It not only looks fantastic, with a choice of natural, earthy colours that blend in with all designs, from ethnic and traditional to contemporary and minimal, but it is a practical choice too. The polished plaster is lime-based and is finished with a natural, olive oil soap to produce an outstandingly effective waterproof barrier. It adds a seamless look to your walls and shower enclosures. Tadelakt is also 100% recyclable and is considered one of the most eco- friendly materials there is.

Investing in your bathroom means investing in your hotel business by giving it that exclusive edge to set you apart from the competition. It will also increase the value of your premises.

For more information on Tadelakt Moroccan plaster for exclusive hotels, contact a member of our team today, or alternatively, visit us online to see our full range of Tadelakt services.

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Tadelakt Polished Plaster

Natural Building Materials

Natural materials have been used in building for thousands of years, but it’s only now with concerns for the environment, that we’re beginning to appreciate their value.

Tadelakt Polished PlasterUnlike synthetic materials, natural building materials are in abundance and are easily replenished. Many types are recyclable and because there is a minimal amount of energy used in their production, they have less impact on the environment.

Here are some examples of traditional natural materials still used today for a more eco-friendly approach to building.

Adobe

Adobe means ‘mud brick’ in Spanish and it’s one of the earliest examples of building material used by man. Adobe is basically a mixture of sand or earth, water and straw, it’s dried in the sun then stacked in uniform blocks to create a wall.

Popular in hotter climates, Adobe can be plastered over with a lime-based mix such as Tadelakt to create a waterproof coating.

Stone

Stone has been used for thousands of years. It’s durable, readily available and comes in many varieties of shapes, sizes, colours and textures. It can be used for many applications such as walls, roofs and floors and is 100% recyclable.

Bamboo

Popular in Indonesia, bamboo is surprisingly strong and flexible. Its flexibility makes it a good building material to use in seismically vulnerable countries, thanks to its main component, silica. Bamboo grows rapidly so it can be sustainably forested without harming the rainforests and is a valuable renewable resource.

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Straw Bales

Straw bales are a good example of utilising a waste product and putting it to good use. Straw bales insulate well and form thick walls that help to reflect the sunlight. Because sunlight is the main energy source needed in its production, straw is one of the most eco-friendly materials around.

However, it’s not suitable for high humidity areas and mustn’t be exposed to moisture. Bales can be surfaced with wire mesh, then plastered with lime-based Tadelakt for a waterproof tadelakt finish.

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Tadelakt is 100% natural and recyclable. It’s applied in multiple coats, smoothed on with a trowel then rubbed down with a natural olive oil soap to produce a waterproof coating and a polished finish.

Tadelakt polished plaster works well with other natural materials to provide a beautiful, practical and above all, natural, solution for building designs. This Moroccan inspired plaster contains no harmful chemicals and is one of the most eco-friendly products there is.

For more information on our Tadelakt polished plaster, contact us today, or visit us online to view our full range of tadelakt plaster ideas.

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What’s The Best Bathroom Wall Finish?

If you’re re-modelling your bathroom, one of the most important decisions you need to make is the type of wall finish you’re going to use. Although, aesthetics may be your first priority, you should also consider what’s practical.

Moisture is the main concern in a bathroom, even if it’s well-ventilated. It’s not only surface moisture, but also underlying moisture build-up where damp and mould can form if the surface area isn’t sealed properly. This can cause structural problems and is also bad for your health.

Tadelakt FinishHere’s a look at 4 options for re-surfacing your bathroom walls.

Wallpaper

Paper wallpaper is not a good choice for bathrooms. For a waterproof seal you’re going to need a thick, vinyl-coated wallpaper. But no wallpaper is 100% waterproof. A vinyl coated covering will deflect indirect, ambient moisture but shouldn’t be used in direct moisture areas, neither will it stick to matt or rougher wall surfaces. Use it to create a feature wall that will complement another type of wall surface in your bathroom.

Paint

Unlike normal paint, special ‘kitchens and bathrooms’ paint doesn’t absorb moisture. It has a glossy sheen and the water beads on the surface. It also has added properties to protect against mould and mildew. The downside is, it costs twice as much as normal paint.

Tiles

Glass or ceramic tiles are the most popular wall finish for bathrooms. They can be applied to lower wall surfaces in conjunction with another waterproof finish on the upper walls. Don’t cover the entire wall surface with tiles or your bathroom may end up looking like a public restroom and if patterned, the overall look will be overwhelming.

Tiles need to be applied correctly to ensure they are waterproof, however grouting can crack and crumble over time in high moisture areas. Grouting also absorbs dirt and bacteria and can blacken, especially when in direct contact water areas such as a shower cubicle.

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This natural limestone plaster has been used for centuries in Morocco and provides a 100% waterproof barrier that’s resistant to mould and mildew. Tadelakt is available in a range of beautiful, earthy colours to complement any bathroom colour scheme and its polished surface helps reflect light. It can be used to complement tiles or wallpaper, or on its own to cover the entire bathroom, even the floor, ceiling and shower enclosure.

A Tadelakt finish combines aesthetics with functionality. It’s beautiful, practical and perfect for bathroom surfaces.

For more information on waterproof Tadelakt plaster finish, contact us today, or visit us online to see our range of Tadelakt finish designs and ideas.

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Tips For Creating A Luxury Bathroom

Bathrooms tend to be overlooked in most homes, with many homeowners preferring to spend their money on other rooms. However, it’s also one of the most used rooms and an essential part of any home.

If your bathroom is beginning to look tired then maybe it’s time for a makeover. But rather than just having a functional purpose, your bathroom can be transformed into a luxurious haven of tranquillity. A luxury bathroom combines, functionality, aesthetics and comfort and is the perfect place to relax and escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Tadelakt BathroomHere are a few tips for transforming your bathroom into an oasis of luxury.

Lighting

Carefully chosen lighting can banish shadows and enhance the mood. If you want overhead lighting, recessed down lights with dimmer switches are a clean and elegant option. For a truly sumptuous feel, a crystal chandelier with eye-catching crystals that softly diffuse the light around the room can look breathtaking in the right setting.

Ensure that you have good lighting around the vanity unit for easy shaving or make up application.

Faucets

If you don’t want to give your bathroom a complete overhaul, changing the faucets is a quick and easy way to add a touch of luxury. From contemporary to vintage, faucets come in a vast range of styles and colours with energy and water saving features.

Heating

What could be more luxurious than stepping out of the shower or bath onto a heated floor before enveloping yourself in a pre-warmed fluffy towel?

Forget about radiators or fan heaters and invest in underfloor heating and heated towel rails.

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Open, vertical shelving is not only a clever use of wall space but also allows you to display objects and linen while making them easily accessible. Rolled towels inserted in a wine rack style will give your bathroom a luxury spa-like feel. Just remember to buy high quality matching towels.

Quality Materials

Use high quality materials that are aesthetically pleasing but also practical. Tadelakt plaster finish can be used on the walls, ceiling and in the shower enclosure to give your bathroom a seamless look while adding a touch of exotic eastern luxury to your bathroom. Beautiful and functional, Tadelakt has a shimmering light reflecting finish and is available in a range of natural colours as well providing a waterproof barrier that is ideal for wet areas. Finish your luxury tadelakt bathroom look with hints of gold in your furnishings and blinds.

For more information on Tadelakt and our tadelakt bathroom ideas, contact us today, or visit us online to see our full gallery.