Colour responds to light in an assortment of interesting and complex ways. Different light sources can create a plethora of unexpected results on our perception of colour, which can be a source of both wonder and frustration. Choosing colours can be a tricky process and so we have put together this short guide. We hope that it will help you to make the most out of different lighting conditions and teach you a few of our favourite tips and tricks for offsetting light to obtain the precise colour you are looking for.
Colour and Natural Light
Our perception of colour under natural light can be affected by everything from the quality of the light on any given day right through to the time of year. With such wide-reaching influences, pinning down each element that may alter your perception of colour can be difficult. Thankfully, however, overcoming adverse lighting conditions is achievable, provided that you know whether the space you are in faces north, south, east or west.
Colour and Natural Light in North Facing Rooms
Light in north-facing rooms tends to emphasise the cooler tones that exist within a colour. If you want to use lighter hues, avoiding anything with a grey or a green base will help you to prevent a cold, harsh look. If you want to brighten a north-facing space, selecting a colour with a yellow base will bounce light around a room with ease.
Alternatively, rather than attempting to counter the cool light, you can instead choose to embrace it and select a deeper colour to create a cosy ambience that feels welcoming and comfortable. Natural Moroccan tadelakt tones are an ideal choice to obtain this look, with everything from rich caramels to oxblood reds able to introduce a real sense of individuality and drama into a space.
Colour and Natural Light in South Facing Rooms
On bright days, south-facing rooms are often bathed in warm natural light from dawn right through until dusk. This is partly why selecting colour palettes for south-facing spaces tends to be a relatively simple process.
Colour and Natural Light in South Facing Rooms
On bright days, south-facing rooms are often bathed in warm natural light from dawn right through until dusk. This is partly why selecting colour palettes for south-facing spaces tends to be a relatively simple process.
If maximising the sense of space and light is key, pale hues will do the trick beautifully. A soft blue can help to establish a calming atmosphere, whereas neutral colours with a red base can add an additional sense of warmth and cosiness.
Colour and Natural Light in East and West Facing Rooms
Light in east-facing rooms will be brighter in the morning and cooler in the afternoon, with the opposite being true for west-facing spaces. Selecting a colour palette for these changeable spaces should, therefore, be guided by when and how you want to utilise them.
If you plan to make the most out of a west-facing space in the late afternoon, warm colours will help you to create a comfortable and welcoming ambience that you will want to spend time within. Alternatively, a white shade with a grey undertone will maximise a sense of morning coolness, before then going on to neutralise the warm light of the afternoon. Ideal for spaces that you want to feel calming, introducing some greenery and natural textures will help you to further establish a relaxing atmosphere.
The cool evening light in east-facing rooms means that pale green and blue tones can introduce a sense of calm serenity without leaving the space feeling too cold. Alternatively, if you are looking for an ideal white shade for an east-facing room, selecting one with a yellow base will maximise warm morning light and tone down the cool light of the late afternoon. This can help you to create a space that feels energised right the way through the day, which can be an ideal aesthetic for rooms that see a lot of use or need to perform a variety of different roles at different times.
Colour and Artificial Light
Incandescent and halogen bulbs radiate a warm yellow light, whereas cool white bulbs emit a blue light. Selecting either of these types of bulb will, therefore, affect your perception of your chosen colour. If this is something you would prefer to avoid, selecting a neutral white bulb to light your space can help you to recreate natural daylight conditions and achieve a true representation of your ideal colour.
Remember, light is not the only thing that will affect your perception of colour. Everything from your chosen accessories to the textures you introduce will influence the overall feel of a colour and help you to further enhance the atmosphere you want to establish.
Venetian plaster is a desired option for wall finishes, but increasingly the ancient form of Moroccan plaster known as tadelakt is becoming increasingly popular. But what exactly are the differences between tadelakt and Venetian plaster?
In this article, we’ll look at their similarities and differences to help you get a better understanding and make the right choice for your home.
Tadelakt is a waterproof, decorative lime plaster that traces its traditions in 11th century Moroccan architecture that originated in Marrakesh and spread to the rest of North Africa. Used to renovate riads (Moroccan homes and palaces with interior gardens), in Arabic, tadelakt roughly translates to “to knead” or “to rub.”
The traditional application of tadelakt is a laborious process. Lime powder is mixed with silica or marble sand in water for 12 to 15 hours before adding the pigment. After applying it on walls, it is polished with a stone harder than the plaster then sealed with olive oil soap.
Done properly, tadelakt turns out smooth like natural stone, feels soft when touched, and glows warmly with a satin sheen.
Tadelakt is a unique alternative to tiles. The lime used in tadelakt is antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and regulates moisture well. This makes it perfect for finishing your bathroom and kitchen. Instead of the usual tiling, tadelakt can be a fresh look without sacrificing the qualities necessary for a clean space that requires waterproof walls.
Tadelakt is environmentally friendly. Traditional lime plaster does not have any toxic compounds. It absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and the plaster is also 100% recyclable.
Tadelakt is flexible. Although it is mainly used for spaces exposed to water, tadelakt can be applied on just about any wall. From hallways to living rooms, tadelakt will look good and help keep the area clean as long as it is maintained.
Tadelakt is unique. This type of finish is not very common outside Morocco, given that the technique was mostly passed on from master to apprentice orally. An expert hand is required to apply it correctly, but the result is worth the effort. It is a point of pride for any property owner, as their walls stand out from the rest.
What is Venetian Plaster
Venetian plaster is a lime-based finish with roots dating as far back as 3000 BC. The fine lime putty it is made of was first used by the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks around 900 BC for public and private property.
The Venetian plaster we know now was popularised by architect Andrea Palladio in Italy during the Renaissance.
Applying Venetian Plaster
Traditional Venetian plaster is made from fired limestone mixed with water, but there are versions now that have aggregates like marble dust in the mixture. The plaster is applied in multiple layers of thin coating using a spatula or trowel.
Once burnished, it hardens considerably and with marble dust making up around 40% of the plaster’s constituents, it can also give the wall it is applied to a marble-like appearance. Wax is used to seal Venetian plaster.
Why Choose Venetian Plaster
Venetian plaster is a practical alternative to marble. With Venetian plaster, your walls and ceilings can have the luxurious look of marble without the much more expensive price tag. Decorative elements like columns carved out of real marble is costly, while Venetian plaster achieves the same effect for less.
Venetian plaster is versatile. Apart from being a marble substitute, Venetian plaster can be applied in a number of different ways to suit a particular aesthetic. Bold coloured Venetian plaster can be buffed with beeswax to give high sheen and depth. A light polish on untinted Venetian plaster is understated elegance that helps accentuate ornate designs surrounding your walls.
Venetian plaster is durable and easy to maintain. Its balance of hardness and breathability make it resistant to both shrinking and cracking due to moisture. Mould and mildew are nothing to worry about either. Maintenance is as simple as cleaning it with a damp cloth and mild washing powder, and then lightly sanding it with fine steel wool. Modern Venetian plaster can be replaced in patches, so you don’t have to replaster a whole wall when one part gets damaged.
Tadelakt or Venetian Plaster?
Both types of finishes have commonalities. They are lime-based, so eco-conscious property owners can’t go wrong with either. They go well with a classic style because of their clean, restrained radiance. They can last a long time with regular maintenance.
The difference is made clear through how both are used. Tadelakt is distinguished through its beauty and effectiveness in moisture-heavy spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. If you don’t want tiles in those areas, tadelakt is perfect.
Tadelakt can ultimately make a much bigger impression from an interior design point of view, as Venetian plaster is relatively ubiquitous in comparison so doesn’t have the same exotic feel.
Ultimately, the choice between tadelakt and Venetian plaster depends on what you want to accomplish with your property, but for a truly unique and stunning middle eastern finish, we’d always recommend tadelakt.
Places – Besides Your Bathroom – Where Tadelakt Looks Amazing
Tadelakt isn’t only for bathrooms. It can be used in kitchens, fireplaces, pools, spas, and steam rooms. It can also be used on shelves, ceilings and walls. In this post, we’ll introduce you to a different arena, the places where you can use Tadelakt to give your home an amazing look.
Tadelakt will give your kitchen a modern and prestigious appearance. It’s also unique – you’ll probably be the only person you know with it. On a practical level, Tadelakt is not only water resistant but it can also withstand high temperatures. It’s an ideal covering for kitchen splashbacks and wall areas. The range of colours beautifully complement any setting, in both contemporary and traditional looking kitchens.
The polished finish glimmers and twinkles, its light reflecting properties help to add a feeling of space and light to your kitchen and dining areas. Tadelakt is a stunning alternative to traditional tiles. There’s no need for grouting so the overall look created is seamless. It’s also incredibly easy to clean, a quick wipe with a sponge is all it needs, eliminating the need to use harsh chemical-based detergents. So it’s better for your health and better for the environment.
This versatile plaster can be applied to any shapes and corners. It can also be used to create a stunning fireplace surround that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the room, adding a rustic, natural-looking yet contemporary feel to living areas.
A Tadelakt pool room is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Its waterproof qualities are ideal for creating a stunning and elegant infinity style swimming pool. The sleek look it provides screams luxury.
Stepping into a Tadelakt spa is like taking a step back in time. The experience is amazing and affords the opportunity to completely relax.
Tadelakt has the same effect in steam rooms as in does it spas. An amazing look is achieved and relaxation becomes easy.
Shelves and Counter Tops
In addition to providing the classical look, your shelves and countertops can be made using Tadelakt. It’s a great added benefit.
Believe it or not, Tadelakt can be used to give floors a really cool look. The most important precaution you need to take is not using Tadelakt in an area where you will be walking with hard sole shoes, as it can ruin the finish.
Walls can appear sleek, unique, and even mysterious when they’re made out of Tadelakt. They also are more durable, which leads to less unnecessary repairs.
Tadelakt can also be used in the outdoors to create a beautiful and unique BBQ area.
5 Reasons To Use Tadelakt In Your Kitchen
Moroccan style kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and the latest trend in Moroccan inspired design is Tadelakt.
The Benefits Of Using Tadelakt
The great thing about tadelakt is that it can be used on just about any surface inside or out, wet or dry, hot or cold. If you are thinking about tadelakt for your kitchen you’ve made an excellent choice, you won’t be disappointed. If you still need convincing, consider these benefits.
It’s incredibly hard wearing
If you choose to invest in Tadelakt we will give you the best advice possible when it comes to looking after your Tadelakt walls. Tadelakt is water resistant and will not take anything more than a gentle clean to keep it looking in top condition. With the proper care taken, Tadelakt will actually get stronger over time due to the presence of limestone and marble components.
You’ll be surprised at the price
On the surface, it may seem that Tadelakt is not in line with your budget for your new kitchen, but you will be surprised by the value for money that it offers. When tiling you will need to keep in mind the price of tiles, the installation, upkeep and cleaning, in comparison to a one-off fee of using Tadelakt.
Tadelakt is a deluxe product
Just take a look at pictures of Tadelakt online and you will be wooed by just how beautiful it looks. Many high-claw hotels, restaurants, and businesses use Tadelakt due to its luxurious effect and you can certainly see why.
Your friends will be jealous!
We love to shout about this incredible product but tadelakt is still relatively unknown, so if you do decide that tadelakt is right for you then you’ll be in a select group. We guarantee that you won’t want to keep quiet about it.
Name a colour
Our bespoke colour matching service means that you can show us a colour and we’ll match it. We’ve worked with tadelakt since 2003 so we’ve got tons of knowledge about colour and design. So ask us what we think we’ll be really happy to advise you. Ultimately we want you to put your individual stamp on your kitchen design so that it feels special every time you go in it.
The Rising Popularity Of The Traditional Moroccan Hammam
Long considered a must-do experience when visiting Marrakech, the age-old bathing ritual known as Hammam is fast becoming one of the most popular and beneficial spa treatments across the globe.
A traditional Moroccan hammam consists of a bathing house divided into multiple rooms where visitors undergo a number of rituals: cleansing, steaming, bathing and resting to cleanse, purify and rejuvenate the body and mind.
No wonder then that this ancient spa treatment is an increasingly popular way of relieving the stresses of a fast-paced modern life.
Here’s a look at the past and present tradition of Moroccan hammams.
History of Hammams
Hammam, an Arabic word meaning ‘heat’ or more literally ‘spreader of warmth’ originates from the hot baths of the ancient Romans who had their own bathing traditions. The Romans believed in a central ‘community’ bath where citizens could come together to cleanse while exchanging the local news and gossip in a communal area. Taking inspiration from the Romans, the Moroccans introduced communal bathing areas, used as part of a cleansing ritual before prayer. This is why many Moroccan bathhouses are found next to mosques.
Initially, only men were permitted to use Hammams. Eventually, women were allowed to partake in the cleansing ritual, but the bathhouses were rigorously separated according to gender. It soon became a refuge for women, enabling them to escape the strict rules of everyday life and be themselves.
A Hammam spa experience offers the following benefits:
Detox, ridding the body and mind of excess toxins
Exfoliation unclogs the pores and removes dead skin
Provides essential vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin
Soothes muscle aches and pains and relieves tension in joints and muscles
Activates blood circulation to boost the immune system
Produces serotonin, the mood enhancing, feel-good hormone
Rejuvenates the body and helps you sleep better
Traditional Hammam Layout
A traditional hammam has 3 interconnecting rooms: a camekan for undressing, a hararet hot room to sweat out toxins which will be vigorously scrubbed away with a traditional olive soap, and finally, a sogukluk, a cool room where you can relax and rehydrate with a cup of sweet mint tea.
Tadelakt Traditional Moroccan Plaster
Traditional Moroccan Hammams coat the walls of the rooms in Tadelakt plaster.
For more information and advice on where to use Tadelakt plaster for commercial and domestic use, contact us today.
Tadelakt is a traditional, lime-based plastering technique that has been used in Morocco for thousands of years. The ancient finish is also becoming a popular feature for Western bathrooms and wet rooms. The natural tadelakt plaster made from water-resistant Marrakech lime can be used indoors and outdoors. It’s particularly suitable for covering walls, ceilings, and shower enclosures in bathrooms.
The polished tadelakt finish is waterproof and durable and scratch resistant while remaining breathable. Here are 12 reasons to use Tadelakt to create an authentic tadelakt Moroccan bathroom:
Tadelakt is an oral tradition that has been passed down through the centuries. True craftsmanship is becoming a rarity in the frenetic pace of the modern world. However, quality and patience are making a comeback as many begin to value the art of ancient techniques as opposed to globalised, mass-produced products and materials.
Tadelakt plaster is a unique alternative to tiles. It will give your bathroom that ‘wow’ factor. You don’t see it everywhere so you can be pretty certain that the neighbours won’t have it.
Tadelakt has a seamless smooth finish and there’s no need for grouting. Grouting can eventually crack and crumble and also traps dirt, grime and mould.
Tadelakt adds a touch of elegance to any style of bathroom. Fixtures and furnishings can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish.
Tadelakt is a natural product and doesn’t contain any harsh or toxic chemicals. Not only does it release 80% less CO2 than cement, but it also reabsorbs CO2 in its production, helping to lower the carbon footprint.
Not Just Walls
Flexible, pliable and easy to work, Tadelakt can also be used to make, sinks and shelves.
Not Just For Bathrooms
Its waterproof finish means that Tadelakt is ideal for any wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living areas. The beautiful polished finish also adds a seamless, contemporary look to fireplace surrounds.
If you compare the cost of buying quality tiles and having them fitted by a professional tiler, Tadelakt is a competitive alternative in terms of price. Although the ancient Moroccan technique is labour intensive and requires the skills of a Tadelakt specialist, the hard, durable plaster will last for centuries. Tadelakt offers an excellent return on investment and you’ll have a beautiful, timeless Moroccan bathroom feature that will last for years to come.
It’s Truly Waterproof
If you use Moroccan plaster to plaster your bathroom, then you’ll have no need for tiles or other water repelling surfaces. If installed correctly, the plaster is totally waterproof. The soap causes a chemical reaction with the lime in the plaster, making it waterproof. As well as this, tadelakt plaster can be applied seamlessly. This looks great in your bathroom, but also offers no cracks for water to run into and cause issues later down the line.
Create All Kinds Of Bathroom Elements With Tadelakt Bathrooms
When you’re looking at renovating your bathroom, you’ll be looking at all kinds of bathrooms fixtures and fittings. You want something that will create a bathroom that’s truly unique to you. Instead of going with conventional ideas, why not use tadelakt? It can be used to create almost anything, from showers, sinks, bathtubs, enclosures, and more. You can have a bathroom that looks just the way you want it to.
You Have A Choice Of Colours
When you think of Moroccan plaster, you’ll think of earthy tones. If you want tadelakt in your bathroom, you can certainly have these tones if you wish. However, there is actually a lot of choice in what colours you can use. This gives you a lot of leeway when it comes to creating your bathroom, and choosing the accessories that will go in there.
It’s Easy to Look After
Some people want to get a Moroccan style bathroom, but they’re worried about how to take care of it. Luckily, it’s much easier than it looks. When you need to clean the plaster gentle cleaning products will do the trick nicely. You’ll also need to reapply Idrowax periodically, in order to keep the plaster waterproof. When the plaster looks as though it’s losing its waterproof properties, you simply apply more.
Finding Tadelakt Experts
Now you know everything you need to know about tadelakt, you need someone who can apply it. Tadelakt plastering is an art that’s handed down from artisan to artisan in Morocco. Here at Tadelakt, we travelled to Morocco to learn the practice from the masters, making us the UK experts in Moroccan plastering.
If you’re looking at creating a tadelakt bathroom using this plastering technique, then get in touch with us. We can help you design a bathroom that’s unique to you. We’ll work with your plumber to ensure that everything is fitted seamlessly, and you’ll have a bathroom you’ll truly love. Contact a member of our team today and see what we can do for you.
For those of you who love to travel and immerse yourself in different cultures from around the world, Morocco is sure to feed your wanderlust. Awash with colours, fragrances and sounds and oozing style, it is easy to see why so many people want to bring a touch of this wonderful country into their homes.
If you would like to enjoy the feeling of year-round sunshine in the comfort of their own home, Moroccan style interior design is a very popular choice. Whether you want to relax in a traditional Marrakech Riad inspired bedroom, or you want your outdoor space to take you back to the bustling squares of Casablanca, you can achieve a taste of North Africa every day.
There are lots of ways that you can introduce Moroccan features into your home, including the following:
Use traditional Moroccan lanterns to add warm lighting to a room
If you cannot decorate a whole room, invest in colourful cushions to brighten up an old sofa
Use mosaic tiles in your garden for authentic North African al fresco dining
Put your feet up on a Moroccan style pouffe
Make a statement in your living room with a bold print rug or set of curtains
Whether you are a fan of colour or prefer your home decor to be understated, you can make a big impact with rich Moroccan furnishings.
What are the features of Moroccan Design?
Moroccan design is a timeless look that focuses on colour, texture and shapes to add exotic, eastern elegance to any home. More and more people are drawing on Moroccan influences in their design choices, from desert-inspired colours and bold shapes to a mixture of intricate patterns and minimalist Tadelakt finishes to reflect the traditional looks of ancient riads.
Here are some distinctive Moroccan design features that you can incorporate into your home decor.
Moroccan architecture is a blend of Berber and Islamic styles that have been influenced by centuries of Arab and European cultures. U-shapes, domes, arches and wooden beams are distinctive architectural features in Moroccan homes. Outdoors, courtyards are typically adorned with lush plants, terracotta pots and a central water feature.
Geometric patterns and bright colours make up the intricate designs of traditional zillij tiles. They can be used to tile bathrooms, kitchen splashbacks and countertops. Alternatively, use them to create a feature wall or on accent pieces such as mirror or picture frames.
Opulence and luxury are defined by rich coloured textiles: from gold threaded silks to sheer drapes.
Rugs are a great way to add warmth and contrasting colours to your rooms. For an authentic Moroccan look, choose woven kilim rugs. Originating from the Balkans and Pakistan, kilim rugs were traditionally used as prayer rugs in Morocco, and they are becoming more popular in Western home decor.
Typical Moroccan colours such as deep reds, vivid greens and blues and earthy, sandy colours are influenced by the natural landscape of the Sahara desert and the Atlas Mountains.
Moroccan style furniture is a combination of beautifully carved wood and plush, overfilled cushions, ottomans and sofas. The contrasting hard and soft items also create the perfect acoustic balance for modern-day surround sound home theatre systems.
Metal lamps made from brass or copper can be hung from the ceilings or used as decorative accessories in bathrooms and outside courtyards. Luxurious fabrics are used in curtains, upholstery and heavily woven rugs adding opulence and warmth.
Hints of gold and silver are often used in Moroccan designs, from fabrics, upholstery and bedding, to accessories such as vases, mirror frames and hand-painted furniture.
Intricately patterned brass or copper lanterns are also a Moroccan feature that adds a romantic touch to bathrooms and living areas.
For a truly authentic Moroccan look, take your influence from the ancient riads of Marrakech. Interior and exterior walls have been plastered in this natural, polished finish for centuries in North Africa.
Tadelakt is a beautiful, practical and incredibly durable lime based plaster that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms and living areas to create a seamless, elegant and minimalist feature to your walls and ceilings.
Which Buildings Typify Moroccan Design?
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.
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.
Stunning mosques can be found in every city, town and village in Morocco. Every mosque has an elaborately decorated marble and stucco mihrab indicating the way to Mecca, while fountains and walls are predominantly covered in green and white zellige, intricately designed terracotta tiles. One of the finest examples of a Moroccan mosque is the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque found in the ancient, university city of Fez.
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 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.
Top Designers Inspired by the Moroccan Look
Morocco is known for its host of beautiful buildings with prominent designs. Buildings displaying fine, ornate touches by skilled artisans and master craftspeople are still visible to admire today. Restoration works too, have revealed many hidden treasures and the revival of some historic practices, such as the very ornate and colourful tile work called Zellige and the versatile Tadelakt, a plasterwork technique that was created by nomadic tribes, living in the hills near Morocco’s imperial city of Marrakesh, originally to seal tanks used to store drinking water.
Many great artists, architects and designers have been influenced by these Moroccan crafts, including the iconic French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent who built his home there in the 1980s. The stunning villa is now open to the public as a museum and gallery surrounded by a sumptuous landscaped garden. The luxurious gardens cover two and a half acres and are a prominent feature of the complex.
The use of bold colours used throughout all the exterior spaces reflect the exciting vibrant hues of Morocco, particularly the acid-yellow and citrus orange against vivid blue tadelakt walls. Walking around these beautiful atmospheric spaces, the natural form from the soft purple cascading bougainvillaea to the spiky cacti, peacock and lime green ferns you know you’re in a designer’s garden.
Traditional Moroccan arts and crafts were used to create this stylish environment including tadelakt due to its very long lasting, waterproof and hard wearing material which makes it perfect for exterior spaces and bathrooms. Another famous Moroccan example of this is the Hassan Mosque in the famous city of Casablanca. The spellbinding exterior and includes warm tadelakt walls which contrast beautifully with the ornately patterned pillars and shiny marble floors.
Bring Moroccan Design Into Your Home
Create your own Moroccan Designer feel to your inside and outside spaces with juxtaposing shapes and exciting sunny colours that compliment your green areas. Like Yves Saint Laurent, why not bring the exotic, North African textures and warmth into your home and garden by using tadelakt and create a space that reflects the light and atmosphere of stylish Marrakesh.
Impress your friends and family by extending your living space; create a welcoming garden-room on your patio or a corner of your backyard with tadelakt walls adorned in warm or bright vibrant colours, then set it off with lively scatter cushions, pretty fairy lights and lanterns. Be adventurous and add a water feature, like the traditional Moroccan arched wall-inlay, which can be simply constructed with waterproof tadelakt.
Add an arrangement of fleshy pot plants and colourful or sweet-scented climbers such as purple clematis, wisteria or jasmine. Remember to use complementary colours for a more dramatic effect, such as reds, pinks and oranges against notes of verdant greens or vibrant yellows next to bold blues and violets.
Remember, tadelakt walls are not only hard-wearing and versatile but can support either soft pastel shades or strong, stunning statement colours for a truly exotic feel to your living spaces.
Design a Moroccan Style Bathroom
A Moroccan style bathroom is high on the list of trends for many homeowners at the moment. With bold colours, creative patterns and elegant wall finishings, it is hard not to fall in love with this latest global trend. The elegant features can make any room look amazing, and give it a new lease of life. Below we take a look at how to use Moroccan design features in your bathroom.
Arches And Curved Doorways
If you want to go all out, you can have arched doorways fitted in your bathroom, but if that’s too much, you can simply borrow this look subtly. Try modifying a built-in shelving unit to have an arched top, or painting arches onto the walls. Just tape off the design and away you go.
Go For Bold Colour Choices
When it comes to Moroccan bathroom designs, you’ll see either bright blues or reds, as the colours often reflect either the ocean or the desert. Pick colours that speak to you and complement each other, and use them in your bathroom. You can use them anywhere, from your tiling to your accessories. Don’t be afraid to use colour, as Moroccan design demands that you are bold and exciting with it.
Create Feature Walls And Fittings With Moroccan Plaster
If you’re looking to truly refit your bathroom, then you may want to consider using Tadelakt plastering in order to get the look you’re going for. It can be used to simply plaster your walls, but it can also create wet rooms and features such as sinks and seats. It’s a versatile material, so consider using it in your bathroom to get the authentic Moroccan look you want.
Use Moroccan Lanterns
You can easily find Moroccan lanterns to replace your current light fitting and create intricate and delicate patterns in light across your bathroom. If that’s too much out of your budget, try picking up smaller, decorative lanterns to dot around the bathroom and get the style that you’re looking for.
Invest In Moroccan Style Tiling
Another highly recognisable aspect of Moroccan style bathrooms is the beautiful tiling that’s often used. Moroccan tiles featuring bold colours and patterns make them the perfect choice if you’re looking to create a feature wall in your bathroom. They’re not too hard to find now, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect tiles for your bathroom.
When it comes to redesigning bathrooms we often think about bathtubs, windows, furniture and storage, but we underestimate the power of mirrors. A cleverly placed mirror can compliment the room and make it look bigger than it is. There are some beautiful Moroccan style mirrors with hints of colour and jewels to make it the centrepiece of the room.
Use pottery, candle lanterns and rose petal-filled bowls as decoration. Incorporate hints of gold in furnishings and blinds for a touch of luxury. If you have space, finish the look with an overstuffed ottoman covered in a rich-coloured fabric.
For an authentic, ethnic look, cover the walls in Tadelakt; a traditional Moroccan plaster that creates a smooth, seamless and waterproof finish. Choose from a range of natural, earthy colours to complement your fixtures and furnishings to create a feeling of light, space and warmth.
Tadelakt Can Give You The Perfect Moroccan Style Bathroom
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 and shelves 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
The 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. 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 Decor Tadelakt. We’re the experts in creating new and exciting looks with the tadelakt technique. We’ll turn your bathroom into a work of art.
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.
Different Bathroom Styles
Choosing the right style of bathroom can depend on a number of factors: your personal preferences, architectural style, the period of your property and availability of space. However, it can be confusing if you’re not sure of the actual look you want. There are no set rules when it comes to designing a bathroom. The important thing is that it’s aesthetically pleasing and practical. Here’s a look at some different bathroom styles to give you a few ideas.
Classic bathroom designs tend to have a traditional feel to them and often respect specific periods such as Victorian or Colonial eras. Simple, clean colour schemes using traditional colours such as reds, greens and blues are popular as are monochrome black and white combinations. Countertops are usually made from stone, slate or granite while high-quality wood is used for sink cabinets, panelled bathtubs and other furniture. Porcelain is widely used for sinks and claw foot bathtubs, while copper, iron or bronze faucets and other fixtures add an authentic period touch.
A contemporary bathroom is everything the classic bathroom isn’t: sleek and modern with clean-cut lines and minimum use of dark woods and period style features. Glass and chrome are popular for a contemporary look and colours are simple, ranging from pure whites to dark greys. A contemporary bathroom maximises the use of space and light while keeping surfaces clutter-free and minimalist.
Casual, comfortable and cosy, a country style bathroom is a firm favourite in many English homes. Natural wood floorboards, woven rugs and painted, stained or de-stressed wooden pieces are particularly popular as are fabrics with floral or striped prints.
Vintage country home accessories such as jugs filled with fresh flowers and period pieces such as porcelain sinks and claw-foot baths are popular, while armchairs or chaise lounges and even a fireplace give the room a warm and welcoming look.
A Moroccan bathroom can add a touch of exotic luxury to your home. Typical colours range from deep Marrakech reds to earthy, natural browns and creams and contrasting vibrant, mosaic-patterned tiles with a touch of gold in fabrics and accessories. Tadelakt plaster can be used on walls, ceilings as well as sinks, showers and bathtubs for a more authentic look.
Tadelakt is a versatile, natural, waterproof plaster finish that not only complements a Tadelakt Moroccan bathroom but is a practical and beautiful addition that works well with any style, from classic, country to contemporary looks.
The Elements of a Luxury Bathroom
Carefully chosen lighting can banish shadows and enhance the mood. If you want overhead lighting, recessed downlights 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 makeup application.
If you don’t want to give your bathroom a complete overhaul, changing the sink is a quick and easy way to add a touch of luxury. From contemporary to vintage, sinks come in a vast range of styles and colours with energy and water saving features.
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.
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.
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 as 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.
What’s The Best Bathroom Wall Finish?
If you’re remodelling 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.
Here’s a look at 4 options for resurfacing your bathroom walls.
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.
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.
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.
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, ceiling and shower enclosure. A Tadelakt finish combines aesthetics with functionality. It’s beautiful, practical and perfect for bathroom surfaces.
How To Create An Eco-Friendly Bathroom
With growing concern for the environment, home design needs careful thought in terms of water consumption, energy efficiency and use of sustainable materials. Bathrooms are a major source of energy and water consumption, yet it’s a room that needs to be functional. If you’re planning a new bathroom then consider how you can effectively combine aesthetics while helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are a few ideas for creating a beautiful, yet eco-friendly bathroom:
Toilets consume a high percentage of your household’s water; a dual flush toilet can reduce the need for so much water wastage by 30%. A dual flush fixture incorporates shorter flushes for liquids and a longer flush for solid waste.
A low-flow showerhead can dramatically reduce the amount of water you use without compromising the shower pressure.
Windows provide natural ventilation, preventing moisture build-up which can eventually lead to mould and damp problems, while also providing natural light, therefore reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Hot showers are mainly responsible for creating a steamy bathroom. Build your shower around a window to reduce the amount of condensation and eliminating the need for a ventilation system.
If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, the next best thing is a skylight which is a great way of using natural light. If a skylight isn’t possible, consider installing a sun tunnel that passes from the roof to the ceiling, bringing natural light to dark and windowless rooms.
Use low energy LED lights and concentrate them around the vanity unit to limit the use of overhead lights.
Clawfoot baths are not only very popular, but their sloped design means you can still enjoy a long soak while consuming less water.
Recycled glass tiles and countertops create a fresh, clean and smooth surface while making use of sustainable materials. Use Tadelakt to plaster walls and ceilings; it’s a natural, lime-based material that is produced using the minimum amount of energy and without harmful chemicals.
Tadelakt is a natural lime-based plaster that is water and mould resistant. This incredibly eco-friendly plaster releases 80% less CO2 than cement based finishes and actually re-absorbs CO2 during its production, which means less damage to the environment.
Tadelakt creates a beautiful, natural finish to your bathroom while having minimum impact on the environment.
How To Maximise Your Bathroom Space
Creating a spacious and modern bathroom can be a difficult task. It’s a room we use every day, but most UK bathrooms are small and cramped spaces. However, with careful thought and planning, there are ways to maximise the space you have, to create a beautiful, practical bathroom with a spacious feel. Here are some tips to make the most of your bathroom space to leave you with a relaxing haven that is functional, modern and stunning.
Enough storage is essential in a bathroom but finding ways to make everything fit can be tricky. If you are creating a new bathroom then add wall recesses for bottles. This is especially handy in the shower and stops you from constantly knocking them over while keeping them easily within reach. The space above the toilet is often wasted; use the space for shelving or cabinets.
Get rid of old radiators and install a heated towel rack instead. It will warm the bathroom and towels, helping to prevent moisture build-up while providing a space to hang damp towels.
A corner sink is a good solution for smaller bathrooms; around vanity unit has smooth curves and is even more compact.
A narrow trough sink not only looks modern and sleek, but it also frees up floor space and gives your bathroom a more minimalist look. Wall mounted taps also create a minimalist feel without cluttering up the sink area.
A shower over the bathtub is an option for smaller bathrooms, otherwise, consider getting rid of the bath altogether and installing a walk-in shower that runs the length of the wall. Curtains are cheap-looking and unhygienic, as they attract mould. Opt for a frameless, glass shower screen to open up the bathroom, reflect light and give the room a cleaner, more seamless look.
Tile grouting absorbs dirt and moisture and is a breeding ground for bacteria. For a contemporary and hygienic alternative, use Tadelakt plaster. This Moroccan plaster creates a smooth, seamless surface that is waterproof. It’s not only used to cover walls, ceilings and shower units but can also be used to create stunning, contemporary sink units. Tadelakt is available in a range of colours and can give a smaller bathroom a modern, spacious feel without the need for grouting. Use in specific areas or use it to cover the entire bathroom, giving the room a seamless look.
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