Posted 12/01/2021


Making the most of materials to create an ideal sense of calm is the highlight of any space. Architect and designer Nishita Kamdar shares quick tips on the most useful ways to do up the four walls of your bathroom.  

Use materials wisely: Remember to hero one material and build your space around it. Wrap it over the door too, to give continuity to the chosen style. Pair this with contrasting patterned tiles and the result is a raw, textured look that truly stands out. Going with subtle and earthy tones and using a maximum of two materials, allows for the perfect sense of calmness to emanate. Pick practical colours for the floor – don’t forget to give it a leather or river-wash finish, to prevent slippage! 

Separate the wet from the dry: Indian homes usually combine the wet, semi-dry and dry areas into one room – so it’s important to think of them separately when designing. Create partitions between the shower and dry areas – glass ones are a great option for a small space – and use the same flooring all throughout to maintain a sense of uniformity. For a smaller-sized bathroom, large tiles on the walls will do the trick of making the space seem bigger than it actually is, so pick accordingly! 

Factor in lighting: When creating bathrooms using dark materials like granite or black stone, make sure that the windows are large enough for natural light to enter. If there’s no availability of sunlight, install enough artificial light, so that the space doesn’t seem too gloomy. False acrylic ceilings with diffused lights are perfect solutions to all your light troubles! And for those who like to bring in a mood – remember no bright harsh lights ­– add in backlit mirrors and turn on the music to create a peaceful ambience.

Nishita Kamdar, Principal Architect, Studio Nishita Kamdar, Mumbai

“I started my studio in November 2014. We love to create spaces that are multi-functional, high on utility and sensitive to the requirements of the end user. We follow an exhaustive but meditative, research-driven process of design, and draw inspiration from just about anything that pleases us.”


Text: Compiled by The Blue Pencil Design Company

Images: Courtesy Studio Nishita Kamdar