Those looking to give their bathroom suites a more natural look may be inclined to take note of an expert's choice of material.
Cheryl Gurner is the creative director of Bathrooms International, which has designed washroom interiors around the world, including 300 in the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
She said she loves the use of wood in panelling and vanities, noting that it is part of a trend that "allows the more traditional leanings to come into play". She gave several examples of how old and new styles can be combined using the element.
"Dark and mysterious timbers running floor to ceiling and coupled with sleek chrome brassware keeps the contemporary faction happy," she observed.
One of the pieces created by Ms Gurner's company is the Quattro wash basin. Its bamboo finish allows for sharp corners and visible panels, which run horizontally around the unit.
The Bostonian beach house effect was also cited, which is created by grooving with light-coloured wood. In particular, it could work well with a variety of taps, from traditional to modern.