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8 Nice Wood-Look HDB Bathrooms That’ll Make You Want One Too

October 26, 2021
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For anyone who wants a soothing space to shower in, this is the look for you!

Traditionally, wood is a material that seldom sees use in bathrooms due to its poor durability (read: tendency to rot) in moisture-rich environments.

wood bathroom HDB flat renovation

But with the advent of more durable lookalikes in recent times – like wood-look porcelain tiles and laminates – this natural material (or more specifically, its colours and textures) is seeing more use in bathrooms locally. So much so, that we think it’s an up-and-rising trend that's worth highlighting!

Keep scrolling to see how wood plays a key role in giving these 8 HDB flat bathrooms their rustic vibes:

1. A Hougang HDB flat bathroom featuring wood strips paired with cement screed

Hougang Central by Authors • Interior & Styling

Other than seeing frequent use in industrial-style homes, another thing that wood and cement have in common is them being no-no’s for wet areas because of their porosity.

That said, given the right precautions/alternatives – namely using engineered wood/wood lookalikes and applying a protective sealant in the case of cement – it’s possible to introduce a raw vibe to your bathroom with these materials.

2. Blonde wood-look tiles in a Serangoon HDB flat’s common bathroom

Serangoon Avenue 4 by NJ Concept

Interior Firm: NJ Concept

Mixing different wood tones is one way to create a more visually interesting bathroom but doing the exact opposite will allow you to achieve a more consistent-looking space – just like this Serangoon flat’s bathroom, which features blonde wood-look tiles throughout.

3. A Jurong West HDB flat’s wood-look bathroom with a touch of whimsy

Kang Ching Road by Project Guru

Interior Firm: Project Guru

Bathtub aside, what differentiates this Jurong West HDB flat’s bathroom from the rest is its half-wall of pale flecked granite that adds visual contrast when juxtaposed against the warm tones of its wood-look tiles. Consider this pairing for your own home if subtlety in design is your thing!

4. A Petir Road HDB flat’s wood-look bathroom with a herringbone pattern accent wall

Petir Road by Apartment

Interior Firm: Apartment

Homeowners who prefer having a stronger contrast between surfaces can try out the tile combination in this Petir Road HDB flat’s wood-look bathroom instead. By playing things up in terms of colour as well as tile laying patterns, local design firm Apartment was able to bring life to what would have been a utilitarian space.

5. Tiles with diagonally running wood grains in a Bukit Batok HDB flat’s common bathroom

Bukit Batok Street 22 by The Local INN.terior 新家室

Vertical and horizontal tile layouts are a common sight in bathrooms, so this Bukit Batok HDB flat’s diagonally laid accent wall is definitely unique in comparison. And though it might be tougher (and more costly) to pull off, creating such a feature is worth it when it looks this good!

6. Dark walnut wood-look tiles in a Bukit Panjang HDB flat’s master en suite

Bukit Panjang Ring Road by Tab Gallery

Interior Firm: Tab Gallery

While light wood tones bring an airy quality to their surroundings, their darker counterparts (think walnut and oak) convey refinement – which is perfect for setting the tone in a swanky bathroom like this Bukit Panjang HDB flat’s master en suite.

7. A Sengkang HDB flat’s common bathroom clad in wood-look tiles from floor to ceiling

Compassvale Walk by Starry Homestead

Interior Firm: Starry Homestead

Boxing up the water pipes in your bathroom is one surefire way to keep them out of sight and out of mind, but how about taking this solution one step further? By cladding the boxing, walls, and floor with identical wood-look tiles, you’ll be able to achieve a much more cohesive appearance for your most private space at home.

8. Composite wood bathroom shower decking in a couple’s 3-room Circuit Road BTO flat

Circuit Road by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

Composite wood decking typically sees use in outdoor settings, but you can also use it indoors to create a garden-themed shower. Just take a leaf out of this couple’s 3-room BTO flat and its master en suite, which has a clip-on platform (that can be removed for easy cleaning) and you can have an ‘open-air’ bathroom experience at home too!


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