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RL Picks: Top 8 Tropical Bathrooms

Wooden details and rustic touches create a nature-inspired feel in these private spaces


Most bathrooms are plain, boring, and completely devoid of character. In fact, these spaces usually look the same in every home. However, the right decorating choices can give any bathroom a warm and cozy feel.

You can draw inspiration from nature when designing this private space. For more ideas on how to bring in the beauty of the outdoors, here are some of our favorite tropical bathrooms: 

Nature-Inspired Home in Batangas In some homes, reflecting the charm of nature can be a challenge. But in this property owned by architect couple Mandy and Myrna Mendoza, it was not a problem. Solid walls were removed to achieve a unique vibe in the comforts of the home.

For an airy and breezy feel, the bathroom also has few partitions to separate the toilet and shower area. There is also an outdoor bathroom with a shower and a bathtub surrounded by bamboo and potted plants.
See more photos and view the full home here:
Tropical Home in Antipolo In the house of Emma and Cesar Gutierrez designed by Divina Mallari, streams of natural light flood every room and a cool breeze flows freely — all lending a relaxed, laid-back air to the home.

In the bathroom, intricately-carved wooden dividers were used as doors—concealing the his-and-her toilets.
Another bathroom has a view of a small river that ends in a waterfall. For easy maintenance, Emma chose stones instead of floor tiles.

See more photos and view the full home here:
Two-Storey House with Modern Filipino Design Since homeowner Jaime “Jimmy” Lagdameo wanted a Filipino style with nature-inspired elements for his personal space, he turned to Architect Angelo “Gelo” Mañosa for design help. Much like his father, Francisco Manosa, Gelo has respect for traditional Filipino architectural details and a penchant for homegrown materials.

To make the bathroom look more spacious, the space has an open layout. The shower is only separated from the rest of the area by a clear glass enclosure. Another unique addition is the polished hardwood used for the floors.

See more photos and view the full home here:
Contemporary Two-Storey Home Filled with Art Pieces Building a new house is already an insurmountable task on its own. Fitting a growing art collection inside the property is equally difficult. Architects Edwin and Jecelyn Gumila rose to the challenge by transforming their 400sqm lot into a contemporary space filled with notable art pieces.

The bathroom is defined by a cool neutral color scheme with elegant gray tones. To balance the cold look, a wooden door and pedestal were used for the space. See more photos and view the full home here:
Two-Storey Vacation House in Tagaytay Given her busy schedule as the executive producer of a daily noontime show, Malou Choa-Fagar wanted a rest house that she can come home to whenever she needed a break. So when her husband Dante found a house and lot in Tagaytay, Malou was convinced that it was her dream home.

For a rustic, organic feel in the bathroom, the space is filled with weathered wood. A wooden ceiling treatment completes the look.
See more photos and view the full home here:
Tropical Family Home in Paranaque Homeowners Jake and Jenny Ligones worked with architect Joel Muñoz to create their stunning house in South Admiral Village, Parañaque. Their current abode is a simple yet elegant home in basic earth tones with red and green accents. At 175sqm, the home is light and open – aided by high ceilings, plenty of windows to let the sunshine in, and a green garden.

The master bath is furnished with a floating wooden countertop and matching wood-framed bathtub. The window opens to reveal the Japanese-inspired bamboo fence downstairs, adding to the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

See more photos and view the full home here:
Metropolitan Chic Condo for a Stockbroker Deutsche Bank Stockbroker Len Lopez loves to travel. She makes it a point to bring souvenirs such as photographs, unique trinkets, and books – from each and every place that she visits. This became the inspiration of LLD Design Group interior designers Chelle Laborte, Monica Lagman, and Tantan Pambid in decorating Len’s condo unit in Makati. The result? A chic, refined, eclectic summary of the owner’s travels from all over the world.

The bathroom is accessible from two rooms because of parallel doors. Installing doors on both sides of the room is a practical solution for homes with limited space.

See more photos and view the full home here:
Family Home with Old and New Pieces In this renovated home, the open, unused spaces were transformed with the addition of beautifully designed signature pieces. The Villena family rediscovered the beauty of their valued pieces when they paired it with modern furniture and accessories.

Interior designer Louis Luna converted the unused veranda into an en suite bathroom. The sleek and streamlined effect of matte gray tiles and gleaming glass and silver finishes is complemented by wooden pieces, potted plants, and pebbles used as ground cover.

See more photos and view the full home here:

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