5 Simple Bathrooms with Wood

At Remodelista, we’ve recently come across appealing bathroom spaces with floors and walls covered in wood slats (teak probably is the most common, although other water-resistant woods are gaining market share). One hardwood that has reached our borders, by way of Central and South America, is ipe wood, also known as Brazilian walnut. It is considered one of the densest hardwoods available, so dense it sinks to the bottom when submerged in water. The wood is mold-, slip-, and fire-resistant, extremely durable, and makes for a perfect bathroom material.

Here are five examples of simple baths with the exotic hardwood.

Above: An indoor/outdoor bathroom with ipe wood flooring designed by MW/Works Architect and Design. See the entire post on this eye-catching Coastal Retreat.

Above: A shower area with ipe flooring designed by Betty Wasserman. Ipe wood can be sourced online or via your local hardwood store.

Above: A bath in Silverlake by LA-based Commune Design.

Above: A perfectly proportioned bath by Cary Bernstein.

Above: A shower in Australia that opens to the outdoors, via The Selby.

For more bath design, visit Remodelista‘s Bathroom Gallery for more than 1400 inspirational images.


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Panchali Yapa2 years ago

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Carol P.
Carol P.3 years ago

Sorry, but importing woods from South America is not something I would choose when other, less environmentally detrimental options are available. What is wrong with tile?

How about one of those savvy product designers out there developing a tile that looks like wood!

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.3 years ago

No matter how hard, wood is still permeable. It absorbs water and grows bacteria and mold unless you clean it with bleach, and then it's not so petty. As Mary B points out, this will just lead to the cutting down of more rainforests and the release of huge amounts of carbon. No thanks. Tile is much more eco friendly, sustainable, long lasting and no doubt cheaper.