Life is more hectic than ever before. We live in a frantic whirlwind of work, social engagements, and family obligations. Moving at such a fast pace is stressful, and for our own physical and mental wellbeing we all need to slow down, relax and look after ourselves. Some people favour expensive holidays in spa resorts, but a day to day solution is the good old bathtub. So, transform your bathroom into a luxurious retreat from the rigours of the outside world. With a creative approach, this needn’t be costly, and before you know it you’ll have a relaxing sanctuary in your own home.
Let’s have a look at some ideas to help get you started:
One of the best ways to set the tone of your bathroom for a really relaxing experience is to play with one of the strongest of our senses, scent. What we smell is a powerful part of how we perceive our environment, and greatly influences our mood. A bathroom full of natural smells (avoid artificial fragrances) created by scented candles, oil diffusers or incense will relax the mind and body. Take some essential oils, obtained from natural herb extracts and other compounds, such as fruit extracts, flowers, and roots. Combined with steam from your shower, these fragrant vapours fill the air and give you that spa effect, in the comfort of your own home.
Natural light is at a premium, as recessed halogen lighting is on the way out. If you’re lucky enough to have a reasonably sized bathroom window or skylight, bathing during daylight hours can have an extremely positive impact on your mood and mental wellbeing. For most of us, though, a relaxing bath usually takes place after dark. Kit your sanctuary out with ambient mood lighting – and don’t be afraid to incorporate fixtures that may seem more appropriate for other areas of the house. Wall sconces, chandeliers, even candelabras are becoming popular. Dimmer switches are a simple way to transform your bathroom from a functional, utilitarian space into a sensual, serene oasis.
A Splash Of Colour
To inject a new lease of life into your bathroom, consider painting the walls, or one statement wall. Whilst most spa centres have white walls as standard, don’t be afraid to experiment with colours, opting for a cool blue or an aquatic green that can further help you to relax. Avoid hot colours or shades that are too oppressive – these can have the opposite effect entirely. If you do want to incorporate bolder colours, a statement wall might be a better solution, for a rich deep orange or a lush hunter green. Remember, if you’re intending to chop and change the paintwork, keep the fittings neutral colours or natural materials such as slate or wood, as these will complement any colour.
Bringing the outside world inside is another great way to make your bathroom unique and relaxing. Plants are brilliant additions to this space, they don’t cost the earth, they clean the air naturally, and they are evocative – how about the feel of showering under a forest waterfall? Not only that, but the natural plant aromas spread through the steam from the bath or shower to add to the relaxing mood. Ferns and small pot plants are popular choices, but if you have enough space consider putting in a small tree, a sapling or a bonsai. Cacti are another great option – house them in gorgeous rustic ceramics for a desert oasis effect.
Piping calming music into your bathroom is easier than ever with the rise in popularity of voice-controlled smart speakers, many of which can withstand the humidity (double-check before you begin using one though!). Build your own mood-specific playlists to complement a long, relaxing, indulgent bath or a hot, invigorating shower. Choosing the right music is a tried and tested way to improve your mood, destress and boost your wellbeing. Music can reflect how you feel, but sometimes playing music that sounds how you want to feel can really help unwind from the day to day hustle and bustle of modern life.
Storage And Decluttering
Your bathroom should be a space through which your eyes can travel freely, and that means freeing the room of clutter. Storage solutions are available for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes, and to cater to all budgets. Bathroom furniture often incorporates storage into its design, helping to free up space and reduce clutter. Shelving and other furniture don’t have to be drab either – opt for natural wood units for an earthy vibe, or sleek, sheer design for an elegant, modern feel. Make space to store toothbrushes, razors, creams and other products so that they are easy to access but not imposing. Talking of products, for a classic feel decant your liquids and salts into uniform containers, glass jars or well made plastic bottles. Removing the presence of labels takes away an element of visual distraction, giving your bathroom a classy, timeless feel.
Fabrics And Towels
Adding a soft, warm touch to your bathroom pays dividends when it comes to feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Choose fabrics to complement or juxtapose the feel of your bathroom – perhaps you want a fluffy bath mat to offset the tiling, or maybe a more earthy approach will suit. When it comes to towels, remember that they are the final full stop on a relaxing bath – it may be worth making an investment in some luxury.
It is so important to have a healthy, balanced life, and having somewhere to retreat, regroup and pamper yourself is essential. With a few thought out choices and additions, your bathroom can become a relaxing sanctuary from the stresses and rigours of modern life.