Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, or at least it should be. Why? Because not only is it the place that you go to clean and beautify yourself, but it is one of the best places to lock the door, lie back and treat yourself to some relaxation time.
Of course, if your bathroom is cluttered, neglected or just not very well thought out, it might be difficult for you to actually relax in there very much at all, even if you do have a mountain of bubble bath and some beautiful lavender candles to help you. If that’s the case, check out these tips to help you turn your bathroom into the most relaxing space in your house:
Choose Your Colour Scheme Carefully
We all have our favourite colours and hues that we don’t appreciate very much, so it’s natural that we may want to use them in our interiors, but the thing is there are some colours that are better at doing certain things than others. In terms of relaxation, the most relaxing colours are the kind of colours that you would find in nature such as sky and sea blues, forest greens, light yellows and even whites, while other colours like red, pink and certain shades of light green, which are more stimulating. When you’re decorating the bathroom, you’ll want to stick mainly with calming colours although you can have little flashes of other shades if you really love them.
Use Natural Material
Things like marble tiles and cork floors which are completely natural not only look more amazing and feel better, but they soothe the mind and body exactly because they remind you of the natural world around you.
Install Wall Mounted Bath Taps
If you like to share your bath with a special someone, then Tap Warehouse has a great range of wall mounted taps which will ensures that you and anyone else who may join you in having a nice relaxing time in the bathroom can luxuriate in the tub without having to worry about hitting their head or their toes on the taps. If you are thinking of installing new taps, you might also want to look into boiling water taps which will allow you to run a hot bath faster than ever before and make topping it up so much more satisfying too.
Include Sounds that Sooth
If you have the money and the space to do so, installing a set of waterproof speakers in your bathroom ceiling so that you can pipe in nature sounds or classical music as you relax with a glas of wine in a hot bubble bath is a great idea, it will get you so relaxed that you’ll never want to get out of the tub, even when the water starts to turn tepid, and if you bathe just before bed, you’ll have the best night’s sleep of your life – that’s pretty much guaranteed.
Certain scents can fill up our senses and have an extremely calming effect on our bodies and minds, so naturally, every relaxing bathroom should have a range of aromas on tap. The easiest way to incorporate soothing scents like lavender and chamomile, cinnamon and chocolate is by surrounding the bath and sink with scented candles which give off a mild aroma unlit and a pretty powerful one when they are lit. However, investing in a nice incense holder and a few sticks of your favourite scent or even putting a few drops of essential oil into your bath will work just as well.
The Power of Plants
Plants are one of nature’s greatest gifts to us. Not only do they look beautiful and add a splash of colour to the home, but it has also been shown in numerous studies that their mere presence can calm us down and help us to relax – that’s why you see so many plants and orchids in wellness spas. As well as helping you to relax and obviously improving the decor, many plants also purify and oxygenate the air for a powerful health boost.
Let it Shine
Natural light is great for soothing the spirit, whereas artificial light can be harsh causing the bathroom to look clinical, often giving your headaches and even making you feel a little blue. So, if you have a window, make sure that any curtains, blinds of nets you hang do not obscure too much of the light. If you have a bigger budget, you may even consider widening your windows, or for the ultimate relaxation experience, installing a skylight which will allow you to benefit from the soothing powers of the sun throughout the day and which will enable you to marvel at the stars as you lay in the bath in the evening.
If, like many people you have a small bathroom, it can feel quite cramped in there and that can make it rather difficult to relax. One thing you can do to mitigate against this that doesn’t involve a total renovation and extension being built is to simply hang a few large, pretty mirrors. They will reflect the light so that the room at least feels bigger, lighter and airier than it really is. It’s a simple trick, but it really does work very well.
Bring the Warm and Fuzzy
Filling your bathroom with lots of warm and fuzzy natural fibre towels, which you can pick up from La Redoute, as well as comfy robes and slippers will ensure that once you’re done relaxing in a bubble bath or taking a hot shower, you won’t be rudely brought back down to earth by rough, uncomfortable fabrics that are anything but relaxing!
Make it Minimal
Last but not least, you should endeavour to keep your bathroom as clean and clutter-free as possible, keeping only what is essential or beautiful to you in there. Why? Because when your space is cluttered, so is your mind and that makes it difficult to truly switch off and enjoy the moment.
Incorporate some of these ideas into your bathroom and you’ll soon be having the most amazing time in there!
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