Our environments affect our experience of life. Although each space in the home is important, from the foyer to the kitchen, many of our most personal practices happen in the bathroom.
The bathroom is where we wash and assemble ourselves to present to the outside world – and it is where we should feel the most relaxed, and most comfortable in our skin.
Here are the best tips for creating a peaceful, intimate bathroom:
Put Function First
The importance of function comes as no surprise to experienced designers. Well-planned, efficient designs are also key to creating a relaxing bathroom.
An easily maintained bathroom is truly a lifesaver. Morning routines become infinitely easier with segregated spaces for the various rituals of getting ready.
At night, if you love to soak in the tub, a large bathtub should serve as the centerpiece of the space, and if you prefer long, hot showers, the shower should include many showerheads that can vary the water output.
Make the Most of Materials
In a bathroom, large, uninterrupted walls of stone, plaster, or concrete can offer a sense of permanence. Slabs are often characteristic of minimalism, too, which tends toward uncluttered spaces, with each object of the design carefully selected for beauty and function. Stick to a limited palette of materials and make them luxurious.
Keep it Curved
Curved architectural details communicate relaxation. In a room, a curved wall can provide unexpected softness, bringing a new layer of tranquility to the ambiance.
A curved space for the tub can also enhance privacy and connection. It also enhances the intimacy of the space.
Opt for a Pared-down Color Palette
If a bold bathroom is your goal, by all means, select colorful wall coverings and ornate, over-the-top accessories. There is a time, place, and client for every style.
For clients who prefer calm above all else, a monochromatic environment — especially one in a natural wood hue — can help create a peaceful environment in a master bath.
A relaxing space is “earthly yet heavenly,” gesturing toward the idea that a tranquil bathroom should keep you grounded in your body, and capable of sensuality, while also inspiring daydreams.
Consider Creative Lighting
Lighting is key in a bathroom. In the tub area, chandeliers are a classic choice, and recessed lightings offer another way to bring light to a space. In terms of natural light, windows help merge interior and exterior environments; innovative shades or artistic curtains can block out the outside world when necessary.
A skylight provides another alternative source of light, and it also maintains privacy in a peaceful bath, especially when paired with stark, artful architecture.
Bring in Plants
In different sizes, plants can also serve to break up a space, or build another level to the design that can be hard to achieve with other kinds of accessories. They also add warmth to the sometimes cold surfaces of a bathroom.
Find Inspiration in the Environment
Context is rarely overlooked in the best designs, and bathrooms are no exception. Whenever a space achieves cohesion between its design and surrounding environment, it becomes a little more relaxing.
The hotel room is also another place to find inspiration and translating it into your bathroom.
Try a Freestanding Tub
A freestanding tub provides a visual focal point for a room, and it offers a perfectly relaxing space to unwind. A beautiful freestanding tub is a good place to start, and openness, simplicity, and a great material selection are certainly key.
Most people are now asking for larger bathrooms and spending more time in them, and this can alter approaches to designing bathrooms, as they’re meant more now for living (and soaking) than just passing through.
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Finish with Natural and Soulful Touches
Carefully placed finishing touches usher in an aura of calm. Each artisanal object in your bathroom should contribute to what most interior designers call “soulful design”.
Beautiful accessories also impart a bit of luxury. Every detail matters — from the design and materials to the craftsmanship.