12th May 2017 Bathroom Bliss

Everyone needs to relax and unwind from time to time, for both pleasure and health reasons. One way to do this is to visit a spa (either for the weekend or the day) which can be highly cathartic, but unfortunately also seriously expensive. I would love to be able to dedicate a day of the week for some seriously relaxing ‘me time’ at a luxury spa, but my finances don’t allow me to do so. If you are in a similar predicament, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to miss out! There is a relatively simple solution that doesn’t require a huge amount of effort, time or money, and that is a home spa. Now, I am not talking about the spa-like bathrooms we all lust over on Pinterest where there is a waterfall shower, a sunken tub and a full wall window looking over the French Alps… but a much more affordable solution! If you have the funds to invest in fully transforming your bathroom with all the spa-like bells and whistles then absolutely go for it! If not, I have compiled here a few simple ideas that transform this space, more generally dedicated to practicality, into one devoted towards peaceful escapism, calming tranquillity and serene relaxation.

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STORAGE

The first thing you need to think about when it comes to transforming your bathroom is storage. THIS IS KEY. You can’t expect to declutter your mind if you are trying to do so in a cluttered space. So have a general clean up, you’ll be amazed the difference in atmosphere when your organised! Store your toiletries away, and if you don’t have the space try storing them in alternative containers which look a lot more pleasing to the eye, such as mason jars.

COLOUR PALetTE/TEXTURES

When it comes to relaxation it is probably best to stick to natural, more organics hues which can establish a peaceful, Zen environment (you will notice that a lot of spa’s stick to these palettes to promote relaxation). If you are up to it painting your bathroom like this could really make the difference! Light pastels, neutral shades such as beiges and greys, soft greens and blues… these are all earthy tones and will establish a grounded, calming feel - paired with naturally occurring textiles and you’ll feel like you are experiencing the real deal! Texture, as we all know, is very important when it comes to interior design… appealing to multiple senses, it would be foolish to dismiss it. For a more ‘spa-like’ feel you should be thinking of soft and smooth materials… plush bath mats, fluffy towels/slippers/dress robes, as well as natural, organic textiles like wood and stone. Don’t be afraid to also bring in some plants for added textures (I know, you wouldn’t normally think to put plants in the bathroom, and I am a little bias as I am quite plant crazy) but foliage will undoubtedly add to an organic ambience and also helps to purify the air. You’ll be unwinding in your own private oasis in no time!

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LIGHTING

How you illuminate a space really is an indispensable way to inaugurate atmosphere. In this case, the atmosphere should be soothing, relaxing and calming - all feelings you associate with a spa. You will want to stay away from singular, harsh overhead lighting and instead steer towards something more delicate that can be placed around the room in multiple locations – this will generate a pleasing, subtle depth and a gentle, inviting glow. This can be easily achieved through the use of multiple, soft light sources, my personal favourite (and perhaps the most obvious when one thinks of a spa) being candles. Versatile, flickering, peaceful – they are the ultimate mood setters and the flame itself (being a natural light) helps to maintain an organic ambience. Whether it be large candles, medium ones or tea lights they can all be displayed in ‘spa-like’ ways which are very simple/inexpensive to enact – pretty display plates, pebbles, sand, mason jars… let your creativity flow and have fun with this one!

SMELL AND SOUND

These are the two senses that are probably the most neglected when it comes to interior design, but we shouldn’t dismiss them (especially when it comes to trying to recreate a spa feel). We have all heard of aromatherapy, the holistic approach to balancing the mind and body and thought to help maintain physical and psychological wellbeing. All about smells, this practise essentially targets the part of your brain intrinsically linked to your emotions – meant to relieve anxiety and stress and alleviate muscle pains. I would highly recommend investing in some essential oils for your bathroom. Everyone has their own preferences, but if I had to suggest scents I would go for the ones with renowned rejuvenating and relaxing qualities such as black pepper, cardamom, peppermint, sandalwood, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lavender, patchouli, rose, camomile, rosemary (the list goes on!). You can diffuse these scents, or simply place a couple of drops into a running bath. Sounds should also be remembered, music can transport you to a different world – so whatever your taste, whether you want to listen to whale sounds, acoustic tunes, classical music or ocean vibes it’s perhaps worth investing in a small speaker (or just bringing your smart phone into the bathroom if you have one, which is what I do) and putting on some gentle melodies to aid your relaxation. Combined, you should be totally immersed in your own spa experience – it really is that easy!

I hope this list helped and gave you a few ideas/inspiration! Wouldn’t it be a dream to be able to leave your worries, troubles and daily anxieties at the door and escape for an hour or two. Perhaps it is time for your bathroom to become more than just another room, but a space to wash away the stress of the day and restore your inner peace, after all we all deserve a break from time to time!

Anna x

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