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Most bathrooms have a certain coolness about them. They try to be warm and inviting. But the moment you strip out of your dressing gown, you feel a chill. There’s always that sense that you’re not quite ready to hop in the bath or the shower.
Well, partly it has to do with the traditional materials people use in bathroom decor. For practical reasons, carpets and upholstery are out and tiles are in.
But that’s not the only reason your bathroom feels a little uninviting. It also has to do with the atmosphere of the room. It feels crisp and chilly, not warm and welcoming.
In this post, we take a look at some of the commonest bathroom interior issues and how to fix them. By the end of it, you should know more about how to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.
What other room in your home is so replete with labels? Not the lounge, that’s for sure. Not the bedroom either. Even in the kitchen, you make a habit of transferring Coco-pops into attractive containers.
But in the bathroom, it’s a different story. Piles of misshapen products litter your cabinets and shower cubicles, creating an unsightly mess – not what you want.
Getting rid of labels is an easy first step towards making your bathroom more homely. Just decant your shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothpaste into attractive, mechanical dispensers and recycle the cheap, nasty plastic bottles. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.
The air in most of your rooms is too dry for plants to survive. But many actually thrive in bathrooms.
Take orchids, for instance. You wouldn’t think it possible for a plant to survive out of sunlight for months at a time. But this species draws in steam from your showers and seems perfectly content with dim, indoor light.
Another great option is philodendrons. Just place it in a pot in your shower, away from the main jet of water and let it do its thing. It sucks sustenance from the air itself, getting bigger and bigger over time. You hardly need any natural light to keep it alive.
Bathroom appliances degrade over time. And yet for some unexplained reason, we’re prepared to put up with it.
Neglecting to carry out toilet tap repairs is a bad idea if you want your bathroom to feel welcoming. So, solve the problem as soon as you can. Don’t leave it to get worse.
Whether you believe in the power of healing crystals or not, they can make a great addition to a room, especially if it feels cold and uninviting.
You can place crystals all over the place, including on the side of your bathtub, your vanity and the window sill. You can also keep them on shelves in between all your beauty products and toiletries to add even more visual interest.
Crystals can help to create a positive healing atmosphere in your bathroom. They naturally fight negative energy, making your bathroom a more welcoming environment for everyone using it.
The rich and famous don’t just stop with visual cues to make their bathrooms into sanctuaries for the spirit. They also add music too.
Go back twenty years, and you needed specialist equipment if you wanted to add sound to a bathroom. But thanks to Bluetooth-connected, waterproof speakers, it’s easy. You just hook them up to your phone and start playing.
Imagine being able to listen to your favourite tunes every time you took a shower. It would be amazing, right?
Sensuality is all about being at peace with your body and the pleasure it can bring you. And a great way to get that process started in the bathroom is with aromatherapy.
Did you know that certain herbs and spices have the ability to alter your mental state? Just breathing in lavender, for instance, has a calming and relaxing effect on the mind. Other freshly-cut plants, such as eucalyptus and lemongrass also confer similar benefits.
Take some sprigs and then use twine to tie them around the back of your shower head, away from the jet of water. Then allow the natural moisture in the atmosphere to infuse with the herbs, creating a delightful smell as you shower.
Towels are great for setting the mood in bathrooms because they are so intricate and attractive. What’s more, they take the place of other soft furnishings you can’t put in bathrooms, such as carpets and sofas.
You can drape towels casually over the backs of chairs, warmers and shower cubicles to create a more welcoming atmosphere. Or you can fold them and pile them high in your storage, creating the appearance of plush cushions.
If you can, get towels that double as ponchos. And don’t be afraid to go big. The more material you can use to wrap your body, the more comfortable you’ll be.
Just because bathrooms don’t allow carpets, doesn’t mean you have to ban rugs. Having some softness underfoot can totally change your experience of the room.
Rugs are great because it doesn’t matter if they get wet or smelly. You just put them in the dryer or the wash to get rid of any bad smells. Many bathroom rugs actually feature special antibacterial properties, so it doesn’t matter if they get damp.
Creating your own scrubs is easy, can be a lot of fun, and makes the process of washing much more enjoyable.
The main ingredients in DIY scrubs are sugar or coffee grounds. You just mix these “base” ingredients with aroma-imparting compounds until you find a combination that suits you. Don’t be afraid to combine them with essential oils.
So there you have it: how to turn a bathroom into a sanctuary. Will you be using any of these ideas in the future?