How to create a bathroom sanctuary without blowing the budget – The Independent
When you want to escape the world and indulge in some at-home relaxation, a dream bathroom can work wonders.
“The bathroom is increasingly seen as a place of sanctuary and self-care, a personal retreat to unwind, take time for you, and find peace away from the busyness of everyday life,” says Claire Logan, of fragrance brand ARRAN Sense of Scotland.
“With the stresses of modern living, particularly with the current cost of living crisis, creating a spa-at-home sanctuary is more important than ever, with regards to wellbeing.
“Think calming scents, luxe accessories and soothing colour tones – within the comfort of your own home,” adds Logan.
So, where should you start when it comes to bringing your own bathroom bliss to life?
“Getting the design right in the first instance is key to creating an at-home sanctuary where you can really switch off,” says Helen Ray-Dennett of Mermaid Panels. “It’s important to consider not only aesthetics, but functionality too.”
She says colour is crucial, with neutral hues such as soft beiges, creams, whites, light greys and blues helping to create a feeling of tranquillity.
“Naturally evoking feelings of calm, these neutral shades are not only easy on the eye but easy to pair with accessories too,” notes Ray-Dennett.
Clear the clutter
Think clean lines for a sense of calm and air purifying plants (Alamy/PA)
Atmosphere is everything, when it comes to relaxation. As Logan puts it: “Less is definitely more when creating a bathroom sanctuary. It’s much easier to fully relax in a space without clutter, so store items like make-up, hair-dryers and toiletries out of sight under the sink or in storage baskets.
“A minimalist style is key for engendering a serene and calm environment,” she adds.
Calming colourways and aromatherapy
Channel spa vibes when thinking about bathroom décor. “Neutrals, pale blues and serene greens are known to promote a soothing atmosphere,” Logan continues. “Nature-inspired colours such as earthy browns, soft greys and sage greens give off an organic and calming effect.”
Drift-off with an at-home spar experience (Alamy/PA)
And when it comes to indulging your olfactory senses, Logan recommends jasmine and lavender for their calming, de-stressing and sleep-enhancing properties, ylang-ylang for improving your mood, whilst bergamot is great for energising. And as well as being invigorating, eucalyptus is a great decongestant in winter months, she adds.
Embrace the Japandi look
“This hybrid home décor trend combines the rustic charm of Japanese minimalism with the beauty of Scandinavian functionality,” explains Parv Sangera, managing director of The Bathroom Showroom.
“Japandi brings together Eastern and Western design to create spaces that ensure every surface flows harmoniously – and encourages functionality with hidden storage solutions.”
Bamboo style accessories complete the Japandi look (The Bathroom Showroom/PA)
This allows the natural shape and lines of the room to be the focal point, she says, balancing form and function to create one singular space.
“Clean and aesthetic is the direction of this design, making it ideal for the bathroom space in particular,” notes Sangera. “Neutral colour palettes, simple features, and natural elements such as stone, textiles, bamboo, wood, marble and hemp are key elements of the Japandi interior design fascination.”
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