The Journey to Your Ultimate Bathroom Sanctuary

a modern bathroom sanctuary

Let’s face it, we all need a little space to call our own—a space where we can kick back, take a deep breath, and shrug off the stresses of the day. And where better to do this than in a bathroom tailored just for you? Dive into our guide as we lead you through transforming your everyday bathroom into a peaceful bathroom sanctuary.

Picking Your Palette: It’s More Than Just Paint

Firstly, the palette isn’t just a fancy word for choosing paint. It’s about capturing a mood, a feeling. Fancy a chilled beach vibe? Maybe soft blues and white sands. How about a forest retreat? Think earthy browns and leafy greens. But here’s a tip: brighter colours may sound fun, but for ultimate relaxation, they might just set your brain buzzing.

Baths and Showers: Your Personal Waterfall

Bathroom sanctuary at a beach house in all white with wooden floors

Now, I’m not saying that every time you step into your bath or shower, it’s a scene from a movie with the hero gazing out at a waterfall. But, why shouldn’t it be? Ever thought about a free-standing bath? Standing on its own, it screams luxury. Or what about the alcove bathtubs? Snuggled between three walls, they’re the ultimate cosy hideout. Adding a few drops of essential oils can take your bathing experience to the next level.

Those Little Touches

Sometimes it’s the little things. A plush rug underfoot as you step out of the shower. A scented candle with a hint of lavender. Even a quirky piece of art on the wall that makes you smile. And, plants! Don’t get me started on plants. A touch of greenery can really breathe life into a space.

Stylish bathroom sanctuary with modern freestanding bathtub and greige hexagonal wall tiles

Sounds and Smells: The Overlooked Heroes

A drip here, a splash there. The soft trickle of water. These are sounds that can make or break a bathroom. Ever thought about a small water feature? The consistent trickling can be oddly calming. And while we’re on the subject, how about essential oil diffusers? A hint of eucalyptus or vanilla can transform your room’s whole vibe.

Check out my guide on how to make your house smell like a hotel for some gorgeous scents to try.

Materials: The Foundations of Your Space

While it’s easy to get carried away with the aesthetics, let’s not forget the backbone of our bathroom – the materials. What’s underfoot and on the walls plays a vital role in setting the mood.

Ever thought about wooden floorboards? Now, I know what you’re thinking. Wood? In a wet area? Well, when sealed correctly, certain types of wood can offer a warm, rustic feel. Match it with stone countertops or perhaps some hand-crafted bathroom tiles from your local artisan, and you’re starting to craft a bathroom that feels more like a luxury cabin retreat.

Now, speaking of walls, tiles are the usual suspect. But how about considering something a bit different? Textured plaster can create a lovely Mediterranean or boho vibe. It’s a bit out there, but sometimes thinking outside the box is what creates that magic touch. Bathrooms with panelled walls also look great, giving your space a timeless and welcoming feel.

Storage: Hide the Clutter, Keep the Calm

One thing’s for sure, nothing disrupts zen vibes like clutter. So, storage, though not the most glamorous topic, is absolutely essential. Consider floating vanities; they offer storage solutions whilst giving a sense of more floor space. Or those ladder-style towel racks? Functional and stylish!

And shelves! Don’t even get me started. You can style them up with some of those lovely green plants we mentioned earlier, or maybe a couple of those fancy artisanal soap bars you got as a gift.

Lighting: Setting the Right Mood

The power of lighting is often underestimated. Ever tried relaxing with an overhead light that feels like an interrogation lamp? Not fun. Opt for dimmable lights or even smart bulbs that let you control the brightness and colour from your phone. And if you can, always try to maximise natural light. It does wonders for a room and, more importantly, for your mood.

Final Thoughts on Creating the Perfect Bathroom Sanctuary 

Taking a bathroom from ‘just another room’ to ‘my personal oasis’ might seem daunting. It’s easy to get bogged down with choices and what ifs. But, remember, this is a journey. Whether it’s a lick of paint or a complete overhaul, every step you take brings you closer to your dream space. And in the end, when you’re soaking away the worries of the day in that perfect tub, with that perfect scent wafting around, it’ll all have been worth it.

So, chin up, dive in, and remember to enjoy the process as much as the end result. After all, your perfect bathroom sanctuary is just around the corner. Cheers to that!


Bathroom Sanctuary FAQs

  1. Any quick hacks for a budget-friendly bathroom makeover?
    Absolutely! Throw in some candles, maybe a couple of budget-friendly plants, and voila!
  2. How do I keep this haven easy to clean?
    Stick to easy-to-clean surfaces. Think tiles, glass, or polished stone. Also, a good fan or ventilation system keeps mould away.
  3. Got safety tips for tubs or showers?
    Sure do. Always opt for non-slip mats. If you’re going fancy with tiles, get ones that have a bit of grip.
  4. How do I make my bathroom green (the eco way, not the colour)?
    Energy-efficient LED lights are your friend. Also, water-saving showerheads and taps can cut down on wastage.
  5. Is getting a professional interior designer worth it?
    If you’ve got the dosh and are a bit clueless about design, why not? They’ll bring expertise and maybe some ideas you hadn’t thought of.
Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.

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