How to Make a Bathroom Sanctuary to
Reach Mindfulness and Tranquility
By Patrick Adams
In the 21st century, our days are sometimes so hectic that the only time we really get for ourselves is when we get to close the bathroom door. Considering that the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home, it is worth making it appealing and comfortable. It is known that interior design can influence our psyche to a great degree, and it can mean the difference between feeling stressed out and being able to relax in a calm atmosphere. The way you design your bathroom can thus make or break your quiet moments dedicated to yourself. Here are a few tips to make the most of your space and create a real sanctuary out of your mundane bathroom.
Minimalism is the way to go
The fastest way to being stressed out is a cluttered environment. So, before you even begin redecorating your bathroom, the first step is to declutter the space and get all of those old and rarely used cosmetics out of sight. Throw away what you don’t need and organize the rest. Introducing practical storage solutions will allow your surfaces to remain minimalistic and not clutter your mind as soon as you step into the room. It’s better to buy just a few quality products than to hoard heaps of stuff that will just end up expiring.
Open and airy
Most bathrooms are rather small and therefore, they can feel cramped and stuffy. But even if your square footage is limited, you can make the most of your space with a few tricks that will open up space visually. First of all, make sure the bathroom is painted in a light colour and that there is enough light. These are essential for a fresh and airy feel. Moreover, steer clear of shower curtains that block out half the room and make it look even smaller. For a stylish, minimalistic look, see-through shower screens such as those by Acqua Bathrooms are your best bet.
Improve your lighting
While certain areas of the bathroom require strong light, there are times when all you want is to unwind and you don’t want the harsh white light glaring at you. So, you should make sure you have layered bathroom lighting if you still don’t. However, another thing that can truly boost this aspect of your bathroom and allow you to feel relaxed is introducing a dimmer switch. Taking a long, hot bath with dimmed lights and a few candles lit will provide the perfect environment for mindfulness.
Comfort all the way
To feel completely relaxed and as if you were in a spa, you should invest in the comfort of your bathroom. You should add some sort of seating if you have space so that you can groom yourself in comfort. You can buy extra soft towels and invest in a heated towel rack so that you can experience maximum comfort even during the coldest days. Another small upgrade that will turn your bathroom into a true oasis is getting a massage shower head if you have a shower. It will boost your blood flow and relieve the tension in your muscles like nothing else.
A little bit of decoration goes a long way
If you want to create a tranquil oasis, it’s all about creating balance. Since bathrooms tend to have a colder vibe due to all the shiny surfaces and cool colours, what you want to do is break this with a few accents. Remember that you still want to keep your space neat and organized, so steer clear of too much decoration. One thing that can boost the look of your bathroom is adding a plant or two – just make sure that they can withstand the humidity and the potentially low sunlight. Hardy plants like aloe vera, snake plant or croton for a bit more colour, for instance, should survive just fine. In addition, some wood accents will balance the atmosphere out as well. Think wooden cabinets, wooden shelves or natural wooden mirror frames.
Engage all the senses
Finally, the last step in turning your bathroom into a sanctuary of tranquillity is engaging the rest of your senses. While the visual and the tactile aspects of your décor are already taken care of, smell, taste and sound will complete the whole experience and turn all of your bathroom sessions into a relaxing and mindful experience. Scented candles are a great choice, but if you are not huge on candles, an oil diffuser is a practical solution that you won’t have to worry about. You can even have short meditation sessions in the bath or shower while these scents set the mood. As for taste, who says you can’t have tea or a little bit of your favourite wine while unwinding? And finally, an affordable waterproof Bluetooth speaker will allow you to play your favourite tunes that help you think positive thoughts.
Hopefully, these tips will help you turn your bathroom into a relaxing oasis where you can forget about your everyday worries. Everyone deserves this, so don’t shy away from renovating your space!
Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.