Bathrooms have come a long way. From drab utilitarian places for the daily practice of personal hygiene to modern day luxury pamper palaces – let’s face it, bathrooms have become sexy!
Of course, it makes total sense. When you think about the pressures of everyday life that many of us are facing at work, and often at home too, the need for uninterrupted ‘me time’ has never been greater. And what better way to unwind than in your personal bathroom sanctuary, soothing away your troubles in the tub? As a wise woman once said: “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”
It is now recognised that bathrooms are highly valued, coveted spaces in our homes. That’s not simply estate agent speak for when your property is on the market, although bathrooms do of course have key sales appeal. It means that we are now fully aware of the wellbeing benefits of having a beautiful bathroom, and keen to maximise the enjoyment it can bring.
So, how can you get the most out of your bathroom? Here are 5 steps that should ensure bathroom bliss.
- Size isn’t everything
Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. You may be lucky enough to have a house with a large family bathroom, complete with a luxurious clawfoot bath and separate walk-in shower. Or perhaps you have a bijoux shower room with not much room to swing a loofah? Doesn’t matter. As we all know, it’s what you do with it that counts.
Take a long look at your bathroom design – is all the sanitaryware in the right place? Perhaps you could fit a bathtub where there is only a shower, or maybe you’ve always fancied a free-standing bath in which to soak, like the girl in the Cadbury’s Flake advert? A good bathroom designer should be your first port of call for up-to-date advice on the most suitable products and their installation.
- Light up happiness
Men are purported to be visual creatures, but surely women are equally wowed by a stunningly attractive bathroom.
Light and colour set the mood for relaxation, so do ask yourself how you can create the right vibe for an indulgent bathtime. Soft, nature-inspired colours such as greens and creams are calming and soothing, while deeper hues of dramatic colour (reds and purples) may invoke the safe cocoon of the womb.
Having a window in the bathroom is always a good thing, for ventilation if nothing else. But natural light can bring its own reward, particularly in the morning when a bracing shower with the sun streaming in through the window may be just what’s required to get you ready for the day.
However, don’t underestimate the power of artificial light to create the right ambiance for chilling out. Candles are never wrong – the more the merrier, and scented ones too – and you could also experiment with dimmable bathroom lights or additional mirror lighting.
- Touch me, feel me
Bathrooms are sensory places – after all, the idea is that you’ll be naked for the experience, so you may as well make it pleasurable.
Underfloor heating takes the chill off your feet, while luxurious textures – think marble, granite, bamboo, wood, stoneware, metal – enrich the likelihood of you feeling truly pampered.
If the budget allows, you could go all out for the ultimate home spa experience, with electronic, hands-free water pressure and temperature controls, perhaps with a steam option too. Scented tropical rain shower, anyone?
- Heaven scent
Bath scents have been around for longer than Cleopatra’s famed ablutions in milk & honey. Stimulate your olfactory senses and drift away on a cloud of something dreamy and wonderful.
Opt for traditional lavender for relaxation and better sleep, choose rosemary to stimulate the senses, or pamper your skin with intensely moisturising shea butter. Best of all, bath care products are unlikely to break the bank, however high-end your taste. No wonder that bath smellies and scented candles are a perennial favourite on most people’s Christmas list!
- Music to my ears
As you imagine yourself taking a long indulgent bath in your personal oasis, there’s just one thing missing to make it perfect: music – the final step to bathroom bliss.
While most of us would happily make do with a smartphone or MP3 player by the side of the bath, piping relaxing tunes into the now steam-filled room, there are other options. If money is no object and for your ultimate luxury, hi-tech shower installations are now available that come with sound systems and remote control access connected to a CD or MP3 player.
All that’s left for you to do is choose the music. Soothing classics or downtempo chillout? Old crooner or soulful R&B? Aretha or Adele? Whatever your preference, one thing is certain: bathroom bliss is a little bit of luxury that we all deserve.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent writer in the property industry – working with a selection of companies including Sussex-based bathroom specialist The Brighton Bathroom Company, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.