From a strictly utilitarian perspective, there’s nothing overly special about a bathroom. After all, it’s where you go to perform life’s most rudimentary routines. But it's also the place where, at the end of the day, most people spend time winding down and getting ready for bed. If your bathroom is anything but relaxing, you might find yourself anxious and stressed instead of at ease.
Taking note from some of the most relaxing places—spas—you can make your bathroom a haven for nighttime routines that reduce stress and set you up for a restful night's sleep. Try incorporating these luxurious elements to your own bathroom to make your simple routines feel more like a day at the spa.
Color yourself tranquil
When you walk into your bathroom—or any room for that matter—its color scheme can have an instant effect on your mood, even if you don’t always recognize it. In fact, according to HGTV, color is a “powerful design tool that can make the rooms in your home feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic.”
When you’ve got some serious spa goals for your bathroom, you’ll want a color palette that’s calm and inviting. Think about your happy place—a sandy beach overlooking a calm ocean, or a meadow filled with fragrant lavender—then select paint colors based on that. Muted blues, seafoam green and warm greys often create an effect of peaceful tranquility.
Worship the ground you walk on
When it comes to a bathroom, selecting the right flooring can be tricky. You want something that can stand up to moisture, but you also might find those options limiting. Fortunately, today’s vast selection of flooring includes spa-like options for every budget and preference.
If you’re going for a traditional spa-like feel, choose a tile for the floor that can transition onto your walls—either halfway up or all the way to the ceiling. When selecting tile, keep in mind that while you can usually use floor tiles on your walls, wall tiles won’t work for your floor.
Of course, if you prefer an earthy or rustic vibe in your spa-like retreat, today’s laminates and luxury vinyl will give you the rich look of hardwood—with the moisture resistance and easy maintenance you need in a bathroom. If you’re not sure what you want, check out Giant Carpet One Floor & Home, which carries countless options from tile to vinyl to laminate and more, so you can make sure you’re making the right choice.
It’s no secret that nature heals. A study performed at Konkuk University, Seoul in South Korea found that greenery indoors has a relaxing effect on people. That’s why adding greenery—like ferns or orchids—can help you create a serene and spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. Tropical plants, which thrive on warmth and humidity, are often perfectly suited for the bathroom. According to The Spruce, peace lilies, bamboo, orchids and gardenias all do well in bathrooms with indirect natural light.
Let there be (strategic) light
When it comes to lighting your bathroom, variety truly is the spice of life. According to Houzz, it’s important to incorporate ambient—or natural—light into the room where you’ll apply makeup and get dressed for the day. But artificial light is just as important, and you’ll likely want more than one source to achieve a spa-like effect.
Houzz advises general overhead lighting in the form of can, recessed or track lighting, combined with a light source closer to eye level, like ceiling pendants or wall sconces. This allows you full light when you’re prepping for your day or softer, more shadowy lighting when you’re in the mood for relaxation.
It's also a good idea to make sure your lights are dimmable—if you can have bright light in the morning while you get ready, you should also be able to have low, warm light for your relaxing moments.
When it comes to creating a spa-like atmosphere, the details can make all the difference. Choose accessories that delight the senses – all of the senses. From soft, fluffy towels to cozy rugs to thoughtful artwork and scented candles, select elements that offer delight each time you step into the bathroom.
As always, you’ll want to accessorize with care, as too many elements will feel cluttered and disjointed. Use wooden trays to make bath products, candles and washcloths feel more organized. And remember: if it’s not essential or beautiful, you probably don’t need it in your bathroom.
If it’s time your bathroom went from perfectly useful to a useful and perfect spa-like retreat, it’s never too late to create a place of peace and tranquility right in your own home. The professionals at Giant Carpet One Floor & Home are ready to help you get started, so call or visit a showroom today.