One of the reasons that bathrooms are so important is because they offer us a place to escape to at the end of a long day, allowing us to relax and collect our thoughts in peace. But are you really getting the most from your bathroom? Does your unfinished tiling or lack of storage only serve to add to your stress? Well in this guide we aim to put an end to all that, as we explain how to create a truly relaxing bathroom atmosphere.

Colours to set the mood

The first thing you should think about is your choice of colour, as the right scheme is an essential factor in achieving the perfect mood. It’s a good idea to stick with neutral shades as they won’t completely dominate the room. Whites, creams, greys and soft browns are all ideal options here. Whether you want to use tiles or paint is up to you, as both can have a stunning finish when chosen correctly. The main aspect to bear in mind is to keep things simple, as a more minimalist approach is what we’re after here.

Choosing your furniture

When it comes to your fittings, you want simplistically styled, elegant items that will complement the room effortlessly. Modern designs work well due to their sleek lines and more compact nature. A contemporary close coupled toilet and pedestal basin will suit this setting, while a freestanding or spacious bathtub will give you the ultimate place to relax if you have the room to install one. If you don’t, then don’t panic as a shower tower will help you to relieve your stress as many of them come with neat features such as body jets and steam settings, giving you the best possible experience.

If you’re just giving your bathroom a refresh, rather than a complete overhaul, it’s a good idea to pay attention to areas such as cracked tiles or dated fixtures, as replacing them will greatly improve the overall look of the room.

Using space wisely

Storage is another key area when making a bathroom more relaxing. Obviously, having any unnecessary clutter or mess scattered throughout the room will only increase your stress levels. Keep shower gels and shampoos neatly stored and any unessential items tidied away out of sight. A vanity unit is a good alternative to a pedestal basin if you want to keep space at a premium as they allow you to store your items neatly. Everything should be kept to a minimum, so only put a couple of towels out at a time, keep everyday essentials together and ensure that any waste bins and laundry baskets in the room are emptied regularly. The trick here is that less really is more.

Additional luxuries

To finish off your luxurious surroundings, it’s time to add some comforting touches. Scented candles dotted around the room will help you to unwind after a hard day’s work, while a good selection of soaps and shampoos also helps. A small basket full of bath bombs will allow you to treat yourself once in a while and will also provide a decorative item as bombs are available in many colours so you can even match them to your scheme. While we’re at it a bath pillow may be a great investment as well. Finally, don’t forget that lighting is important as it’s going to be hard to chill out with a bright light looming overhead. Install subtle wall lights, or fit a dimmer switch so you can adjust the amount of light you want until it’s perfect. Remember, keep things simple and refined and you’ll have a fantastic sanctuary to retreat to whenever you need it.

Rob, Victorian Plumbing