Designer Tips for your relaxing retreat

Whether you’re living with a large family or flatmates, the bathroom is often a welcoming space you can retreat to. Even when you live alone it’s the perfect place to relax after a long day. However the bathroom is often overlooked by people especially when decorating.

So we asked Interior Designers what their top tips are for turning your bathroom into a more relaxing place.

Make a Statement  with the Tub

If you have the space, nothing says luxury like a freestanding bathtub. It’s the perfect tool for maximum relaxation in your bathroom. The tub acts as natural focal point in the space so it’s a good place to splurge a bit when planning your bathroom. Play with your décor style by going with a claw & ball footed tub or for something cleaner, a streamlined, straight-sided tub. 

Don’t be Afraid of Color

White and very pale colors are often associated with cleanliness and hygiene, thus the regular use of these very light color schemes in bathroom designs. This doesn’t mean that your bathroom should look like a hospital! Add some bright color touches, be bold with your use of color and it may very well help to brighten your mood.

Pamper Yourself with Amenities

To make your dream bathroom an in-home retreat, include features that take it from utilitarian to pampering.

• A gas-insert fireplace communicates that this is a place to linger.

• In-floor radiant heating takes the chill off of stone or tile floors.

•  Television, sound systems, and a beverage center will make your master bathroom so comfortable, you may never want to leave.

Add a Classy Touch

Nothing adds a touch of class like installing a chandelier or pendant fixture. It literally oozes decadence while also providing a solid lighting solution for your bathroom. Quickly add style and mood with the right ceiling mounted fixture. As well think about accent lights to spotlight a collection or an architectural feature in the room and contribute sparkle and mood.

Rule of Thumb

When designing a bathroom, the key is to look beyond this space. Does the style blend with the rest of your house? You don’t have to be matchy-matchy however some blending is key. For example the hardware you use in the bathroom. Is it a different style or color? The change in finish could be distracting to the eye. Same goes for color scheme, the jarring contrast between rooms will create a choppy feel, not the smooth transition you’re after. You want an adjacent bathroom design to go with the flow of the rest of the house.

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