Your bathroom is among the most used rooms in your home and as such deserves to be a haven of tranquillity no matter the occasion. We’ve collected the following five tips on how to make a relaxing bathroom, so that you can enjoy your space and make the most of this important room.
Colours have a fantastic effect on our mood. Deep reds are associated with passion and romance, while yellow is associated with humour and creativity, so when it comes to creating a relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom, using the right colours can be very important.
Blue is the most relaxing of colours, likely because it exists in nature in the form of a vast daytime sky or a deep blue sea, and thus evokes serenity and a relaxing mood. If you are looking for a dominant colour in the bathroom, blue is a winner. Blue has even been shown to lower heart rate and body temperature.
Whether you have speakers installed in your bathroom ceiling, in the mirror or in the bath itself, or indeed you simply use a waterproof radio when enjoying a bath, sound can be a great tool for relaxing. There are plenty of playlist suggestions online, or you can make one yourself to relax to.
Studies have widely confirmed that listening to music boosts positive emotion through our brain’s reward centre, the hormone dopamine is produced which makes us feel elated. Music reduces stress and anxiety. Live music is regularly used in hospitals to help patients relax and reduce their pain, so add it to your bathroom environment to reap the soothing benefits.
Smell is a potent sense with magical memory powers – you’ve likely walked into a room with a strong overpowering smell and been reminded of a very particular memory. But the power of smell doesn’t stop there just as scented candles don’t come in a seemingly endless variety for no reason.
Our olfactory response is directly connected to the emotional centre of the brain, meaning that strong smells produce instant floods of feelings with the smallest of whiffs. For instance, pine can alleviate stress and decrease anxiety, perfect for creating a relaxing bathroom environment. Other incredible scents include chamomile, lavender, cinnamon, tangerine, coconut and chocolate (no surprise there!). Make sure whichever scent you use goes nicely with your favourite soap flagrance and you’re in for a very relaxing bathroom environment.
Bathrooms can often seem sterile, bland and lifeless. To add a hefty amount of life into your favourite washroom, try injecting some plant life and turn your cleanest room into a tropical paradise. But bear in mind that not all plants can cope with a low light and high humidity environment.
Orchids love humidity, if you go to a relaxing weekend spa, chances are you’ll see and orchid or two. A Peace Lily has deep green glossy leaves and beautiful white flowers, enough to lighten and freshen any bathroom. A Fern would particularly love the high humidity and will also purify the air for your optimum oxygenated enjoyment.
Natural light is much more soothing to the spirit than the traditional artificial light that is so common in clinical-looking bathrooms. Fluorescent bulbs can make you feel tired and work against making the bathroom a relaxing place to be, whereas natural light is easy of the eyes. Start by helping light shine in through the window, this can be done in several clever ways: Pristine white surfaces will help light bounce around the room, a glass shower panel will reflect light back into the room and a light shade of paint will give colour to the room without darkening it.
At night, if you’re planning a relaxing bath, opt for candles to light the room, this will relax you – particularly if you’re using scented candles. It’s no wonder candles are closely associated to spirituality and calm!