There’s going to be a huge focus this year on the approach we take to designing our homes, and the impact it has on our wellbeing.
Bathrooms are no exception.
With a real shift towards improving happiness and wellbeing within the home, we’ll be looking at how we decorate and design our spaces with this at the forefront of our mind.
How happy are you with your bathroom design? Does it inspire a sense of calm and peacefulness, or are you fighting with plastic toys, piles of wet toys and scattered towels and do you long for some calm to be restored to this well used room?
If you’re like me, you love having an organised, serene space to spend time in.
Whether that’s for your soak in the tub, the time you spend pampering your skin or simply if you’re rushing around of a morning to get ready for the day.
We all need a bathroom that functions well, but is easy to keep tidy and gives us a sense of happiness and mindful wellbeing.
How to Design a Bathroom to Improve Wellbeing
I’ve written about this before, and have lots of ideas on how you can achieve a calm and restorative bathroom design. It’s possible to bring all of these elements into every bathroom, it will depend on its size, but there are going to be aspects from this post which you can adopt.
My own bathroom is very small. We are in a typical Victorian semi, where the bathroom would have been added on at some point, and it’s not big.
It was quite a challenge when the children were tiny, and I worked very hard to make it a functional yet beautiful room for all of the family.
Now a few years later, we are lucky enough to have a second bathroom – the en-suite in our loft conversion – so the main bathroom has been turned over to the teenagers.
That has produced other issues, the main one being storage. There simply isn’t enough, and what I do have, I can’t convince them to use.
So, so ensure that ANY bathroom has enough storage. You won’t know until you use it, if your choices are adequate, and they’ll change over time, but do invest in all kinds of storage and see what works.
You can start with the basics and install a vanity unit as part of your sink unit.
We have one in the en-suite and they’re particularly good at hiding all your toiletries, toothbrushes, makeup essentials, and shaving kit. They seem to hold much more than a wall cabinet can, and look pretty good too.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger bathroom, then your options for storage furniture will be be greater.
Look for units that complement your existing bathroom suite. Many companies offer standalone pieces, often tall and thin, that can house huge amounts like your loo rolls, perfumes, towels and cleaning products.
The main thing here is to ensure ALL of the bathroom paraphernalia has a home, a space where it can be tidied away and hidden from site.
It’s a well-known fact that if you declutter your home, you’ll feel less stressed, happier and calmer in general.
I strongly believe this. I can’t feel fully relaxed in a room full of chaos. I have to have an organised space in which to unwind.
Over the last few years, I’ve introduced A LOT of plants into my home.
Currently we have around 60!
I’ve lost a few over the winter, but many are still going strong. My teenagers have adopted my love of plants and have small selections in their bedrooms.
There are so many benefits to having plants, from the change in your home’s atmosphere, to the enjoyment of watering and tending to them on a weekly basis.
Adding plants to a bathroom can totally bring it to life.
It adds colour and vibrancy, plus a change in the atmosphere and feel of the room that you may not have imagined.
It gives it a calm sense of peace. Plants change the balance a bathroom’s decor and you should never underestimate their value.
If you’re really not feeling the draw of a real plant of two, the go faux.
Artificial plants and flowers and have come a long way in the last few years, looking incredibly authentic and realistic.
If you’re not as green fingered as some, then this is definitely the way to go. Check out Ikea or HomeSense/TKMaxx for some great value options.
There are various ways you can introduce light into your bathroom. And the effects of doing so are well worth the effort.
Adding extra light, whether natural or artificial is the perfect way to brighten any room, including the bathroom.
It takes some thought in a lot of cases. Our natural light levels in the UK can be somewhat diminished in the winter months, and they’re not that great in the summer either, so we need to make the most of what little light we do have.
Ensure your window dressings are clean, simple and minimal in a bathroom.
Using blinds which can be pulled up. Veer away from anything net or curtain like.
If you like stronger colours on the walls or in your decor, you’ll need to make even more effort with your light levels.
Remember to use mirrors and reflective surfaces in the room to bounce any light around and improve its efficiency.
Things like gloss tiles, high shine metallic finishes and perspex will all help.
Lighting a bathroom will help you achieve a sense of calm and serenity in the room, alongside the other tips I’ve shared today.
Which of these tips do you use already? And do you think a calmer bathroom is a good way to improve your general day to day wellbeing in your home?
I’ll be launching a podcast – The Happy Home – very shortly, where I’ll be discussing the ways in which you can achieve happiness in your own home, through decor, fragrance, textures and more. I do hope you’ll join me.