Design Your Perfect Place to Unwind

Design Your Perfect Place to Unwind

Bathrooms have evolved in recent years with homeowners exploring new styles and features to create stunning sanctuaries of luxury and relaxation.

Creating a personal haven in your home is easier than you think.

Stark and sterile bathrooms of old are being replaced in modern homes by beautiful versions reminiscent of hotel spas and luxury resorts. After a long day, sometimes all you need is a little time to relax and there is no better place to unwind than in your own sanctuary at home. You can create this look and feel in your bathroom with some updated features.

If you’re looking to create a luxury high-end bathroom, neatly streamlined finishes and opulent combinations of tactile materials such as marble, wood and glass are the way to go. Such investment will last a lifetime, keeping your bathroom looking fresh and luxurious for years.

A larger space affords the opportunity to play more creatively with the organisation of the facilities, with a centrally positioned freestanding tub the ultimate statement. If space is more restricted, you could upgrade the shower to a spa-style design. With a huge range of choices available, including multiple fixed showerheads, steam functions and electronic controls, your imagination can run wild.

For a more eclectic style, up-cycling is a great way to add individuality to your home. Adding a basin and taps to a repainted or refurbished console table or cabinet is a simple way to create a unique piece of bespoke furniture. Keep in mind that the little details will make your piece look professional, so it is important to spend your money on high-quality taps and fixtures.

If your bathroom needs an injection of light, downlights can be great, with dimmable switches ensuring a variety of options depending on the mood. Key areas or pieces of furniture can be highlighted to create interest and drama. It is important to provide specific task lighting for mirrors used to apply makeup or for use while shaving. Opaque lampshades positioned at face height will create a smooth, even illumination, minimising shadows.

For anyone looking for an immediate update at relatively little cost, the easiest way is to change towels. A fresh set can offer refined luxury without the need for an overhaul. Look for a heavier, thicker set which will ensure a softer and more absorbent towel. The finishing touches are in the details such as gently fragranced candles and a vase of flowers. You don’t have to use traditional bathroom accessories. A chic-cut crystal glass found in an op-shop can be a beautiful and unique addition to hold your toothbrush and avoid a mass-produced look.

Source: Juliet Love, stylist & interior designer who runs her own business, Love Style