Bathroom of Tranquillity: Mindfulness, Relaxation and Stress Relief

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Ceramic accessories and flowers for mindfulness look

These days, jobs are difficult, days are longer and we’re bombarded with work emails flowing into our phones or smart watches far beyond the end of our working day. You’re left thinking ‘Did I do that?’ or ‘I must remember to call’ and possibly plagued with a feeling of dread for the following days work. This is never more apparent than on a Sunday night where anxiety creeps in ahead of busy Monday mornings.

However, there is a room within your home that you can transform into a space that allows you to practice mindfulness, which will reduce anxiety and relieve stress. All of which can be achieved in the sanctuary of your bathroom. You can create your own Bathroom of Tranquillity. Here are some tips from our designers on how to achieve this.

Creating the ultimate relaxation experience in a bathroom is possible whether you’re a fan of a long soak in the bath or standing under a rainfall shower. It is all about establishing an environment which allows your body and mind to relax. Our bodies are biologically wired to associate a bath or shower with the sensation of swimming underwater; which instantly allows your heart rate to slow down, allowing your body to relax. This is one step towards physical calmness. However, the next and most difficult step is getting your mind to switch off!

Our first tip is to leave your mobile phone or device outside of the bathroom. Or, at the very least, away from your bath. Helping you to resist the temptation of constantly refreshing emails or scrolling aimlessly through social media. Next step in creating a fully relaxing environment; candles, soft lighting and soothing aromas to accentuate the design of your bathroom. So, let’s delve into our tips on achieving this environment.

Design Features

  • Recesses or recessed shelving, placed at the foot, head, or side of a bath or within the shower area is an excellent home to scented candles, small bathroom plants or soft feature lighting.
Bathroom Eleven - Black Mosaic - milndfulness

 

  • Soft Lighting emanating from places where you can’t see the origin, will add a greater softness while accentuating the high-end luxury feel to your bathroom. Adding lighting underneath wall hung basin units, shadow gaps in recesses or even a shadow gap under the bath will achieve this effect.
Bathroom Eleven - Luxury mosaic master bathroom

 

  • Textures are a very important factor in creating a restful oasis. Bringing a natural feel into your bathroom with stone or wood effects will help soften the feel of your bathroom space – particularly if you’re after that ‘spa’ look!
Wavy tiles by Pocelanosa

 

  • Storage is, naturally, always a requirement in some form or another.  More so when it comes to creating a relaxing environment. Being able to hide away bathroom paraphernalia such as bottles, toothpaste, kids toys and towels etc, will create an ambient space for you to unwind in.
Basin unit by Roca in Bathroom Eleven showroom in Long Ditton

 

Colours

In our experience, there isn’t a definitive right or wrong way to achieve a relaxing bathroom. For us, it’s all about innovative design that creates a haven for each individual client while making the most of your space. However, here are three different colour schemes that we turn to when looking to achieve a feeling of ‘calm’.

Pantone Colour Chart

 

  • Fresh – It’s quite well known that soft blues, aquas and teals can be great anxiety reducers as a colour palette. However, painting a whole room one of these colours probably isn’t going to achieve the overall effect you’re after. A relaxing bathroom is all about balance, aesthetically and functionally. While using blue as a feature colour would work, bring in a soft chalky white and a gentle dove grey and suddenly you’re looking at an elegant and fresh looking bathroom, perfect for a relaxing bath or shower. Combine this with light wood textures, a natural themed wallpaper or a mosaic to connect with the blue base and your spa haven is starting to shine through.
Bathroom Moodboard - for Mindfulness

 

  • Sumptuous – If ‘fresh’ isn’t your style – maybe it is too bright? Then you may prefer to turn your bathroom into a sumptuous enveloping environment with darker shades and rich textures. Combining these types of styles with soft lighting will accentuate every feature in your new bathroom.

Bathroom Moodboard to promote wellbeing

 

  • Stone – Last but not least, the Stone look. There is a tremendous rise in the trend of bringing the outdoors indoors (see our previous post for more on this). As experiencing natural finishes and textures creates well-being. Therefore, the demand has grown to implement this look in bathrooms. We see this with wood effects appearing on basin units and even tiles. Natural stone works harmoniously with wood effect materials and mixing these together can create a stunning and luxurious feel.
Bathroom Moodboard - for Mindfulness

Don’t forget, there are many, many stylistic choices and colour schemes that can create a relaxing and atmospheric bathroom environment. However, reducing stress and anxiety is very unique to each individual – as are bathroom designs!

Creating a mindful space is about establishing your surroundings as a place you want to spend time in and are able to wholly relax and unwind. Not just for your body but for your mind too.

 

Scents

The final touch to this can be the soft furnishings and decorations as well as scents. A lovely plush towel, warmed on a well-chosen heated towel radiator can be the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the bath or cascading shower.

To fully enjoy your bath and shower in a room with the perfect mood lighting (that you incorporated into your design),  you need to think about the scent! This will help you to achieve a spa-esque feel. Use either scented candles, bath salts or infusers. But what scents should you be looking for?

Accessories in recess - Bathroom Eleven

One well known aroma for muscle relaxant is eucalyptus. Featured in products such as Epsom bath salts for example. This scent acts as an anti-inflammatory that enters your body to unwind tight muscles which will totally relax your body.

Another favourite among spa-goers is lavender. It occurs quite often in bubble baths and is renown for it’s effects at soothing insomnia, anxiety, stress and even depression. A great scent to not only tackle those physical aches, but to allow your brain to unlock. We love dóTERRA‘s range of natural scents. Check out their website for the benefits on many essential oils.

 

Doterra essential oils

Naturally, we’re all different, and being comfortable enough to relax will largely depend on what helps trigger you to unwind at the end of the day. What works for some people, won’t necessarily work for you. You don’t want to be lying in a bath thinking ‘I really dislike those tiles’ or ‘this smell is terrible’ but staying with them just because you heard it’s meant to be good for stress relief. This won’t help YOU relax. This is where involving a specialist can really enhance your bathroom experience.

The benefits of involving a designer in your bathroom project is so those little details can be figured out to create a bathroom space that you can truly relax, unwind and escape in. Check out our previous blogs for some tips on bringing the outside in and latest design trends.

We hope this blog fills your mind with some relaxing thoughts on how to create your bathroom of tranquillity.

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