The bathroom is the most remodeled area of the home. Perhaps it’s the nature of the space that leads the imagination to think of it as a personal sanctuary or a sensual retreat. What would fulfill your fantasy of the perfect bathroom?
Maybe your ideal bathroom is a place for the personal indulgence of a spa.
Throughout history the spa has been a place with restorative and curative waters. Hydrotherapy was a part of ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece and Rome.
- Soaking tubs provide a place to sooth tired muscles and ease the stress from your mind. Imagine sinking into warm, scented water while candlelight flickers.
- If showers are more your style, there are column panels incorporating water and air jets for a massage effect. Special showerheads emulate a gentle rain or a more forceful spray.
- Create a sauna-like atmosphere with natural wood walls and cabinets.
Perhaps your ideal bathroom is elegant and luxurious.
If you don’t have the space to include amenities like double vanities or an oversized tub, choices in materials and accessories can still promote a luxurious atmosphere.
- Choose elegant, curvy fixtures and timeless surfaces like marble or dark rich wood for Old World flavor or echoes of the Ritz.
- Install wall sconces or a reproduction chandelier for ambient lighting. Accents like antique mirrors, candles, vintage soap dishes can provide just the right touch.
- If the kids are grown and out of the house, you might think about carpet as a soft, luxurious floor covering. Have plenty of soft, deep-pile towels stacked on shelves.
If you’re a nature lover who revels in the outdoors…
make your bathroom an extention of the peace you find there. Use natural and organic materials that are kind to the environment.
- Bring the outdoors in with large windows or skylights. Natural materials like bamboo and cork are also environmentally friendly.
- Use earthy colors like browns, greens, golds, and blues. Choose textures from nature like unpolished stone or grass-cloth wallpaper.
- Or use recycled materials: glass tiles made from reclaimed lightbulbs and windshields or slip-resistant rubber tiles made from recycled tires.
The Home Neighborhood has plenty of resources…
for you to choose from whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or want ideas to present to a remodeler. Check these out:
- Beautiful Baths by Meredith Books
- Creating Your Dream Bathroom by Susan Breen
- Grand Master Baths by Janice Costa
- House Beautiful Your Dream Bathroom
- Natural Style: Decorating with an earth-friendly point of view by Janet Sobesky
- The Stress-Free Home: Beautiful interiors for serenity and harmonious living by Jackie Craven