The Bathroom Escape (it’s more than a game)

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:

Donna Casey

I work in Circulation as a senior library associate. I love mysteries, traveling, gardens and libraries. My favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell and Harlan Coben, but I enjoy any well-plotted mystery.

  • Triples?! Whoa… We just have 2-a-days here. My 6yo got up on his own early this morning. I heard him go out the back door and knew he was headed across the street to practice. 🙂