In most Indian homes, bathrooms are not considered as a space to unwind and de-stress. However, for those who look forward to a relaxing bath after a busy workday, a luxurious bathroom can make all the difference. The elegant look of any room emanates from the right design and a few pieces of tasteful furniture.
Here are a few ideas for creating calm, cosy, and indulgent bathrooms.
Set the canvas
Floor to ceiling tiling gives your bathroom a grand and majestic feel. Patterned tiles on the floor can add a touch of glamour and drive attention away from the tile joints. Add a marble countertop for panache.
One of the walls can be highlighted with a stone cladding and an LED strip to focus on the wall and bring attention to it.
If you are a nature-lover, a large window with a beautiful view of the outdoors with sheer curtains will do the trick. If you can’t have a large window, bring the greenery indoors by adding large planters next to the window on the floor or the windowsill.
Vanity plays a crucial role in defining the style of your dream bathroom. Add a statement vanity with decorative knobs and a large mirror with a frame. Dual vanities are a must in high-end bathrooms. His and her vanities will allow for more personal space for morning and night routines and give you more counter space to organise your belongings.
Layer the lights for a dramatic effect. Apart from the Omni light, use a cove light behind the mirror and a few wall sconces or a pendant to accentuate the space.
Soak it in
Free-standing tubs look elegant and neat. After that long day, you need some ‘me-time’ so, add a tray for your scented candles and books. If free-standing tubs aren’t your style, a frameless glass shower enclosure is a good alternative. It helps to segregate the wet area from the dry area of the bathroom. Glass panels are a great way to impart a sense of openness and seamlessness to the bathroom.
Storage units are a must for tucking away the toiletries. Use open shelves/mirrored doors to make the space look large. It is crucial to install quality fittings to avoid messy leakages later. In addition to the basics, some luxury products can be added like a steam head, rainfall overhead shower and a jacuzzi.
Sensors can be added to the fittings for ease of maintenance and comfort of use.
If you would like to kick things up a notch, automation is the way to go. A toilet seat cover that rises on movement and also stays warm when in use, an air freshener that spritzes as you approach, and an automatic flush system are a few ideas.
Bathrooms should be well ventilated with openable windows and exhaust fans. For safety purposes, use anti-skid mats over floor tiles.
Little details can make all the difference. Use large tiles instead of small-sized ones for a seamless floor and wall surfaces. This will help avoid the grout lines from being visible.
Sleek, thin fittings in square shapes are recommended over round ones, as the former looks more elegant. In terms of maintenance, use under-mount sinks to avoid the collection of grime and wall-hung water closets for easy cleaning. A common problem that goes unseen is the floor slope – make sure there is no slope to avoid water collection in one corner.
Spa it up
Introduce a large piece of artwork on the wall and quirky wall decor as they bring in an element of warmth within the bathroom. Create a relaxing effect with potpourri and scented diffusers. Decorate with potted plants and pebbles as they bring in a lot of life, colour, and texture to the overall decor of the bathroom.
There are a hundred ways to create a luxurious vibe in your bathroom. Try out these tips and find yourself relaxing in the best part of your home.
This article is contributed by Dipti Das, AVP-Design, HomeLane.com.
(The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of RoofandFloor)