FINDING PEACE and TRANQUILITY at HOME in the MIDST of a PANDEMIC9/5/2021
In these unprecedented times, many people are looking for ways to reduce stress and anxiety. They are making a conscious effort to put worries aside and practice mindful meditation. Many homeowners have chosen to update their bathrooms as the perfect place to practice self care. Here's a few suggestions on how you can transform your bathroom into a serene retreat.
COLOR PALETTE MATTERS
To create a feeling of peace and tranquility, incorporate green and blue tones into your space. For creative ideas, check out https://www.artistictile.com/ or https://www.walkerzanger.com inspiration pages.
UPDATE THE LIGHTING
Choose a mixture of different light sources to set the mood. Remember you will want to have the ability adjust the lighting based on whether you need bright lights for dressing and applying makeup, or soft subtle lights for relaxation and meditation. Consider ambient(natural) light first. Ambient light provides natural light from the sun and outdoors. A combination of recessed lighting, sconces, LED under cabinet lighting and mirrors, and accent lighting from a chandelier will create a room that is tranquil and peaceful. Don't forget the dimmers.
Check out some beautiful bathrooms featuring Visual Comfort lighting here: https://www.visualcomfort.com
ADD A SOAKING TUB/ STEAM SHOWER/ UPDATE SHOWER HEAD(S)
Although not often, when I do take the time to light a few candles, sit in the tub and focus on my breath, it takes me away from the daily stresses of life. Sometimes it's where I'll go to read for 30 minutes. The warm water, soothing surround, my favorite slow jams, and dim lights bring me back to calm. For a true splurge, an over sized shower with a steam unit will not only relieve stress, but help improve circulation, moisturize your skin, recover from exercise, and open up your sinuses. If you splurge on steam, be sure to add a seat in the shower too.
If you can't completely gut the bathroom, investing in a good rain shower head can work wonders. Here's a few top rated brands:
https://www.deltafaucet.com/, https://www.grohe.us, https://www.pulseshowerspas.com
I suggest you google the ones I've posted in the links above to find the best price.
ADD AN ACCENT WALL
Do you have a favorite tile or pattern that when it comes to mind or you see it, you just breathe a little better? Adding an accent wall that is texturally and visually appealing is a great feature to look at when soaking in the tub or sitting in your shower. Don't want tile? Add built in glass shelving with lights at the top accessible from the tub. Fill them with bath tea, bath salts, candles, bath oils, face mist, and pictures of your family or whatever helps calm you.
CHOOSE ACCESSORIES THAT ADD A SENSE OF PEACE
Simple lines, monochromatic colors, matte finishes, and a lack of clutter aid in the feeling of serenity. If images of the beach make you happy, add a beach print. If thoughts of being in a log cabin in the woods makes you happy, include such a picture in your space. If you have a favorite piece of abstract art, use that. Try to keep metal finishes the same and keep lines symmetrical. Plush neutral tone bath towels/mats are a great way to add a little luxury without exceeding your budget.
https://www.frontgate.com has a beautiful selection of towels on sale at the moment.