Turn Your Bathroom Into An Oasis Of Calm

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Your bathroom should be the one room in the house, at least, where you can lock the door after a long day, get the hot water running and enjoy a feeling of tranquil calm. If your bathroom isn't quite up to this challenge, read on for some tips how to transform it.
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Before you start

There are lots of things to factor in when renovating your bathroom and it's important that you plan ahead before making any big purchases. 

What to consider
  • Space – how much room do you actually have? Before you set your heart on that freestanding claw-footed tub, make sure it will fit the space and up the stairs.
  • Energy bills – that jacuzzi bath might be a nice thought, but how much will it cost to run? 
  • Children – bathrooms still need to be a friendly place for the kids, so consider where you will store their toys and bath products and that they won't disappear in that enormously deep tub!
  • Usage – do you want a space that benefits your busy lifestyle or do you spend lots of time in your bathroom? 
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Slick and simple

To create a calm and sophisticated setting everyone can enjoy, you want your bathroom to be slick and simple, with smooth lines and welcoming curves. Use built-in worktops and cupboards, an inset basin and a walk-in shower, to create the impression of extra space.

If you absolutely must have a bath (we all experience those days where only a soak and a glass of wine will do) but only have a small space, then consider a curved corner tub. If you do have the space, a deep, round design works well, plus a jacuzzi bubble mat to lay on while in the bath to trick you into thinking you're at a luxury spa!
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Green space

Create a rainforest effect in your bathroom with brilliantly green plants and glass terrariums hanging from the ceiling and on wall shelves. Choose plants that thrive in humid conditions, such as spider plants, bamboo, orchids or a peace lily. Set these against a bright white bathroom and you have a modern, calming space. 
A white claw-footed tub is a much-loved classic
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All white everything

Some might argue that a pure white bathroom is too clinical and cold for a space where you go to relax, but in fact a purely white bathroom allows you to relax in a space that has no distractions. If you really feel the need for colour, choose some brightly coloured towels to break things up. 

Bring nature inside with stone tiles
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At one with nature

If getting back to nature is your idea of a calming experience then opt for a bathroom design featuring plenty of natural-looking stone. There are tile designs that look just like the real thing. Use these for both the walls and floor to create the perfect wet room, then dress it up with plants and candles and you'll soon feel calm and at one with the outside world. 
Candle light creates a soothing, romantic setting
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Bathe by candle light

Nothing says calm and tranquillity like the flickering of soft candle light in a darkened room. Line shelves, the window sill and the bathtub with tiny tea lights or scented candles to create a soothing setting for you to take time out and relax in. 

A smart chair in the bathroom creates an inviting space
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Sit pretty

If you have a reasonable sized bathroom then break up the space with a simple chair. Rather than sitting on the toilet lid to dry your legs or moisturise, a comfy chair in means no more hard seats, as you finish up in the bathroom. Pure comfort all the way. Try not to use it as an extra towel rail when you're in a hurry though!
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Clear the clutter

All those lotions and potions you have scattered around the bathroom can really distract from the calming experience lazing in the bath can be.

Organise your bathroom cupboards and hide away all your branded bottles and tubs. Only display the most attractive of product packaging designs on your shelves or transfer soap and shampoo into pretty glass bottles or homemade Mason jar dispensers – take a look at a tutorial below on how to make one of these. 
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A waterfall tap will create a calming effect
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Go Chasing Waterfalls

Nothing says tranquil like a waterfall and you can bring one into your home, with a stunning tap with water that runs out like that of a tropical waterfall.
Just imagine the soothing sounds of the running water splashing into the bath tub, as you dip your toes in to check the temperature and then settle down for a relaxing soak. 
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