Your home bathroom can be a lovely oasis to escape to from the busy world, a place to relax, rest and rejuvenate oneself. However many modern bathrooms seem to be designed much more for function than for relaxation. A warm, inviting rustic bathroom provides a perfect spa-like retreat from the stresses of everyday life.
Wood paneling, driftwood, stone, marble, ceramic and other natural building materials can take your bathroom to the next level. Muted earth tones soothe the soul while your cares melt away into a steaming hot bubble bath.
Reclaimed building and decorating materials like planks from used wooden pallets, driftwood pieces, steel buckets, rocks, vintage crates, beach glass and shells bring life and character to a room that is often utilitarian and cramped. Keep your bathroom lighting soft and warm with candles or lanterns hung from the walls. Empty wine bottles make excellent holders for taper candles. A thick bathmat in a soft natural fibre will keep your feet warm when you step out of the tub. Consider investing in under floor heating for your bathroom, then you never have to worry if you forget your slippers.
Deepen your relaxation with soft music, nature sounds or a small water fountain to drown out any background noise. Investing in soft, thick cotton towels and bathrobes adds another layer of luxurious comfort to your spa-bath experience. Add aromatherapy oils to your bath or a diffuser or use incense to engage your sense of smell in your restful bliss. Lavender, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood and mandarin essential oils are all conducive to relaxation. There are a plethora of indulgent bath products, from scented oils, mineral salts, bath bombs and the tried-and-true bubble bath. Try to incorporate stimulation for each of your senses in your spa bath experience. Experiment with the possibilities, your body and spirit will thank you.
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