When you think of the bathroom, your first thought probably isn’t comfort; given what goes on in there (let’s just agree that we all know and don’t need to talk about it any further), many people consider using the bathroom as a ‘get-in-get-out’ operation.
Even if you’re the most efficient bathroom user in the world though, the chances are you’re going to be spending a whole lot of time in your bathroom. According to a study conducted in the UK, the average person spends 1.5 years in the bathroom over the course of their lifetime!
1.5 years! That’s definitely not the kind of time you want to be spending in the cold, harsh environs of the average bathroom. Here are some top tips to transform your bathroom into a comfortable utopia that you may never actually want to leave!
Change your lighting, change your mood
One of the most uncomfortable aspects of most bathrooms is the lighting. Whereas many of us go to great pains to strike the perfect lighting balance in our living rooms and kitchens, the standard lighting setup in the bathroom is usually harsh, bright lights.
Harsh lights make your bathroom seem clinical and unwelcoming; the kind of place you don’t want to spend much time in.
By contrast, mood lighting makes a bathroom much cosier. Finding good mood lighting is relatively simple too, with even bathroom cabinets now featuring mood lighting functions!
Spotlights and wall-mounted lighting can also give your bathroom a cosy edge over a hanging ceiling light.
Of course, you won’t always be using artificial light, which is where natural light comes in. Make sure that any sources of natural light aren’t obstructed in any way, especially if you have a small bathroom as plenty of natural light can make a room seem larger than it is.
Cosy floor, cosy mind
There’s nothing worse than getting out of a bed on a cold winter’s morning, walking into the bathroom and having to subject your feet to the torture of a freezing bathroom floor.
Luckily, the solution to this is relatively simple – buy a rug! You ideally want to buy a rug that matches the colour scheme of your bathroom and that is relatively easy to clean and maintain. Being resistant to the effects of water is also a must.
Smells like…a comfortable bathroom!
There’s no way to dodge the subject – bathrooms smell, and often smell really, really bad. For some, blasting a can of air freshener around the room is enough but that artificial smell can be quite off-putting and overpowering.
To maintain a constantly pleasant smell in your bathroom, try burning some incense or scented candles every now and again (although always keep an eye on anything burning!); although the candle will eventually burn out, the smell it leaves behind should last for a good few days.
Another option is to purchase an automated air freshener, which produces short bursts of air freshener every hour or so. A guaranteed way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh!
Colour has a big effect on our mood and can serve to either calm or agitate. Have a guess which emotion you want to be invoking in your bathroom…
Use calming colours and you’ll find that your bathroom experience is a lot more enjoyable. The obvious ‘calming’ colours for bathrooms tend to be creams and aqua tones but in all honesty, it depends on your own preferences; some people even find red oddly calming!
Whatever colour you choose, though, make the shade complementary to the room rather than the standout feature. Bright, garish shades – while working in some rooms – aren’t exactly conducive with chilling out.
So there you have it, four easy ways to make your bathroom a more pleasant place to be!
Christopher Smith is a writer currently working with Illuminated Mirrors, the UK’s leading supplier of LED bathroom mirrors.