Whether you watch “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor, or you are flanked by the always-increasing number of body lotion and beauty accessories commercials on a daily basis, it is close to impossible to remain indifferent about adding a slam of luxury to your home bath.
Many homeowners want to know how some bathrooms get this mysterious vibe. We have prepared an impressive number of solutions that will help you enhance your home spa area, add a great deal of luxury, and will work well with your home, no matter the budget’s size, so… if you will follow us, please.
The main qualities of a luxurious bathroom
Before I move on to specific design and decor ideas, I would like to introduce you to the basic qualities of a luxurious bathroom, which are:
- Size: Bathroom is believed to be even more utilitarian space than the kitchen, so people usually pay less attention to the space of this room in order to allow more space in other areas of the home. Given this, a larger bathroom is a luxury.
- Tips: Unless you consider the general makeover, you can forget about adding extra square meters to your bathroom. Instead, you can project a visual illusion of the room by choosing a monochromatic color palette or by removing visual clutter.
- Texture: We always want to touch different textures. Texture creates intimacy, whether your feet goes from the sleek stone floor to the plush rug, or if you jump into the tub surrounded by velvet curtains.
- Tips: Remember that the temperature condition and the wetness of the bathroom make it very difficult to upkeep certain pieces of decor, such as a sheepskin rug, for instance. For a warm, wet and steamy place like the bathroom, you ought to look for plush towels and bathrobes, along with a rock or teak mat to contrast with cold floors.
- Lighting: To be honest, light can be in as short supply as space, when it comes to bathrooms, thus it is a luxury.
- Tips: If you have large windows and a decent area of privacy, you can leave them bare. If you are not that lucky, though, look for sheers or window covering like rollers that let in the most light. On the other hand, if you have air shaft views or no windows at all, consider lighting that reflects natural sunlight.
- Details: As the common statement says, the devil lies in details; But luxury is in the eye of the beholder, so while you may consider sofas, tufted gold bathtubs or bronze statues luxurious, other people will think of something less expensive but still classy enough to be classified as, at least, elegant.
- Tips: Incorporate some luxury by designing a pretty decorative storage, or something as simple as a row of candles on a cozy throw blanket. A book, some tea or a chandelier will also elevate the space. As I mentioned before, the right definition of luxury is your own.
- Materials: Luxurious bathrooms like natural materials on walls and floors, such as teak, marble, river rock, or granite. Like gold, these are natural resources that are the embodiment of luxury.
- Tips: Not only are natural materials luxurious, but they are also of highest quality, so if you are planning to renovate your bathroom, the more you invest in the building blocks, the merrier.
Having said that, I think we are ready to elaborate more on specific luxurious bathroom design and decor ideas.
Use a smoky glass for the touch of intimacy
Sophistication and visual openness are only one of many advantages of having a smoky glass shower enclosure. It also adds an air of privacy that, if combined with placing lights in front of the mirror that doubles the visual amount of lights, creates an astounding, luxurious vibe.
On the other hand, if you prefer the most open look, you will still opt for a clear glass panel. It’s still a worthwhile upgrade, since it gives bathroom the spa appeal, and is more eye-pleasing than a shower with a curtain.
Choose high-quality bath towels
The delightful feeling of wrapping yourself in a soft, fluffy bath towel after you get out of the tub is incomparable. Alas, the whole process of drying yourself with pleasure will go down the drain if you choose wrong towels. To understand, what makes a towel a good one, skim-and-scan this list for a few times:
- Absorbency: A larger towel will absorb more water since absorbency is created by maximizing surface area. Therefore, cotton towels are best for hands and bodies.
- Content: Look for the content of the towel fabric on the reverse tag. High-quality towels are made out of fine, long cotton fiber. If you really crave for luxurious materials, Egyptian or Brazilian cotton is on the market; however, I would recommend Supima cotton, which is hard to find, but consists of long fiber cotton, grown in the United States.
- Texture: Don’t be afraid to touch the towel in a shop. You have to check if the fibers stand up like grass in a garden; if they do, it is a good sign. Are they soft or rough? If the towel has a soft, velvety feel and is not as light as a feather, then you’ve found the right one.
- Target budget: If you want the very best quality, you will spend more money. On the bright side, they will last longer, so you will save more money in the long run, and won’t have to repurchase your towels every two months.
Mirror on the wall
There is much power in a large mirror. Not only does it visually enlarge the target space, but it also cuts down on tile costs by filling much of a wall. It also reflects the material you invest in. If your room is of a more modest size, a large mirror will double the size of the room so that you feel like in your personal oasis. Should you seek more intimacy in your mirrors, place the afore-mentioned lights in front of them.
Add plants… but do it wisely!
It is a shame that bathroom is usually a plant-free zone. It is due to the common concern that plants may clutter your spa area. Apart from the light, the bathroom is actually one of the best spaces for growing some greenery, if you are lucky enough to have large windows. Place a few pot plants on the ground (think of a bonsai – it will add Japanese style to your luxurious bathroom), plus artificial grass on the shelves above your washbasin. Be careful, since if you go overboard with greenery, you will add a heavy, jungle vibe to the bathroom, which will become overwhelming after some time.
Leave two walls untiled
People tend to tile their bathrooms from the floor to the ceiling; this concept is out-of-date and it creates a corny impression of a cheap bathroom. Instead, leave one or two walls with no tiles. Instead, consider them top to bottom in a statement stone.
However, if you are still going to tile all the walls but you don’t want to go bankrupt, choose classic subway tile over a faux stone. To create a little drama, in order to kick the boredom out of the bath, choose a dark grout or a modern pattern, like a simply stacked layout with a wide tile.
As far as the tile material is concerned, here’s what Rob Whitaker from Fired Earth says:
“Marble tiles and surfaces add glamor to the bathroom and can be surprisingly affordable. Polished white marble is great for a spa-like look while a softly tumbled finish would be ideal for a more traditional bathroom,”
Engage all of your senses
Luxury doesn’t only limit itself to big things. As said before, the devil lies in details, so what you want to do, is to stimulate all of your senses; this way, you will relax on a multi-level stage. To achieve such a vibe, consider buying aroma candles. You may pick the ones that resemble the scent of coffee, as it will stimulate your brain to be more focused, and will bring the coffee-table vibe int your bathroom interior. Apart from itching for a bubble bath with aroma candles, you may also consider potpourri or scented diffusers.
Embrace your walls with art
The reason I suggested you to leave one or two walls untiled is as simple as that: you will start treating the bathroom equally, in comparison to other rooms. It is a shame that people forget the meaning of art in the bathroom. By adding a large piece of artwork or a well-curated bathroom gallery wall, this already intimate space will make you feel on cloud nine. Considered how much time you spend there, it would be wise to spend as much time on planning and decorating your walls with marvelous paintings, or by placing an ancient sculpture on the stone floor.
Achieving luxury with trifles
The decorating funnel consists of three factors: general planning, decorating with a major element, and implementing small accent pieces. Here’s what you should consider when you want to luxury your bathroom without going big spender:
- Use pretty seagrass baskets or pretty wicker bins to hide bulky items such as hairdryers, curling/straight irons, toilet paper, kid’s bath toys, or laundry liquid.
- Use a matching bathroom set of accessories, such as coordinated soap dish, holder, drinking glass, or toothbrushes.
- De-clutter your make-up drawer and the linen closet. You can also clean up your sink surrounds and other surfaces. Find an additional space for medicines.
- Buy a spa-like raindrop showerhead and replace your old one with it. Upscale hotel showers are known for a hand-held attachment; you can spend a few dollars and incorporate one in your bathroom.
- Consider chrome finish for your plumbing fittings. It’s less expensive than bronze, nickel, and brass. Another point in advance of chrome is its cheap maintenance; it is easy to upkeep and it looks great in both modern and traditional spaces.
- If you don’t have the sliding door in your shower, change your old shower curtain and replace it with one that is white. It will add more light to the area and create the angle-ish feeling around the bath space.
The luxury is at hand
As you can see, having a luxurious bathroom is not that difficult a task to complete. The bathroom is usually one of the smallest areas in your home, so you won’t have to rob the bank in order to go for a major renovation. On the other hand, if you are satisfied with the general appearance of your little home spa but you want to implement some minor changes that will elevate the room, there are plenty options, from which you can choose. Moreover, the “luxury” term leaves a vast space for interpretation, so there is no ultimate meaning to it.
Now that you are familiar with the lifeblood of luxurious design in baths, and you’ve mastered the theory, it’s high time the word became flesh.