How do you create a bathroom sanctuary without breaking the budget?

If you want to escape the world and relax at home, a dream bathroom can work wonders.

“The bathroom is increasingly seen as a place of refuge and self-care, a personal retreat to relax, take time for yourself and find peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” says Claire Logan, of fragrance brand ARRAN Sense of Scotland. .

“With the stresses of modern life, especially with the current cost of living, creating a spa-at-home sanctuary is more important than ever with regard to wellness.

“Think calming scents, luxurious accessories and soothing color tones – within the comfort of your own home,” adds Logan.

So, where do you start when it comes to bringing your own bathroom happiness to life?

“Getting the design right initially is key to creating a home sanctuary where you can really switch off,” says Helen Ray-Dennett of Mermaid Panels. “It is important to consider not only aesthetics, but also functionality.”

She says color is crucial, with neutral tones like soft beige, cream, white, light gray and blue helping to create a sense of calm.

“These neutral tones naturally evoke a sense of calm and are not only pleasing to the eye, but also easy to combine with accessories,” notes Ray-Dennett.

Clean up the mess

Think clean lines for a feeling of tranquility and air-purifying plants (Alamy/PA)

Atmosphere is everything, when it comes to relaxation. As Logan puts it, “Less is definitely more when it comes to creating a bathroom sanctuary. It’s much easier to completely relax in a clutter-free space, so stash items like makeup, hair dryers, and toiletries out of sight under the sink or in storage baskets.

“A minimalist style is key to creating a serene and calm environment,” she adds.

Soothing Colors and Aromatherapy

Channel spa vibes when thinking about bathroom decor. “Neutrals, pale blues, and serene greens are known for creating a calming atmosphere,” Logan continues. “Nature-inspired colors such as earthy brown, soft gray and sage green give an organic and calming effect.”

Drift-off with a spar experience at home (Alamy/PA)

And when it comes to pampering your senses of smell, Logan recommends jasmine and lavender for their calming, de-stressing and sleep-enhancing properties, ylang-ylang for boosting your mood, while bergamot is great for boosting energy. And in addition to being invigorating, eucalyptus is also a great decongestant in the winter months, she adds.

Embrace the Japandi look

“This hybrid home furnishing trend combines the rustic charm of Japanese minimalism with the beauty of Scandinavian functionality,” explains Parv Sangera, director of The Bathroom Showroom.

“Japandi brings eastern and western design together to create spaces that allow any surface to flow harmoniously – and encourage functionality with hidden storage solutions.”

Bamboo-style accessories complete the Japandi look (The Bathroom Showroom/PA)

This allows the natural form and lines of the room to be the focal point, she says, balancing form and function to create a single space.

“Clean and aesthetic is the direction of this design, making it particularly ideal for the bathroom space,” notes Sangera. “Neutral color palettes, simple features and natural elements such as stone, textiles, bamboo, wood, marble and hemp are key elements of Japandi’s fascination with interior design.”

When it comes to color, she says homeowners who want to achieve this style should opt for stone, oatmeal, rust, taupe, and beige.

Luxury wall effects

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In a nod to the Japandi trend, Ray-Dennett says using texture on your walls creates a soft yet striking effect. “Marble and slate are popular choices as they add interest in a gentle way. These commodities often come with a high price tag, so choosing panels that mimic these materials is a great way to keep costs down while still achieving the desired effect. reach,” she adds.

Wall panels, which can be easily installed throughout the bathroom, can create a retreat that’s easy to maintain and clean—so that any time spent in the space is enjoyable and stress-free, Ray-Dennett notes. “After all, no one wants to notice dirty grout when experiencing the bliss of a spa-style shower,” she adds.

Being Eco-conscious

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“When creating your perfect bathroom retreat, it’s important to choose a shower that not only looks good, but also gives you a clearer conscience,” notes Tina Simpson, director of marketing at Triton Showers. “An electric model is a great option for those looking to add a touch of sophistication to their relaxing getaway, without costing the earth.”

She says that by heating water instantly and on demand, electric showers avoid unnecessary waste without sacrificing performance.

“Every drop of water saved makes a difference and by switching from a mixer tap to an electric shower, an average family of four can save up to 48,000 bottles of water in one year, equivalent to 0.31 tons of carbon. ”

Vinyl floors for the win

Olympus Milo 532 Vinyl Flooring, from £29.99m2, (Carpetright/PA)

With the look and feel of wood, tile and even stone, vinyl floors can elevate your space and harmonize with your decor, potentially saving you money too.

“Vinyl floors are a great way to create a stylish bathroom retreat without breaking the budget, and are highly water resistant,” says As David Snazel, hard floor buyer for Carpetright.

“In recent years there have been many developments in design and styles that have made the effects that vinyl can create – such as tile or wood – incredibly realistic, at a fraction of the price. It is also a great choice for busy families with children, as it is durable and softer and warmer than laminate.”