At its best, a master bathroom is a spa-like getaway: A retreat from the outside world and the stress of the day. It’s amazing how a luxurious bath and even just fifteen minutes of deep relaxation can cure a host of ills — and at the very least, it always seems to improve my outlook! For me, the keys to a truly relaxing bathroom are a serene design and a few special touches that make it feel truly personal. Here are a few ways I achieve a stress-free vibe in my space.
Add open storage around the tub. There’s nothing I love more than sinking into a hot bath at the end of a long workday, and nothing makes it feel more like a spa retreat than having lots of luxurious bath and body products at the ready. Rather than cluttering the edge of the tub with all my products, I added recessed shelves to the inside of the bath to keep my essentials organized. Multiple shelves help divide between his and her items, and I mix in a few decorative elements like candles and a large piece of coral to add to the relaxing aesthetic of the space.
Use trays to corral smaller items into organized groups. I like to keep items that I use everyday within easy reach. This includes my favorite pieces of jewelry, perfume and morning skincare essentials. And while some of my makeup gets stashed in the drawer of my vanity, makeup brushes require air to breathe and minimize bacteria build-up. Rather than allowing the countertop to become overrun with these items, I use pretty trays to corral them into pretty groups. The organized supplies double as decorative vignettes that add a major dose of style to the room.
Let jewelry double as decor by putting it on display. Instead of hiding your prettiest baubles in a jewelry box, why not let favorite pieces play a starring role in your bathroom decor? Sparkly rings and bracelets that aren’t in my daily rotation find new life in small bowls and or on wall hooks. A bonus: Keeping them in plain view just might inspire how you accessorize your outfit of the day!
Designate an area of the bathroom for getting ready. Rushed and disorganized mornings are often the formula for an entire day that feels disorderly. My secret for kickstarting the day on a smooth note is to keep everything that I need for getting ready organized in a single zone around my vanity. From my stool, I can reach for everything from my dental floss to my makeup to my hairdryer stashed in a drawer (with an electrical outlet hidden inside!) Requirements for this multitasking spot are plenty of drawer space fitted with smaller organizers for makeup, hair and skincare products; good lighting; a stretch of counter space; and a large mirror.
Create a spa-like retreat by repeating colors and materials throughout the space. When designing my bathroom, I fell in love with this neutral-colored travertine tile that’s beautiful, durable, and doesn’t show every speck of makeup or toothpaste that spills onto it! I used the material on floors, backsplashes, and the tub surround for a cohesive vibe that feels so serene. I also stuck with all chrome fixtures for a classic look that I knew would never feel dated.
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