Monday, November 14, 2016

Qualities of a cozy bathroom

Your bathroom is a personal oasis - a warm, welcoming space where you can enjoy a bright start to the day or a relaxing unwind after a long day.  

Homeowners can use a wall as a focal point by creating contrast. This can be achieved by painting the wall in a striking color that stands out from the rest of the bathroom. Alternatively, you can use a design element like tiles or a panel effect that will make your wall pop.

This is your place, a zone of peace and quiet where you can add colors and stylish accents to create an inviting look that will give you a rejuvenating bathroom experience. 

Here are 10 qualities of a cozy bathroom:

1. Presence of a focal point

Introduce an area of visual emphasis as the main decor highlight in your bathroom. This will immediately draw attention, inviting you to step inside so you can enjoy the experience created by the dramatic impact of the focal design.  

Using artistic license means you can choose a focal point from a wide spectrum of possibilities. 

Homeowners can use a wall as a focal point by creating contrast. This can be achieved by painting the wall in a striking color that stands out from the rest of the bathroom. Alternatively, you can use a design element like tiles or a panel effect that will make your wall pop. 

Homeowners can also opt for elegant bathroom features like a beautiful vanity or trendy standalone bath. Vanities are ideal for creating focal points because you can give them extra details like tiling around the mirror which heightens the ambiance and adds interest to the bathroom. The beautiful contours of a standalone bath add a special touch to the bathroom. 

If you’re looking to create a bathroom highlight, quartz countertops with sunken basins create an engaging effect, giving a feeling of luxury. The streamlined feel of this design creates a sense of flow, gently directing the eyes to the design element. 

Give your bathroom interiors that extra touch of sophistication by mounting his-and-hers mirrors.

2.Trendsetting floor finishes

Wood-look tile flooring has become one of the hottest trends in the flooring industry today, creating an inviting effect with the benefits of durability. 

These tiles are easier to maintain than real wood, while providing the inherent charm associated with the material. The inkjet manufacturing processes enables ceramic and porcelain tiles to resemble natural wood.  One of the big advantages of this is that there is no longer a restriction to standard sizes and tiles can now be manufactured in a rectangular shape, adding to the versatility and cost-effectiveness of the design. This also enables different effects such as the parquet floor finish.

Technical advances allow cutting-edge detail, enabling these products to imitate the look and feel of a hand-scraped wood floor.

The wood-look accommodates all bathroom styles, from contemporary to modern right through to classical, Victorian and zen-styled bathrooms. 

3. Mount a mirror on the wall 

Investing in luxury fluffy towels creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Towels can be rolled or folded up depending on the storage space available and the effect you wish to create.

Mirrors add warmth to a bathroom, reflecting the contents and adding a three-dimensional effect. 

Extra special touches can be achieved by mounting his-and-hers mirrors in a shared bathroom. 

Mirrors can enhance a bathroom's style. A traditional mirror in a beautiful, delicate frame can be used for a more classic design while modern styles favor mirrors that may or may not have sharp or rounded edges. 

More expensive models have a glass preheat function to prevent fogging. Some may include a hidden monitor where, at the push of a button, the mirror turns into a screen where videos can be viewed. 

There are also models with touch-sensitive buttons that communicate with your phone via Wi-Fi, allowing you to enjoy your favorite music without having to leave the bathroom. 

4. A stylish shower

Choose paintings with colors that work with the overall bathroom scheme.

Showering can provide a refreshing alternative to a bathtub. It can contribute to a bathroom’s cozy ambiance with its own special features, creating an inviting world on its own. 

While also assisting with overall storage, recesses in the shower wall have their own special charm. 

Your choice of shower heads can also enrich your showering experience. For example, a rain shower that simulates the effect of rain can give you that spa-like experience and refreshing feeling. 

The shower experience has been further expanded with shower seats, which have become a popular trend. These enable you to indulge in your shower experience while resting on a seat which also provides additional storage for toiletries. 

Even the shower wall offers many design options to enhance the enjoyment of the bathroom. Whether you create a unified, seamless look by carrying the tiling theme throughout the bathroom or introduce a mosaic pattern which highlights the area, there are many ways to create a striking shower wall. 

Spoil yourself with bath salts, specialty soaps, lotions, bubble bath and aromatherapy.

5. Playful lighting 

Lighting plays a role in setting a welcoming mood. Choose light fixtures that complement the design theme of your bathroom. Warmth can be created by using light bulbs that allow colors to look natural. 

A special lighting effect can be achieved by using LED lighting under the vanity or under a bathroom shelf, recess or step to create an intimate ambiance, while additional warmth can be infused with non-fluorescent lights on each side of the mirror of the vanity. 

Recessed ceiling lights are also ideal, especially with dimmers that allow you to set the intensity of the light and create a feeling of cocooned warmth in your bathroom space. 

Skylights provide another option that allows you to enjoy your bathroom experience under the stars or while watching the sun rise.

6. Be bold with colors 

Color has a direct impact on creating a peaceful and calm mood and warmth. 

Warm and vibrant colors can be used, as well as autumnal hues, as long as they’re not too intense and the overall effect is still peaceful and inviting.  

Use bright colors, pastels or warm colors such as peach, terracotta and pink tones to usher in a source of interest. Creams can be used effectively to create an inviting touch. 

7. Towels and rugs for pampering

Use toweling to create a more luxurious, pampered feeling. Soft and welcoming touches can evoke a cozy feeling. You can do this with piles of towels, comfy rugs, draperies or the like. 

Investing in luxury fluffy towels creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Towels can be rolled or folded up depending on the storage space available and the effect you wish to create.

Towels provide an ideal opportunity to create an inviting display, especially if you have a vanity that has exposed shelves in addition to cabinets. Stack up extra towels using different colors and patterns which complement the bathroom's style.

A heated towel rail also contributes to the coziness of the bathroom, providing the luxury of a warm towel once you have finished your bath. 

Pampering also applies to both stepping out of the bath and creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. This can be achieved with rugs. When it comes to rugs, venture beyond the traditional round or rectangular fluffy bath mat and into the realm of different rugs such as Oriental or patterned floor runners. These provide rich colors to the bathroom. 

Use a rug pad to give the mat a firm grip and prevent any slips when getting out of the bath or shower. 

8. The right furniture 

Having an ottoman or a chair in the bathroom adds an exotic touch. It also has practical value as it allows you to sit down and relax while you wait for the tub to fill with water. Ottomans have the added advantage of doubling as storage containers. 

Occasional furniture also works well in maintaining continuation of style and color, with their novelty lending to the creation of a warm atmosphere. 

9. Art 

Sometimes, one personality-filled piece placed in a strategic position can be the ideal finish to your bathroom decor. 

The subject of the painting can also contribute to the overall theme of a warm, inviting room. Look at subjects such as sunsets or water related themes from impressionists’ paintings like Monet’s Water Lilies or Camille Pissarro's landscaping or sunset scenes.   

Choose paintings with colors that work with the overall bathroom scheme.

Abstract paintings also work beautifully, as do black and white prints. In fact, you can use any painting that reflects your style and contributes to the overall décor effect. 

10. A space for pampering 

Spoil yourself with bath salts, specialty soaps, lotions, bubble bath and aromatherapy. Include some luxury bath toiletries. 

Take a timeout, at least once a week, to soak in your bathtub and enjoy a relaxing read. Every homeowner deserves a calm and inviting space where they can replenish their spirits.

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