Where functional and luxury meet
Bathrooms were created out of necessity, but as time has gone by, they’ve turned into something more. Most of us love our time in the bathroom. It’s where we can go and unwind, sometimes with a relaxing bath, sometimes with a hot shower to ease our muscles and wash away the tensions of the day. Sure, we need them to be functional to get our jobs done, but we can also add design to make it into our own, personal spa retreat. You can always add some art and candles to make it more relaxing, and you should, but if you want a truly spa-like experience, you’re going to need more than calming scents.
In days past, fireplaces were in major rooms of the house, not just relegated to the living room where we cozy up for a movie or to entertain. There’s a reason people love to wrap up in a blanket in front of the fireplace with hot cocoa. It’s relaxing watching the flames flicker in the stone enclosure, and the logs devolve into glowing red embers. It’s not just relaxing, it’s warm. We may already have heat runs going to our bathroom, but after a hot shower or a hot bath, the room is going to feel cold. The fireplace helps take the nip out of the air, and ease our minds while we’re going through our bathroom rituals.
Plants are all the rage with commercial buildings because having them around eases our minds without us having to think about it. It’s believed that we need exposure to nature to keep our minds healthy. Even if you think that sounds a little strange, there’s no denying that the presence of plants in your new bathroom will help build that retreat-like feel. Even better would be to coordinate your plants with the colors you’ve chosen for your bathroom.
Following the same thought as with fireplaces, radiant flooring will keep your feet warm! Are you tired of taking a balmy shower or bath and then stepping onto the cold, hard floor? That’s where radiant heat comes in. The heating sits beneath the floor so you can enjoy your warm retreat even longer.
The right tub
There are plenty of tubs you can choose from, and it all depends on the design you’ve chosen for your bathroom. You could go with a freestanding tub in the center of the room or one that nestles into an alcove in the wall. You can choose a claw-foot tub or a Jacuzzi tub. This is where knowing what you want in your bathroom comes into play. If you want a place to ease your muscles after a long day, a Jacuzzi is the way to go. If you want to ease your mind with a touch of the old fashion, go with the claw-foot option.
Showers have really upped their game in recent years. Now they are big enough that you don’t feel confined or don’t bump your elbow when you’re washing your hair. They can include tiles, stone, or glass enclosures. They can have shelves for all your soaps and cloths built right into them. Some of them sport built-in benches or have specialty benches added to allow you to relax while showering. Showerheads can be stationary, removable, a combination of both, or straight overhead for a rain-like feel. Showers have evolved from necessity to luxury, and if you want your bathroom to feel like a spa, don’t skimp on this aspect. It’s a bit of relaxation when you can’t spend a lot of time relaxing in the tub.
Something old and something new
Finally, we’re at décor and paint. Some of the best spa bathrooms weave the past with the present, whether they’re using an old sink as an accent, or reclaimed wood to build shelving. It’s a point of interest to help ease the mind and add a touch of sophistication to your surroundings.
Don’t forget the paint! It’s okay to use splashes of interesting colors here and there, but the main function of a spa is to bring calm and peace. Colors can do that easily if you choose the right shades.
Renovating your bathroom is great for your mental health, but it’s also great for increasing your home’s value. Whether you’re planning on selling your home, or you want a room that focuses on absolute luxury, Tandem Contracting is here to help build your dreams!