There is no better place to relax and unwind than the bathroom. A room that can become a complete haven from everyday life, it's important that you get your bathroom design just right, so that it can become a place to escape to and indulge in.
Bathrooms don't have to be utilitarian spaces, but can reflect your personality and the rest of your home with warm and cosy additions that create a calm and happy atmosphere. Whether it's through clever choice of colour, or inventive use of furniture and the natural space of your bathroom, there are so many ways to achieve a relaxing bathroom environment.
If you want to update your bathroom with just a lick of paint, pretty pastels will instantly give your room a soft and calm backdrop. Alternatively, go all out with pastel furniture, wallpaper and accessories to create a delicate and feminine bathroom you will love to relax in. Try painting the bath a different shade to the walls and add in candy pinks and stripes to mix patterns as well as colours.
If you prefer a more minimalist approach, choose light and airy colours, such as soft greys teamed with brilliant white, or natural wood and creamy hues. This uncluttered approach will open up a small bathroom and feel much calmer than a cramped space. Keeping the rest of your bathroom paired back also allows you to make a statement with one feature, such as a free-standing bath or a fireplace.
You can also theme your bathroom for a kitsch finish. Coastal themes are a striking and fitting choice for a bathroom, or choose floral fabrics and vintage accessories to create a country chic vibe that's homely and personal to you.
1/10 Turn your bathroom into a coastal haven
Evoke the happy emotions felt on holiday by bringing a coastal feel to your bathroom. Mirror the colours seen in a seaside town - sea blue and turquoise married with candy pinks.
2/10 Use pastel shades
3/10 Keep it neutral
Soft grey has a naturally soothing feel to it, so teamed with crisp white it delivers an ultimately serene look. This colour palette also works well to open up a small bathroom space, allowing light to flow through.
4/10 Create a personalised space
5/10 Add florals to your bathroom
Floral prints, both delicate and large scale, bring a whimsical, country feel to a bathroom. Here, the lilac tone matches with the beautiful colour of the flowers, while vintage finds add to the country look.
6/10 Use natural materials
7/10 Clear your bathroom of clutter
Keeping your bathroom free from clutter using simple wooden shelves means the space can breathe and you can relax. Placing a freestanding bath on a raised wooden block transforms it into a centrepiece, thus making bathing a real occasion.
8/10 Make the most of original beams
9/10 Include a fireplace
10/10 Use tongue-and-groove panelling
For more bathroom decorating ideas visit our bathroom channel, and take a look at our pick of the best traditional, modern and country bathrooms. Don't miss any of the latest features by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
Get the Ideal Home Newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.
Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years.
She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.
COAT Paint's newest palette is an antithesis to the Colour of the Year – embracing 'timeless' over 'trendy'
'People don't want a 'Colour of the Year', they want a colour for many years'
By Jullia Joson
This Instagrammer just demonstrated how to make the perfect bows like a pro – and nail the Christmas tree bow trend
How to make perfect bows for your Christmas tree like a pro with this easy hack
By Sara Hesikova
This kitchen was transformed on a tiny budget of £500 - it's completely unrecognisable
New tiles and lashings of Barbie-pink paint have turned a tired scheme into a colourful, knock-out design
By Laurie Davidson