Tips to turn your bathroom into a relaxing sanctuary- on a budget


The bathroom is increasingly seen as a place of sanctuary and self-care

The bathroom is increasingly seen as a place of sanctuary and self-care

When you want to escape the world and indulge in some at-home relaxation, a dream bathroom can work wonders.

“The bathroom is increasingly seen as a place of sanctuary and self-care, a personal retreat to unwind, take time for you, and find peace away from the busyness of everyday life,” says Claire Logan, of ARRAN Sense of Scotland.

“With the stresses of modern living, particularly with the current cost of living crisis, creating a spa-at-home sanctuary is more important than ever, with regards to wellbeing.

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

So, where should you start when it comes to bringing your own bathroom bliss to life?

Atmosphere is everything, when it comes to relaxation. As Logan puts it: “Less is definitely more when creating a bathroom sanctuary. It’s much easier to fully relax in a space without clutter, so store items like make-up, hair-dryers and toiletries out of sight under the sink or in storage baskets.

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

Calming colourways and aromatherapy

Channel spa vibes when thinking about bathroom décor. “Neutrals, pale blues and serene greens are known to promote a soothing atmosphere,” Logan continues. “Nature-inspired colours such as earthy browns, soft greys and sage greens give off an organic and calming effect.”

And when it comes to indulging your olfactory senses, Logan recommends jasmine and lavender for their calming, de-stressing and sleep-enhancing properties, ylang-ylang for improving your mood, whilst bergamot is great for energising. And as well as being invigorating, eucalyptus is a great decongestant in winter months, she adds.

Luxurious wall effects

Helen Ray-Dennett, of Mermaid Panels, says using texture on your walls creates a soft yet notable effect. “Marble and slate are popular choices, as they add interest in a gentle way. Often, these raw materials come with a high price tag, so choosing panels that mimic these materials is a great way to keep costs low, whilst achieving your desired effect,” she adds.

Wall panels, which can be easily installed across the whole bathroom, can create a retreat that’s easy to maintain and clean – ensuring all time spent in the space is enjoyable and stress-free, Ray-Dennett notes. “After all, no-one wants to notice dirty grouting when experiencing the blissful joy of a spa-style shower,” she adds.

Being eco-aware

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

She says by heating water instantly and on demand, electric showers avoid unnecessary wastage, without compromising on performance.


“Every drop of water saved makes a difference and by switching from mixer to electric shower, an average family of four could save up to 48,000 bottles of water over a year, which is the equivalent of 0.31 tonnes of carbon.”

Vinyl flooring for the win

With the look and feel of wood, tiles and even stone, vinyl flooring can elevate your space and harmonise with your fixtures and fittings, potentially saving money too.

“Vinyl flooring is a great way of creating a stylish bathroom sanctuary without blowing the budget, and is highly water-resistant,” says As David Snazel, hard flooring buyer for Carpetright.

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

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