It happens to everyone - a particularly bad day that requires some form of relaxation therapy. Chances are, you do this by going home and taking a bath surrounded by scented candles.
If you often find yourself using the bathroom as an oasis, it may be time to optimize the space as a serene sanctuary. Now's the perfect time to take advantage of the warm weather and start an exciting new project that'll keep your home looking fresh for spring.
Know what colors are relaxing
Start with the biggest design element that'll directly affect the room's atmosphere - the paint. House Beautiful magazine suggested several ones that'll help your stress melt away in no time. Good choices include pastel shades such as light yellows, soft pinks and grayish purples. However, two that stand out include a yellowish green with a touch of blue and a deep brownish red. The type of paint you choose will depend on the atmosphere that you're looking to establish.
Lighter shades that are found in nature can help soothe you after a long day at work. It can lead you to focus on all the wonderful activities that you plan to do during the weekend, or reflect on a particularly great one that you recently experienced. Getting your mind off of the things that stress you out will allow you to return to a much better state of mind, even if the issues that are bugging you aren't yet fully resolved. Being more relaxed after a long soak in the tub will ensure that you return to the situation with a clear mind.
According to Freshome, the effect can be enhanced by deepening the shade of paint. Additionally, featuring a color that you look great in can help improve your mood, especially in the morning when you're looking at yourself in the mirror. In contrast, avoid colors that you know aren't flattering for you.
Find a small focal point
You don't want your bathroom to be too distracting, so a decorative switch plate is the perfect focal point. Don't overlook this everyday functional item as an opportunity to design. Intricate switch plates such as handcrafted pewter or shabby chic can help you forget about your worries, while whimsical designs and images can make you smile at the end of a particularly trying day.