6 Steps to Designing a Healthy Bathroom

A practical guide to ensuring your bathroom promotes wellness

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The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, but really the bathroom is where the action is at. It is space where we get ready for work in the morning and where we finish before hopping into bed. It can be a sanctuary that we escape to; soaking in the tub after a workout or a practical space where we shave, brush our teeth and dry our hair. The humble bathroom is an essential part of our lives so it is crucial that we design this space to enhance our wellbeing and happiness. 

When we design a healthy bathroom for our clients, we combine these practical 6 steps as well as considering how we can make this essential room as luxurious and spa like as possible;

 

Related post: How to get a spa like experience in your bathroom 

 

1. Privacy

Whether your bathroom is an ensuite for just you and your partner or a space that is abused by the whole family, privacy is paramount.  Over the years we have been seeing a trend towards open ensuites in master bedrooms which may seem great in theory, but practically a disaster .. and it is more than just the noise consideration!

Do both individuals rise at the same time in the morning or use the bathroom at different times at night? Just turning on the light, electric toothbrush or hair dryer would be enough to wake most and a disturb sleep can have devastating effects on our health. A concealed sliding door or swing door with no architrave is a clean design approach to the bathroom door.  This ensures the door doesn’t stand out as a feature, but rather blends in with the walls either side, a more calm and seamless approach. 

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image source: @dezignark

2. Bathtubs

Like the kitchen island bench, freestanding bathtubs are being installed even if the bathroom isn’t big enough. We often prefer built in bathtubs as it allows for maximum circulation space within the bathroom and for ease of cleaning. Freestanding bathtubs should really just be reserved for very generously sized bathrooms, where the floor space will not be compromised by installing one.

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image source: @eyeswoon

3. Shower

Previously we have written a blog on quick and easy tips to transform your bathroom into a spa like experience, though if you are proceeding with a full renovation there are a few more tricks you can apply to really transform this space.  For all those athletes out there, a hand held shower-head with a massage function will allow you to target and specific muscle groups.

For athletes and non athletes a bench in the shower is the ultimate! There probably isn’t a better way to end the day than being able to sit comfortably under pulsating warm water. We love the look of a tiled or teak timber bench for the texture and warmth, though if you are worried about the maintenance then a stainless steel bench would be a great alternative, just make sure the rest of your finishes are LUX so that your bathroom doesn’t feel like a hospital! 

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image source: Nobu Hotel Malibu

4. Toilet

Ever found some toilets are installed at a very awkward height for you? Well then a wall hung toilet could be the perfect solution for your bathroom.  Being able to hang your toilet pan at a height that is most comfortable for you as well as easily clean underneath them is a huge benefit and will aid in creating your healthy bathroom.

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image source: @thedesignchaser

 

5. Biophilia

Every space deserves some greenery and being exposed to nature as often as possible has been proven to reduce stress and enhance our immune system. Choose plants like ferns that thrive in steam or dried eucalyptus and lavender leaves that will produce beautiful medicinal oils when exposed to steam and moist conditions.

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image source: @littlegreenbay

6. Lighting

Just like every other room in your home, the source and colour temperature of your lighting is crucial in your bathroom, there is no place for fluorescents here. As we begin and end our day here, the lighting in your bathroom should be warm so as to not increase cortisol levels when you enter the room.  If you are concerned about getting more bright ‘daylight’ for doing your makeup, then we suggest a mirror with lights that can be turned on with a separate switch. 

Even better there are LEDs available now that allow you to change the colour and luminosity throughout the day so that the lights are set dim and warm if you flick the switch at midnight or bright and light in the morning.

Related: The negative effects of blue light at night

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image source: Patricia Goijens

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