Last year, as I was creating the content for the Club’s Bathroom and Self-Care focus, my assistant Shannon made a great point. She said bathrooms are really RESTrooms because they can be a place to help us rest. Yes! We all deserve to have a bathroom that supports our rest and wellbeing. So, here is how you can transform your bathroom into a lovely restroom.
First, let’s talk about REST: Relaxation, Escape, Serenity and Tranquility. Rest uplifts your mood and your immunity, and your RESTroom is a tool that can facilitate that for you. There is no need to completely renovate your bathroom, you can just make a few simple tweaks to reap the rewards.
Relaxation: Create A Calming Atmosphere
To turn a bathroom into a restroom you’ll first need to get rid of any and all clutter. Clutter is the opposite of calm, so decluttering is always the first step towards loving your home, including your bathroom. After you get rid of all the clutter you can start adding in a few calming home elements, such as scents, plants and colors.
Add a reed diffuser with soothing, healing scents like lavender, eucalyptus or mint to constantly fill the air with relaxing vibes. My favorite reed diffuser is made by NEST New York. They even have a wellness fragrance that smells like eucalyptus and mint.
Fluffy towels and a cozy bathrobe can also have a calming, comforting effect, so make sure you have them within arms reach. If you notice that your towels have lost their fluff, treat yourself to a couple new luxurious towels. Bath towels won’t break the bank, and you deserve to have a few simple items that help you relax.
Escape: Turn Your Restroom Into A Retreat
Sometimes, you need a place to escape from daily stressors and the restroom, specifically your bathtub, is the perfect refuge. Sinking into a warm bath is so good for your body, mind and soul. As always, make sure there is no visible (and hidden) clutter in or around your tub. Clutter will ruin the vibe.
Fill your tub with warm water and add epson salts or bubbles, light a candle, dim the lights, and/or play soft music to enhance your sensory experience. Consider investing in a little bathtub tray or caddy, where you can place your favorite book, tablet, or even a glass of wine. Let yourself get lost for awhile.
Serenity: Use A Cohesive Color Scheme
The color scheme in your bathroom influences your mood and sense of well-being. Calming, grounding colors like blues, greens and neutrals can promote a sense of restfulness. If you don’t have the motivation to repaint your walls or the money to hire someone else to do it for you, add splashes of color with hand towels, rugs and accessories to give your restroom a cohesive, serene feeling.
Tranquility: Bring Nature Into Your Restroom
Using elements of nature as decor will help you tap back into your natural state of well-being and restfulness. We tend to be drawn to nature because it helps us remember who we are. I grew up by the beach, so placing a sea shell next to my bathtub reminds me of a more restful, stress-free exsistence.
Adding plants to your restroom will help you tap into the nurturing, healing power of nature. Plants like ferns and spider plants not only purify the air, they also add a touch of greenery and tranquility into any space. Studies have shown that looking at flowers and/or plants actually put you into a state of calm and restfulness.
Bringing rocks and crystals into the mix will also help you tap into a tranquil state of being. Clear quartz, for instance, is believed to have cleansing and purifying properties that clear negativity out of the air. If nothing else, they are pretty and add an element of beauty to your restroom.
We all resonate differently with certain colors, scents, sounds, and natural elements, so play around with all the different elements you have available to you. Lean into what feels best and have fun creating your RESTroom!
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