Close the door, run the bath, light the candles and pop the cork.
There’s no need to pay for a fancy day spa because luxury can be as close as your own bathroom.
Once a functional, practical room used purely for washing and grooming, today’s bathroom is the ultimate place to soak, meditate and recharge in private.
Interior designer and stylist Kat Collins of Sydney company Urban Splash says there are six easy, inexpensive ways to make your bathroom the best space in the house.
1. Open up for light
It’s easy to make a small bathroom appear larger by maximising light. Install a large window, and retile or paint the walls white or a lightly tinted colour.
To reflect more light, hang big, strategically placed mirrors. ‘Mirrors can create the illusion of space through reflection,’ says Kat.
A large mirror placed opposite a window with an open outlook works twice as well and produces an instant indoor-outdoor effect while making the most of the view.
TIP: If the vista is less than desirable, manufacture a view by adding bamboo screening, outdoor artworks, bright perennials or pot plants.
2. Increase the airflow
A mouldy, damp bathroom is as ugly as it is unhealthy.
Kat says the best way to create effective airflow is with an exhaust fan and natural ventilation.
‘Most bathrooms have a combo of mechanical and natural ventilation.
‘My tip would be to go for louvred windows and an exhaust that is connected to the light switch.
That way there is no excuse for not turning the fan on,’ says Kat.
‘There are also some great combination heat, light and exhaust fan systems available.’
Kat is a big fan of opening windows.
‘My bathroom is very small so we added a large bifold window above the bath to give the area a feeling of increased space and to bring the outdoors in, creating a space that is light, bright and airy.’
TIP: Kat’s pick for a stylish look is a sleek, flush-mount exhaust system.
3. Bathing in style
Kat’s bathroom luxuries vary depending on if she’s at home in Sydney or at her holiday house in Mudgee, NSW.
‘At home I use decorative glasses with tea-light candles and at our weekender I use oversized floor candles around the clawfoot tub.’
In both homes, Kat has underfloor heating and heated towel rails.
She always makes sure to have quality soaps, body wash, shampoo and conditioner on hand too.
‘I also have a liquid soap and matching hand cream on the vanity so you can moisturise after each wash.
‘They look great, complement the bathroom decor, smell divine and feel amazing,’ Kat says.