HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR BEDROOM AND BATHROOM INTO CALMING SANCTUARIES

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There are two spaces in our home that should be dedicated to you and your needs. Make your bathroom and bedroom calming and welcoming sanctuaries.
We spend about a third of our lives in our bedroom, and as such, it’s important that it be a space to which we can retreat, and feel a sense of calm. Second to this is the bathroom; a place in your house where you’re guaranteed total and undisturbed privacy. If you’re unsure how to turn these rooms into recharging zones, here are a few considerations to get you started.
Written by Emma Follett-Botha
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EMBRACE MINIMALISM

The effect of climbing into a made-up bed is almost unparalleled. This simple daily ritual encourages you to keep the rest of the bedroom neat and tidy. You may choose to decorate the rest of your home with knick-knacks and objets d'art, but your bedroom (and bathroom for that matter) is a space that should be the least cluttered, as messiness is not conducive to a tranquil environment. Neutral colours reign supreme – choose lighter versions of your favourite colours for the walls, and if you want to add colour, bring it in in smaller, punchier ways with scatter cushions, towels and candles.

GO OFFLINE

These days it is almost impossible to avoid staring at some kind of screen or digital device. Using your device before bed exposes you to the harsh blue light emitted by its screen, which prevents the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin from being released, making us alert instead of relaxed. Set your alarm well in advance and avoid using your device an hour before bed and first thing in the morning. Substitute the time you’d spend scrolling through Instagram with a five-minute meditation, simple stretching exercises or yoga session. You’ll find yourself less anxious and more prepared for the day ahead.

USE NATURAL MATERIALS

If you don’t have the luxury of bringing in expensive wooden fixtures or wall-to-wall carpeting, incorporating smaller natural materials is a great way to make your space feel more outdoorsy. Rattan side tables, wicker storage baskets, jute rugs and papier-mâché lampshades are some of the ways you could embrace a more organic look and feel without spending a lot of money or committing to a permanent decor feature.


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BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Along with being excellent natural air purifiers, plants have a wonderful ability to reduce the clinical feel of a space, which has an impact on your stress levels and mood. Much of nature's flora flourishes in low-light, humid environments, which makes the bathroom an ideal location. Opt for luscious, leafy varieties such as delicious monsters, philodendrons, peace lilies and cast-iron plants, which thrive in steamy spaces like the bathroom. And if you don't have green fingers, opt for faux plants: these days you can hardly tell the difference between those and real ones.

INCORPORATE LUXURIOUS FABRICS AND TEXTURE

If tiling, painting and wallpaper is not an option due to the expense or lack of resources, another clever and inexpensive way of transforming your bathroom is through bath mats and towels. Choose fabrics that are rich in texture and that go with your colour scheme. Shades of blue are calming colours for the bathroom, and provide a great starting point for inspiring the rest of the décor.
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