6 steps to a relaxing natural bathroom design

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If there is one room at home that is synonymous with relaxation, it is certainly the bathroom.
But in reality, bathrooms can get a bit forgotten with respect to the rest of the home.

So let’s look at the main biophilic design elements to design a wellbeing-centered bathroom, one with a natural and relaxing ambiance.

1. Lighting

Whenever possible, natural light is always the best idea in interiors (not just in bathrooms).
Also, being able to open a window in the bathroom is very useful for ventilation purposes and will preserve bathroom finishes for a longer time, reducing humidity damages. So, if you’re planning a bathroom renovation, definitely plan to have a window!

When it comes to artificial lighting, it’s best to steer away from older neon lights and switch to LED.
Besides being way more energy-efficient, LED lights produce a more natural-looking light and often allow for temperature and intensity adjustments.

This may not seem to have a lot to do with wellbeing, but light has a huge impact on how we feel!
Humans function according to the so-called circadian rhythm, a biological clock that distinguishes day and night. Our circadian rhythm is synced with natural sunlight and influences many aspects of our health and wellbeing, from productivity to general mood.
It's clear then that it's essential to keep it in sync as much as possible. And the latest innovations in lighting design focus exactly on the concept of Human Centric Lighting

Natural bathroom design filled with natural light. A vertical wall panelling adds privacy<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd. (via Houzz) (opened in a new window/tab)
Natural bathroom design with a floor-to-ceiling window looking into the forest.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: ONG & ONG (opened in a new window/tab) (via Architecture and Design) (opened in a new window/tab)

2. Plants

Plants are the most known biophilic design tool. And they’re indeed very precious to add life and health to interior spaces!

On the health side, some plants are able to clean the air – namely, they absorb harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) leaving the air indoors healthier to breathe.
Some of these air-purifying plants – like ferns, peace lilies and snake plants – live particularly well in damp areas like a bathroom!

Speaking of plants, a living wall is always a good idea. And since it doesn’t take up any floor space, it can be precious to add plants even in a teeny tiny bathroom!

Plants hanging from the ceiling in a small bathroom.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Dall Designer Homes (opened in a new window/tab) (via Houzz) (opened in a new window/tab)
Natural bathroom design with plants hang on the wall into the shower.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Mantis Design+Build (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

3. Natural scents

Fragrances have a powerful effect on the mind. And in a relaxing bathroom, scents should go in the same direction.

Some natural ideas to add a calming aroma are essential oils (for instance lavender and ylang ylang) and flowers/dried flower mixes. If you opt for candles, prefer beeswax and soy ones, that emit less harmful fumes.

A bowl filled with herbs for a natural scent.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Gate74 (via Pixabay)

4. Water feature

Adding a water feature in the design of a space can be extremely beneficial to wellbeing – with reduced stress, better mood and an overall feeling of calm being just a few of its effects.

For example, waterfall faucets are an amazing way to integrate a water feature in the normal elements of a bathroom design!

A waterfall faucet on a modern bathtub, adding a biophilic twist to a natural bathroom design.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: HIM by Zucchetti (opened in a new window/tab) (winner of the Red Dot Award 2016 (opened in a new window/tab))

5. Organic shapes

Organic shapes are naturally calming for the mind. Avoiding sharp angles in the design of a bathroom will immediately create a cuddling and spa-like ambiance!

Bathtub with an oval shape and rounded floor-mounted faucet.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
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Bathroom with all organic rounded shapes, from the vanity to the sink to the mirror.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: River Stone by Harmony (opened in a new window/tab)

6. Natural materials

Natural textures are another biophilic design essential to create engaging interiors. Adding a tactile element to the space, rich textures connect us to the present moment, which is notably a powerful strategy for relaxation.

Wood, stone and cork are some of the materials that work best in a natural bathroom design.

Bathroom with stone and wood finishes.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: The Wood Galleries (via Houzz) (opened in a new window/tab)

 
Relaxation is a key habit for wellbeing. And designing dedicated areas – be it in the bathroom or in a cozy corner elsewhere – is a great way to incorporate this routine into our lives, giving us time to decompress after a long hectic day!

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Thanks so much Rafanyane, I'm really happy you found it inspiring! Silvia
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