You know how it is. When you’re on holiday, luxuriating in the lush hotel bathroom is one of the comforts that you eagerly look forward to at the end of a long day out. There is no clutter and no grime, only plush towels in a snazzy designer bathroom. While daily housekeeping may not be a reality for everyone, it is entirely possible to have a bathroom that serves as a sanctuary after a hard day’s work. Whether it’s a roomy space or a compact HDB toilet that you have, there are plenty of design ideas that allow you to create the bathroom of your dreams.
1) Go open-concept to enlarge the space
Having an open-concept bathroom in the master bedroom is a brilliant way to open up the space. It brings light flooding into the bathroom, you can create a spa-like environment and even have a dramatic standalone tub if you so wish, plus the bedroom also looks bigger. Admittedly, an open-concept bathroom is not to everyone’s taste. Still, with creative use of glass walls and doors, as well as blinds or even electric frosted glass, it is possible to still create a sense of privacy.
2) You can’t have too many mirrors in the bathroom
Mirrors are excellent for making a room look bigger than it actually is, and the bathroom is one place where it’s okay to have more of it.
3) Glass doors and partitions are better for light
For a resort themed bathroom, a bamboo partition may be a perfect design element but if space is a constraint, glass doors and partitions are better for optically enlarging the bathroom, since there is no opacity to block out the light. Remember, the brighter it is, the bigger the space will look.
4) Built-in storage maximise storage space
Minimising clutter is key to making your bathroom a soothing, luxurious environment. In order to do that, you want to have smart storage options. Built-in niches or recesses into the walls, narrow floor-to-ceiling cabinets that fill up odd corner spaces and shelving under the sink are some of the ways you can carve out space for your toiletries.
5) Build around a statement piece or feature
Whether it’s sculptural faucet, an industrial concrete sink or a vintage tub, don’t be afraid to have something you love as the highlight of the bathroom, and then to build around the theme. Don’t restrict yourself to bathroom fittings either. A small, whimsical chandelier, an exuberant potted plant, a framed painting or a piece of (water-resistant) art are also elements that can add visual interest.
6) Play it up with luxe patterned tiles
You can also play around with the walls to set a theme. For instance, make one wall the feature by covering it with tiles of a bright colour or luxe patterns. Peranakan tiles are one unique option that look fantastic.
7) Use texture to add interest
Besides colour and lighting, think about textural contrast. Wood panelling, pebbled walls and uneven brickwork are just some of the ways you can inject a more tactile feel. Also extend the concept to the soft touches. For instance, a short pile rug and thick fluffy towels are finishes that wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury hotel bathroom.
8) A choice of warm ambient lighting and scented candles add to the mood
One of the key reasons why the best hotel bathrooms feel so amazing is because they smell incredible. Throw out those artificially perfumed air fresheners that will make you feel like you’re in a public toilet. Instead, invest in good scented candles or aroma diffusers that are a real treat for the senses. When it comes to lighting, warm and scattered lights are more flattering and relaxing than a lone, harsh ceiling lamp.