When you visit a friend’s flat or house for the first time and ask for “the tour”; the living room sparks a conversation about the high ceilings or any photos or unique items on display, the stove and dishwasher are the talked about amenities in the kitchen, the bed is the centrepiece of the bedroom, and the bathroom gets an “It’s over there” with a point in a general direction. The only way a bathroom is shown off is if it was just remodelled, otherwise, a bathroom is a place that you go, but don’t talk about.
Within my profession, I get to work across an array of environments to design, supply and install bathrooms for all settings – single person apartments, family homes, small and large businesses as well as public venues that host everything from entertainment, sports and socialising. Working within all these environments I understand the importance of a bathroom.
1. A bathroom is where you start and finish each day. You wake up, use the toilet, wash your hands, take a shower, brush your teeth, style your hair, and are out the door. Before going to bed you’ll wash the day off your skin, brush your teeth, remove makeup or wash your face, apply any creams or moisturisers, and are then ready for bed. The average person will spend about 1.5 years of their lifetime in the bathroom.
2. It sets the tone for the rest of your home. Do you have candles, artwork, and matching towels on display or only the bare essentials and a few rolls of toilet paper sitting on the counter? This isn’t the place to take any décor shortcuts, you can really tie off the look and feel of your home with the styling of your bathroom.
3. It’s the space to be free. You don’t have to worry about what you’re wearing and can take as much time reading the paper or singing in the shower as you want to.
4. It’s where inspiration strikes. Get your best ideas in the shower? Enough said.
5. It’s a good place to decompress. If you had a bad day or just want to disconnect from the world for a little while, there may be no better way than taking a long bath or hot shower. It’s also a great place for solitude and serves as a great hiding spot.
Overall, we all love to be reminded of that luxury hotel experience and the soothing spas we enjoy. Imagine bringing that experience into your home. Today’s developments are creating areas of water therapy where we can prepare for the pace of our daily living, and relax at the end of it in peaceful solitude. And, if you think your bathroom isn’t important, try not using it!