As a key part of any home, your bathroom plays an important role in your health. Here are our top 10 ways to set up your bathroom for optimal health – on all accounts. Happy rearranging!
1. Bring nature inside.
Plants take in carbon dioxide and release the oxygen that we need to breathe. Studies have also shown that plants can reduce the amount of dust in the air by 20%. Because of the large amounts of moisture generally found in bathrooms, plants like orchids – that thrive in humid environments – usually grow well in bathrooms. This is also a good place to rehabilitate these plants if their blooms have ended and you don’t know what to do with it – don’t throw it away!
2. Think carefully about finishes.
Natural stone, such as marble, adds a sophisticated touch. Marble is easy to clean and does not stain easily. For maintenance, all that is needed is a clean cloth and detergent, and the marble will look brand-new.
3. Store your medicine in an appropriate place.
Medicine should be stored in a dry area that is not exposed to direct sunlight, such as a cupboard that closes. Vanity cupboards that are positioned higher up on the wall are ideal to keep medication away from young children and pets.
4. Let the light shine in.
Open windows let in natural light. This is particularly useful when applying makeup. They also keep the space fresh, as the flow of oxygen eliminates the damp smell that is often associated with bathrooms.
5. Store your toothbrush correctly for better oral health.
Storing your toothbrush upright will enable the water to drain effectively from the bristles. It is wise to keep your toothbrush packed in your vanity cupboard, away from the sink, so that it does not get splashed with dirty water.
6. Make use of clean colors.
White and grey are popular colours for a bathroom, because they provide a refreshing aesthetic. White can also be used to amplify grey colour tones, and highlight the frames around glass windows and doors. It is easy to design around white and grey, as they are subtle, versatile shades.
7. Use an appropriate showerhead.
The comfort level of a shower depends largely on the showerhead. Luckily, there is a wide array of options on the market. Some larger showerheads offer a “rainfall” effect, while smaller ones provide a stronger, narrower flow of water. Research suggests that taking a cold shower daily is beneficial to healthy skin aging.
8. Use materials that are not slippery.
It’s important to incorporate a non-slip surface – such as wooden slats – into your bathroom design. The wood should be sealed to prevent it from warping, staining and splintering. Research has shown that incorporating wood has psychological benefits, as the brain has a positive response to the material because it is associated with nature. Wood can also be painted and stained in a variety of ways to add character to a space.
9. Give your bathroom space character with texture.
Texture can be introduced through tiles or a brick-faced wall. Rough textures may produce a rustic style, whereas smooth textures often enforce a cleaner, more contemporary scheme. Soothing patterns and soft textures will enhance the bathroom’s appeal for rest and relaxation.
10. Think carefully about your bathtub.
Long, hot baths are therapeutic and can be used as a stress-reliever. Hot baths also reduce aches and pains, and it is, therefore, essential to choose a bath that is comfortable and of a suitable size – it is always a good idea to sit in the bath before purchasing it. Choose an eco-friendly bath, and if you live in a drought-stricken area, go easy on the baths and opt for showers instead.