Nature-inspired elements and fixtures to create a relaxing urban retreat at home
It’s no secret that one of the easiest ways to de-stress is to venture out into nature. From the refreshing breeze to the relaxing hum of birds chirping, being out in the woods or by the seaside brings tremendous calm. So why not create a similar revitalising effect by bringing the outdoors into your bathroom, with the use of materials such as stone and wood? Stone can be used on walls, as flooring, or fashioned into washbasins and even bathtubs, while wood can be incorporated via carpentry or counter-tops. Pebbles are also popular—a common approach is to lay them on the floor for a tingling feeling or on the wall for an eye-catching effect.
THE GREEN MILE
Greenery promotes a strong sense of wellbeing, so consider a bathroom garden if your nosy neighbours don’t have a prime view. If that’s not an option, have plants growing in your bathroom and create your own indoor garden. Incorporate skylights or awning windows to bring in natural light and fresh air. Use low lighting to promote a sense of relaxation. If you have big windows, use blinds to get a view of the greenery outside.
Spas the world over have revolved around baths or hot springs, attesting to the therapeutic effects of water. Creating your own spa oasis is easy these days with the wide range of water therapies available. Design and high-end technology have combined to make available multiple shower sprays, rain showers with chronometry, whirlpool bathtubs and jet sprays with massage functions. Indulge in shower systems that provide a sensory experience, ones that massage your back and shoulders, as well as foot baths for an experience centred on wellness.
CREATE AN OASIS AT HOME BY INDULGING IN SHOWER SYSTEMS THAT PROVIDE A SENSORY EXPERIENCE
ICELAND BATHTUB The Iceland by Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni is a moulded free-standing bathtub crafted from Cristalplant®. With its smooth, shelllike shape in a smooth matt finish, the Iceland adds a poetic feature to a nature-inspired bathroom. www.focusglobalinc.com