How to turn your bathroom into a retreat

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the bathroom is most definitely the soul. And while it needs to be practical and functional, it should also be a place you can relax and rejuvenate. Here are a few ways to transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat without spending a fortune.

Bathed in light

A relatively simple way to change the mood in your bathroom is to switch up your lights. LED downlights are very functional, but may not create the ambience of a relaxing retreat. Combine them with a couple of pendant lights to add some extra warmth and depth to your space.

Of course, there’s nothing like natural light and a well-positioned skylight can make a huge difference. We can show you how to install a skylight yourself.

Freestanding bath tub

Immersion therapy

There’s nothing like the instant relaxation a hot bath can give you at the end of a hard day. A freestanding bath is a contemporary and luxurious choice if you want to invest a little more in your bathroom refresh. They have become more popular in recent times, which means you now have a wider choice of sizes, shapes and styles.

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Add some greenery

Nature has a calming effect and adding a few plants to your bathroom can help create a sense of tranquillity and serenity. Plants can also add some colour to a space that’s often quite stark and monochrome. Just make sure you choose plants that thrive in a humid environment with limited natural light. Orchids, ferns and potted bamboo can be good choices for this reason.

Black showerhead

Change your shower head

When it comes to bathroom makeovers, often it’s the little things that make a big difference. Replacing your shower head is a great way to transform something functional, into something more luxurious. A rain shower head is the ideal choice if you want to enjoy a spa experience every day. They are designed to replicate showering in the rain, connecting you with nature and delivering an experience that’s both rejuvenating and therapeutic.

Create D.I.Y. bathroom accessories

Of course, there are plenty of other things you can do to make your bathroom feel more like a retreat. Natural materials and finishes evoke a sense of sanctuary, so consider a timber bath caddy to hold your favourite drink or book while you relax. Or a wooden towel ladder to add some warmth and personality to your bathroom.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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