(Hygge: a Scandinavian word, pronounced hoo-ga. It stands for coziness and surrounding yourself with the things that make life good, like warmth, light, and tranquil solitude)
In today’s high-paced, stressed out world, we need a place that is absent of stress and anxiety, a place where we can find happiness and relaxation. Hygge is a feeling of effortless comfort, the absence of worry. In the home, if done right, the bathroom can be easily transformed to enhance the feeling of hygge by creating the perfect cozy setting. Here are nine great ways to help do just that.
Imagine relaxing in a clean, warm tub full of soapy bubbles with a glass of wine and soft lights while being surrounded by the dancing flames of a fireplace. For the ultimate relaxing refuge, adding a fireplace during a bathroom remodel can create a decadent retreat that is both soothing and cozy. While the bathroom may not be the first place you think of installing a fireplace, the warm fire and soft glow are perfect to creating a relaxing mood, creating the perfect spa oasis in the comfort of your own home. Go above and beyond by incorporating a remote-control option so you can operate it while in the tub! And when purchasing a gas fireplace, look for the option to have blue glass inside the fireplace for an accent. Add a fluffy robe and turn your bathroom into paradise.
Many of us are sleeping less today than ever before and having restless nights. When you wake, your brain screams for caffeine, and your muscles crave for fresh water, but the kitchen is downstairs on the other side of the house. If this sounds like you, and you’re planning a primary suite remodel, consider adding a morning kitchen. A morning kitchen is simply a mini kitchen, suited for you and your lifestyle. Morning exerciser? Perhaps a mini fridge with your favorite hydration beverage. For the homeowner who’d rather enjoy a relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day, maybe a wine captain in the sitting area would be a lovely solution.
Including a microwave and mini refrigerator, can be a simple way to add convenience and comfort to your luxury bedroom. Coffee bars can also add a modern element of style. Either way, the primary suite is some of the most valuable square feet in your home, and a morning kitchen is a desirable addition these days.
Studies have proven that music can have a profound effect on both the body and our emotions. More specifically, fast tempo music can raise alertness and help improve concentration, whereas upbeat music helps to create positive feelings and optimism. Conversely, slower tempo music aids in relaxing muscles and quieting your mind, releasing the stress of the day, and making you feel soothed. Because soothing music can lower cortisol levels and trigger the relaxation response, it’s a great way to manage stress.
When you’re planning a bathroom remodel, consider installing built-in speakers in out of the way places like the ceiling and connecting them to your home stereo. Then you can experience a “sound bath” and let your music carry your mind away.
Bathrooms are warm, humid environments that are perfect for many houseplants. Plants generally thrive on the regular doses of moisture emitted from the shower. One plant in particular, the philodendron, is easy to maintain and makes any room look great with their big green leaves. And equally important, they are known to remove harmful chemicals from the air such as formaldehyde. According to a 1989 NASA study, plants work to purify our air, cleansing it from toxic chemicals and pathogens. During the study, NASA put common houseplants in air-controlled chambers and introduced harmful chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene and benzene, and learned that after 24 hours some plants removed up to 90% of the chemicals in the air! Another plant, the common snake plant/mother-n-law’s tongue, is one of the very best at purifying the air according to the NASA study. The study proved it can remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene. It’s also one of the easiest plants to grow – it doesn’t need much water and thrives indoors with medium light.
The study concluded that plants not only help to purify the air, but they also help air movement inside a closed room. So, not only do they make your bathroom look better, but they also make it healthier and are easily added to any bathroom remodel.
Many people don’t give enough attention to their bathroom. If you aren’t ready for a full bathroom remodel just yet, candles are an ideal way to help create the right ambiance without spending a fortune. Candles are ideal for decorating any bathroom, helping to transform it into a beautiful and relaxing place that soothes your mind. With the right atmosphere in the bathroom, you can enjoy a stress-free and calming environment.
The demands of today’s daily life can be taxing on the body. Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, is a known holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being and keep your body running smoothly. Aromatherapy via essential oils has been used for nearly 6,000 years to improve a person’s health or mood.
A benefit of aromatherapy is that it encourages the body to calm down. After a long day of work, the body can relax due to the sweet scent that enhances your bathing experience. When your bathroom has a beautiful scent, you can spend more time enjoying the bath, relieving your mind from stressful situations, and allowing you to fully relax. It has even been known to treat a wide range of mental and physical conditions, including depression, fatigue, anxiety, stress, high blood pressure, and insomnia.
Considering all the activities that occur in the bathroom – bathing, showering, washing hands, brushing teeth, using the toilet, it’s easy to realize how necessary the bathroom is to daily life. That makes it the perfect place to incorporate aromatherapy, and you don’t need a bathroom remodel to do it. There are almost limitless options and combinations to consider, but for the bathroom these are a few of the best:
We tend to start and end every day with the bathroom. From helping you find energy to start your day to helping you unwind and quiet your mind at night, essential oils are there to offer soothing support and be a stress relief throughout your day.
When planning your bathroom remodel, remember that one bathroom can feel very different from another. It comes down to mood, which starts with painting and color choices. Color is the key element in creating the desired mood. Color is a powerful design tool. For example, would you prefer to start your day with a bathroom that wakes you up and gives you energy, like a visual cup of coffee? Or is it more important to have something more serene for winding down at the end of a busy day. Either way, the power of color can completely alter your experience as it is a key element when it comes to creating the desired mood.
Consider the colors in the bathroom here. Blue is traditionally a favorite color in bathrooms, due largely to the fact that bathrooms are “water rooms”. The blue in this room is soothing. The white in the room is associated with purity and cleanliness, making it a natural for bathrooms. It pairs with every color, thus being the easiest color to work with. Too much white can feel cold and clinical. Playing the blue off the white gets to just the right balance.
The ceiling represents 1/6th of the surface area of the bathroom. Ceilings are sometimes referred to as the 5th wall and can be a standout feature. All it takes is a little planning before you start painting. You always want to ask yourself; how do you want to look and feel in the space? Color makes a tiny room feel larger, or a spacious one feel more intimate, without the time and expense of moving walls.
Bathroom remodels don’t have to be bland, boring or predictable. Rather, taking a time to consider which options best suit your lifestyle can have a lasting impact.
Two of the most important features in a bathroom are the mirror and lighting; bathroom mirrors need proper lighting to be functional. And backlit vanity mirrors, because of where their lights are placed have a stunning and sophisticated look. When done properly, the glow from behind these mirrors wonderfully frames them, creating an elegant appeal. They also appear as if they’re floating away from the wall behind them, an effect that front-lighted mirrors can’t achieve and a major aspect of their appeal.
Lighted mirrors are front lit with lights installed directly around the borders of the mirror surface, effectively framing the mirror from the front, and projecting the light straight onto your face. When planning a bathroom remodel, consider adding either a lighted or backlit vanity mirror to create a pleasant lighting environment and a surprising value increase, adding hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your home value.
One of the most overlooked, heavily used fixtures in our homes are bathroom faucets. Many start their day using it to wash their face, shave, and brush their teeth, and then at night before bed use it to rinse facial cleanser and again brush their teeth. Yet it is often overlooked the value this simple device brings.
Up until now, homeowners embarking on a bathroom remodel have had to choose bathroom faucets based on style/finish/aesthetic appeal, as all bathroom faucets basically functioned the same – water only went down. However, you now have a new option, one that not only fits your aesthetics, but also is more functional than any other faucet ever made.
A simple morning routine is something along these lines:
But with today’s faucets, we’re left with processes that can add minor frustrations to our morning routines, like having to crane your neck under the faucet to rinse after brushing (or cupping your hand or using a dirty cup), cupping and splashing water to rinse facial cleanser or shaving cream. Enter the Nasoni fountain faucet; it's designed make our daily routines much smoother. The Nasoni fountain faucetis the patented combination of a bathroom faucet and a water fountain, which brings the functionality of a water fountain to the bathroom.
Simply rotate the fountain lever to turn off the downward flow and create a water fountain to:
Having a water fountain in the bathroom provides a more sanitary solution than using a glass or cupping one’s hands, as Nasoni fountain faucets are scientifically proven to be cleaner to drink from (see Virginia Journal of Public Health, Spring 2020 edition).
A water fountain in the bathroom can also be useful when experiencing:
Nasoni fountain faucets are constructed of the highest quality materials to last a lifetime, and save water without trying.
And best of all? Every fountain faucet comes with a 30-day Happiness Guarantee and a limited lifetime warranty. Nasoni, the future of faucets. Better for you, better for the planet.
Today, when our world feels a little bit uncertain, following the 9 tips above will help you create the perfect hygge atmosphere in your bathroom environment.
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