How To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Comforting Sanctuary

There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them”— Sylvia Plath

When designing a modern bathroom that evokes the feel of a luxe private sanctuary to rid of the days stresses, it takes less effort and work on your part than you probably ever imagined.  By keeping comforting simplicity and minimalism in mind, you’ll be on your way to creating a relaxing bathroom that you’ll never want to leave.

To help inspire you, we turned to the trusted residential interior designers at Décor Aid for their sage advice and savvy decorating tips. After all, we all deserve to indulge and relax while never having to leave our homes.

Let’s take a look…


For a seamless and less visually busy feel, floating cabinets and shelving can make all the difference when wanting to soothe the eye. Bulky legs and platforms keep the space feeling closed off while floating cabinets are sure to make a bathroom feel less cluttered and busy, as floating units are often less imposing and obvious.

Floating cabinets are also great if you have a small bathroom and want to ensure that the space appears larger with ease.


Sure, white sounds like a basic starting point, but there’s something to be said about its timelessly refreshing appeal. A completely white minimal bathroom will make you feel more like you are relaxing in a luxury spa than bathing in your own bathroom. To break up the look, bring in different textures to allow the eye to keep moving.


To create a soothing sanctuary of a bathroom, keep the feel calming and simple with gray, white or neutral tones and accessories like ultra-white plush towels.

As when you add saturated pops of color and pattern in a small space, you’ll distract the eye, taking away from the comforting and relaxing private area you’ve meticulously created.


It probably goes without saying that an oversized freestanding bathtub is the ultimate key to creating a bathroom that feels like a luxuriously comforting sanctuary. Even better when it features sauna-like jets and temperature controls. If you’re looking to invest in one, consider placing it right next to an expansive window so you can be comforted by the sensational view.


Plants are calming, inspiring, and more importantly, they help to purify the air around you. Adding affordable and easy to care for plants in your bathroom will lend it an organic touch as well. Just be sure that you bring in plants that can survive and thrive in the trying conditions often found in a bathroom like steam and limited natural light.

Aloe Vera and eucalyptus make for a terrific bathroom plant options as they boast low water requirements, meaning that the humidity of a bathroom might just cater to their needs. Bamboo is also another smart option as it doesn’t require much natural light.


It’s amazing what natural light can do when it comes to energizing the spirit while helping to transform a functional space into a luxuriously relaxing one.  If you have a window in your bathroom use it to your advantage to calm the senses by letting in as much natural light in as possible. Plus, natural light will make getting ready all the easier. But if it’s not possible, bring in lighting that mimics natural light as closely as possible.


Reflect, reflect, reflect. Chic mirrors will instantly reflect natural light around your bathroom while helping to make it feel larger than it really is. Take a cue from luxe day spas and bring in mirrors featuring unique shapes and slim lines with a minimal spirit.


Ladder shelving makes for a stylish way of displaying everyday accessories and necessities in your bathroom that you can reach with ease. Add an intoxicating scented candle, plants, and decorative items to complete the look and make the best use of the extra storage space a ladder shelving unit boasts.  


A pebble floor will add much-needed texture to any bathroom, and it will also be soothing and massaging to walk across. It’s also a great way to quietly add visual interest to the area while remaining timeless in style for years to come.

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DESIGN | Unexpected Bathroom Storage Ideas

I'm a product hoarder and I live in NYC.  That's two strikes against me in the bathroom storage department, which means I've had to get pretty creative in my spaces. So I thought I'd round up three unexpected, yet luxurious ways to display and/or store items in your powder rooms and bathrooms in case you're square footage challenged like me, love pedestal sinks (which offer no storage), or simply just want a change.  


Ladder shelves... why didn't I think of that?! I'm so totally doing this in my next apartment.  Back of the door hooks are fine, but can seem boring or messy. This option allows you to openly display those beautiful turkish towels or leave a soft, embroidered robe for your guest's use which is an accessible, functional and almost a spa-like idea. 

Growing up my mom always housed the tissue box on top of the toilet and I've come to notice it's a pretty common occurrence in most bathrooms.  I've kind of wondered why that is, but now it's pretty obvious that the top of the toilet is an easy place to store products like tissues, toilet paper and room spray, especially in a guest bathroom.  There is nothing worse than having to rifle through someone's cabinets looking for that extra roll of toilet paper! You can step it up a notch by using a rustic recycled box or metal tray to arrange these items. 

If there is one thing I love more than a pedestal sink, it's a clawfoot tub. They remind me of a charming bed & breakfast tucked away in the countryside somewhere. You don't even need a clawfoot tub for this idea, perhaps just some bubble bath and a glass of red. Use a wooden caddy like the ones below to house a candle, a book and your favorite body scrub - then just sit back and pretend the Tuscan hills are right outside your window.  If your tub also doubles as a shower, when not in use, place the caddy at the end of the tub as a shelf. 

I'd to hear what your bathroom storage hacks are and if you do decide to try any of these ideas make sure to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram!