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 | The Modern Breakfast Nook

The fun & interesting thing about researching content for this blog is learning the history and origin of certain details and spaces in our homes.  Take the breakfast nook for instance.  I discovered these became wildly popular in the early 1920's as small bungalow and kit-homes replaced grand Victorian mansions in post-germ theory America after Dr. Joseph Lister declared that germs and household dirt were the culprit of common diseases, changing the way Americans thought about their homes.  

These built-in breakfast nooks were a practical and charming way to make the most of these new small, easy-to-clean kitchens, and often times the nooks were multi-functional converting into sleeping spaces!  I think us New Yorkers or anyone with a small kitchen can relate - which is why I think these make perfect sense today.

 While I do love the idea of a cozy built-in nook, it's not always achievable in a rental or small apartment, so instead, I'm exploring some modernized ways to create this little room within a room where you can enjoy your daily cup of Joe, relax and begin your day. 

It can be as simple as a folding table and two chairs which are easily transportable to be used in other rooms. Or why not make it a different kind of multi-functional and have your breakfast nook double as a bar?

I can totally see myself at the clean white high-top table/bar below enjoying my toast and O.J. or... toast and mimosa.

You can also create a morning oasis surrounding your space with plants and beautiful artwork, which reminds me of a European bistro or cafe. Situating your table and chairs near a window sill will help with added storage and bring in lots of natural sunlight. 

And finally, adding a bench is a perfect alternative to having seating built right into the walls - actually it's genius! I particularly like the idea of adding a sheepskin throw and pillows for added comfort like below.

This is a little corner of my home where I think I can flex my eclectic muscles.  I would mix and match new pieces with refurbished or old ones, introduce a bright color to kick up my modern side and then add a few little quirky pieces as conversation starters,

However you start your morning, I believe you deserve to start it in peace and comfort, oh, and of course style!


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