Your bathroom does not have to be a template of someone else’s. If there is something you need your bathroom to do for you, do not settle for a patch job that can give at any moment. Do not be afraid to commit to the changes you want to make. Here are three questions you need to answer to create your ideal bathroom:
What do you need?
When creating changes for your bathroom, you might work through your issues slowly. You could be in a cycle of identifying the problem and fixing it. Save yourself the time and effort, create a list of what you need and what you want. It can be something simple, like wanting more space, or something more complex, like knocking down the walls.
If you are having a hard time identifying your needs, here are some areas you might want to check for changes. The shower can be a site for accidents for persons with disability, the elderly, and young children. If you have nothing in place to counter slips and falls, take note of it. You can position nonslip mats in targeted areas, a shower seat, and handle-bars. When you have poor eyesight and are struggling to go about your early morning or late-night routine, install downlights or LED lights in areas that need them like drawers and cabinets.
What do you want?
While making changes according to your wants may seem unnecessary, they do serve a purpose. Features that you like can improve your emotional and mental state. Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book and have pieces that, in one way or another, help you get through your routine. It could be having a cup in your favourite colour or having quartz worktops from London because of the pattern. You can have an incense burner or scented candles for aromatherapy while you are taking a bath after a stressful week at work. You can have a potted plant or two if you want to break away from the monotonous landscape of the city. Or you could want a small shelf for reading material and artwork. Your desires may seem indulgent, but when you think about why you want what you want you will notice that there is an underlying need. It may not be as “important” as the items on your first list, but they are needs just the same.
What can tie the two?
After you have accomplished your “needs” and “wants” for your home decor and renovations, it is just a matter of creating a cohesive space. You can paint the walls a different colour to make your new shower seat blend with the room. If you will be playing music, but struggle with neighbours, you can soundproof the room. These are the finishing touches that you could give a bathroom you designed yourself.
You could get by without any of this, but would you want to go without it? Whether you are living in a rental or not, your space influences how you deal with the outside world. Having a space tailored to your needs allows you to save energy and recharge for issues that require your attention.