Your bathroom may be a functional space, but it’s also a private, intimate room that’s ripe for romance. Creating a romantic bathroom is all about setting the right mood so the space feels warm and inviting. With a few key changes, you can transform even the most bland and sterile bathroom into a romantic oasis that’s ideal for luxurious bubble baths at the end of a long day.
If you want a romantic look in your bathroom, the right wall color is key. Whether you plan to paint the walls or tile them, opt for a warm color that helps make the space feel cozier and more intimate. If your bathroom is small, a light, warm tone such as gold or peach is an ideal option to help the space feel bigger. In a large bathroom, choose a deeper shade such as brick, terra cotta or chocolate. Complement your chosen wall color with accessories such as towels, curtains and throw rugs in other warm shades, so the bathroom is layered with inviting colors.
Opt for a Tub
On a daily basis, a shower is probably the most convenient bathing option for your bathroom. However, if you want to create a romantic feel, a tub is a must. You can opt for a shower and tub combo, but for the most elegant look, a standalone option is your best bet. Place your shower stall in a corner and let the tub take center stage in the middle of the room. For a spa-like feel, a whirlpool tub is an ideal option – models large enough to accommodate two people are available, which allow for plenty of romance. If you prefer a romantic, retro vibe, a cast-iron, claw-foot tub is a striking alternative. If you can’t fit a claw-foot tub and a shower stall in your bathroom, attach a handheld shower head to the tub to take quick showers when necessary.
Get Moody with Lighting
When romance is on the agenda, the right lighting can make or break the mood. A striking overhead fixture such as a chandelier or series of colorful pendant lights can make a bold design statement, but if you want a romantic look, attach it to a dimmer switch that allows you to lower the lighting when you want to make the room feel more intimate. You should also have plenty of pillar candles around your tub. When you’re feeling particularly romantic, turn the dimmer switch down almost all the way and let the candlelight set the mood. If there isn’t a ledge around your tub on which to set candles, add a table or a few stone pedestals beside the bathtub for a more dramatic look.
Indulge the Senses
When you’re trying to create a romantic mood, the way that your bathroom looks is definitely key. However, you should engage as many of your senses as possible if you really want to play up the romance factor. If you plan to use candles in the bathroom, choose scented options such as earthy sandalwood or sweet rose to set the right mood. You can also set a scented reed diffuser on your vanity countertop if you don’t want to use candles. Music can set the right mood, too. If you have a sound system in your bedroom or other adjoining space, mount speakers that connect to it to the bathroom so you can listen to your favorite romantic songs as you soak in the tub. For a less expensive option, add a set of portable speakers to your vanity countertop so you can enjoy your favorite playlist from your media device.
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