Designing comfort into your bathroom.
My working definition of luxury is “unbridled comfort.” It is best used in places meant to be warm and welcoming like kitchens and living rooms. Places that are designed to share comfort with others. To design bathrooms with unbridled comfort in mind would bring luxury into your private space. On average you will spend 2-4% of your day in the bathroom. When designing, value your time here and place 2-4% of your home budget into this space. This mindset will result in a concentration of luxury per square foot found in few other places in your home.
Bring in what is good.
Discover warm floors, steam rooms and custom soaking tubs. Explore warm furniture, functional art and lighting. A bathroom is a very important room where you need to feel comfortable, free to be yourself in a protected space. By creating a warm climate in this space, your mind is free to be instead of worrying about basic needs. This space is about you. Create it to be warm and comforting. Cold is unpleasant; described as hostile, bleak, bitter, cutting, and sharp. This is your space, your haven. Have it treat you well.
Sounds, the forgotten comfort.
Noise is a constant and largely unavoidable force in our lives. Peace, quiet and the extremely rare silence are true, priceless luxuries. Do not barter these priceless luxuries away, unnecessarily encouraging common noises. All of your plumbing features can run silently or provide beneficial sounds like falling rain or waterfalls. Upgrading your furnishings with awareness of the sounds you accept and can expect from them will improve your bathroom experience. Evaluate the sounds in your bathroom; determine if the majority are positive or negative. Now design the shell of your bathroom. If your sounds are mostly positive, feel free to create an acoustic space with hard smooth surfaces. If you were unable to create a space with mostly positive sounds, create a soft envelope for your bathroom that reduces these unwanted sounds as much as possible. Do this by adding soft carpets on the warm floors and soft art pieces on your walls.
Put down roots. Get connected.
Large leafy or grassy plants dampen unwanted sound while adding other luxuries like extra oxygen and positive odors (sage, lavender or potted eucalyptus). Plants should be designed into areas in your bathroom where you can bring in glowing, natural light to play across their leaves casting shadows and glimmered reflections. Whether it’s night, day, sunny, or raining, connecting yourself to the outside world helps you stay oriented and connected to reality.
Keep out what is bad.
Chaos is another largely unavoidable force of nature. A luxurious bathroom is a sanctuary. Guard it. Keep your bathroom clean. Do not permit unwanted odors or clutter to steal peace and comfort here. Design plenty of discrete storage space into your bathroom. These spaces should be organized and convenient for your use, providing everything at your fingertips. When everything is closed and put away, your organized “stuff” isn’t causing visual distraction and clutter.
You are the most important part of bringing luxury into your bathroom. You must look yourself in the mirror and appreciate what you’ve given yourself. Don’t be ungrateful and pass over the rare qualities you developed in this new space. The value of this space is determined by you. How do you treat yourself here? Will you bask in your bathroom?
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Staj Olson, Igneous Bath founder and craftsman, perfects the use of concrete with his proprietary material blend and process. Igneous Bath’s vessels are wrapped with the blanketing warmth of internal heated cables. The sculpted concrete is devotedly shaped and polished by hand, ultimately composing a transcendent bathing experience. This level of detail is achieved whether you order a stock design (Airah and Banskah) or a custom creation limited only by your imagination.
Picture an elegantly sculpted concrete form radiating warmth, maintaining heat, completing your perfect space, while you transcend . . . that is Igneous Bath.
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