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Zen bathroom: get ready for relaxation

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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

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Who doesn't fantasize about the perfect bathroom, synonymous with peace and tranquility? A Zen bathroom may offer the ideal decor, combining soft colors with natural materials. Stones, pebbles, bamboo shoots, countertop accessories, exotic is all our advice to obtain the most relaxing bathroom possible.

Important features

  • Decor
  • Prioritize different materials
  • Choice of floor covering
  • Accessories

Priority materials for designing a Zen bathroom decor?

When one thinks of a Zen bathroom decor, the thought of bamboo and its light green shoots, grinning Buddhas, trickling water, natural stones and pebbles immediately springs to mind. The basic principle of a Zen bathroom relies on geometric forms and a sparse decor.

Zen evokes the spirit of nature, that it tries to reproduce in the walls, floorsfurniture and bathroom accessories (with everything from the tooth-brush holder to the bath mats).

For a quick recap, here are the primary materials and patterns that are commonly used in a Zen bathroom:

  • Light wood (except pine) or an exotic species like teak, rubber or tinted oak! It can also be used for furniture, in the form of deck boards, a mirror stand or a 40 x 120 cm mirror!

Quick tip: Do you find pebbles peaceful? You can purchase 10 x 10 cm tiles that can easily be used to form a line of pebbles in the shower. Be carefule, as you can imagine how uncomfortable it is on your feet. This accessory is therefore not recommended for the floor!

What is the best floor for a relaxing bathroom?

To continue to pursue the Zen theme, natural or natural-like materials will be prioritized, as is often the case. When planning out your layout, everything will come down to your budget vs the aesthetic result you wish to achieve.

We can use large slabs of natural stone with varying layers of roughness. They give the impression of being custom cut and offer an interesting yet perfectly anti-slip surface. If, on the other hand, you were hoping to follow current decorative trends, we would recommend large slabs of smooth tiles. When it comes to the color, beige, chocolate or gray taupe are ideal for a zen decor.

Floating floors add a touch of style to any bathroom space, a feat which can also be achieved by using a dark wood with a wenge shade or a lighter wood such as light or limewashed oak. If one element were to define a Zen bathroom, it would have to be the hardwood floors, which displays a noble material, the wood.  

Hardwood-imitation PVC tiles or raised rollable linoleum to roll are also options that are not necessarily ruled out. The availability of exceptional prints can make this an even better deal: a relatively accessible price with virtually no maintenance.

Zen decor ideas for your "Om" bathroom

While Zen bathrooms tend to be generally uncluttered, a variety of decorative accessories can be right at home.

Still in line with the Zen theme, do not hesitate to add some candles here and there, either in glass cylinders or on wooden candleholders. The candles can be white, brown, bright green, beige or any other shade that you think will set the right mood.

Feel free to use flowers in all their forms (wall stickers, paper or fabricor printed on the shower curtain, for example), as they will only complete the natural scenery. To add a note of spirituality, do not hesitate to place a pleasant sitting Buddha statue on a shelf, to watch over the de-stressing baths that are to come.

A Zen bathroom has a seducing allure due to its atmosphere and its green, plant-centered theme. Once all the work is done and the DIY complete, it's time to enjoy the Zen!

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Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds

I'm a dog trainer by profession, but every weekend I put the whistle down and pick up a tool. The trainer mindset is not so easy to set aside - whether with four-legged or two-legged friends, I love giving advice!

I've been a huge DIY enthusiast for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a house where the whir of the sander was the soundtrack to my weekends - not very relaxing, but always satisfying! DIY challenges our brains as well as our brawn. I've worked hard to teach myself the basics of DIY, decorating and customising furniture. That said, I love what I do. DIY is a way of life, and the tools you learn aren't just the ones you can hold in your hands.

I'm as passionate about animals as I am about DIY, and it's my goal to pass that passion on to others. I know that for some, understanding animal behaviour is as much of a puzzle as figuring out which tool is best for the job. That's why I offer guidance to pet owners specifically - because home is where the heart is for humans and animals alike!

So now that I've introduced myself, it's time to do some DIY - dog or cat sidekick optional!

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