My dream bathroom: An organic cocoon of love. A sensual space of curves in tune with nature, to commune with mind, body and spirit. Spacious, artful, soulful, feminine. Via Pinterest
The bathroom can be the most neglected space in the house, evoking feelings of guilt, shame or plain fear. We often respond to these triggered emotions by over sanitizing this space; making it cold, sterile, bare, silenced, desacralized. Our dwellings seem to hide the bathroom or seek to subdue its design as we disconnect from body and soul.
A sacred space of flow
The bathroom is one of the most feminine, transformative, imaginative, healing and surreal spaces in the home where we can slow down. It is in the sacred space of the bathroom where we come in close contact with our naked selves, the wild natural processes of our bodies, and the sacred element of water that cleanses and restores our souls. We come in depleted, exhausted, stressed out and/or disconnected and emerge rejuvenated, renewed, reborn. This is then a call to celebrate the bathroom as a a place of creative flow, transformation, and self-care for our sensual, spiritual selves.
The Poetics of the bathroom as sacred space PDF
We can soften our bathroom space to embrace spaciousness, light, color, views, art, nature and symbols that relax, soothe, and inspire. Whether you are designing a bathroom from scratch, renovating one, clutter clearing, or simply making more subtle adjustments, here are some examples of inspirational bathrooms that embrace nature & the owner’s unique aesthetic. I encourage you to find your own. Infuse life into your bathroom: from sterile to fertile.
A feminine space of ritual, transformation & poetry
Organic tub. Bath space made out of a giant pebble shaped granite piece brought back from Bali and sculpted as a bath receiver. Photo via frenchbydesign.
Beautiful light-filled bathroom with oval tub via freshome
Natural, light & Spacious
Love the wooden floors, details, fixtures, light, materiality. Bathroom Melanie Acevedo & Jenna Lyon via style-files
Converted bedroom to spacious bathroom with Clawfoot bath, chandelier, fireplace, timber floorboards. Photo – Jason Busch, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files via sfgirlbybay
Beautiful bathroom with a claw-foot tub, high ceilings, wooden floors. A sense of spaciousness and natural materials. The White House, Australia via apartmenttherapy
Minimalist sparkling bathroom. Photography: joachim wichmann & Stine Langvad via 79ideas
Love the wooden floors and natural light in this bathroom. Photo by Todd Selby. House of Sarah Cottier and Ashley Barber, via home-designing
Bright bathroom with vintage claw-foot tub and chandelier. Photographed by Björn Wallander for Country Living
Art that lights you up and soothes your soul. Free bird motif in bathroom, by Tara Sloggett, via design-vox
Romantic bathroom renovated by T. Dahl & artist E. Netterberg. In a Swedish log that sits high up on the Tällberg slopes with a view over lake Siljan and the forests. Via mysandinavianhome
Gorgeous wall tile and amazing tub in this bathroom via design-box
Bathroom in nature. Breathtaking setting for the flora bathroom in Burgbad Sanctuary. By Designers James Wong & David Cubero
Amazing view for this bathroom of the Rexa Italian company collection via home-designing
Feminine Chinoiserie Bathroom. Love the water resistant, hand-painted silver and gold-leafed cherry blossom mural by Peter Costello. Beautiful dark wood, stone counters and sculptural freestanding tub with muted brass taps. Photographer: Donna Griffith Source: House & Home February 2013 issue
Don’t have a view? Create the feeling of bathing in the great outdoors with a leafy mural. Woodland bathroom via housetohome
Some bathrooms don’t have windows and therefore, no fresh air. You can still have plants that blossom in the bathroom. There are plants that love moisture and that keep air circulating. Plants for Low-Light Bathrooms: Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Begonia, Boston Fern, Cast Iron Plant, Chinese Evergreen, Ficus Benjamina, Heart-Leafed Philodendron, Orchid, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Dieffenbachia, Snake Plant. Plants for Bright and Sunny Bathrooms: Asparagus Fern, Azalea, Gardenia, Kimberly Fern, Orchid. Via Woolly Pockets via apartmenttherapy
Green accents in this white bathroom make it feel alive, via husligheter
This deliriously crazy, disheveled, turquoise bathroom belongs to Jo Kornstein, a designer in London, via absolutelybeautifulthings
Vibrant color and artwork in this bathroom via design-vox
Include elements that awaken your senses like flowers, candles, scent, music. Make your bathroom experience sacred, because you are. Bathroom with candles via apartmenttherapy
I love the bathroom. My creative ideas flow so effortlessly in this space. In case you would like to further reflect on your experience of the bathroom, subscribe to Sacred Flow & receive for free: ‘The Poetics of the Bathroom as Sacred Space PDF. I hope you enjoyed this post. Next time you use the bathroom and take a shower, a bath or simply wash your hands, let the water bless you and remind you of the sacred flow that is your true nature. May the bathroom help nourish and awaken your deepest, truest self. With love,
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