We recently read that our cousins in Australia are reporting a trend for their humble bathrooms. The standard ‘out back’ toilet and functional bathroom (room with a bath, literally) is now becoming a designer’s paradise.
Ozzie bathrooms are now seen more as personal ‘day spas’ and more of a feature of the home than ever before.
Here in the UK the humble bathroom has been one of the key influencers in a house sale for years. A modern, designer bathroom can really add value and saleability even if it’s a few years old. Because of this, the place where homeowners invest more money is often the bathroom and then kitchen.
We’d argue that our cousins down under are not that far behind. It takes a long time for something to become ‘a trend’ and the overnight success of any music artist is often attributed to the 10 years spent gigging in back street clubs.
So it’s not that new at all and having been creating designer bathrooms for many a year we can certainly say it’s not new here in the UK.
But why? Why have Australians started to and why have we Brits, for many years now, been spending more time and effort in our bathroom design and function?
Why would somewhere that we have to go, rather than somewhere we choose to go, be a place that requires so much thought, attention, cost and planning?
Why do we buy a house based on a bathroom – or kitchen for that matter?
Yes the garden and lounge and bedrooms get a look in, but you often hear that a kitchen or bathroom adds selling power.
Your bathroom is the heart of your home.
When you think about it, the bathroom is the first and last place that go to and the most used place… even more so than your kitchen. The toilet gets flushed more than the kitchen tap gets turned and most people visit the bathroom before the kitchen in morning.
Starting off your day well is important. Many successful business people attribute their success to a strict morning plan and of course in many manufacturing plants in the Middle East they perform exercise and yoga-style routines before the working day. Some Middle-Eastern companies even continue those tactics over here.
So the morning start is important. How you begin your day can impact on your day. Where do you start your day? Your bathroom.
We think investing time and money in your bathroom is incredibly important. Not because we sell bathrooms but because we firmly believe that a luxury bathroom can lift your house and your life.
Big promise? We don’t think so.
President Obama starts his day at 6:45 with a workout.
Winston Churchill reportedly woke at 7:30 and stayed in bed until 11am
Steve Jobs started his day with a question and famously told us in his speech to students graduating from Stanford: “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’
So the right start is important. We can’t all implement a yoga strategy or have the ability to go running around the White House. We can’t all have the drive and creativity of the late, great Steve Jobs and decide how we live and what we do… but we can start the day in a beautiful bathroom.
Think about that.
You can set your day to be the exact way you need and want it to be with your bathroom design. You can make yourself feel a certain way each day by creating the best bathroom and best environment for a great day… plus it puts you in a good mood!
Here’s a few ways a designer bathroom gives you a better start to your day.
Better bathroom lighting
The light in the morning wakes you up. The sun wakes up your circadian clock. Your circadian clock tells your brain when it’s time to wake or sleep. It’s similar to how birds know when to wake and when to sleep (think about the eerie moment during the recent eclipse when they all went silent).
So light in the morning is important to your brain and it’s also important to see your make-up, do up your tie, brush your hair and if you’re like Steve Jobs, look yourself in the mirror in preparation for the day.
Better bathroom storage
There’s nothing worse than a fumbling morning where you can’t find the things you need and when things don’t go to plan. With an organised life we can avoid this – and an organised bathroom is an essential part and start of this.
Clever storage and compartments in modern and designer bathrooms keep our lives running to routine and order by having everything in its place and to hand when you need it.
Nothing says “Morning” like a powerful shower. Although we recently blogged about showers waking you up being a myth they still give you a good boost in the morning.
A powerful shower certainly says “we’re ready” more than a weak and dribbling electric one, doesn’t it? Think about that amazing hotel you stayed in recently… the shower was amazing and it probably gave you a great feeling for the beginning of your day.
Better colour and designed bathrooms
Having the right tiles, colour and design can really impact on your bathroom and can make or break the overall look and feel. The best bathrooms look seamless and sublime and just… wow!
When you have a designer bathroom to start your day you’ll be lifted by just feeling like you’re a success. Don’t believe us? Think again about that amazing hotel room you stayed in recently.
Designer bathrooms give you more space
Many designer bathrooms or new bathrooms use space better. Designing how your bathroom is going to fit together and where you’ll place things is essential to the success of it. When you have a cramped bathroom where you bump into things or you feel enclosed and tight for space you’ll feel restricted.
In the morning you need to stretch (literally) so having space and the feeling of space is essential. Wake up to space, clean lines and clever design to give you the best possible start.
Designer bathrooms: give yourself the best start to your day
So no. We’re not surprised that bathrooms are being given more time, more money and more exposure in Australia (although we would argue that this probably isn’t overnight news).
Start your day off in the best possible way, every day.
If you need to reset your starting point and would like to see what we can create to give you the most successful and energetic start to your day then call us or visit our Warwickshire Bathroom Showroom now.