Cleanliness is next to godliness.
We often take for granted our bathrooms but when you think about it, it is where important water rituals take place. Every culture on earth has a spiritual reverence for water and uses water symbolically in ceremony, christenings, baptisms, and initiations.
Water ceremonies and rituals have been around for centuries. It is one of the core earth elements - it is our life source. It is purifying and cleansing and renews us, every day. There are few things more refreshing than a shower or soothing than a warm bath.
And we all have our own rituals, or daily washroom routines, that we perform. Figuring out where to place your electric toothbrush and hand towel are equally as important as the scents you select for your bath soap and what towels you choose. Or perhaps there is a certain place you want to transport yourself to while bathing. Read below for tips on how to create a high vibe washroom.
Interior Design, Decorating
Keep it simple
A picture and complementary shower curtain go a long way in this small bathroom.
Textiles are a great way to balance the colors in a bathroom and pull them all together. Here, we found a shower curtain that pulled together the bluish gray wall with the orange yellow hued vanity.
Balancing color (Before)
I happen to love the retro, funky bathrooms (with high quality tile) you find in classic San Francisco apartments. Don't let multi-colored tile scare you. Learn to play with it! In this case, I chose to visually balance the kaleidoscope of color below the chair rail and white above it by using white bath towels and mat and adding a pop of color using a green and black DIY valance and hanging plants from the ceiling.
Jungle fever (After)
I played off of the jungle vibe of this purple and green bathroom by adding a banana leaf curtain (pro-tip - this was a sample piece of fabric that we cut to size and clipped up). I added a few hanging plants to bring some nature indoors. The flirty bath mat plays off of the playful green and purple color scheme.
Since the linen closet for this bathroom is located in the hallway, I wanted to add a place for extra toilet paper and room spray within reaching distance. I found this inexpensive shelf at Hobby Lobby which provided just the right amount of added storage above the toilet for those practical items. I grouped a few additional decor items (grouped in threes) to balance out the shelf.
A touch of the blues
Blue and indigo are the colors associated with your throat and third eye chakra. I loved adding this acrylic buddha and indigo and white porcelain jar to this bathroom to serve as a reminder to face the day willing to speak your mind and open to the possibilities. During my morning ritual, I often repeat the following Course in Miracles prayer into the mirror 'Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What miracles of love shall I perform? What miracles of love shall I receive?'
I wanted a place to display these feather and shell necklaces that I had picked up in Bali a few years ago and decided to turn them into wall art. Known as the Philosopher’s shell, the small, smooth white cowry shell represents increased fertility, energy and injects new vitality to the wearer’s life. The white feathers symbolize peace, protection and divine help. An emblem of beauty and perfection, It was the perfect touch in the spot where I put my makeup on - or war paint as one suggested.
Elevating your shower
There’s something about standing on natural materials that makes me feel more grounded. I added these simple teak outdoor tiles to my shower, and it brings me back to Bali every time I step inside. Teak, which is water and rot resistant, is considered a holy wood, said to bestow blessings. There’s no better way to start the day than receiving blessings from this sacred material. I purchased these snap-in-place tiles @ikeausa.