Given that so much of our daily wellness routine takes place in the bathroom, a mindfully developed, relaxing environment allows us the space to better decompress and recharge. By designing a personalized bathroom that caters to our individual needs, we gain the potential to enrich our overall sense of well-being.
According to interior design pro Shea McGee of Studio McGee, the path to this ideal bathroom retreat starts with a personalized space, soothing decor, and functional products that minimize clutter. We asked McGee, who’s known for her bright, clean aesthetic, to share her advice for transforming your bathroom into a tranquil sanctuary. Here are her top tips.
1. PICK A NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE
“Design has a great influence on the way we feel when we’re in a space,” said McGee. “When I walk into a well-designed bathroom, I feel a sense of calm—the perfect way to start and end your days.” She advises avoiding high-contrast hues and loud patterns, and instead opting for soft neutral tones. Your color palette is the key to creating a relaxing retreat.
2. MINIMIZE COUNTER CLUTTER
McGee acknowledges that, for functional reasons, some toiletry items must exist on the countertop. For those must-haves—she recommends no more than four—McGee suggests using pretty glass jars and decorative trays to add some style to the space. She also feels that a spa-worthy bathroom incorporates great storage so that it never looks messy. A tailored vanity with roll-out tool caddies and appliance trays is the answer for everyday essentials that aren’t counter-worthy.
3. STICK WITH ONE AESTHETIC
For McGee, the idea of reducing mess extends beyond just tidying up your surfaces. She warns of the common mistake of combining aesthetically different bathroom faucets in one space. “I love eclectic decorating, but I don’t think sink and shower faucet styles should be mixed and matched,” she said. “I find that [utilizing smooth textures and streamlined fixtures] minimizes visual clutter for better relaxation.”
4. CHOOSE AN ORGANICALLY SHAPED TUB
“A beautiful tub not only acts as a focal point, but is very functional as well,” said McGee. Deep soakers with rounded edges, like the tubs in the Veil Collection, are a minimalist’s dream. The organic shape can offer better lumbar support, leaving you feeling as if you’re being cradled.
5. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SHOWER
A thoughtfully designed shower can have a significant impact on your daily routine and can completely transform your mood—which is likely one of the reasons that McGee tries to incorporate at least two showerheads and thermostatic trim in each bathroom she designs. This way, her clients “can achieve the perfect pressure and temperature balance,” she noted. Focus on features that enhance your experience, such as your “ideal spray” or a customized rinse that incorporates elements of massage and restoration.
6. DESIGN MOOD LIGHTING
“I like to mix [recessed] lighting, a chandelier over the tub (or fixture in the middle of the room), and sconces either next to or above the mirrors,” said McGee. “The layered lighting creates different moods for different times of day.”
7. ADD A FEW SPECIAL TOUCHES
Putting together a therapeutic space for you and your family is just as important as designing a beautiful one. “[Choose] one or two luxuries that tip the scale to loving instead of just liking your bathroom,” said McGee. “This could be anything from an outlet inside your drawer for a curling iron to a perfectly organized makeup drawer.”
If you’re ready to make your dream bathroom a reality, but don’t feel prepared to tackle the project on your own, our Bathroom Design Service team can help get the process started. A consultation will have you one step closer to creating a soothing space designed to meet your daily needs and enhance your personal well-being.