Bathscaping: how to style a spa-like sanctuary
January 21, 2023
Bathscaping has become a buzzword among interiors influencers… but what is it? You may have heard of tablescaping – the art of styling a table to wow your dinner party guests (and legions of Instagram followers) – but how does one set about creating a bathscape?
What is a bathscape?
Creating a bathscape is all about styling your bath area to create a haven of relaxation that is stylish enough to show off on Instagram, but ideally still allows for a relaxing soak in the tub! A bath tray or bath caddy stocked with candles, salts and maybe even a cocktail, is pretty much essential, but it’s all about keeping your must-haves at arm’s reach. Nobody will judge you for watching Netflix on your iPad in the bath… in fact, it’ll probably score you extra likes in Instagram ‘scaping’ Olympics! But really, it’s all about creating your own little home spa.
Start your bathscape with the basics. Rather than having your bath mat on the floor, drape it over the bath to add texture and pattern to your space. If this doesn’t work for you, drape a statement towel or super fluffy robe. A bath tray is a must for a successful bathscape, especially if you’ve opted for a freestanding bath that doesn’t have ledges to display objects on. No matter your interior style, plants are a must in a bathroom to make your scheme feel more alive and in touch with the outside world.
Style a beautiful bath tray
Investing in a bath tray is a great place to start if you’re trying out bathscape ideas. Accessorise with a flickering candle, sprigs of eucalyptus, loofahs, salts and scrubs, face masks and, of course, a glass of your favourite tipple! A bath tray is also a great place to display that stylish coffee table book you’ve been meaning to flick through, although this may be more for the ‘gram than to improve your soak. But remember, it’s all about curating! Less is more and try to style a cohesive look.
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Boho interiors made a comeback in 2023, so why not unleash the jute, macramé and rustic finishes for your bathscape? Natural and worn finishes are key to this look, so if you have a salvaged bathtub, go to town! Add a rustic wooden stool, the perfect perch/table to display your essentials, some sort of upcycled bath caddy would be ideal, and keep colours earthy and neutral. Any products should be in brown or clear-glass jars – no plastic, please – and you could even incorporate a coastal theme by picking up some beach-themed ornaments or motifs.
If you’re more of a minimalist that cannot deal with any clutter in a bathroom, then check out this stylish bathscape idea. Keep things minimal by focusing on space and light. Any accessories should be pared-back and functional. A good quality basket to store your towels in, a Scandi-style bath tray and a matching dispenser and tumbler set are a good place to start.
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