Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to make a rainforest out of your bathroom

What could be a more relaxing getaway than a rainforest-themed bathroom? With the right shower, furniture and decor choices, you can make your lavatory a jungle-inspired escape. 

Invest in a quality shower

Make the shower the central focus of your bathroom. Designers hoping to capture the essence of a rainforest in this space are in luck: Several shower fixtures out there are designed to encapsulate falling rain. 

A steam shower will snatch you from reality and transport you to the Amazon. These fixtures are available in numerous styles with a plethora of luxurious features. To fit in with your bathroom's theme, choose one with wood paneling and a glass door. The shower's steam generator will mist you head to toe while its blue or green overhead lighting fills the space around you. You may even be able to find one with a built-in sauna and an acupuncture massage option.

These amenities, coupled with an oversized rainfall shower head, will make you feel like you're in a jungle. The showers even have auxiliary hook ups, so you can play soothing nature sounds through the speakers to totally complete the experience.

Install natural fixtures

When choosing the furniture for your bathroom, go with wooden and stone mediums to accompany your theme. 

Houzz showcases a lavatory lined with natural stone tiles on the floor. The bathroom vanity is made out of light-hued wood. Rather than a traditional basin sink on top, this vanity boasts a concrete sink reminiscent of a hollowed-out rock. The mirror over the surface is also surrounded by wood, but a few shades darker. 

Besides the vanity, you may also find wooden medicine cabinets and shelving for the bathroom. Instead of painting the walls, use natural stone wall tiles to line the surfaces of the room. 

Find nature-themed decor

Rely on plants to decorate this bathroom. You'd be surprised just how many bamboo-based items are on the market. Line the walls of the room with bamboo sticks or perhaps hang a bamboo screen over the door. 

HGTV showcases a rainforest-themed bathroom with truly wild decor. The designer filled the area with real trees that twist around the sink and hug the side of the toilet. Vines crawl over several of the bathroom's surfaces.

You don't have to go so far with your bathroom, but a few potted plants alongside the rest of your facility's amenities will make the space a true oasis.