Are bathrooms just for taking bath/washing off? I bet to disagree!!!!
Else, why will someone pay so much attention to the design of his bathroom, putting up expensive WC, washand basin, bath tub, television,and even a sound system?
As a Quantity surveyor, I am privy to be involved in the construction of residential buildings (it’s my work anyway). I remember when I just started working and was given a toilet renovation on the “highland” to project manage, the cost of renovation alone ran into millions of Naira, and I am like– “why spend so much on just a bathroom“, do you want to be sleeping there? But when we had finished renovating the place, I could really see the reason for spending so much. There was just this aura and comfort that came out of the place ,it looked like a small palace and I just felt like sleeping there all day , but then we had to pack our baggage and leave the man’s house.
Copy Copy me, I stole inspiration from there and started thinking of how to touch up ‘’my own bathroom’’ at home. I knew fully well that I wouldn’t be able to afford all the kind of fittings used in that ” big man’s bathroom’ ’ but there was something I could at least do. So I went to a nearby decoration store and bought nice bathroom decorations, changed my toilet mirror to something more fanciful, changed my shower curtain, bought a new white towel and yes my bathroom came alive instantly.
I discovered that after I did this small touch up to my bathroom, I started spending more time there. I would often spend minutes just viewing the decoration and guess what; different inspirations started flooding my mind. Fantastic!!!!!!
I took the experience a bit further. I put small sticky notes on my toilet walls, just above the WC and I started scribbling down ideas on them ,from shapeless drawings, to codes, to abbreviations, just anything that came to my mind ……. my bathroom became my ”favourite spot” in my small room.
This was just what I needed. I had always been looking for a place to cool off and refresh my ideas from time to time and of course I wanted a place I could easily access anytime , not necessarily always booking one 5 star hotel because I want to retreat (for my mind)!!!
Here’s my gist, we all need a place where we can easily access, cool off and re-strategize, somewhere homely and user-friendly, where our minds can come alive and be productive. For me, my bathroom was just the place I needed for that, yours might be the balcony, kitchen, garden area, studio, bedroom or even a dark room. Wherever the place is, once you have been able to discover it, spice it up to suit your taste and start using judiciously.