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Is your bathroom a cell, or an escape?
Bathrooms aren’t typically thought of as places to just “get away,” which is unfortunate, because where else in your home do you get so much privacy? Turning on the television in your living room isn’t really an escape, because you are still surrounded by distractions. Reading in bed isn’t really an escape, because your spouse is probably right there with you, and can pull your attention away from your book at any moment.
But what if you were to seek out your television and book escapes in an environment that was more conducive to meditation, less prone to interruption? Imagine running a hot bath, dipping your body into the soothing waters, and cracking the spine on a fresh new book. The world falls away, and all that remains is you, the warm cleansing waters, and the words on the page.
I’ve been thinking about this lately because I stumbled across a post on Digs Digs that featured this cozy-looking bathroom library:
Just imagine that!
Now, of course, the homes featured on Digs Digs are often more “artistic” than functional because the site is dedicated to unique and innovative designs more than, for lack of a better word, practicality. But if your bathroom is large enough for a full-sized bath tub, then it is large enough for your own personal library. Whether it’s a ten-book shelf or a two-hundred-book shelf, having direct access to your own unique collection of beloved books is a simple, inexpensive luxury that can truly never be overstated.
If you’re a big reader and you’re remodeling your bathroom, or if you’re considering new ways to make it feel more “comfortable,” I would definitely recommend installing a bookshelf to help you pass away your bathroom time in total tranquility. Illuminate the bathroom with aromatic candles and get a waterproof neck pillow for the ultimate in bathroom bliss!
Bathrooms tend to get stereotyped as liminal, solely-functional places where the only “reading” that happens is in an old magazine, or the back of a shampoo bottle (we’ve all been there!) whilst sitting on the toilet. It’s time to challenge that! Bathrooms are the ultimate havens of privacy and relaxation. I can think of no better place to spend time reading or enjoying my favorite television show, without distraction, and with complete serenity.
If you are a home remodeler, challenge the old-fashioned limits of bathroom design. The bathroom is about you, and your relaxation. Make it feel like home.
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This article was brought to us by Mike Bowman, a prolific writer, avid reader, and self-avowed weekend warrior.