5 tips for a healthy bathroom
1. Lay the right foundation
Bathrooms can be centres for self-care, but they can also be hotspots for health issues if not built properly. Prevent issues with mould and mildew by using a Schluter shower system to ensure a completely sealed envelope for your wet room. Planning for excellent ventilation is another top priority. Further, hire a licensed plumber to ensure there are no hidden leaks behind the walls after your fixtures are installed.
2. Avoid hidden toxins in your building materials
When it comes to the finishes in your bathroom, there are many that contain hidden toxins. Paint and cabinetry are two significant contributors of VOC’s and formaldehyde. To avoid this, seek out formaldehyde-free MDF from a company like Columbia Forest Products, and choose VOC and formaldehyde-free paint from AMF Safecoat. AMF Safecoat also offers a VOC and formaldehyde-free caulking for sealing around showers and tile.
3. Integrate this focus on wellness into adjacent rooms in your home
Your bathroom is not the only room in your house that can be impacted by hidden toxins in paint finishes, flooring, cabinetry and furnishings of all kinds. To ensure that your indoor air quality is contributing to your wellness rather than hijacking your health, integrate a Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde air purifier to remove those hidden toxins. I suggest starting in the bedroom as it’s often the room connected to your bathroom and the space we spend a third of our lives in. The Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde will measure and remove mould spores that could develop and migrate from the bathroom using UVC light and HEPA filtration. It doesn’t stop there, though, because it will also measure and remove harmful VOC’s and formaldehyde. That means it will actively measure and capture toxins from everything from off-gassing furniture to the hairspray you use every morning.
4. Integrate wellness rituals into your design
If your budget allows, consider how you can design your space to set yourself up to embrace wellness rituals in your everyday life. Adding a steam shower from Mr. Steam is an amazing way to bring the detoxifying and decompressing powers of the thermal cycle spa to your home.
5. Allow beauty to feed your soul
Consider the kind of vibe you want in your bathroom. If it’s meant to be a retreat for you, then think about your favourite spas or vacation destinations and consider using them as inspiration for your colour palette. Generally speaking, quieter, natural colour palettes are more soothing in bathroom spaces. They’re also timeless and thus more future-proof when it comes to resale.
As an internationally published designer and sought-after expert on sustainability and wellness for the home, Sarah Walker combines the visual power of interior design with a deep understanding of how our interior environments can nurture our health and wellbeing.