Whether you want to dream of the Arabian nights, or shut out the world and immerse yourself in the luxury of a Turkish bath for a few precious moments a day, here are a few easy middle-eastern bathroom hacks that will give you a sense of sanctuary in your home.
Concentrate on colour and pattern
Nothing transports you more quickly to the bazaars and souks of the middle-east than vibrant colours and bold, geometric patterns. Introduce these elements to your bathroom and you’ll go a long way to creating the feel of retreat you are looking to achieve. Think rich turquoises and blues, aqua shades – lapis lazuli. In middle-eastern cultures, blues are considered to be protecting, associated with heaven, spirituality and immortality. Introducing these colours into your bathroom will tap into that vibe.
Bathrooms are traditionally tiled, and this is another easy way to bring geometric patterns, so strongly associated with the middle-east, into your bathroom. Not so much as to give you a headache: find beautiful, repeating patterns using two or three colours, to serve as a backdrop to your bath or shower, edge with a contrasting border tile, and compliment with white walls elsewhere in the room. You can also introduce middle-eastern inspired colour and pattern with fabrics, perhaps draped as a curtain falling over the door, or in your towels, robes and flannels.
The details count!
Introduce scented candles, muted lighting, an incense burner and you can quickly bring a more exotic feel to your bathroom, even if re-tiling isn’t in the budget. Seek out vintage brass-framed mirrors and pictures, an intricate light shade – taking inspiration from art deco or vintage trends can also help. The middle-east is a melting pot of cultures so don’t be afraid to incorporate individual touches to make your bathroom your own. Darker wood, lattice work, perhaps a screen to conceal the bath, or a simple shelf, would all add to a sense of the middle-east. Another easy way to bring this feel to your bathroom if you have the room is to introduce some opulent seating at the entrance of the room – even some scatter cushions on the floor, to bring a sense of anticipation to the room – a sense that this is not just about washing, but about luxuriating too.
A few key pieces will see your bathroom transformed into a middle-eastern retreat to make your bathing rituals one of the highlights of your day!