Spa bathrooms and wellness

Comment from Steph Harris, product manager at Showerwall

Bathrooms have always been a sanctuary but how have people’s attitudes towards the bathroom changed since the start of the pandemic?
Since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a move towards mindful living as people prioritise health and wellness. As a result, consumers are increasingly looking to transform their bathrooms into personal havens that can aid relaxation and provide an escape from the stresses of the outside world.

Due to the pandemic, people are also much more conscious about hygiene now than they have ever been. The bathroom is a place in which people like to escape and unwind and to be able to do that, it’s important that it feels clean, fresh and safe.

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With spas closed and holidays left on the backburner, has this caused a rise in people’s desire to have a spa-like bathroom in their own homes?
Spending more time at home is encouraging people to invest in their properties, and demand for spa-style bathrooms, which can have a huge impact on mental and physical wellbeing, is increasing. There is definitely a desire to create a tranquil at-home spa where people can escape from the crazy world outside.

With spas closed and holidays off the cards for the time being, homeowners are increasingly looking to their bathrooms to provide wellness and relaxation.
Lockdown is also freeing up money that people may have previously spent on a holiday to finance home renovations, which is helping consumers realise their desire to have a spa-like bathroom in their own home.

How can a client on a limited budget afford a spa like bathroom?
Seamless design is key to creating a spa-style bathroom and large-format wall panels offer that luxurious look at an affordable price point. Advances in print quality and surface textures enable laminate designs to mirror the aesthetics of natural marble and stone, but with the high performance, easier maintenance and a lower price point of a man-made material.

Easy to clean and maintain, stylish, grout-free wall panelling creates a seamless aesthetic that allows homeowners to create a spa like bathroom on a modest budget, for example with a large walk-in shower. The panels are very easy to install which also helps keeps project costs down.

Clean lines create openness and provide the sense of luxury that you would experience at a spa. Large-format bathroom wall panelling can also help make smaller bathrooms seem more spacious.

With the vast range of designs available in the market, wall panelling provides a great way to create that spa feeling. Whether it’s a grand luxurious look with marble and stone effects, or living closer to nature with more botanical designs, consumers can replicate the spa experience at home with stylish bathroom wall panelling.

Wellness is not just about physical space but also about emotions and mental health, how can designers create a holistic space?
The wellbeing trend is another consequence of everything that’s happening in the world right now. Biophilic design has become a key interior trend when it comes to improving wellness, as bringing natural touches into the home can enhance moods and reduce stress and anxiety. Advances in print quality and surface textures mean bathroom wall panels that replicate the beauty of natural marble and stone without the price tag are readily available, as are panels in nature-inspired colours and designs.

It’s also important to express the client’s personal preference and individual style and look at what shapes or colours make them feel happy.

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Showerwall’s Botanical print wall panelling will bring the outdoors in with it lush, leafy design. It is part of the Showerwall Custom Collection and printed on 4mm-thick, large-format acrylic panels available in widths of 896mm or 1220mm x 2400mmH. The material is 100% waterproof, hygienic, easy to clean and maintain and backed by a 10-year guarantee.

Combining the luxurious look and feel of stone with a surface that is hygienic and easy to maintain, Showerwall’s Gold Slate Gloss wall panelling will add a touch of understated elegance to any spa-style bathroom. These watertight HPL panels are 10.5mm thick and available in widths of 579mm, 900mm, 1179mm or 1220mm x 2440mmH with a 15-year warranty.

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Emerald Subway

Showerwall’s Emerald Subway bathroom wall panelling achieves the popular metro tile look with the convenience of a smooth, grout-free, high-performance surface that can be installed in a fraction of the time and expense of traditional tiles. The hygienic, easy-clean, waterproof acrylic panels come in widths of 896mm and 1220mm, are 2400mm high and 4mm thick. They have a 10-year warranty.