You really want to play up the luxurious and relaxing aspects of a bathroom. Think of it as a quiet sanctuary to escape the hustle & bustle of the day. Just imagine drawing a warm bath and soaking for a a little while. Adding certain touches will soften the crisper elements of the space and make it feel more like a cocoon.
The first port of call when it comes to adding softness to this space is obviously with your towels. You know me, I love to mix and match, and texture in many forms really appeals. Laying your fabrics lets you offer a different experience to everyone and also becomes a place to play around with a vignette. Personally, I can't go past a Moroccan towel.
The Japanese bathing tradition is incredible. Even if you're not enamoured with the scalding hot baths, the accoutrements are stunning. In true Japanese style, intricate accessories bring so much the the bath houses. Take your cues from the focus on nature – seek out scrubbing brushes handmade from timber with sturdy bristles. The timber tones bring warmth to an often clinical white bathroom and make your daily washing routine more of a ritual.
Mirrors in a bathroom are taken for granted – the run-of-the-mill choice is a rectangle or circle (if people are feeling adventurous). But look at what a statement mirror can do! This space is given an entirely new focus and character thanks to the sailing ship mirror. The bevelled edge os great when showers get too steamy and will ensure the mirror doesn't get foggy. You can find your own boat mirror here.
In fact, lots of little mirrors bring much more vibrance to a bathroom and also help to up the natural light. Seek out interesting shapes and old shaving mirrors in second-hand shops to bring life to a bare wall in your bathroom.