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Considering how much time we spend in our bathrooms—in the routine ablutions, the hushed phone calls, the muffled crying, or in trying out the hesitant ballet step—it is really a shame how we forget to add personality to these spaces. For me, a bathroom, should not just look like a million bucks but also feel like one. It should be my very own spa oasis—a haven where I can retreat when I want or need to shut out the crowd.
Given the importance of this physical space in our lives, I am all for luxurious upgrades and remodels—and the ‘point sensible’? It should be inspiring and non-generic. Here, is a complete guide giving you enough cues to ease bathroom decor for you.

Think, Reflect
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Most of us live with the frameless, square, unremarkable mirror that does nothing more than reflect our faces back. Give your bathroom’s decor a vintage touch with a large, antiquated rose colour gold-leaf frame-wall mirror. This does not have to be a venetian monstrosity—but an elegant quatre-foil inspired frame would be enough. For those who prefer the neoteric feel, a beveled mosaic-edge frame fits the bill. A back-light to the mirror will take the entire experience a few notches up. If the space allows, prop a full length mirror against the wall for that stately finish.
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Walls that talk

Do you know the most in-your-face-yet-missed-secret of a luxurious bathroom? It is a TV! Mount a sleek LCD on the wall opposite the bathtub to evoke (and enjoy) the feeling of sumptuousness. Tie it in with waterproof wooden, laminate tiles placed near the wet area and continued upwards as the bathroom TV wall décor.
A trade secret: Ditch the standard 1X1 or 2×2 tiles. Instead go in for larger slabs of tiles or flooring material to get that ritzy, expensive look.
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Art for the Soul
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Personalise your bathroom’s decor though a gallery walk that is an extension of your personality. Go ethnic with various Indian art forms, kitschy, pop, or safest, a nature theme. Your essentia, your pick.
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Sink and More
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Working on the sink will create a focal point that can dramatically enhance the look and feel of the bathroom decor. Given the space, you can opt for double sinks (reminiscent of hotels and resort bathrooms), or a single statement sink. A vessel sink is where my heart lies for the stature it commands. Indulge the inner décor maestro in you and pick a sink made either of colourful tempered glass, metal, marble, mother of pearl, or cheerful mosaic patterns (Check out Marrakesh from Kohler). Highlight the area around the sink with natural stones and pebbles cemented in to create a narrative.
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Lights for whims
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Hanging pendants, scones, brass lamps, a lone Moroccan-cutwork lamp casting its shadow on the walls—it’s all about creating the mood in a bathroom. (Leave the uber bright, functional lights for the vanity and the sink zone.) Think about installing soft, floor spotlights for the misty mood lighting. A dimmer will be very handy for those late night bathtub rituals.
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Extra Seating

Where do you think the gorgeous lasses prop their pretty selves on while they indulge their legs to a moisturizing treat? On the extra-seating in the bathroom of course (Not on the toilet seat!) Integrate an ottoman, a small stool, or a slim bench pushed against the wall to complete the feel of an elegant, upscale bathroom.
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Go sensory
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A bathroom is as much about invoking all your senses as it is about functionality. Multi-layer aromas from fragrant candles, room freshners, and bath accessories is all a part of the luxury experience. Prop a tea light candle here and a pot pourri there; keep the diffuser always ready; and the marble-inlaid bath tub tray with your wine glass, the book or music piece, and the customary flowers handy.
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Ankita A Talwar

Ankita A Talwar is an editor, writer, and media consultant. She constantly reminds herself, and the people around her, that the earth is worth fighting for.