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Louise Karsten of Pretoria writes My husband and I recently bought our first home and we’re renovating it, room by room. The accessories and tiles are all still in excellent condition, although the finishes are a bit outdated. While we’d love to give the bathroom a complete overhaul someday, for now I’d like to make it feel a little more like a retreat. Where do I start?

Kim Williams, interior creative and behaviour specialist, replies: With intuitive and carefully considered design, bathrooms have the potential to be functional, beautiful and instrumental in reducing anxiety. The aim is to create a soothing environment in which you can relax and feel revitalised after a long day. Consider these easy, budget-friendly tips:

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