Guests seldom ask for the whereabouts of your “spa castle” or “relaxation sanctuary”. Not only because it’s weird. Usually, this is not the main reason for needing to visit the bathroom.
But to that, I say: why shouldn’t they? After all, home bathrooms offer so much more than just a safe space to clean up. Like most spa services, your bathroom is already a place you can relax whether in the shower or in a warm bath.
Just by adding simple additions such as relaxing aromas, luxurious accessories, and soothing color tones, you can create a personal retreat in the comforts of your home. To help you achieve your very own “relaxation sanctuary in your home” we have provided a few quick, easy and affordable tips.
The Chaos of Bathroom Clutter
The visual appeal of your bathroom is the key element for setting a spa-like vibe. It is near to impossible to relax, really in any space, if it’s filled with clutter. Studies show a minimalist style can help open up a room, giving the space a serene and restful feel. Therefore most spas tend to embrace the “less is more” philosophy.
Store any commonly used items such as makeup, hairdryers, hair brushes and commonly used toiletries out of sight. Put them under the sink or in an easily accessible location. Use storage baskets to organize the less-commonly used items. Store them in the back of a cabinet or on the top shelf of a storage closet.
If you live in an apartment, or a smaller space that does not provide much storage space, get creative. Shelving is always a small space’s best friend, especially with its ability to organize the various items you have in your bathroom. Consider installing tiers of open shelving to your walls.
Invest in clear glass jars for storing items such as cotton balls on your countertop. Use a wicker basket to display hand towels on top of the toilet tray or next to your bathtub. You can also place a tray on top of the toilet to hold your soaps, lotions, sprays and other items. Or, pour your soaps, shampoos, lotions, and potions into their own set of clear dispensers. This adds an additional layer of cleanliness that actually looks great on smaller bathroom countertops.
Choose Calming Colors
In the world of décor, bright colors are a great additional element for adding flair to a room. Just not in the bathroom.
If you don’t believe me, just take a quick look around next time you’re at the spa. Nearly every spa comes with walls painted in neutral color tones such as white, beige or blue. These colors create a soothing, clean and welcoming environment.
Nature-inspired colors, such as brown, gray and green give off an organic and calming effect. However, if you are working with a smaller space, go for a lighter, more neutral color scheme like beige, light gray and pale green.
Calm Scents for Your Senses
A true spa experience typically begins as soon as you step foot through the door. This is because most incorporate certain smells known to calm the senses and transition out of your hectic daily life.
And there are numerous easy ways to create your own aromatherapy oasis. Essential oils, scented soaps, lotions and scented candles are the cheapest, quickest and easiest way to create a similar spa smell. Recommended scents such as lavender, jasmine or eucalyptus contain natural aromas known for calming the senses. Consider lotions with these scents to help you get a good night’s rest.
You can also achieve this scent with non-body care products. Additional scented candles and oil diffusers not only help make your bathroom smell good but also add extra relaxation when surrounding the edge of a bathtub.
However, for forgetful people like myself, it might be wise to just stick with oil diffusers.
Avoid Over-the-top Accessories
Accessories play just as much of a vital role when it comes to creating a calming space. This could be considered the biggest issue when it comes to shower curtains. With the variety of fun and colorful patterns, it’s difficult not to select the trendy versus bland.
Sadly, you might as well go ahead and hang a giant disco ball from your ceiling. Sure, you might want to boogie down, but the distraction of a flamboyant, ornamental item isn’t going to help you settle down.
Good news? There are plenty of shower curtains in neutral colors with a simple, but also trendy, design. This is even the case for bathmats, rugs and various wall art.
Speaking of bathmats, these little square items are actually quite essential for creating a comfortable environment. Don’t punish yourself with a dingy piece of fabric you’re forced to step on every time you exit the shower. Instead, invest in a soft, plush, microfiber rug that could be considered a pillow for your feet. For bathrooms without showers, such as the guest or powder room, consider using a wooden slatted bathmat for guest bathrooms to create a natural, spa-like feel.
Flush Old Fixtures
Shower heads come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your individual preference, upgrading and installing a new shower head that fits your individual preferences is not only simple but also mostly inexpensive.
So why not pamper yourself by upgrading your shower with a new shower head? Many of these are equipped to massage the scalp, while also giving you the option of choosing the type of water pressure. If you are feeling a bit more swanky, consider investing in a waterfall shower, high pressure or hand-held shower head.
And it doesn’t stop with the shower head. Consider adding a bit of luxury by swapping out your old handles, pulls, and faucets. Replace your older bathroom fixtures with gold ones for an instant gilded update.
Create a Tranquil Tub
No at-home spa is complete without creating a tub containing the ultimate in relaxation. In most cases, baths are a means of relaxation versus getting super clean.
In order to up the relaxation game, you must first invest in deep scrubs, exfoliators and other types of toiletries meant to relax and rejuvenate. Pair these with brushes, loofahs or natural sea salt sponges for the ultimate spa treatment that happens to also double as décor.
Invest in a tub caddy that rests across the top of your tub. These convenient items are great for holding books, candles, cups of tea — really the sky is the limit. These come in a variety of styles from reclaimed wood to lucite, meaning you won’t have a hard time finding the right one for your particular style.
To really step up your bath game, try placing a small wooden stool next to the bathtub. Not only does it make for a great accent piece but it also serves the practical purpose of holding items such as washcloths or shampoo.
Mix in Nature
Believe it or not, plants are probably the most important piece of the equation for the overall spa façade.
By incorporating houseplants and flowers into your bathroom, you help create a healthy environment that instantly brings life into a room. Add low-maintenance plants such as succulents or air plants that not only have a longer lifespan but are also stylish.
You can also fill vases with fresh flowers, hang potted plants from the single or just simply placing potted plants in various areas of the bathroom to embrace the natural look. Try filling a vase with fresh flowers, hanging a potted plant from the ceiling or setting potted plants around the bathroom to embrace natural elements.
Just don’t go too crazy with the number of plants. Forest bathing should be reserved for camping, forest-bathers (yes these do exist) and various forms of natural wildlife.
Throw in the Towel
Let’s be honest: nothing says an ultimate spa experience like wrapping yourself in a worn-out, raggedy and rigid old towel?
Disagree? You should. Agree? No comment.
Basically, you should have a spa experience from beginning to end. You don’t want to undo all the relaxing, cleansing, and detoxing by punishing yourself by wrapping up in a stiff, cold towel.
Instead, invest in at least one of five-star spa-quality. Whatever you choose to call it — Turkish, Egyptian, Microfiber, Ringspun — if it’s soft, fluffy and absorbent, you can confidentially say you accomplished the full spa experience.
If you really want to go all the way, invest in a towel warmer. These popular bathroom additions create that heaven-on-earth feeling of wrapping up in a soft, warm towel after imbibing in a rejuvenating bath. Best news? They are offered in a variety of pricing, are easily storable, and have a wall-mounted design for space saving.
Now that you’ve transformed your bathroom into a spa retreat, it’s time to enjoy it.
Kick back, put on your favorite mud mask, close your eyes and enjoy the benefits of your newly created in-home spa.
Don’t forget to add your own personal touches. This adds an additional layer of comfort thanks to a design unique to your own personal style.
Do you have your own in-home bathroom spa? What elements did you incorporate to create your own relaxational style? Do you have any additional tips and tricks for making your home bathroom even more of a sanctuary? Feel free to leave any additional feedback in our comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you!