Give Your Bathroom a Spa Treatment

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I don’t know what it is about winter, but every year I find myself craving a cozy relaxing area to retreat to at the end of the day. Last year I created a cozy reading area, but this year I am all about recreating that sensation of the day spa in my own bath, but without excessive costs, and masseuse. I’ll show you how I recreated the day spa experience right in my own bathroom.

Add a Little Luxury

Going to a spa just feels so luxurious! If you want to recreate that spa environment, it doesn’t hurt to add a something that brings that feeling of luxury into space. There are little things you can do, like upgrade your showerhead, or replace your vanity with one with a modern look with more storage, where resources like Trade Winds Imports can help. Also, spas always feel warm and cozy, underfloor heating, can create this same luxurious sensation of warmth beneath your feet, and warm your whole room. Spas never feel sterile, which many modern bathrooms can suffer from, especially with cheap materials. If you want to capture the spa environment, pick a luxury investment piece you love.

Consider Your Colors

One of the best ways to totally transform a space without completely remodeling is with paint. The color scheme you select can have an amazing effect on the feel of your bathroom, and help transform your space into a spa-like sanctuary. There are different colors can enhance different moods, but most spas choose calming colors and organic neutrals. You can easily add that same serene spa feeling with a fresh coat of paint. Currently, some of my favorite spa-inspired colors are Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, Super White, also by Benjamin Moore, and Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.

Create a Soothing Playlist

That soft ambient music, that is always bubbling away in the background of spas, just has a way of quieting your mind and making you feel more relaxed. You can install speakers into the walls, or a quick fix is to simply put an Amazon Dot in the Bathroom and ask Alexa to play spa music, she’s got a playlist for that! Not a fan of traditional instrumental spa music? Go with whatever music you want calms and relaxes you! Maybe some jazz, 80’s easy listening, you do you!

Add a Touch of Nature

When you think of a spa environment, plants and nature are never far behind! If you want to easily embrace the spa feeling, add a few plants. The great thing about plants is that they can transform any space and breathe a little life into a room. With all the tile and hard surfaces, modern bathrooms can seem a bit cold and uninviting, a few plants can not only soften the space but also add visual beauty. The great thing with having plants in the bathroom is that they don’t just add life or turn it into a tropical paradise of sorts, they can add to your feeling of relaxation. The deep greens or vibrant colors of orchids or Japanese Peace Lilies can make your bathroom feel like an outdoor oasis. You will have to select your plants carefully, many plants don’t thrive well in humid environments. Orchids or ferns are great for a high humidity environment; and as an added bonus, they help to oxygenate the room.

Spa Scents

As a mom of 3 kids, when I think bathroom scents my mind doesn’t always conjure up images of relaxation. Keeping the bathroom smelling good not only makes it easier to relax and unwind in a hot shower or bath at the end of a long day, but make it feel cleaner and more attractive. I always associate lavender and eucalyptus scents with spas, and my favorite “spa blend” to diffuse in my bathroom is 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of lemongrass.  If you don’t have a diffuser just add a couple of drops of aromatherapy oil into the bath next time you bathe and feel yourself sink into a soothing sensation of relaxation.

Dim the Lights

Bathrooms are predominantly functional spaces, and lighting is usually designed with that mind, but an easy fix to bright overhead lighting is the dimmer switch! They are easy to install if you have a general knowledge of electric, but if not an electrician can probably swap out your standard switch for a dimmer switch in less than a half an hour. It gives you the ability to control the amount of light entering the space, so you crank up the lighting when you are applying make-up and dim the lights when you want to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa–like. Don’t forget candles, if you’ve had a long day and need a hot soak in the tub, round up your candles and tea lights and scatter them around the bathroom, run the tap, sprinkle in some bath salts, and sink in! Candles dotted around the bathroom create a lot of ambiance and coziness.

Make it your Own

Even if the bathroom of your dreams is a full remodel away, you can give your bath a spa treatment and create a sanctuary in the bathroom you do have by taking cues from day spas and 4-star resorts. All it takes is a few elements and thoughtful touches to evoke the spa-like atmosphere.

*This is a contributed post

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