Personal home spas have become a common feature of modern homes, so more and more homeowners decide to transform their own bathrooms into retreats. Not only can this elevate your home décor, but it will also provide you with an opportunity to indulge yourself in a soothing spa experience right in your personal sanctuary. From bathroom design to treatment ideas, you can bring the spa to you in just a few steps.
Deal with clutter
The key to creating a soothing ambiance in your bathroom is designing a subtle environment free from clutter. You don’t need any distractions during your spa day. Instead, everything around you should exude tranquillity and serenity. Thus, it becomes rather obvious that your home spa has no room for clutter. You should keep all your bathroom toiletries, makeup and other products out of sight. Your surfaces should be clean and clutter-free, filling your bathroom with a sense of openness and relaxation.
Although this isn’t a necessary step for organising a spa day at home, it can be a long-term improvement that will prep the area not for one, but many relaxing spa days. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take time to transform your bathroom into a home spa. Not only will this give your bathroom a fresh, new look, but it will also enrich your experience. Thus, you should consider painting your bathroom in calming tones, such as soft blues and greens, whites and off-whites, beiges, tans, etc. This will create an environment of peacefulness, perfect for a spa.
Set up the scene
Your environment will greatly affect your mood, so it’s important that you capture the spirit of spa-inspired designs. In modern bathrooms, elegant freestanding baths take the central stage as the mesmerising focal points that inspire relaxation. If you have one, you can add a stylish bath caddy for a truly indulgent effect and soak in a calming scented bubble bath. However, if you don’t have one, you can either treat yourself to a new tub or install a luxe massage showerhead.
As for spa-inspired decorations, plants are always a great way to create a retreat-like vibe. In addition, that will make the entire environment more enjoyable and open. You should also introduce scented candles that will fill your bathroom with a soft glow and seductive aroma. You should go with scents that promote relaxation, such as rose, chamomile and lavender.
Furthermore, you should consider upgrading your lighting, too. Installing dimmers will enable you to change the ambience depending on your needs. You can have brighter lights when applying certain treatments and then dim the lights when you decide to soak in a relaxing bath.
Add lush materials
Lush, soft materials will only add to the entire experience and make you feel as if you were in a distant retreat. You should introduce soft towels and bathrobes and a pair of comfy slippers. Introducing a plush area rug will create an atmosphere of comfort and cosiness in your home spa. You can even bring the entire experience to another level and get a towel warmer that will keep your towels warm and cosy. Just imagine wrapping yourself up in a warm towel after a long, soothing bath.
Play some tunes
It’s easy to get wrapped up in your thoughts when you’re sitting in silence. However, on your spa day, you should relax both your mind and your body, and background music will help you do this. You should make a list of calming tunes that will help you get into the relaxing mode. You can find great lists on YouTube, but make sure to pick truly relaxing music. Whether it’s meditative Zen music or subtle sounds of piano keys, it’s important that the soundtracks keep you truly relaxed.
Get the treatments ready
After preparing the venue for your spa day, you should start gathering all the supplies for your spa treatments. From bath salts and fragrant shower gels to face masks, nail polish, hand creams and other items, you should indulge yourself in quality products. Manicure, pedicure and facial treatments are an essential part of every spa experience, so make sure to plan for each stage. You can set up different zones around your bathroom or neatly organise the treatments.
You can also try some homemade solutions using everyday ingredients. For instance, you can make a face mask out of used coffee grounds and honey, apply it and then gently wash it off.
Prep the bath
For true and complete relaxation, you should soak in a calming bubble bath. When adjusting the bath temperature, you might want to set it a few degrees higher than you would. This will prevent your bath from becoming cold quickly. After pouring in some salts, you should soak in and simply unwind. If you have a bath caddy, place some healthy snacks or a glass of wine for complete indulgence.
Enjoying a spa day at home is a perfect way to relieve stress and treat yourself. And if you decide to style up your bathroom, you’ll be able to have such a soothing experience whenever you want.
Will Sandford is a Sydney based wood architect, blogger and contributor on interior design and ecology blogs. Besides that, he is also interested in home improvement combined with green technology. In his spare time, Will enjoys surfing and rock climbing. He is also a regular contributor to SmoothDecorator. Connect with him on Twitter.
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