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5 Tips to Turn an Ordinary Bathroom into an At-Home Spa
December 22, 2017

The holidays are here! And despite being a festive time with our loved ones, the celebrations can leave us exhausted and overworked. Plus, in many regions, winter's chilly grip has tightened, and staying snugly at home is more appealing than ever.

Between a busy schedule and the frosty weather, a soothing bath is enticing. But what if you have an ordinary bathroom that lacks spa-like appeal? Here are 5 tips to bring a relaxing and luxurious ambiance to any bathroom.

1.) A fresh paint job can do wonders. I recommend earth tones and neutral colors such as white and light grey to create an airy atmosphere. Keep it crisp and clean.

2.) Incorporate natural materials. Natural stone (such as quartz) is a popular choice for countertops. Wood is another great texture for cabinetry, or wall panels to create a striking focal-point.

3.) A spa retreat does not need to be extravagant or over-the-top. Sometimes, the saying "less is more" rings true, and empty space is necessary. De-clutter your bathroom space (except for candles) by stowing away toiletries and miscellaneous objects.

4.) Ambient lighting is key. Combine natural light sources with layered LED lights to create a soothing environment. Some examples include dimmable recessed ceiling fixtures, lighted vanity mirrors, and hidden LED strips - for a soft and indirect touch.

5.) If a complete renovation is not in the works, here are some easy non-committal options:

  • Buy your favorite scented candle, a bath bomb, essential oils, or a facial mask. Splurge on at least one item you wouldn't normally buy for yourself.
  • Indulge in soft towels and linen.
  • Install a towel warmer to stay cozy after leaving the tub.
  • Consider a bath-side caddy or table. Place candles, a music player, an aromatherapy diffuser, or essential oils.
  • Incorporate luscious greenery. Hardy options include: bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, cast iron plants, crotons, peace lilies, snake plants, spider plants, and ferns. These species do well in bathrooms because they aren't fussy, don't mind temperature fluctuations or humidity, and don't need direct sunlight.

Even if you only buy a bottle of bubbles, I encourage you to slow down this holiday season and make time for yourself. Draw a hot bath and relax at home. You deserve it.