Turning Your Bathroom into a Home Spa
Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the spa? It’s a treat that everyone enjoys, but it can sometimes be tricky to get there as often as you’d like. If you’re finding it difficult to get to the spa, why not bring the spa to your home?
It’s not as crazy as it might at first sound. The spa is a getaway, a sanctuary, a place away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life. You might only need to make a couple of changes to turn your bathroom into such a sanctuary, and it doesn’t have to be too expensive.
In the long run, it might just make you feel more relaxed every single day. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to turn your bathroom into a home spa.
Get the lighting right
Spas are filled with soft light to enhance the feeling of calmness and relaxation, and this is one of the easiest things to replicate at home. There are a few ways you can alter the lighting in your bathroom.
While most bathrooms don’t feature a dimmer for the lights, you can illuminate the room with different sources of light.
If it’s during the daylight hours, an adjustable blind will work wonders for altering the way the light enters the room. You can either adjust it to get just the right amount of ambient light or shut out the outside world altogether.
If you choose this option, or it’s already dark outside, employ some candles to give the room a soft glow. Better yet, use scented candles to add the relaxing feeling by giving a hint of your favourite smells.
Whatever you do, try to avoid any sources of blue light (such as screens) as this will prime your body for action rather than letting you relax. (1)
Let your ears relax, too
Use a Bluetooth speaker or another portable device to play sounds or music in your bathroom spa – but preferably something that is waterproof. You can pick your favourite tunes to listen to, or services such as Spotify and YouTube provide “Spa” playlists with ambient background music to help you chill out.
Alternatively, use a noise generator to play white noise, sounds of the ocean, trickling streams, windchimes, or wind through the trees. All of these noises help you to shut out the outside world and feel much more comfortable. (2)
Use accessories to complete the image
Part of the fun of the spa is seeing the visual cues that remind you of where you are. Something as simple as a wooden tray that sits across your bathtub will put you in the right frame of mind. It’s also ideal for storing a book, a snack, or a drink – more relaxation tools!
Have plenty of clean towels available, and if possible, store them in wicker baskets. You can also use baskets to store other items like brushes, sponges, creams, and bodywash. Wicker or wooden bathmats will also improve the look of your home spa.
You can use vases of flowers, glass jars with brightly coloured pebbles or bath salts, and decorative arrangements of stones or shells.
Depending on your preference, you can use a luxurious bubble bath to feel like you are at the spa, or maybe some bath oil with flower petals floating on the top.
Of course, the most important thing to do with your tub is to ensure it is clean and clutter free. The ends of the bath often make an ideal home for bottles of this, that, and the other, and a cluttered view will not help you to relax. (3)
Even with your bath tidied up and full of your favourite addition, you still might want to take it a level higher.
Redesigning your bathroom
If you want to take it to the extreme, why not install a jacuzzi bath with built in bubble jet streams? You can enhance your shower with a massaging shower head, too.
While this can be quite expensive, other alterations you could make in your bathroom include simple things like repainting the walls or installing new tiles. Spas tend to have soft or earthy colour schemes, so making your bathroom a similar shade will help with the overall feel. (4)
Many spas generate steam by the use of hot rocks, which can be purchased for home use too. At the end of the day, it’s finding the balance that suits you – you can go all out and turn your bathroom into a complete replica of a spa, or you can make a few changes here and there that help you relax thoroughly and feel pampered when you’ve finished.
Whichever way you choose, you’ll be able to experience a visit to the spa much more often if you turn your own bathroom into a spa.
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