How to Transform Your Bathroom Into a Spa

| October 3, 2012

new bathub spa and jacuzziTransforming your bathroom into a spa is a great way to create a vacation atmosphere in your home. Here are tips for creating an at-home spa.

Choose a soothing color scheme

Avoid painting your walls white, which gives a stark look to a room. Instead, steer toward warm, soothing tones, such as blues and greens. Do the same with any bathroom furniture in the room. Opt for cabinets, shelving and hampers in light and neutral tones.

Take advantage of technology

A wide variety of spa-inspired bathroom products allows you to replicate the spa experience in your home. If renovating is in your plans and budget, consider including elements such as a whirlpool-style bathtub, large luxury shower with seating and multiple high-end shower heads, a rain dome, steam shower and even a sauna. A skilled bathroom renovator can help you incorporate new spa products created for the home bathroom.

Decorate the ceiling

Considering that when you’re lounging in the bathtub you find yourself gazing upward, it’s important to offer the eyes something pleasing to look at when it comes to the ceiling. Rather than painting the ceiling a solid color, consider adding visual interest by painting clouds or a mural, or attach items such as decorative glass tile in a pleasing pattern.

Install soothing lighting

Create a quiet mood by using ambient lighting with dimming fixtures and accent lighting. Install lights around the base of the bathtub so when you bathe in the dark, the area is safely lit up. Strategically placed lighting can also be used to highlight various areas of the room, including locations with artwork.

Accessorize with care

Carefully consider the accessories to include when transforming your bathroom into a spa. When deciding what to highlight, keep in mind that spas tend to be uncluttered. Rather than filling the shower with all of your bathing products, install decorative dispensers on the walls.

With the help of an interior designer, edit your current bathroom belongings and then purchase one or two focal pieces that add to the décor of the room, such as artwork like a painting or sculpture, as well as eye-catching, decorative bottles for your lotions and creams.

Provide good scents

Soothing aromas are a key ingredient of the spa experience. Scented candles and aromatic bath oils and salts work especially well to create a relaxing mood and bring good scents to the room.

Remember the power of touch

How things feel is an important part of creating a spa in your bathroom. Consider adding products such as towel warmers, big, fluffy towels and soft carpeting. If you have tile or stone flooring, soften the space with plush area rugs.

Transforming your bathroom into a spa is an enjoyable experience that allows you to create a soothing sanctuary conveniently located in your own home.

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Category: Bathrooms, Home & Garden, Interior Design

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Julie Bawden-Davis is a Southern-California-based writer specializing in home and garden, real estate, small business and personal finance. Since 1985, her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur and The Los Angeles Times. Julie is a University of California Certified Master Gardener and has written five gardening books, including Reader’s Digest Flower Gardening.