Commonly, a spa is a place that gives you a sense of calm and makes you feel relaxed, refreshed, and even a little pampered. And this is entirely because spa retreats are carefully and meticulously designed to create a soothing atmosphere, ideal to relax and unwind.
And you can do the same with your bathroom and create a spa-like serene environment by resorting to some simple tricks or methods. There is no need to break the bank or go for any major remodeling project.
Just a few simple tweaks, such as incorporating various soothing elements, upgrading your lighting and plumbing fixtures to create a lot of soft tones, minimizing clutter, etc., should do the trick for you.
So, if you’re interested in how to improve your bathroom to transform the space into a spa-like retreat, read on and the next few tips we are sure will come in handy for your purpose.
5 Tricks to Create a Spa-like Atmosphere in Your Bathroom
1. Treat Your Plumbing Fixtures as Pieces of Jewelry!
The sink, toilet, tub, and shower are the central pieces in your bathroom, so make sure to choose or upgrade them carefully. You may go for matching colors, smooth and plush textures, and so on.
We recommend you visit an upscale brick-and-mortar bathroom décor store in your vicinity and have a look around to get a feel for the things. This will often equip you with fresh inspiration as to how to decorate your bathroom.
For example, you may consider adding a steam shower or a rainfall showerhead and this will exude a sense of luxury and extravagance much as in a spa.
Similarly, adding a wooden bathtub tray is another great idea. Luxurious and decadent, the tray would be just right for placing stuff like a soothing cup of tea, a book, a glass of wine as well as different bath accessories.
2. Surround Your Bathroom with ENOUGH Softness
Fill your bathroom in with luxurious bath mats, plush rags, fluffy slippers, and cozy robes—and last but not least, stacks of soft and sumptuous TOWELS. Just imagine in your mind’s eye—what says spa more than fresh stacks of neatly folded plush and fluffy towels?
From Pima cotton to long-staple Egyptian and Turkish cotton to quick-absorbing microfiber, choices are many when you shop for luxurious bath towels.
If you want to take it a step further, you may also consider building individual collections of towels with different designs and textures. Now, the next thing is to properly store the towels.
You may stack them neatly on a shelf, put them rolled in inside large wicker baskets, or place them over a towel bar. We also recommend investing in a towel warmer to benefit from the soothing and nurturing warmth of readily heated towels at home.
3. Make Space for Nature
Add a variety of houseplants to create a tranquil atmosphere in your bathroom and fill it in with energy, personality, and colors. Use potted plants and place them strategically on the floor, ledges, and counters. Also, use hanging plants if feasible. Vines trailing down attractively from upper shelves would be another nice touch.
When incorporating plants in your bathroom, keep in mind though that not all houseplants can thrive in the usually warm and humid temperatures of the bathrooms. For your benefit, here’s a list of 14 plants that flourish well in a bathroom environment:
- Chinese evergreen
- Aloe Vera
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
- Snake Plant
- ZZ Plant
- Spider Plant
4. Incorporate Aromatherapy
This is one of the easiest methods to set off a tranquil mood in your bathroom. Science is yet to fully discover the reasons why but it’s a fact that certain scents (ylang-ylang, rosemary, lavender, and many more) can do wonders to our senses, soothe our nerves and transport our minds to a serene and peaceful state.
Some simple ways to incorporate aromatherapy in your bathroom involve using scented soaps, lotions, candles, essential oil diffusers, etc. There are plenty of quality products available out there, so choose what suit you best.
5. Use Colors and Lighting to Create the Right Atmosphere
Always pay enough attention to the overall color scheme of your bathroom. Avoid high-contrast pairings and instead use soft, neutral tones to create that soothing environment.
Stay on the softer side, but at the same time, always look to create gradations through all the different elements in the bathroom (wallpaper and paints, the color of the different fixtures and accessories as well as plants, artworks, decorative accents, towel collections, and so on).
A great idea is to pair neutral and warm tones with nature-inspired colors, such as sky blue, seafoam green, etc. This way, you’ll be able to create a tranquil palette that will look right out of a luxurious spa!
Finally, proper lighting can make a world of difference to the overall ambiance and mood of your spa bathroom. Mix both bright lights and softer shades for your downlights and spotlights (meant for all-over illumination).
Adding feature lighting, on the other hand, will guide attention to the key spaces around the bathroom, such as the shower, the mirror (task lighting), the bath, and the shelves (under shelves lighting).
Lastly, make sure to install a dimmer switch to alter the ambiance as and when preferred. Dimmed lighting does a great job of creating a restful and soothing ambiance.
Follow the above tips and you can experience a spa-like escape every day at your own home. You may go overboard if you can afford it, but as mentioned above, it is not necessary at all.
Just be creative with your budget and plans and you can have your sanctuary in the form of your bathroom with little difficulty. In case you’re in doubt as to how to go about it, we recommend engaging the services of a professional for proper advice and guidance.