Give Your Bathroom the Spa Treatment

Use simple, chic accessories to turn your boring bathroom into a 5-star spa getaway.
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November 12, 2014
By: Jennifer O'Neil and Kitty O'Neil

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Candlelit Spa

A spa bathroom lets you pamper yourself with little indulgences for a fraction of what you'd spend at the spa. To create your own spa bathroom, just think "relaxing" with calming candlelight, soothing scents, and big, fluffy towels. Then add a few personal touches to create your own retreat in the middle of a bustling household.

Decorating Scents

A spa experience always starts with the aroma, calming scents help you transition from traffic-mode to tranquil. Get the same effect in your own home with personal aromatherapy blends. Add aromatic essential oils to drugstore Epsom salts for a professional mineral bath that is a treat for the senses. To refresh and revitalize, try scents like tea tree and eucalyptus. Ylang ylang and neroli are perfect before bedtime.

Personalized Storage

Dress your counter with elegant glass jars and fill them with lovely bath products like bath salts, makeup pads and cotton balls. They not only add a personal touch to your spa bathroom but also clear the counter of unwanted clutter. Decorate the containers with door numbers tied with twine. Finally, add a glass vase of blooming flowers to your countertop, nature's own aromatherapy.

Dim the Lights

A spa should make you feel good and look good, so do like the spas do and lower your lighting. Turn off the overhead and place small jar candles on the counter and candle tins around the tub. Don't be afraid to mix large and small pillars with votives and tea lights; just choose a single scent to keep the aromas from clashing.

A Perfect Perch

The finest spas have a serene space where guests can relax while they leave the stresses of the day behind. Create your own relaxation zone with a sleek teak stool, the perfect perch for a foot soak. To make an authentic footbath, fill a large bowl with warm water and your own aromatherapy salts. Now you can give your feet a pampering pedicure without teetering on the side of the tub.

Invest in Linens

What good is a spa visit if the towels aren't as soft as clouds? Instead of regular bath linens, go for oversized, super-soft bath towels. These ultra-plush linens are so big they'll warm you from head to toe — literally. To complete the spa effect, hang a natural cotton shower curtain from simple chrome hooks. Then add a matching bath rug, the richest you can find. Your footsies will thank you.

Essentials at Your Fingertips

What's the best reason to have a spa bathroom at home? You can soak in the tub however long you want. With a hanging bath tray, your bath essentials will always be at your fingertips. Fill your tub caddy with exfoliating oatmeal soap, a pumice stone, and a natural loofah sponge. An organized space is a relaxing space, and that's what a spa bath is all about.

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