Making Your Own Spa-like Master Bathroom
So, you had a wonderful trip to the spa and fell in love with it—makes sense! Now you want that same experience as often as possible—makes sense again! There are ways you can customize your own master bathroom to get a similar stress-relieving, rejuvenating, spa-like experience.
Turning your master bathroom into a home spa can be as straightforward or as complicated as you want. There are small and simple ideas to enhance your bathroom into a space for living well easily or overhauls that will make it feel like you're at the spa down the road.
Start by setting up a "wish list," and then consider the practicalities according to your budget.
Picture it in your mind
Brainstorm what you like most about going to the spa and write it down, even if it may seem impossible—that's how brainstorming works! Write your list as if you had an unlimited budget. If you have a partner, sit with them, look at pictures of bathrooms in magazines, check out our Pinterest board, then write your lists and compare them. Doing it together will help clarify the expectations you both have. Decide between "needs" and "wants," which may involve compromise.
Think 'warmly' about it
If you're building from scratch, think about underfloor or "radiant" heating for the bathroom floor. If not, consider warming up the floor with thick pile rugs or mats to stand on instead. If remodeling, think of where to put a dedicated room heater to make that single space snuggly warm. Speaking of heaters, think about your water heater. This is an opportunity for a water heater replacement. It needs to be big enough to provide hot water for a bath or a long shower, or maybe both!
Some other fun things to have on your wish list are towel heaters and a heated toilet seat.
Light up the place
The right lighting is crucial for a spa-like bathroom. When you want to relax, you need a dimly lit room. Consider installing a good adjustable window shade that will allow for a variety of light—one that can block almost all the light from outside if needed. This will be handy for when you need relaxation mid-day. Light some candles and take a long soak.
When you want to be revitalized, you need natural light. That same adjustable window shade will come in handy to let in the sunlight. Some newer shades offer a privacy screen where the sun can still come in, but the eyes stay out. Learn about the many ways natural light can benefit you both mentally and physically in this blog post.
What if you don't have a window in your bathroom? Get one! Check out our bathroom remodeling tips in this other blog post. If you're not up for this level of commitment, the next best thing is to install a dimmer on your bathroom lights to lower or raise them to meet your mood.
Transform the space by redecorating
Change your bathroom's mood completely by painting the walls a different color, don't just leave them plain white. Think of colors that beautify the space but also have a soothing effect on them. PPG Paints has some great color ideas in this article.
Who says art has to be excluded from bathrooms? Hang a picture or two, be it a beautiful painting or an inspirational quote.
Add some greenery! House plants beautify and add a feeling of freshness to your space. On top of that, they add oxygen, reduce stress levels, and boost your mood. Go plants! Try a spider plant, cactus, lemon balm, or snake plant that requires little maintenance.
Don't forget your pampering station. See some ideas on our Pinterest board. A bath-side table or cross-tub tray with all your scrubbies, bath salts, herbs, and essential oils is crucial. It's also a perfect place to prop up a book and to keep your glass of wine within reach.
Storage for the everyday
As with any home improvement project of this nature, there are hundreds of things to think about. When you sit down with pictures of bathrooms, look for practical storage solutions too. Give some thought to where you want to hide your laundry basket. A full laundry basket is unsightly and just another reminder of how busy your life is!—hide it!
Consider storage options for hiding the majority of your daily use items like your hairdryer, lotions, cotton balls, etc. Choose storage options that conceal and add to the aesthetic of the space. A clean, model home-esque space is spa-like indeed.
Whatever the reason for a spa day, recreating that experience at home needn't cost you an arm and a leg. Plan it carefully, and you can have a soothing space of your own, no appointment necessary.
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.