Update Your Bath to a Spa Retreat!

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After a long day at work, there’s nothing better for your body and mind than a spa visit. However, as the cold weather creeps in, most would rather skip the pricey trip and just stay warm at home. Given that the gloomy winter weather can snap your energy and make you feel depressed, you need a soothing sanctuary in your own home.

So, why not turn your bathroom into an at-home spa? Like most spa services, your bathroom offers a private space where you can take a relaxing shower or warm bath to de-stress. All it takes is a few more elements to evoke the spa-like atmosphere. We’'ll show you how to enhance all five senses by recreating the ultimate spa experience right in your small bathroom.

Freshen your bath with new paint - Stick with neutral, earthy tones. Spas tend to use light colors for a calming effect, giving the space an organic feel. Check out this color palette by Magnolia Homes - Joanna Gaines available through Ace Hardware.

Greenery adds life to the room - A cluster of houseplants or fake flowers give a bathroom an inviting feel. Place flowers in a vase on your vanity or tub for more of a warm look.

Aromatherapy is an important consideration - Scent plays a large role in mood, so don't forget to add relaxing aromas to your space. Hang eucalyptus over your shower head for a refreshing scent,  place reed diffusers on your countertop or candles on the tub. Complete your bath with rose petals for a warm, romantic break.   

Be creative with your storage - Eliminating labels will reduce visual clutter in the room... try transferring cotton balls and q-tips to apothecary jars. A curved shower curtain will add space to your shower area for a more luxurious experience. An easy way to make your bathroom feel spa-like is to roll up your towels and place them in baskets. Baskets can hold towels, tissues, plants, dirty clothes and they look great in any room. 

Upgrade your shower head - Sure, your basic shower head from the 90's probably still functions just fine. But wouldn't a rain system be so much more luxurious? And a handheld attachment would be oh-so-handy when you come home from the park all muddy. They don't necessarily cost an arm and a leg either. 

Splurge on towels - There's nothing more luxurious than a thick, soft towel to wrap up in after a long bath. Indulge in a set of high quality towels for those days when you're looking for that spa bathroom feel. Go for oversized, soft and absorbent Bamboo towels that are made from pure natural bamboo fiber. Bamboo towels are spectacular, elegant, ultra soft and bamboo fibers absorb substantially more moisture than cotton. Don't forget to choose a set of stylish hand towels too - it's a decorative touch that will make your space feel like a relaxing personal bathroom retreat. 

Add your own soundtrack - We listen to music in the office, in the car and elsewhere, so why not get some tunes going to help us relax in the shower as well? Music can have a wonderful mood-altering effect, so it's a must for getting ready in the morning or relaxing in the evening. 

Add soaps, bath bombs, bubble bath, lotions and oils - Relax, draw a bath, and take in a simple moment—and experience your own spa. Enjoy the new line from Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gaines that includes soaps, candles, lotions and diffusers with scents that reflect citrus, honey, jasmine, eucalyptus, lavender and many additional scents. 

Update your shower curtain - Don’t be afraid to make a splash. After all, the curtain is a part of your home so it should be something you enjoy. Choose a design that appeals to your personal style and builds a cohesive aesthetic in the bathroom. For example, your shower curtain and bath mat don’t always have to match perfectly, but keeping your choices in the same color family ensures the overall look works well as a whole.

Getting the benefits of a spa treatment in your own home is not as hard as you think. With just a few bathroom renovations and additions, you can immediately turn your bathroom into a private oasis, even if it’s short on space.

 

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  • Kate Carpenter