The Essential Elements of Spa-tacular Bathrooms

Longing for a day at the spa? The type of place, “Calgon, take me away” infers? Well, most of us are not able to pamper ourselves at a spa every day, but you can create a luxurious bathroom that will help you relax, refresh and feel like you've taken a little escape.
From a tight budget to an extravagant remodel, there are many options to create a spa-like retreat.
First, clean out the clutter. You don't see bottles and products littering the counters in a spa, so take that cue and organize and find accessible, yet hidden, spots for the things that are necessary.
Some "Spa-tacular" features to consider:
  • A steam-shower, whirlpool or jacuzzi tub. Though expensive, it’s one of the most impressive changes you can make. You'll look forward to relaxing soaks in the evening after a long day. If you are putting in a shower, consider a full glass door to keep things ope, maximizing the visual perception of the space.
  • Natural stones and tile. Beautiful stone tile immediately evokes images the beauty of our natural surroundings; peaceful and serene.
Master Bathroom & Vanity modern bathroom
  • A gorgeous marble looks shiny and pristine, especially when kept in an all white color scheme.
  • Quality or custom cabinetry.  There are numerous options in vanity styles, from furniture-styles that resemble antique bureaus to contemporary and modern designs. The key is to be sure it works functionally and aesthetically. You may or may not need to be sure it has storage space for all of the accoutrement that would otherwise take up counter top space.
  • Lighting. Use soft lighting and as much natural light as possible.  No one looks or feels wonderful under bright, overhead lighting.  Install a dimmer and use sconces to light the mirror.  Adding a couple candles or even a small crystal chandelier can add ambiance.

Renovations and construction not in the plans? There are many ways to create a spa-inspired bathroom that do not involve major changes to your space.  For a little money and a little effort, you can do a variety of projects that will give your bathroom a new look.
  • Paint!  A fresh coat of paint can give your bathroom a completely different feel.  Choose soothing colors such as warm neutrals, clean whites, and pretty pastels.  If you would prefer color to neutral, choose nature inspired greens and blues or flattering pinks and purples. The all white look is also always fabulous (as you can see from many of the photos).
  • Frame your face! The mirror is one of the most important elements in the bathroom and believe it or not, changing this one feature can have huge impact. Ditch your frameless mirror for something with a little more character.  Your mirror will take on the feel of a wonderful piece of art and create a whole new look in the space.  You can also simply make a trip to the hardware store for four pieces of wood molding and create a frame around your existing mirror. Remodelaholic had an excellent guest post showing a before and after bathroom transformation that did just that!
Hollywood Glamour traditional powder room
  • How will your feet feel? Comfortable rugs will make a huge difference in your morning routine.  Find a plush rug that pads your feet or go for a lovely rug you might not ordinarily think of putting in a bathroom.  Go for the unexpected and use the rug that makes a stylish impression.
  • Storage. Utilize interesting baskets and storage pieces.  Those items that must reside out in the open will look far prettier in baskets, cubbies or attractive storage containers than splayed across the counter.  Hand towels also look nice displayed in a small basket next to the sink.
 Photo: My Home Ideas
  • Seating. If you have a bench area, great but most bathrooms do not.  Bring in a small upholstered chair.  It makes a great statement piece - and of course, inevitably creates the perfect stashing spot for a change of clothes, a stack of towels - besides its true purpose... a place to park yourself!
  • Consider a new set of towels.  Let's face it, there is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower and grabbing a towel that feels anything but wonderful.  Thick plush cottons, velours or waffle-weaves.  Invest in some luxurious towels that not only look great but FEEL great! You may even want to think about a new plush terry robe for the true spa experience.
  • Don't forget the details!  Fresh flowers, scented candles, or a relaxing CD can make all the difference when you are staying in for an evening of pampering or in your daily routine.
  • Pretty and Private.  Did you notice the window treatments in most of these shots? Privacy is the obvious consideration, but don't just think of function.  In addition to a functional shade or shutter, consider window treatments that are soft, breezy and easy-care to add to the airy appeal.  Linen-looks, cottons and some poly's are perfect options.  And for style: relaxed roman shades, cafe curtains, or simple panels will provide both, simplicity and style.
Photo: My Home Ideas
Whether you choose to make small or large changes to your bathroom, a spa bathroom makeover can make a huge impact on your day.  Now what are you going to do to create the spa experience in your home? Any great ideas you used in creating your spa-tacular "get away"?.  Please do tell, we'd love to hear it!
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