What does the word ‘spa’ make you think of? Relaxing, self-care, beauty, and peace might be some of the things that come to mind. But isn’t it weird that we go to a place where all of those things cost money when we actually could achieve the same feeling right where you are- at home?
Here are some of the best ways to transform your bathroom from a place full of toothpaste spots and dirty socks to a wonderful at-home spa that you can’t wait to get home to!
Not everyone has the opportunity to renovate their bathroom, but if you do, try to go for materials that are durable, but luxurious. Generally speaking, natural materials such as marble and glass are much more spa-like than plastic.
Also, try not to use too much colour. Grey and white are timeless and will help you to achieve the right spa feeling. It’s better to use colourful accessories than buying a pink bathtub only to realise a couple of years later that you can’t bare to look at it anymore.
Try to go for a deep tub that your whole body can soak in (yes, that includes your knees!). And if you have a significant other you want to take a bath with now and then, make sure that both of you fit.
When it comes to showers, there are many luxurious alternatives. A rainfall shower is always a good idea, but make sure that you also have a regular showerhead. They are not as luxurious, but come in handy from time to time!
We know, colourful towels can be fun, but let’s face it, they don’t exactly make you think of a spa. Having similar white towels is an easy way to make your bathroom look less like a chaotic place for your children to have a bath before bed and more like a place where adults relax and unwind.
It’s All in the Details
Even if you might not be able to change your bathroom completely, there are many little things that you can change to make it look nicer.
A nice soap dispenser instead of the regular plastic stuff from the supermarket is a good place to start.
Clear your bathroom from clutter so that only the necessities are on display. Finding good storage solutions might be part of this step.
Try to think about ways that you can make it easier to keep the bathroom clean. It could be removing a bathmat that only gathers dirt and grows bacteria. Or maybe keeping the cleaning equipment in the bathroom so that you can deal with dirt straight away. You know your bathroom best and how it gets dirty, so think about what you can do about it! Having a clean bathroom is super important if you want it to be an at-home spa.
Hooks, door handles, taps, mirrors, and shower curtains can all be replaced by something more luxurious-looking. Go for the same metal to get a cohesive look.
When you do think about your details, try to think of the bathroom like you would any other room. Artwork and other nice details that you would use to decorate other rooms in your house can go there as well, as long as you keep them away from water.
When it comes to lighting, it is certainly nice to go for cool lamps, but remember that they must be light fixtures that work in wet environments!
Find the Right Beauty Products
Now that your bathroom is becoming a spa, it’s possible that you will need to buy a few more beauty products.
Think about what kind of treatments you would like to get if you went to a real spa. Here are some suggestions for products you might want to consider that we think every at-home spa should have.
Lavender, citrus, peppermint, or whatever you prefer will make your bathroom smell like the real deal. You can use them to simply smell for a while to relax, put a couple of drops in your bath or use a diffuser that will spread the smell. Some people even put some on the inside of every toilet roll to make the whole room smell better!
A body scrub is a powerful tool in the battle against dry, dull skin. There are many good ones out there, for example, coffee scrubs are brilliant in the morning!
Oils, oils, oils!
There are so many amazing, natural oils on the market that you can use to moisturise your skin, put in your hair or use as a bath oil. Shea oil, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil are some examples.
What kind of spa doesn’t offer face masks? Stock up on a few different ones so that you always can pamper your face a bit extra with whatever it needs at the moment!
Your Everyday Products
Of course, your bathroom will still need to contain all other products that you use on an everyday basis, such as facial cleansers, eye creams, eyelash serums, and moisturisers. But why not try to splurge a bit when you buy them so that every day feels like a spa experience? The point of having an at-home spa rather than a boring bathroom is that you should be able to have some time every day to take care of yourself and rewind. But if you open the cabinet and find it full of bad products, that spa sensation can quickly fade away. So try to invest in good products that you use every day, rather than buying lots of different cheap products you only use once in a while.
Music Sets the Tone
When you go into your new spa and want to escape the stress of the outside world, you need to have the right soundtrack! Make sure that you have some kind of water-resistant speaker that you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth so that you can listen to music that makes you calm when you soak in the bath. There are lots of good playlists with spa music on Spotify, YouTube, and other music sites.
The Oh So Important Candles
Is it possible to set up an at-home spa without candles? We would certainly not dare to risk it! Candles are the perfect complement to your bathroom. They provide you with a cosy, natural light and they smell good! Go for high-quality candles with natural ingredients, the cheap ones tend to have smells that are too overwhelming.
Candles are absolutely wonderful, however, be careful with using too many at the same place. They need some space in between. It can be potentially dangerous to have many tealights, for example, on the same plate.
Another thing that many do wrong when it comes to candles is that they let them burn for too short periods at a time. Imagine your regular scented candle in a glass jar. The first time you light it, you should let it burn for about four hours or more. If you don’t, you risk ending up with a candle with a deep hole in it, the wax never has time to melt off the sides properly. This means that your candle will be used up much more quickly.
Also, make sure that you trim the wick every time you light your candle. You need a wick trimmer for this, scissors are really difficult to reach with. If you don’t trim the wick, the candle will produce more carbon particles than the flame can consume, which means that soot will form.
We hope that this article has given you some ideas that you can implement so that your bathroom becomes a wonderful spa where you can recharge your batteries so that you have the energy to live your life to the fullest.