A spa can rejuvenate you and alleviate your aches and pains. Unfortunately, you may not have the time or money to go to a professional spa frequently, so you might be hoping to recreate the experience at home. Although your bathroom may never fully match the professional spa unless you hire a full-time masseuse, there are some tips you can follow to make yours more spa-like.Clear Out Clutter
Few things can impede relaxation more than clutter. Whether your bathroom is large or small, but more so if it’s small, clutter will make it feel cramped and messy. Take bottles, toiletries, cleaning supplies and decorations off the sink, tub, toilet and any other shelving you have in the bathroom.
Look into multifunctional bathroom furnishings such as a sink with a storage unit below, or put a cupboard or shelf wherever you have space. Whatever’s not being used goes into storage. You can leave hand soap on the sink at all times, but otherwise the only decorations should be scented candles or some sort of Zen-like sculpture or plant. Even a collection of gray stones in a bowl gives off a spa-like feeling.Try a Steam Shower
When it comes to recreating the spa in your home, there are two bathroom fixtures that can help you emulate the spa experience: the shower and the tub. If you can afford the remodel and you have the space, install a stand-alone steam-shower enclosure.
A warm, steamy shower will help you unwind whenever you’re stressed. Pair the steam with a massaging shower head, and you practically have an in-house masseuse. If you don’t suffer from sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema, the steam can prove good for your skin, too. It opens up your pores, making it easier to get oil and dirt out before you exfoliate.Invest in a Whirlpool Tub
You can’t have an at-home spa without a whirlpool tub. The flowing water jets can soothe weary muscles, and the luxury tubs are designed for more comfortable sitting than the typical tub. You won’t have to lean back and strain your neck and shoulders in order to enjoy it.
When it comes to a spa-like bathroom, the tub makes an ideal focal point. If you can design the bathroom with the tub near a window with a beautiful view, or as the center of the line of sight when you walk in, you’ll feel that relaxing spa feeling even before you climb in.Install a Dimmer
Bright, harsh lights can hinder relaxation. If you’re serious about turning your bathroom into an at-home spa, install a dimmer switch on the lighting system. That way you can have the lights on full blast when you’re running in during the day, but once you’re ready to be transported to a spa, you can adjust the lights appropriately.
For additional luxury, pick a lighting fixture that resembles something lavish like a candelabra or something more Zen-like and simple such as a bold, rectangular and sleek design reminiscent of a traditional Japanese lamp.Focus on Scents
You may not be able to afford fancy spa equipment, but you can probably afford scented candles and scent diffusers. Even if you don’t feel comfortable lighting the candles — and there are battery-operated candles if you want the light without the danger — simply unwrapping them and letting their scent permeate will help you relax. You can also plug in a scent diffuser for a similar effect.
You can make your bathroom more like a spa no matter what your budget is. If you’re open to a complete remodel of the bathroom, focus on the tub and shower. If you’re on a more limited budget, installing a dimmer switch, cleaning clutter and working with scents will still have an impact.
About the Author: Arlene Guida is a contributing blogger and longtime interior designer. She recommends online furnishings stores such as Decor Planet for easy remodeling on a budget.