Not all of us can afford to visit the spa on a regular basis. What we can do, however, is make a one-time investment and turn our bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Seeing as how the budget we can dedicate to this project varies from person to person, you’ll be glad to hear that everything from a complete renovation to a small-scale update is possible in order to make your bathroom a tranquil and serene place where you can go to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Here are some suggestions to inspire you.
Keep your palette neutral
You’ve probably noticed that spas have a calming effect on us, which is why you’ll want to stick to a neutral palette. While having a statement wall can be stylish, you should avoid colours that are too bright and go for earthy shades. Use the same approach for elements and fixtures. Wood elements will look amazing and create a connection to nature and white fixtures will bring a sense of cleanliness.
Paint the walls or put up wallpaper
In order to achieve serenity, you should put a fresh coat of paint on your walls, especially if they are too vivid. Look for earthy tones or off-white hues that will give the space a relaxing vibe. Plus, it will look new and tidy. On the other hand, you can also look for wallpaper with a subtle print that will bring a touch of luxury to the bathroom.
Install new tiles
If you have the budget and the time, you can also replace your floor and wall tiles. Picking something that will completely change the look of your bathroom is a great choice as then it will feel like a completely new room. Go for marble with a unique veining or keep it simple with white tiles but consider arranging them in an interesting pattern.
Replace your lighting fixtures
Depending on the state of your lights, you can consider replacing them as well. For example, if you’ve always wanted a huge chandelier and have found one in an antique store, why not put it up if you have space? Then, you can also simply add some sconces on the wall if you want to keep the lighting fixtures subtle. Something else to think about is adding a dimmer switch as you might not want super bright lights to bother you when relaxing in the bath.
Upgrade your faucets and showerheads
Other hardware you can consider swapping out includes various cabinet and drawer handles but also faucets and showerheads. If your bathroom will be mostly white, you have a chance to make the faucets stand out by looking for chrome, bronze or black finishes. Your choices here are limitless and really depend on your style. Furthermore, you can also add a waterfall and massage showerheads to feel pampered. However, make sure you get sustainable models that are low-flow and won’t waste too much water.
Get a new tub
Moving on to some bigger upgrades. For instance, if you didn’t have a tub before, you can add one in case you have enough space. On the other hand, you can also replace the existing one with a more practical and luxurious model. Clawfoot or soaking bathtubs will provide you with that ultimate spa relaxation feeling. As there are so many options for you to choose from, you will surely find one that fits your aesthetic and space at your disposal.
Add a shower screen
However, if you’re working with a small bathroom, you might have a shower instead of a bathtub. In that case, you might want to replace your shower curtain with a more elegant alternative – a shower screen. This is an option even if you have a tub. Seeing as how there is now a wide variety of shower screens, you can find fixed models, frameless ones, and even round ones. This can also help you separate your bathroom’s wet and dry areas and that will make the space very stylish.
Swap out your towels
Small bathrooms also often lack storage space, so if your bathroom is of the more compact variety, the chances are that your towels are visible all the time. You don’t want worn-out towels on display, which is why you should swap them out with new ones. Look for soft, luscious and potentially white towels that will really upgrade the look of the entire room. Plus, you’ll feel much better when you get out of the bath/shower.
Look for an interesting bath mat
Another accessory that will do a lot for the aesthetics of the space is the bath mat. While you can go for a fluffy rug, keep in mind that they get damp quickly. A great alternative is a slatted wooden mat which will make the whole bathroom more Zen.
Find a cute bath caddy and tray
To achieve that spa experience, your bathroom cannot be cluttered. This is where a nice, wooden caddy comes into the picture. You can use it to organize all your toiletries and keep them near the tub. Other than your supplies, you might like a glass of wine while taking a bath or a place where you can keep your phone nearby. Well, then look for a wooden tray as well.
Come up with clever storage solutions
A great way to add more wooden accents is by using them for clever storage solutions. For example, you can use a wooden stool as a side table where you can keep your essential supplies. Other than keeping your toiletries there, you can also use this to store towels and display them proudly. Plus, it is easily moved around so it can be put near the tub/shower as well as put away when not in use.
Other than keeping your colour palette neutral and earthy, you can connect to nature even more by introducing plants that will really transform the space and make it more sophisticated. For example, there are many houseplants that thrive in bathrooms, such as bamboo, the cast-iron plant and orchids. Do some research to see what kind of care they need and look for the best spot where you can place them.
Bring in scented candles
To feel fully immersed, get some scented candles as well. Luckily, the scents are countless and you can pick whatever you like best. Eucalyptus and lavender are often recommended for mimicking the spa vibe. If you don’t feel safe with many candles, you can also look for an oil diffuser that will create the same effect. Moreover, essential oils and scented soap will all do the trick as well.
Put up some art
Bringing in the art can also help you create a soothing atmosphere. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this – you can simply print out some photos of a forest, ocean waves or some other scene from nature that will help you relax while enjoying your face mask in the tub. Frame them and put them up. You can even make your own art if you’re feeling crafty.
Play soothing music
To complete the ambience, you should also add a Bluetooth speaker where you can play relaxing music that will help your mind reach the state of Zen. Look for playlists online or make your own.
Whether you plan on renovating the entire space or simply swapping out some details, there are many approaches you can take when it comes to turning your bathroom into a true spa oasis.