Self-care has become a popular phrase in recent years, but the concept of self-care goes well beyond a buzzword. Self-care is an important tool that can be used to combat the daily stresses we all face. If you don't carve out time to take care of yourself, you won't be as patient and empathetic when dealing with others.
There are lots of different ways to take time for self-care, but one of the best self-care strategies is a relaxing spa session. Of course, going to a spa all the time can get expensive and inconvenient. That’s why you should create a spa-inspired bathroom right in your own home.
If you have a home bath spa, you don’t have to book an appointment. You’ll have everything you need to relax at home.
Below, we’re sharing 13 ideas for upgrading your bathroom to a home spa. Read on to learn more!
1. Set Up Candles
Candles can transform your bathroom into a luxury bathroom in no time. To make the most out of your candle display, choose candles in a variety of heights and widths. That will add visual interest, and each candle will cast a calming glow.
If you like scented candles, you can incorporate those as well. Choose one scent that you love, or combine complimentary scents for a sensual experience that is unique to you.
2. Play Music
Playing calming music is one of the best relaxing bath ideas because music can transport you away from your everyday life. Picking the right music is important if you want to have the most relaxing experience.
You don’t have to play classical music—although you can if that’s what you love—but don’t choose anything with too heavy of a bass. You want the music to fade into the background, not disrupt your relaxation.
3. Choose Soothing Colors
When you’re creating a spa-inspired bathroom, it’s important that you choose the right color palette. You want to step into the space and instantly feel relaxed, so stay away from colors that are too bold or too bright.
That doesn’t mean you should use stark white. You want the space to feel calm, not like a hospital room. Try mixing shades of off-white—like ivory—with other warm tones, like beige or tan.
4. Claim Your Time
It takes time to reap the benefits of relaxing bath ideas. If you’re constantly being interrupted by knocks on the door or alerts on your cell phone, you’ll never truly relax. Hang a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the bathroom door and leave your phone in another room. Spa time is your time away.
5. Stock Up on Bubble Bath
Drawing yourself a hot bath to soak in is a classic way to relax. When you’re in the bath, you can read a book a magazine, sip on a drink you love, and let the hot water work its way into your muscles.
A high-quality bubble bath will make that experience even more luxurious. Look for one with a scent you enjoy, stock up, and indulge!
6. Clear out the Clutter
If you’re physically surrounding by clutter and mess, you’ll never be able to clear out the clutter in your mind. Even a small bathroom can become a small luxury bathroom once it has been cleared of clutter.
Go through cabinets, drawers, and any bins or boxes you have, and throw out anything you don’t need or won’t use. Once you have decluttered your space, you’ll have more room to transform it into your dream home bath spa.
7. Reevaluate Your Products
In order to have a luxury spa experience at home, you need the right bath products. This is not the time for drugstore soap or lotion. Splurge on high-quality products, including beauty products. You’ll still be saving money by having your spa treatments at home.
8. Find a Trustworthy Plumber
It may seem crazy, but having a plumber you know you can rely on is one of the best relaxing bath ideas. There is nothing worse than a leaky pipe or a clogged toilet to ruin your luxury bathroom.
Look for a plumber who will respond quickly, is reliable, and will help educate you about the work he or she does for you. For ideas about what to ask a potential plumber, you can read more here.
9. Create Storage Space
You don’t want to walk into your bathroom and be overwhelmed by the site of your bath products or your toiletries. All of the items you want to keep in your luxury bathroom should be properly stored on closet shelves, in your medicine cabinet, or under your sink.
Storing these items out of site will create a clean look in your bathroom, and make it feel more spa-like.
10. Incorporate Plants
Plants make a great addition to any spa inspired bathroom. The green adds a soothing and natural pop of color, which is visually pleasing. Plants can also absorb toxins from the air, which creates an overall calmer environment.
Before you buy plants, take note of the amount of natural light in your bathroom. Shop for plants based on how much light you have and how much light they’ll need.
11. Upgrade Your Towels
You can take the most relaxing bath in the world, but if you don’t have luxury towels, the calming feeling won’t last long. You want plush towels that will be warm and soft on your skin. Look for towels in a color palette that makes sense for your luxury bathroom. Soft colors will be best.
12. Install a Spa Tub
One of the best relaxing bath ideas is to install the best relaxing bath. A spa bath that has pressure jets will truly make you feel like you are at your favorite spa, and you won’t have to leave your house to get there.
If a spa tub won’t work for your bathroom, a simpler upgrade would be to install a spa shower head.
13. Wrap Up in a Robe
There’s no better way to end a spa experience than by wrapping up in a warm, comfortable robe. Fortunately, that’s one spa element that is easy to recreate in your home bath spa. Whenever you’re getting into a relaxing bath, have your robe nearby.
If you have a radiator or other heat, drape your robe there, so that it’s warm when you’re ready for it.
Ready to Create Your Dream Home Spa?
If you set up your home spa correctly, you may find that it’s even more relaxing than a trip to an actual spa. It costs less, you don’t have to leave the house to enjoy it, and you can customize it your unique tastes.
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