Wouldn’t it be nice to immerse yourself in a spa setting every day?
Luckily for you, your bathroom offers the same type of personal area to de-stress, detoxify and unwind as those professional spas. Whether you’re looking to splurge on a full remodel or start small with a few simple changes, follow these six bathroom decorating ideas to turn your space into your own private oasis.
1. Stick to minimal design elements.
According to Christine Martin from Decorilla, in order to transform your bathroom, you must keep minimalism in mind when it comes to each part of decor.To set the atmosphere:
- Use a light color scheme: White or light hues of blue, green and sand offer a relaxing feel, which is why spas use this as a preferred palette. Stay away from active patterns, like checkered or stripes, since they offer the opposite effect. Light tones are also great for small bathrooms, since they give the impression of spaciousness.
- Hang simple decor: You spend a lot of time in the bathroom, which is why you should add an element of personality like a piece of art, photos or a painting — but remember to keep it simple. Christine advises selecting only one or two pieces for walls, which will give you a crisp, clean look.
- Hide your toiletries: Clutter tends to induce stress, so make sure you eliminate all of your unnecessary products. Spas usually keep their toiletries out of sight, so follow the same track and tuck away your products in your linen closet or under your sink. Store daily items, like Q-tips, cotton balls and makeup, in glass apothecary jars –allowing them to blend in as part of your scenery.
2. Turn your bathing into a pampering experience.
Whether you choose to start your day with a shower or end it with a purifying bath, your time spent cleansing should be a relaxing one. To add luxury to your bathroom experience, add these benefits:
- Japanese soaking tub: If you’re open to a large change, you’ll want to consider installing a Japanese soaking tub. These deep (approx. 27 inches) tubs allow you to immerse your entire body for a warm, soothing soak. Since they’re deep, and not very wide, they’re also a great option for smaller bathrooms.
- Rain shower head: If you’re not ready to commit to a big project, a simple shower head swap will do (or, you could do both). Like its name suggests, a rain shower head mimics the fall of natural rain. While there are plenty of options on the market, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. This highly rated showerhead on Amazon with dual heads and 30 settings, for example, sells for about $30.
- Towel warmers: These fixtures, which gently warm bath linens within 15 minutes, are becoming a more affordable luxury.They come in a variety of designs, ranging from freestanding plug-in units (about $100) to wall-mounted wire racks (ranging $200 to $800). They have an added benefit of keeping damp towels from becoming mildewed, and can also be used to warm up baby blankets or quilts on chilly nights. They also offer a great place to safely dry delicates such as lingerie. They’re pretty energy efficient, too. If left on continuously, they cost anywhere between 25 and 60 cents per day.
3. Install faux wood tile.
Whites and creams can help your room feel calm and soothing, but Gwen Hefner from The Makerista recommends bringing in some wood for warmth. While wood flooring surely evokes the feeling of nature and peace, it’s a less-than-practical choice for humid areas.
If you want the natural feel of wood, opt to install faux wood tile, instead. Made out of ceramic or porcelain, this tile imitates the natural look of wood and has a higher resistance to water. The best part? It’s only a fraction of the cost of real hardwood. The average cost to install ceramic or porcelain tile floors comes in at around $298 for 40 square feet of flooring. It’ll last, too. Since it’s really ceramic tile, it’ll only need basic cleaning.
Thanks to new technologies, faux wood tile offers more color and texture options than natural wood, which means your design options are almost limitless.
4. Swap fabric rugs with nature-inspired bath mats.
If you can’t commit to redoing your entire floor (or if you want to include an extra element of nature), add a unique bath mat. When it comes to traditional bathrooms, people usually opt for soft rugs made of fabric. While there’s nothing wrong with this, choosing an alternative style can add a spa-like feel to the room (and omit the need for a soggy piece of fabric on the floor). Try these bath mat ideas:
- Pebble bath mat: Not only does a stone-covered bath mat add a natural element of rocks to your bathroom, but its texture actually massages your sore, achy feet. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could try the DIY version, or you could purchase one already made.
- Moss bathroom mat: Create a moss mat that allows you to feel nature right on your toes. Simply attach a non-slip shelf liner to the lid and then build your mat by gluing small sections of moss at a time. The plant does very well in this setting since it gets its moisture and nutrition from the surrounding air and water that may drip after baths. You’ll just need these supplies from your local craft store:
- Lid from a plastic tote
- Preserved moss
- Liquid adhesive
- Non-slip shelf liner
- Measuring tape
- Cedar wood bath mat: Cedar wood is affordable, water resistant and soft, making it great to step on. With cedar wood, a saw and some basic tools, you can simply tackle the project from Merrythought in one weekend. If you love the idea of cedar wood in your bathroom, you can even create your own shower floor.
5. Introduce botanicals.
Researchers found that people exposed to indoor plants report lower stress levels than people without them. Try these plants for a calming, yet decorative touch:
- Peace Lilies are native to tropical regions, which is why they thrive in the high humidity levels of bathrooms. When fully bloomed, Peace Lilies make a bold statement with their classic white bulbs. The plant’s roots also absorb mold to be used as food, omitting it from the air and helping to keep your shower tiles and curtains free from mildew.
- Eucalyptus allows you to take advantage of the earth’s natural aromatherapy, along with decongestant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Simply hang a bundle from your shower head with natural garden twine. The heat and steam will activate its essentials oils that help you relax.
- Lucky Bamboo is well-known for signifying good fortune and prosperity, which is why many people choose to incorporate it in their homes. To get the Zen look, place your bamboo in a clear container with pebbles and fill it with 3 to 5 inches of water, being careful to keep it away from direct sunlight.
6. Add a personal touch of luxury.
To make your bathroom your own personal hideaway, stock up on these spa essentials:
- Bathtub tray. Add a simple wooden tray that lays across your bathtub to give you easy access to your book, beauty products, glass of wine or anything else that helps you relax.
- Tealights. Fill a tray, jar or plate with tealights (or any candles) surrounded by pebbles or sand to help set a naturally calming atmosphere. If candles aren’t your thing, switch them out for a reed diffuser. The wood reed absorbs fragrant oil and disperses it into the air, offering the same vibrant sense of smell without the fire hazards that come along with candles.
- Rose petals. These have been used in spa baths as far back as ancient Roman and Greek times. Not only do the petals release a potent fragrance (and look beautiful doing it), but they are a natural skin toner, offer anti-bacterial properties that reduce acne and aid in releasing toxins from your body that will help you sleep better.
- High-quality bath oil. Bath oils are a body care product that can be added to your bath tub. Just three to five drops of these essential oils will soothe aching muscles, tense nerves, skin irritations and softens skin clear complexion. Some common oils used are lavender for dry skin and headaches, rosemary to calm aching muscles, apricot and amber to restores softness and orange for energy.
- Waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Give yourself the full spa treatment by playing acoustic music and soothing sounds of nature, without having to worry about your device’s water damage. These speakers easily hook up to your decide without wires and cost around $20.
While you can’t live in a spa, you certainly can make a few changes in your home to get the same calm, relaxing feeling. By following these six bathroom decorating ideas, you can turn your bathroom into your own hidden sanctuary.