When we’ve had a rough week and need a little pampering, it can be fun to go to the spa — but all of those sugar scrubs, massages, and pedicures can start to add up pretty fast. Instead of forking over wads of cash for spa treatments, you should consider making yourself a retreat at home by giving your bathroom a spa-like makeover.
It doesn’t matter how big or small your bathroom is, because any bathroom can be made over to feel peaceful and serene. Here are just a few ideas for getting started on your bathroom makeover.
Take a look around your bathroom. What do you see? Is it filled with towels you bought for your freshman dorm room and a bathmat that you got on sale at the discount store a few years ago? Old, scratchy, and questionably smelly items won’t make you feel like you’re in a spa. Replace old bath towels and mats with new high-quality items. Your bathroom may be small, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fill it with little luxurious things to make it feel like a retreat.
When it comes to the bathroom, texture is everything (this is a room where the majority of your time is spent without clothes on, after all). Buy towels that are extra soft and fluffy. Try to buy them in calming colors like whites, creams, or light blues/greens. Buy a bathmat that feels good on your feet when you get out of the shower. Buy a shower curtain with a print that makes you feel happy and calm.
You don’t necessarily have to buy expensive items, either. Head to your local TJ Maxx or HomeGoods to score some quality name-brand items for much cheaper than you’d get them for at a department store.
Fill It With Candles
If you’re taking a bubble bath in your bathroom (or even just a nice, long shower), try lighting candles to add a bit of ambiance to the experience. Head to your favorite department store, big-box store, or Yankee Candle to pick out a few scents that you love. Change things up during different seasons so that none of the smells feel old or stale.
Now that you’ve picked out a few scents, carefully place your candles in spots where they won’t be knocked over or set anything (toilet paper, towels, etc.) on fire.
Buy Nice Soap
Although it’s always good to be frugal, if you’re trying to make your bathroom feel like a luxurious spa retreat, the discount soap just isn’t going to cut it anymore. You don’t necessarily have to bust this soap out every time you take a shower (but why not?), but having some in a scent you love is a great way to make any bathing experience feel more serene and take things to the next level.
Buy your new, fancy soap in scents that make you feel great like jasmine, lavender, vanilla, and lemon. You should always have a variety of soaps on hand — from body wash to bar soap to sugar scrub — just in case you ever feel like taking an impromptu spa day.
Bring in Some Extras
If you have the space for it in your bathroom, bring in a piece of furniture (like a cushy lounge chair or bench) that you can sit on when you’re putting on a face mask, or work in a small cabinet or cart for all of your candles, soaps, and other bath accessories. Adding in a piece of furniture will make your bathroom feel more homey and less like a room with a single utilitarian purpose.
You could also bring in small appliances like a towel warmer and a foot spa. If it’s within your budget, consider upgrading to a better showerhead (seriously, it makes a huge difference) to really make your bathroom feel like a cozier spot that you’ll want to spend time in. You could also make your bath time even more luxurious by buying things like a bathtub tray, which can typically hold both a glass of wine and a book. The point is to buy things that make you feel comfortable and ready to relax.
Who says art can’t go in the bathroom? Artwork can give your bathroom a spa-like feel and help personalize an otherwise bland and boring part of your home. When you’re at your favorite spa or nail salon, pay attention to what kinds of artwork they have hanging up — chances are they have a lot of landscapes and pictures of things found in nature, like flowers or the ocean.
Although you don’t necessarily have to copy what they have, gaining inspiration from a place that makes you feel calm is never a bad idea. The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re adding artwork anywhere in your home is to make sure that you love it. You’re going to have to look at it every day, after all.