Spa-oritizing Your Bathroom in a Shoestring Budget

With buzzwords like “holistic rejuvenation,” “wellness,” and “pampering” frequently echoing in everyone's ears, it isn't surprising to know that a lot of homeowners are strongly influenced by the luxury and beauty of the spa design. Hence, they incorporate some of its elements right at their own bathrooms, refitting such space with upscale fixtures, luxurious linens as well as luxury spa products.
If you also enjoy the tranquil environment of the spa, it's likely that you're looking to transform your run-of-the-mill bathroom into a relaxing retreat. But, if you can't afford a major remodel to achieve the look, there are other ways to spa-oritize your bath without burning a hole in your pocket. Below are some suggestions.

Start decluttering
It's not easy to feel relaxed and pampered when you soak your body in a dirty tub or wash your face in a grimy sink. And who would even want to take a bath in a bathroom with mildew on the walls and ceilings? So to capture the real feel of the spa environment, spend a weekend or two getting your bathroom clean.

Spa-oritizing Your Bathroom

Clear out all the cabinets and drawers and discard stuff you no longer use. Then, scour away mildew, mold, dirt and soap scum on all four walls and in the tub, toilet and sink. When you're done, you'll have a bathroom that is relaxing to the body and pleasant to the eyes.

Give your vanity a facelift
To give your vanity a spa-like appearance, remove its cabinet doors and create shelves inside by mounting wood planks on shelf brackets. You may also choose to attach floating shelves on both sides of your vanity mirror for extra storage and install a sconce on the wall above for proper illumination.

Refurbish the fixtures
Simple bathroom hardware such as towel bars and toilet-paper holder are relatively inexpensive. So to achieve a sparkly change, switch your old fixtures for a new set.

Add a touch of nature
Nothing is more evocative of the spa environment than plants and other natural materials. Hence, to add a touch of nature to your bath, incorporate indoor plants into your decor. If you're a bit handy, you can cover a water-resistant mat or a plastic shelf liner with smooth river stones using caulk. Lay the piece on the floor and you have a wonderfully tactile stone mat that is reminiscent of the floor in spas.

Display fresh linens in baskets
Simply upgrading your old bath linens into plush cotton pieces can impart the refreshing experience of a spa treatment each time you step out of the shower or tub. You can stack some of the towels in baskets and display them on the vanity or around the tub.

Showcase little details
Putting the limelight on some of the smallest details in your bath can actually do wonders in achieving a spa-like atmosphere. Try matching the cups, tissue box cover up, soap holder and lotion dispenser for a more consistent look. Then, decant commonly used items such as cotton squares, Q-tips, liquid soap, shampoo and mouthwash into attractive containers and line them up on open shelves.

Create a mood
When it comes to spa, it's all about soothing the senses and promoting wellness. So to recreate the spa-mood inside your bath, one of the easiest things you can do is to keep the lighting gentle. Change bright light bulbs into lower-wattage fixtures or you may consider adding a dimmer. Or, you can also cluster scented candles of different sizes on your vanity and around the tub. When it's time to pamper yourself, light the candles up and enjoy their flickering glow and wonderful scent.

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This home improvement advice was penned by one of Heritage Cleaning's regular contributors. Heritage Cleaning provides natural stone cleaning services to clients throughout Scotland. The system they use to carry out their stone cleaning work is approved by Historic Scotland.

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