Once you get past the holidays, winter can turn gloomy. One way to counteract this feeling and re-energize yourself is with a visit to a spa. However, after a long day of work and with the energy-sapping effects of cold weather, you would probably rather skip the expense and stay in your warm house.
What’s the answer? Turn your bathroom into a spa-worthy room, of course. Creating a soothing sanctuary in the convenience of your home need not be expensive, and practically any size bathroom is a candidate for the makeover.
Just like a spa, your bathroom provides a private space in which you can de-stress with a warm shower or a relaxing bath. All you need are a few more components, and you can create a spa-like atmosphere. Here are some suggestions to get you started on the transformation:
Tile Reglazing in your Bathroom
Changing the look and feel of your bathroom means giving the tiles in your shower and other areas a facelift. Over time, tiles can become stained and discolored, which is not unusual. Excessive wear, cleaning and use of chemicals over the course of several years can have your tiles looking out of place in your new spa.
Replacing them can be a major undertaking. Reglazing the existing tiles, on the other hand, is a cost-effective alternative that restores the luster to the tiles without the expense and mess of removing and replacing them.
Tile reglazing is not a temporary fix. Reglazing compounds are permanent and come with a warranty. You’re adding flair to the décor of your spa bathroom without straining your budget.
If a good soak is how you prefer to unwind, you can refinish your existing bathtub to give it a new look and feel, purchase a deep clawfoot tub, or look at one of the effervescent soaking tubs with heated air jets for warmth and bubbles.
These soaking tubs are replacing water-jet Jacuzzi tubs, and they allow you to submerge your entire body from the neck down, giving you the real feel of an expensive spa visit.
Tub refinishing is another economic move that you can make without the fuss and expense of replacing it. You can give your old tub a fresh look that fits in with your spa theme.
Update your Lighting
Part of creating the feel of a spa is having the proper lighting. If it’s a late night bath before bed that you enjoy, think about recessed lights and wall sconces with dimmer controls. Being able to soften the lights will lend a spa-like feel to your bathroom as you soak before turning in.
Maybe you’ve always wanted a chandelier in your bathroom. Now is the time to get one. How about pendant lighting? Either way you choose to go, you’ve made a stylish choice that will be as flattering as any you would find in a spa.
A word of caution: If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, don’t tackle installing a dimmer switch unless you have had experience as an electrician. The wiring issues can be complex and are best left to a professional.
Install a Massaging Shower Head
You won’t find a single-stream showerhead on your next spa visit, so you shouldn’t have one in your spa bathroom, either. Find one that rotates for several spray options, one of which should be a massaging jet stream. Showerheads can be expensive, but they are easy to remove and install, so you won’t have the cost of hiring a professional.
If you don’t have a soaking tub in your budget or the space for it in your bathroom, a massage shower head is a great alternative. You’ll use it often, it will satisfy your need for relaxation, and it won’t take up any extra square footage or make your new spa bathroom feel crowded.
Give yourself Heated Towels
It wouldn’t feel like you were at a spa if you had to wrap up in cold towels after a warm, relaxing bath or shower. Especially in winter, having a warm towel waiting for you is an indulgence you would expect from any spa.
Get yourself a free-standing towel warmer, or install a warming towel bar on the wall and save some extra space. Although more expensive than the bars, you could install a towel-warming drawer in a vanity near your shower or tub for the ultimate in convenience and comfort.
Whichever you choose, warm towels are a must if you want to create a spa-like feel in your new bathroom.
Use Candles and an Oil Diffuser
As mentioned earlier, if you’re going to copy the feel of a spa, you’ll want to keep the lighting low. That can also be accomplished by turning off the lights and replacing them with candles. Place them at various locations—the vanity counter, on the edge of the tub, and on the back of the toilet—before you relax in your tub.
Scented candles like rosemary and lavender are good choices and can add to the relaxation benefits. The fragrance of scented candles, along with the ambience of the soft light, can add a romantic element to your spa-worthy bathroom.
On a practical note, if you are a forgetful person, candles can be a safety concern. In that case, it would be better if you dimmed the lights and used an oil diffuser instead of scented candles.
You might be tempted to mount a TV in your new spa bathroom, but think about it. Your soap operas and favorite sporting events might provide you with entertainment, but do they help you relax? Probably not!
Most spas are piping in slow and relaxing music, and you should, too. The music will add a touch of tranquility while you soak or shower, and all you need is a small CD player or an iPod docked on a counter to achieve it.
Get Started on your Personal Spa
From tile reglazing to choosing the right lighting, you can get the benefits of a spa treatment in your own home without a lot of difficulty and expense. It’s just a matter of making a few additions and renovations, and you can transform your bathroom into a private retreat that you can use at your convenience.