How to Create a Spa-like Bathroom

Could January possibly get any greyer or more dreary? I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but the lack of sunshine coupled with an abundance of rain where I am doesn’t exactly make for the happiest of moods. On the plus side, all the pre-Christmas stress is gone, our homes are back to normal and the kids are back in school. Time to relax a little then and reward yourself with a little pampering time!

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With money just being a little short at this time of the year and body confidence at its lowest for most of us, booking a spa weekend will be the last thing on our mind. There is, however, another way; why not turn your own bathroom into a spa? That way you get to use it all year round without having to even leave your home. So, here’s my guide for you on how to transform your bathroom into a spa.

Let’s start with the largest components first: walls and floors. To create that relaxing spa feeling all bright colours and man-made materials need to go. Instead you will need to start looking at things like natural stone, tiles in neutral colours, wood, cotton and all other natural materials. The same goes for paint colours of course. Think light grey, white, cool cotton beige (not to be confused with Magnolia!) or even the very softest and palest of pink or sage green. Colours that are calming and won’t draw attention to themselves. After all, a spa experience is all about concentrating on yourself, not the wall colour!

Paint Colours

The next thing you will need is some really fluffy, good quality towels. And yes, they need to be big and fluffy! Even if you only buy a few to use when you’re having your spa break, make them special and don’t even think of popping to your local supermarket to buy them as they won’t last and certainly won’t give you the luxurious feel you’re after.

Towels

The next thing you will need is soft lighting. Candles are of course absolutely perfect and will help you relax. If you like scented candles, go for soft and feminine scents like jasmine which will fill your bathroom with the most beautiful smell. Other than that, get a collection of simple, white pillar candles that will be safe and beautiful to use around your bath.

Candle Light

The same principle you apply to the towels also goes for the products in your bathroom. Nobody wants to look at dandruff shampoo whilst trying to relax. The products should ideally have nice packaging (yes, I know how shallow that sounds!), good quality and natural ingredients, and look great when displayed. If possible, buy several from the same brand to achieve that cohesive look. The added bonus is of course that product from one brand will often complement each other when used together.

Products

So, after writing all this and it’s still raining, I think I’m off for my very own little spa break in my bathroom!

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.