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Create Your Own Home Spa

Not all people have the time to visit a spa. Fortunately, there are easy ways you can convert your bathroom into a spa. Elements that can turn an ordinary bathroom into a place of relaxation include luxury showers, stylish baths, visible space, color, and lighting.
Create Your Own  Home Spa

As our lives become increasingly fast-paced, and our workdays more stressful, we all feel the need for a little pampering. Unfortunately, not all of us have time for a half-hour nap, let alone a trip to the spa. Forget about relaxing—why waste a few hours lying around when you can be getting work done? That’s how many people think, and needless to say, it’s not the best way to live. If you can’t go to the spa, why not just create your own?

It doesn’t have to be a high-end, professional-looking spa. Most of the time, a little extra room or a change in lighting makes all the difference. Here are a few ideas for transforming your bathroom into your own personal haven.

1. Lighting. Lighting plays the biggest role in setting the mood and adding some luxury to your bathroom. Ditch the big old fluorescent lamps; use stylish accent lights in warm tones throughout the room. Accent lighting has a dramatic effect on the overall feel of your home spa. Install a dimmer so you can adjust the lighting to suit your mood. For an all-out relaxing session, light a few scented candles around the room and the rim of your tub.

2. Color. Next to lighting, your bathroom’s color scheme helps set the mood for your pampering sessions. Go for colors that make you feel relaxed. The rule is to choose your favorite color, then tone it down a couple of shades for a more subtle feel. Avoid warm colors such as red and orange; they’ll blend right into your lighting and make you feel agitated. Instead, go for cool shades like blue, green, and violet.

3. Space. Lots of visible floor space makes a bathroom more spacious and relaxing. But unless you’re planning a bathroom remodel, you can’t do much about your bathroom space except make the most of it. If you have a large bathroom, you’re in luck—you can do pretty much anything with it. But for smaller bathrooms, there are several ways to maximize space, such as using corner areas, wall-mounting your cabinets, and letting in natural light.

4. Luxury showers. Don’t have time for a nice long bath? Then make the most of your shower time—make it a self-pampering session. Invest in a spacious shower enclosure and install a set of massage jets. The heat and pressure will relieve your muscles, and the sweat will flush out the toxins from your body. Better yet, get a steam bath enclosure—an upgrade of the standard shower which includes seats, massagers, handheld showers, and even a holder for waterproof speakers so you can put on some relaxing music.

5. Stylish baths. There’s no better way to relax than in a spacious tub filled with warm, scented water. It starts, of course, with a good tub. All that stylish lighting will be useless if your tub is old and clunky. Get a nice contoured bathtub, preferably with built-in hydro massagers, and make sure it fits in with the rest of your décor. If replacing your tub isn’t an option, try having massagers and other spa features installed.