Entry #251, August 21, 2010
Have you noticed in homes how the bathroom has gotten larger and larger from 50 years ago? What use to be a utilitarian room to “do your business” and leave, has now become one of the most influential rooms when home buyers are looking at homes. As our days have become more hectic, a spa-inspired bathroom is the perfect getaway from the stresses of the day.
Today on DIY Saturday, I will show you how to transform your bathroom into a spa. Spa inspired bathrooms are huge in home decor inspiration, and here are some tips on how to achieve the same feel in your home.
Towels, plush area rugs, and hanging bathrobes will transform your space from ordinary to zen-like. Consider using baskets to display towels and toiletry articles around the bathtub and shower for easy access.
Bath soaps, gels, bubble bath, and natural body sponges should be easily accessible and can be displayed in a wooden or sea grass container to bring nature into your bathroom. For a luxurious experience, consider bath salts, sugar scrubs, and hot stones adjacent to your bathtub. When used, they will take you from inside your bathroom into a lush rain forest in minutes!
Grab inspiration from nature when considering colors for your spa inspired bathroom. Choose colors that are reminiscent of the sky, grass, sand, sun, rain, etc.. From pale blues, tans, greens, and browns, there is no limit to your creativity. The more subtly toned colors you use with variety, the better your bathroom will feel.
Opt for a large soaking tub that has plenty of room for relaxing. A variety of tubs are available from sleek and modern lines to more traditional and ornate types. Create an area around the tub for display of natural inspirations, such as sea shells and river rocks. Also allow for ample room for when you get in and out of the tub to sit, and enjoy your tub.
The shower has come a long way from just being a shower head in a regular tub! Showers are now their own entity aside from the bathtub. To create a truly spa inspired bathroom opt for a shower with glass doors and minimum ornamentation. Shower heads now come in an array of options – rain shower head, multiple heads, temperature controls, dual heads, and the list goes on. (See the You Tube video by Moen below to see some great options!)
Choose materials in your bathroom that are natural and inspired by rustic exotic places. Stone accent walls, granite sink countertops, and sleek wood cabinetry will make your bathroom feel like you are one with nature. Opt for minimal detailing and use metals such as copper, iron, and matte chrome handles and sink fixtures to bring the entire bathroom together beautifully.
You Tube Video – Turning your bathroom into a spa.