If you’ve been thinking about creating an in-home spa retreat — a
bathroom sanctuary that inspires your inner Zen and gives you a place to unwind for some much-deserved rest and relaxation – there’s no time like the present.
Valentine’s Day has its roots in the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival celebrated by the ancient Romans in honor of a goddess. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this splendid holiday than by getting to work on a temple of your own. Whether you’re completely remodeling your bathroom or making simple changes to up its indulgence factor, incorporating these ideas will make you — and your sweetheart — feel like a deity indeed!
Create a Dramatic Focal Point
A dramatic focal point can add interest to a bathroom big or small. We love how the ornate window treatment and standalone tub take center stage in this relaxing refuge – and how the complementary light fixtures and accessories work together to create a tranquil, intimate space. Add drama to your bathroom with a statement piece of furniture or art — or a large mirror or chandelier — and find accents that will complement the focal point and establish balance in the room.
Embrace the Vintage Vibe
There’s nothing quite as charming as an old, claw foot tub — and we’re in awe of what they’ve done with this one. An unexpected wooden fireplace mantel and antique chandelier add depth and sophistication, and the use of vintage furniture and flowers provoke a peaceful, pleasant tone. Comb salvage shops for unique lighting and fixtures to add an antique air to your bathroom. Many can be reclaimed with a simple coat of paint or polish.
Splurge on the Shower
A sumptuous shower delivers the ultimate spa experience. We’re oohing and aahing over this one made for two. An adjacent fireplace, open design and rainfall showerheads make this bathroom the epitome of an in-home spa retreat. You can turn your everyday shower into a luxurious indulgence by adding multifunctional showerheads, bench seating and heated floor tiles. If you have the budget, a remodeling professional can help you create a shower you’ll want to linger in all day long.
Cut the Clutter
It’s hard to escape the chaos of daily life in a crowded, disorganized room. This neatly arranged bathroom and its use of functional items as accessories inspires us to organize, minimalize and simplify our space. You can do the same by purging your bathroom of old or unnecessary items. If you have the space, consider adding built-in shelving, a practical vanity, and hideaway storage to keep toiletries out of sight. Display tidy, neatly folded linens and insert a pop of color with fresh flowers and lavish hand soaps to amp up the lux-spa mood.