We all love going to the day spa, but it’s an indulgence most of us can only afford to do once in a while. Part of the appeal of a spa is its ability to transport you away from life’s daily stresses and strains and make time to focus solely on you. There’s no reason why you can’t create this type of luxurious feel in your own bathroom, and it can be done with a few simple and cost effective tweaks.
To achieve this feeling at home, you will have to take all your senses into consideration. Look around your bathroom and neutralise things that trigger stress. This may be the array of bathroom products littering the sink or kids’ bath toys strewn around the floor. Once these things have been removed or tidied, your sense of calm will increase.
The clashing meld of colourful bath towels can often work against a relaxed state of mind. Throw those towels in the laundry and replace them with clean, white Supima Towels. Display these in true spa-like formation by rolling them and placing them in a basket. Rolled towels will also help reduce space when storing on shelves or in cupboards.
Crystallised bath salts, soothing creams and scented soaps are great ways to evoke memories of a day at the spa. Put some thought into how you present these items in your bathroom. Don’t just line them up on the counter or shove them out of sight in a cupboard under the sink. A great way to add some visual impact to your home spa is to display bath salts and oils in beautiful glass apothecary jars or by placing them on a bath caddy at the end of your tub. Having a plant or small vase of fresh flowers on the benchtop will add freshness to your bathroom and introduce the peaceful influence of nature. There are many types of plants that thrive in humid environments and do better living in the bathroom than in other areas of the home. If there is no spare space on your countertop, there are various other places to perch your plant. Try placing it on the windowsill, on a shelf or hang it on the wall. Apart from its decorative appeal, most houseplants also help to purify the air.
Create a restful environment by drowning out any external noises. Play soothing music to cover up sounds you don’t want to be disturbed by, both inside and outside the house. This barrier of sound will also create distance between you and the rest of the world and allow your mind to take a break. Neutralise the light in your bathroom by either dimming or turning off the florescent globe and lighting some long-burning candles. The dim, flickering light will help transport you to a state of relaxation.
It will be slightly easier to leave your serene sanctuary if you surround yourself with plushness. Having a soft cotton bath mat to step onto, a hair towel to wrap your wet locks in and fluffy slippers to slip on will complete your spa-at-home experience.
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