How to create your very own spa sanctuary at home

After a long hard week at work juggling different responsibilities that leave you feeling exhausted and run down, there's nothing better than relaxing in the comfort of your own home - and that's just being able to chill out on the sofa with a glass of wine in front of the tv. So imagine coming home to your very own spa, where you can close yourself away for an hour or two, and forget all about the worries and stress of everyday life.

Why waste all that money on a trip out to a spa, when you can create your very own? Think about it - walking into the warm air, closing the door behind you, and losing yourself for a while. What gets better than that? To top that off, you only need to add a few extra elements to your bathroom in order to create the right environment. There's no need to take everything out and build a new room (unless you want to of course!) But you don't need to make things difficult for yourself when it's really quite simple.

Here's a list of everything you'll need in order to turn your dull old bathroom into a magical sanctuary.


Now, depending on the style of bathroom you already have will determine whether you are able to install hydrotherapy facilities that mimic the ones that are in your favorite spas - but regardless of this, you are still able to give yourself that special spa touch with affordable amenities.


If you haven't already got a bathtub in your bathroom, have a look at the different shower baths from Drench. They come in all different shapes and sizes, giving you plenty of options to find something that fits perfectly into your own space. Even if you have a small room, you can still enjoy a relaxing soak in a luxury tub of your choice if you look hard enough for one. Just remember that it's not all about the size - the depth is very important too, as you will want to be able to totally submerge yourself under the water. Some tubs even come with built-in seats so you can sit comfortably without having to struggle to hold yourself up.

You should also make sure you get yourself a massage shower head. These not only pour out water like your usual heads, but they provide you with a powerful force of water that creates the impression of having a massage as you enjoy your rest.

Heated towels

Don't forget; you will also want to add some heated towels to the mix too, to greet you with warmth when you're done soaking. You can't finish your time by leaving your hot bath, only to wrap yourself up in a cold, hard towel. This will ruin everything that came before that. - If you want to retain your body heat after your session, then the best way to do so is by covering yourself in a soft, warm towel.

There are plenty of towel warmers on the market, so you have a lot to choose from. It all depends on the style you're going for, as well as how much space you have for one. If you'd like something that can multitask, then a warmer with multiple bars will best, and it also won't cost you much either. You can even mount it to the wall which means you don't have to use up any valuable space.


In order to rejuvenate, you will want to think about adding some aromatherapy. Various difference scents are known to help boost your health and create a positive mood depending on what kind of smell tickles your fancy. One of the most efficient ways of waking up the brain in the morning is actually to take a shower with some peppermint scented soap. And if you're looking for a good night's sleep, the scent of jasmine and lavender will sort you out nicely.


One thing you can do is add scented candles or diffusers around the bath or on the work surface to enhance your experience. Candles are a wonderful option though, because not only will they provide you with a lovely essence, but they will also give you a natural glow of light that adds to the tone.


In order to get the whole spa experience, your bathroom will need to be visually stimulating, but not in the busy sense. The idea is to be calm and tranquil, so it's important you set the right ambience. The phrase "less is more" really comes into play here. Not only will it resemble a spa this way, but it will open up the bathroom, and this is particularly handy if you don't have a lot of space to work with.

Color scheme

To help achieve the look you're going for; it's important to pick out the right selection of colors. If you choose to paint the walls, then you'll want to go with some earthy colors that are nature inspired. This means browns, greens and grays. This pallet will give your bathroom a real organic feel, and that's exactly what you're going for while creating a calming environment.

The smaller your bathroom, the lighter you will want to go so it doesn't risk closing up the space. Anything from pale greens, light grays and beiges will work perfectly. They are soothing, while giving the area more of a spacious feel to it.

Dimmer switch

One thing that you can't go without is lights that can be dimmed. If you're a night owl and prefer to decompress during the night rather than in the morning, make sure to install some ceiling lights or wall sconces that have a dimmer control. By having this, you have the ability to soften the lights when need be, to create a sensual space that allows you to reflect about everything and anything - but then gives you the option of brightening up the room when you need to be productive.

If you are opting for this, don't try installing them yourself as dimmer switches are very complex circuits, so be on the safe side and hire in a professional electrician to sort it out.


Another lovely element that can be added is wood. Whether you go for the real deal or faux, it doesn't really matter as long as it appears to be wood.

You can incorporate this into tiles which could either be used as a feature wall or a floor to create the sense of peace and life. Having said that, if you do opt for real wood, you don't want to put it in a damp area, as this will take its toll over time. This is where the alternative faux wood tile comes in handy. It can be made out of either porcelain or ceramic tile that mimics the same natural texture of real wood, while being super resistant to water. Not only that, but it also comes in various different patterns so you can really add a sense of personality to your spa decor.


The next step - and a very important one at that - is to get rid of any clutter that is lying around and gathering in all the crevices of your bathroom - that isn't spa like at all, so move all of your toiletries, or at least hide them out of sight. Clutter not only looks bad, but it causes tension in the mind due to the mess.

You can avoid this by getting the right kind of storage for all of your things, although this is sometimes a problem when you're working with a small bathroom. First things first is to get rid of all the old random bits and bobs that you don't and won't use. This will free up some space - possibly enough for you to add a cabinet if you're lucky. And if you still need some room on the worktop for your daily toiletries, get a small wooden jar to sit them in, leaving you with an organized selection of items, rather than a pile of mess.



If sitting in silence isn't your cup of tea, then the best way to fill up the empty air is with some soothing music to take you away from your thoughts and open you to everything else.

Create yourself a playlist with your personal favorites that relax you and clear your mind. If you're aren't sure on what to choose, have a look online at various meditation tracks, or maybe a classical piece or two. Or even sounds from the nature, like the wind in the trees, a thunderstorm, or the ocean waves.



There's absolutely nothing wrong with incorporating some beverages and snacks in your quiet downtime. That could be a glass of your favourite wine or champagne, or some fresh sparkling water with a splash of lime, paired with some fresh fruit, or chocolate covered strawberries to be more specific...

Just make sure you use a tub tray to hold all of your items so you're not having to strain to reach things.

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