Guest Author - Donna Coogan
Have you ever wished your bathroom had a more spa-like feel? A private sanctuary where you could retreat at the end of the day? What a wonderful treat that would be in todayís busy and hectic world.
Even though itís a small space, the bathroom can be a challenge to decorate. Typically furnished with a toilet, sink and bathtub/shower combo there isnít enough room for much else. Because of this, I think most people donít give their bathroom decor much attention other than a few towels and perhaps one decorative element on the back of the toilet. Yet, itís a room you spend time in so it should be given the same attention to detail as the rest of your home.
Itís not difficult or expensive to create a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. Think about the things that help make a spa so inviting. Soothing colors, soft music, and candlelight - these are items that can easily be introduced to your space. The results can be an atmosphere that is so relaxing that it almost feels hypnotic.
Begin by painting your walls a color that helps you unwind after a long day Ė perhaps soft pastels or earthen tones like taupe or gray. Any color that helps your mind unwind is the right color for your bath.
Next pick spa-like accessories for your bathroom. Thick, luxurious towels to wrap yourself in and groupings of candles placed by the sink or around the tub. Donít forget scented soaps and lotions to help you drift away in a bath full of warm soothing bubbles.
Add plants or other natural elements to your bath for a rejuvenating feeling. Accentuate with earthen elements like seashells, smooth pebbles or leafy green ferns. Hang a print on the wall to help you tune into a relaxing escape. Pictures of nature or a favorite vacation retreat may be ideal.
If itís in the budget and you have the space, you might like to provide other furnishings that make the room feel more comfortable and less utilitarian. An armoire with open shelving in lieu of a linen closet; furniture style sinks to replace stock cabinetry; or a small chair or bench to rest on after a long soak.
Donít feel obligated to do more than your budget allows. With the right colors and accessories your bathroom doesnít need a major overhaul to feel like a spa. Aim to create a space that feels tranquil and invites you to linger and pamper yourself on those days when you really need it.