Spa at Home

Cheryll Gillespie, Spa at Home

Cold, wet weather means coming home to relax and pampering yourself in your own spa-inspired bathroom. We’ve all seen them in our favorite shelter magazines, and now it’s time and the right season for you to have your own spa bathroom. Let’s get started!

The less colour, the better. We need a calm and soothing environment that looks fresh and clean so clear out any colour starting with your walls and ceiling. Paint everything a beautiful soft, warm white to match your plumbing fixtures, if a new floor is in the budget, opt for white tile or carrara marble. If white is too stark for you (although honestly, a warm white will not be cold and foreboding when you are done) you could alternatively choose a very, very soft pale pink, which is excellent for skin tones. Do not opt for green as it is the most unflattering colour for skin. Put away coloured bath mats, towels and vanity accessories, as we are going to replace these with all white bath matting, white ceramic, glass and crystal decorative pieces that sparkle. Since we are creating a spa-inspired space we will want to keep our countertops as clutter-free as possible, this may mean that you need to clean out all the undercounter storage and reorganize this area to optimize space. Throw out any products you don’t use or that have expired, we only want to use the best!

Texture adds warmth and sizzle to a room, so look for opportunities to bring texture into your spa with wallpaper on the walls or even on the ceiling. Tile or stone materials on the walls also add texture, what’s brilliant about a bathroom is that it is not a large space so we can afford to add some luxurious tile and stone to our walls and floor since the square footage required is not large quantities.

Lighting plays a key role in every space and the bathroom should never be missed when an opportunity to add some glowing sex appeal presents itself. Replace the pot light over the tub with a glitzy chandelier – an easy job for ay electrician, and a ceiling medallion will eliminate the need for dry wall repair from the replaced pot light. Above the sink add a coordinating vanity light that is both beautiful and functional for your requirements. Put all of your bathroom lights on a dimmer switch, an essential tool for creating that ultimate rejuvenation spa environment.

Next to the tub, mount a wall shelf if you are starved for floor space, and if you have room on the floor, place a petite gilded table to serve as your “bath bar”- a home for a pretty bowl of bath salts, a bottle of essential oil, and of course a candle or two. Hang a hook on the wall for your robe and even the towels, sometimes I prefer the look of towel hooks as opposed to towel bars.

Add a beautiful fresh orchid in a crystal or white planter next to your vanity tray for the perfect finishing touch.

Now you won’t be able to wait until you arrive home after a long day at the office to draw yourself a delicious hot bath, sit, soak and sip a glass of wine as you soothe away all of life’s little stresses and warm your soul. That’s living fabulously-enjoy.

Creatively Yours,

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