As much as we wish it weren’t so, it’s probably not economically sensible to go to a spa every time we feel like destressing, unwinding or spoiling ourselves. Life can be unfair that way. But there’s a solution closer to hand than you may think: a home spa.
Putting a little effort into cultivating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom will repay you in spades. Once you’ve put our tips into action, all you’ll need is to train your partner to give decent massages.
Start with the basics for your spa at home. If you have neon pink bathroom walls or very busy wallpaper, then it might not be quite the den of calm you need it to be. Choose earthy, natural colours to set the mood. Think soft, pale greens, browns and creams. A soft stone colour would be perfect for a smaller room, where neutrals better create a sense of calm and space. Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone is a great balance between contemporary and soothing.
Soft and gentle
If you’re going to create an authentic feel for your spa treatments at home, you need to ditch those scratchy, hair dye-stained towels, or at least set them aside for another time. Upgrade your bath mat, dressing gown and towels to something that feels like the ultimate in luxury as soon as it touches your skin. Keep the colours neutral and uniform and go for as fluffy as you can find. Follow our towel-washing guide to keep them in prime condition. If you’ve a decent budget, you might think about installing a heated towel rail or, if you’re very fancy, a towel-warming drawer.
Out of necessity, bathroom lighting tends to be bright, bright, bright, which is great when you need to see what you’re doing but less brilliant when you want to relax. If it’s possible, put your lights on a dimmer switch (it’s also great if you need the toilet in the night and don’t want to be shocked awake with floodlights). If you can’t put the lights on a dimmer, then arrange an array of alternatives to the main lights. Candles are excellent, but you can also try some small lamps, making sure they’re away from the water.
Some people are more susceptible to olfactory influences than others, but a soothing scent works to calm pretty much everyone. Stock up with a variety of fragrances to enhance your mood in the shape of candles, diffusers and shower and bath products. Lavender is aromatherapy’s answer to a warm glass of milk, bergamot is calm incarnate, while rose geranium is an exceptional mood booster.
If your home spa project is coinciding with a bit of a remodel, spend some time finding the right bath. Japanese Soaking Tubs are incredibly popular at the moment as they’re much deeper than regular baths and often contain a seat. And if you live alone or you’ve discovered that your partner gives awful massages, invest in a massaging shower head for that ultra-relaxing kneading effect on those sore muscles. Choose our Mira Agile Sense ERD+ or take a look at our mixer showers range that provide more flow, even at low pressure.
Bluetooth speakers are a great way to bring all your senses into play for your spa experience. Whether you’re into calming sounds, gentle music or meditation, listening to music whilst in the shower will help transport you to a place of tranquility or make it easier to drag yourself out of bed; search for “mirashowers” in Spotify and try our new shower mixes with great songs to listen while you’re taking a shower no matter your mood.
Buy a bath tray and use it to prop up your glass of champagne. You’ve earned it.
If you need more inspiration for your spa bathroom ideas, pay attention to the décor and smells and sounds when you next go for a spa day and put them into play in your own bathroom.