Creating a Bathroom Spa in Five Steps

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What is a bathroom spa? I like to think of it as a "ritual chamber" in which I not only clean my body and do bathroom business, but also pamper my skin, unwind my mind, and luxuriate in the moment of peacefulness. Not everyone can afford going to a spa every day. So why not turn our own bathroom into a private spa? This project is not that hard to achieve, really. I'm not talking about remodeling the whole bathroom, changing the tiles, installing a brand new toilet or any kind of stuff that will require professional help. You should be able to bring all these bathroom spa ideas into fruition all by yourself within a few days or maybe just a few hours.

A spotless bathroom spa
A spotless bathroom spa

Step 1 - Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!

How often do you see a filthy spa bathroom with a mildewed ceiling? If spa owners let their bathrooms deteriorate like that, they certainly won't receive many customers. No matter how spacious or well-decorated your bathroom is, it will not become a true place to relax unless it is sparkling clean. So the first step of creating a bathroom spa is to make everything look spotless. Pay extra attention to all the corners and hard-to-reach spots. Throw away old bottles of shampoo and soap that have been sitting there untouched for ages.

If your white bathtub is not so white anymore, simply fill it up with water, add about half cup of bleach (or more if your tub is huge and hopelessly dirty), then let it sit overnight. The next morning your tub will be white and shiny again. If your toilet bowl is plastered with murky stains that are so impossible to scrub off, sprinkle half cup of baking soda all over it, wait about 5 minutes, then pour in half cup of white vinegar. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to work on the stains for about 15 - 30 minutes, then scrub and flush.

Here are little tips on How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Effortlessly.

Step 2 - Translate Your Greatest Source of Calmness into a Design

What kind of place usually helps you find your inner peace and leave all your worries behind? It could be a flower garden, a beach, countryside scenery, etc. Pick one place you prefer and make that the theme of your bathroom. Try to visualize how you can "bring" your favorite greenhouse or mountaintop into your bathroom spa. For example, if you want your bathroom to have an ocean theme, little seashells and blue rugs might be decorative items you should seek. If you love lush forests, a mini-waterfall and shower curtain with lovely pictures of trees might lead your imagination into the wilds while having a bath.

Spruce up your bathroom spa
Spruce up your bathroom spa

Step 3 - Spruce it Up

Now your bathroom is clean and has a theme. The next step is to accessorize and perhaps repaint it. Do you like the color of the walls? If you find simple white walls pleasant and comforting, keep them that way. If you would like to give the room a whole new look, repaint it with a color that resonates the bathroom theme you have in mind. For instance, use sea foam green to bring back your fond memories of a vacation in the Caribbeans, or use golden yellow to create a bold visual interest that reminds you of a sunflower garden, etc. Keep in mind, however, that the color of the walls should not clash with the shades of the tiles and bathroom fixtures.

Pick all the bathroom accessories carefully. Bathroom gadgets made of natural materials, such as wood bathmats and seashell soap dishes, tend to lend a spa-like atmosphere more than plastic or ceramic products do. Try to buy hair and skin products of high quality that come in stylish containers. Store your bath salt in cute little glass jars and line them up nicely. Place a vase of fresh flowers in a corner to generate a lively vibe. And if space allows, put a chair or stool somewhere in the room. You may want to sit on it while soaking your feet in a foot massage tub, so make sure it's a comfortable chair.

Step 4 - Dim It Down

Make sure the lights in your bathroom spa are not too harsh. Save those super-bright fluorescent bulbs for the kitchen where detail-oriented tasks are performed. In the bathroom, the lights should be soft, soothing and flattering. A quick fix for this would be to install a wall sconce (that doesn't expose the light bulb). Better yet, you might consider installing a small chandelier on the ceiling. This will add not only an eye-friendly light but also an extra glamorous touch to your bathroom. To create a truly relaxing ambience, some people even pass over electric lights completely and opt for candles instead.

Step 5 - Scent and Sound

Now your bathroom looks like a pretty nice spa but it's not quite complete. Give it a little more personality. Give it an aroma. A lot of people like scented candles, but I personally prefer using a small jar of scented oil and reeds. Some might favor plug-in air fresheners. And some might simply use air-freshening sprays. It's all up to you, but here are some recommended scents to use:

For calming effects: lavender, cinnamon, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, gardenia

For invigorating effects: amber, basil, citronella, sweet grass, eucalyptus, geranium

The last thing to think about is whether you like to spend your time in your bathroom spa silently, or you would prefer having some music and sounds. If the latter is your answer, find a good spot to place a small stereo system or just a stereo speaker to use with your iPod. Besides your favorite music, try listening to some healing sounds of nature (waterfalls, birds singing, waves, etc.) while luxuriating in your bathroom ritual. I guarantee it will be a lovely experience.

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readabook 6 years ago from Texas

What a great hub. You ideas are creative, inexpensive and easy to do. I love your ideas.


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ggerner 6 years ago

You mean I can bring the spa home? I'm feeling better already. :) What a nice treat.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@readabook - And I love your comment :)

@ggerner - Yep, bring the spa home! Don't work too hard. Pamper yourself a bit. :)


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quicksand 6 years ago

Installing a spa would cost a couple of thousands of dollars! Mee ngern mai phor! :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hi Om, I just saw you on the front page with you 100 overall hubber score. You go girl, congratulations! Way to go!

Also, great hub, I would love to have the bathroom pictured near step 4. Thumbs up!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@quicksand - But with my bathroom-spa ideas and tips, you won't really need thousands of dollars. I'm sure you mee ngern por! ;-)

@MG - Thank you! Yeah I love my score right now, but I know it will change soon. lol


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anglnwu 6 years ago

I really shouldn't be reading this since I'm trying to get into a working mode. But what can i say, you make it so seem simple yet inviting--definitely something to consider when I can afford to "luxuriate." Nicely done and congrats on your perfect score!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Very good points - and well worth the efforts of having your own bathroom spa!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks a lot, anglnwu. A little relaxation and luxury won't shut down your working mode completely (I hope). In fact, it might even "re-energize" you. :-)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@akirchner - Thanks! Glad you stopped by. :)


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

what a lovely hub! I need to revamp my bathroom and you have given me the spark. it is small and the theme is French countryside. I was going to paint the walls taupe, but I used this color in the kitchen and I'm not so sure I want it in the bath. the shower curtain is white and there are floral framed pictures on the walls. now I can't wait to give it the finishing spa touches.. thanks for sharing! I'll take any ideas you have!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks, rebekahELLE. Your bathroom sounds lovely. I actually thought about the French countryside theme for my own bathroom as well, but I ended up with the zen theme instead. :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What great tips and I love the arrangement of the spa bathroom. I too am a big fan of this ritual. Thanks for the awesome bathroom spa ideas. Love the products. Peace :)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Hey, Katie! Thanks for your kind comment :)


revrave 6 years ago

Your hub is absolutely MEEEE! I'm always trying to find ways to relax and i'm fresh out of ideas. Till now hehehe, my husband just said "oh no, as he read your hub behind my shoulder. Anyways love your hub and rating you up.


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Ambition398 6 years ago

I would even enjoy a hot-tub spa area outdoors. So thanks for ideas here. May work in that type setting :)


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@revrave - I'm glad you found this hub inspiring! Thanks for dropping by and commenting :)

@ambition398 - Yeah, an outdoor spa can be great and very relaxing, too! Thanks for your visit and comment. :)


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I just moved and can use some of your idea to make the bathroom more spa like!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Cool! Have fun decorating your new place. :)


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Great ideas. The smells, sounds, and dimness of candles are the most important as you said. And above all, your number one point, sparkling clean. I try to bring out fresh smelling super white big bath towels and a white robe as well. Makes me think Im really at the spa. This is a good time to sit in the tub with good salts andoils and give yourself a facial, and pedicure. glad you brought these great ideas to our attention. Now if you could just send a good body messager to my homemade spa, I would be eternally greatful! Ok, I know, you aren't a magician! Loved the hub and all of your hubs. Lisa


Artoflegendindia 6 years ago

Great hub. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.your hub is a very informative.I liked your spa bathroom idea.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

@Lisa - Now you made me feel guilty for not being able to grant you a brand new massager or a soft-fingered masseuse! LOL :)

@Artoflegendindia - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the article. :)


Rookie70 6 years ago

I would even enjoy a hot-tub spa area outdoors. So thanks for ideas here.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Hey Rookie! Thanks for stopping by. :)


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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Good article. I enjoy reading home décor information and this article is very easy to read and follow. Great ideas.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. :)


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eyewearspy 6 years ago

I really fond looking a tips like this on how to beautify my bathroom someday. Because I am planning to have my separate home and I am looking for some tips like this and not only on bathrooms but the whole tips on how to beautify the whole house. Maybe I can find more great topics like this and tips. Thanks for sharing your tips here. I will save this tips here for future use. I like your creativity!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks! Yeah, you can use some of these tips to decorate other rooms as well. :)


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ainehannah 6 years ago from Dublin

Thanks for the lovely ideas on creating a "restoration room" at home


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

You're welcome! :)


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Teddletonmr 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Om Paramapoonya your hub Creating a Bathroom Spa in Five Steps is ful of useful and easy to follow tips and tricks. Thanks for the information.


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SuperiorInteriors 6 years ago from San Diego, California

Wow, what a fun hub! Thanks for sharing your ideas... having a personal spa in my home has always been a dream of mine, and I hope one day with your ideas and a bit more disposable income I will be able to make that dream a reality!


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dexterdunn9274 6 years ago from fort lauderdale

Great stuff!


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PR_am 6 years ago from Oregon

Being able to go through each day's job or business hours is enough stress for our bodies and the calming effect of a spa treatment is what we all need after all.

Thanks for sharing such tips that make this possible. Very useful!


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janquez 6 years ago

this is really great whwn i grow up im planning to be a soper mom and when my children want a sleep over if they are girls i dont have to pay for them to go to a sleepover.


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago Author

Thanks for all the kind comments, guys. :)


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zuhr-akb 5 years ago from uk

cool and really interesting hub.it will really help to renovate our bathroom into a new spa look. thanx


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago Author

Hi, zuhr-akb. Thanks for the read and kind comment! :)


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Jaynie2000 5 years ago

Awesome ideas. I have 2 bathrooms that need to be redone so reading this was quite timely for me. Thanks for sharing.


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whitton 5 years ago

What a great Hub! Awesome ideas and steps to follow! I also love your tips for cleaning the tub and toilet and make it extra white!


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almasi 5 years ago

An awesome hub. Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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Celiegirl 5 years ago

Wow! This is a cool and inspiring hub! Thanks!


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Maria Harris 5 years ago from Houston

Love reading anything related to home spa ideas. Thank you for the great hub.


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Cameron Dean 5 years ago from New York

Great Hub!Nothing like a fabulous bathroom.


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

I've been prepairing to remodel my bathroom again, to give it a new look and feeling. I like the list of aroma's you have. (useful, vote up)


janellelk 5 years ago

The lighting is an absolutely fantastic idea! I am for sure going out to buy pink light bulbs asap. This whole hub was terrific. Thanks so much!


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usef4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting Post.. I liked it


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

You have so many great hubs, and here's another! I love all of your tips including Spruce it up and Dim it down, really good advice here. Thanks for sharing!


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boundarybathrooms 4 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

There's some incredible detail here, good work! I just hope I can put these tips into action as my bathroom at the moment is just a functional place and doesn't feel that relaxing.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago Author

@boundarybathroom - Maybe you don't need to do all these in one day. Just change your bathroom little by little until it becomes a nice, relaxing home spa!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

This is a great and inexpensive idea of making a spa bathroom. Well done. Thanks for sharing.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago Author

@Thelma Alberts - You're welcome, Thelma. Glad you stopped by.

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