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Few things in life are as deliciously simple as pampering yourself with a trip to the spa, but unless you live next door to one, you probably don’t get there nearly as often as your stressful life demands. Don’t fret, though: You can create a spa-like ambiance in your humble bathroom with a few decorating tricks. Best of all, they can be tailored to fit your wallet. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can give your bathroom the spa treatment.
If You Have a $100 or Less Budget
Okay, so you have a limited budget. That’s a-okay. Just be prepared to do a little heavy lifting on your own to save a few pennies. Start by taking everything – and that means every single thing – out of your bathroom. The place should be empty… and probably kind of filthy in spots. Therefore, it’s time to get to work and use some old-fashioned elbow grease. Clean the place from the cobwebs in the ceiling to the dirty grout in the tub. At the end of this experience, you should be sweaty and in need of a shower in your spotless bathroom!
This is a good time to consider painting the walls if they are in need of it. Choose a warm color, like mauve. The paint and supplies may set you back $50-75, but with a $100 budget, that’s a great deal. Take your time with the painting; the last thing your private spa needs is to appear sloppy!
After the paint dries, it’s time to put everything back in the bathroom. Before you put anything back, make sure it belongs there. Is it past its expiration date? Is it old – as in the case of make-up. Is it destined to just sit until you throw it out? Be ruthless and get rid of anything that isn’t going to add to your spa atmosphere. If you still have money left over, feel free to buy some cute baskets at the dollar store; they are great to store all your “pamper me” stuff!
Oh, and always save a couple of bucks for some potpourri or essential oils. The fragrance will make your bathroom smell awesome! Now, you’re ready to enjoy a good soak.
If You Have a $100-500 Budget
You’re definitely able to do some more cool things to your bathroom. First, consider either buying a new sink and/or vanity. If they are too pricey, purchase faucet handles, new door knobs, etc. All these items will add a sense of freshness to your bathroom and make it look less dated.
You may also want to change the type of lighting in your bathroom area. Spas have warm, subtle lighting; if you’re forced to try to relax under a light that reminds you of something you’d see in a room where bad guys want to “make you talk,” change it immediately! You can even replace unattractive light fixtures with ones you love.
Plush bath and hand towels are a good investment for your home spa, and you can get many of them from wholesale stores that sell new towels at deep discounts. The nice part about buying these types of towels is that they are made for heavy-duty wear, which means you’ll have them around to enjoy for a long time.
If You Have No Budget
You are one lucky spa-going ducky! That’s because you qualify for a total bathroom redo. While you probably don’t want to spend $5,000, you may be able to get new flooring or perhaps a new backsplash for much less. If you are a handy-woman and can do part of the work yourself, you’ll save even more.
In the end, your spa will be a tremendously attractive oasis where you can go after a busy day. Just close the door, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into your favorite spot to relax. One last tip: Leave the cell phone elsewhere. You won’t need it to release all those tensions. Besides – who needs Angry Birds when you have Peaceful Pampering?