4 Ideas to Transform an Outdated or Plain Bathroom into a Spa

How much time does a person spend inside the bathroom? A 2016 Houzz study revealed that it could be 30 to 60 minutes, give or take, a day. It means that an American adult dedicates at least 60 hours of their lives here.

Wouldn’t it be great to elevate the space into a mini-spa if one spends a lot of time in there? For those who are saying yes, these are the best ideas, to begin with:

1. Add a Fireplace

The first tip when it comes to bathroom remodeling is to add a fireplace, and no, this isn’t out of place. Many master’s bathrooms even have an electric fireplace plugged into walls. As long as the area meets the safety criteria or the building code of the state, it’s okay.

In countries like Denmark or Norway, people practice a lifestyle called hygge, which means coziness. Especially during colder months, they gather around near a fireplace, perhaps with their favorite book and a chocolate drink in hand.

The heat produced by fireplaces is both relieving and healing. The crackling sound it creates or imitates can calm a frazzled person.

2. Swap Acrylic and Porcelain Tubs with Cast Iron


While bathtubs have been around for a while, it’s the cast-iron ones that stood the test of time. Since the 1800s, the elites soaked their tired bodies and weary minds in there. An image of a timeless tub is always a clawfoot type made from cast iron.

Cast iron isn’t the cheapest tub there is, and since it’s heavy, the bathroom floor may need reinforcements. However, not only does it look elegant and classic, but it is also durable. It can even outlive homeowners with proper care.

3. Invest in Essential Oils

Spas smell heavenly not only because they are clean but also because they use a lot of essential oils. Studies suggest that these aromatics can provide many benefits to the body.

A good example is a lavender. In at least three human studies, this flowering plant was more effective than the placebo in reducing anxiety. Many participants also experienced a reduction of other symptoms such as restlessness and disrupted sleep. Overall, they reported a higher level of quality of life.

Meanwhile, a 2010 study revealed that peppermint oil applied to the scalp and forehead might help reduce tension headaches and migraines. These discomforts can attack or worsen when someone is under a lot of stress.

People can use these essential oils in different ways. Besides applying a few drops directly on their skin or hands, they can use the oils in their bathwater. They can make bath bombs with them as well.

4. Incorporate Soft Light

Bathrooms may need two types of light, bright and soft, depending on the purpose. The former mimics outdoor light (or sunlight), so it’s excellent when someone is cleaning the area or applying makeup.

For those who want to relax, they need soft light. This type doesn’t produce a lot of glare or contrast, which can cause eye fatigue. It also creates beautiful silhouettes that can boost someone’s confidence.

Soft lights are also a perfect pair with scented candles that can emit aromatic oils. The scent can be soothing to the senses, helping the individual relax further.

Bathroom remodeling may take some time and cost money, but when it helps keep someone healthy and sane, it can be worth it. As a side note, it increases the value of the property, so it’s still a win-win.

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