Turn Your Rental Bathroom into a Spa—No Remodeling Required

published Oct 14, 2016
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When describing your rental bathroom, “spa-like” and “personal sanctuary” are likely not the first words that come to mind. The bathroom of your dreams may be a full remodel away, but by taking cues from spas and saunas, you can decorate your way to a more relaxing space. Grab a Turkish towel and some eucalyptus—it’s time to teach your bathroom how to chill out.

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Go Green

This bathroom from our long floating shelf tutorial is channeling the Turkish baths in multiple ways: those gorgeous tiles (try peel-and-stick options for a temporary punch of style), that tasseled fouta towel, and the forest of houseplants surrounding the tub.

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Brush Up

No at-home spa is complete without the tools of the trade. Invest in a bath brush, loofah or natural sea sponge that can double as decor. In this bathroom from Stadshem, these essentials are hung on the wall so they’re always within reach.

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Use Natural Scents

To imitate the aromatherapy room at the sauna, just introduce some fresh eucalyptus, which can be found at the florist or even a local bodega. Some recommend tying a bundle to the shower head so the steam will carry the sinus-clearing aroma through the whole room. In this Brooklyn bathroom featured on Design Sponge, just a couple branches are enough to scent the small space.

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Try This Tile Trick

You may not be able to cover your whole bathroom in Turkish tile, but you can get the look by choosing a similarly patterned shower curtain, such as the one above from Urban Outfitters ($49). Bathmats, rugs and wall art can all replicate the intricate designs of tile—while still letting you make this month’s rent.

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Toss in the Towel(s)

Whatever you choose to call it—a Turkish towel, a fouta, a hammam towel, a peshtemal—a hand-woven linen or cotton towel is a necessity for any spa-evoking bathroom. In this Austin Abode, a fringed rug carries the spa style throughout the small space.

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Top It Off

Rest a wooden caddy across the top of your tub for holding books, candles and a cup of refreshing mint tea. The reclaimed wood one above is from Peg and Awl, but you can also DIY one following the instructions on Ella Claire Inspired.

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Introduce a Side-Table Stool

There’s something about placing a small wooden stool next to the bathtub that feels luxurious. And if you use it to hold a washcloth or your shampoo, it also serves a practical purpose.

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Choose a Better Bathmat

The second you swap in a wooden slatted bathmat for your dingy old fabric one, your powder room will start to feel much more spa-like. Try this inexpensive option from World Market (from $25), or see some other options.

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