8 Cheap Ways to Make Even the Tiniest Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

8 Cheap Ways to Make Even the Tiniest Bathroom Feel Like a Spa

Arlyn Hernandez
Dec 12, 2017
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With a new year approaching, it's common to take a look around your home and plan out all the projects you want to tackle when you get some time (and some more expendable income). While we understand why refreshing your living room may be at the top of your list, we'd recommend starting somewhere a little easier (and cheaper!) to tackle.

Your bathroom is like the complicated relationship you have with your mother. While you 100% need it and turn to it multiple times a day, often times it can get a bit messy, in need of some nurturing. Which is why we weren't surprised to see that searches on Pinterest for "spa bathrooms" are up +269%, a figure released today in their Pinterest 100 report, a list of the top ideas they believe people will be trying out in 2018.

Spa bathrooms are simple, soothing, minimalist so they don't take much to achieve. A good cleaning and tidying job gets you halfway there, but for the rest of the way, check out these ideas for how to make your bathroom (no matter the size) feel like a day at the spa.

(Image credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Keep Linens White (& Plentiful)

The only time a spa doesn't have a fresh stash of plump, luscious white towels and robes at the ready is when they have Turkish towels and robes at the ready. Maybe it's because white linens can be bleached for sanitary purposes, but regardless of the reason, snowy white textiles in the bathroom will get you to spa heaven in no time. A tip for storage: either roll them up and place in baskets or hang them on a bathroom ladder like the above space from Sarah Sherman Samuel.

Neutral Palettes for the Win

Designer Nicole Davis has it right with this mostly white palette, rounded out by natural wood tones, in a bathroom she designed. While definitely an aspirational space, the same approach can be taken in a more humble space, especially in a boring all-white rental bathroom that you have little control over. Embrace the "bland" palette and mix in some warm woods via accessories.

(Image credit: Emily Netz via Instagram)

Never Skip Relaxing Music & Scents

If you're a lover of baths, or just like to languish in your bathroom, do yourself a favor and load up on the candles, and throw in a petite bluetooth speaker for good measure. Scatter them around (on window sills or cubbies in your shower area or on a tub tray as seen here via Emily Suenetz's Instagram).

Add Plants

Greenery is the most natural way to purify the air in your home, and since spas are all about purification and renewing, that means that plants + bathroom = spa, right? Plants of all varieties are great for even the tiniest space as you can hang them from the ceiling, perch them on windowsills or shelves, or even crowd a floor corner with them.

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Use Only Pretty Packaging (Or None At All)

When was the last time you went to a spa and saw big crusty bottles of St. Ives huddled on a shelf corner? If the answer to that is "recently" it's time to get a new spa. If not, take note. Pick up a few apothecary jars, small glass containers and soap pumps at HomeGoods for cheap and fill them with epson salts, bath bombs, pretty bar soaps...whatever you like to pamper with. Level the whole look up by adding pretty customizable labels, like these that you can print for free from Lia Griffith.

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Don't Forget the Bath Tray

There's nothing nearly as indulgent as luxuriating in a tub with a bath tray stocked with a drink of choice, a candle and any skincare accoutrements. Shopping options are vast, but you can also try you hand at making one yourself (we love this bath caddy DIY shown here by A Beautiful Mess).

(Image credit: The Lettered Cottage)

Think Simple Vertical Storage

When counter space is in short supply, try getting creative with vertical storage, like how The Lettered Cottage used a three-tier fruit basket to maximize space for storing sponges, towels and other spa goodies.

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Try a Wood Bath Mat

While a simple white bath rug is a great solution for a spa-inspired bathroom, a wood bath mat feels even more luxurious and special (and some people say they are easier to keep clean, as well). The Merrythought offers a DIY version if you're extra handy!

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