Why pay through the nose for a weekend away at a health resort, when you could enjoy your very own spa retreat in the comfort of your own home?
With the busy lives we all lead, finding an hour or two for some quality "me time" can be hard. That's why many people are now turning to their bathrooms as the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of the workaday world. When one thinks of a spa resort, it immediately conjures up images of long, luxurious baths, mudpacks, soothing music and the ultimate in relaxation. So, in this blog post, we'll show you how you can achieve a bathroom that's perfect for pampering.
A Far East retreat. Click on the image above to find out more about the Oriental Spa look
Today, the whole idea of a bathroom has developed into a space in the house in its own right. It’s shocking to think that even in the UK many of our grandparents and great-grandparents grew up in a house that didn't have an inside toilet, let alone a dedicated room to wash, bathe and relax in.
Enjoy a sumptuous pampering session in luxurious surroundings. Click on the image above to discover the French Floral look
Thankfully today it is all very different and the idea of a bathroom is as central to a modern home as central heating, hot and cold water and electricity.
Although there are literally hundreds of different designs for bathroom suites, they generally fall into two main categories: traditional and contemporary. Those who choose a traditional design are using tried and tested styles from the Victorian and Edwardian eras and these often suit period houses extremely well.
Contemporary approaches give a wider choice and freedom in overall styles and accessories because there is a greater opportunity to 'mix and match' and less rigorous stylistic rules need to be followed. Click on either of the images below to read more about our Pure Harmony bathroom.
Even in an average-sized bathroom, you can make a freestanding bath the centrepiece of your home spa retreat
The spa approach
One of the big advantages of going for a spa feel to your bathroom is that it works equally well with both traditional and modern suites. No matter what you already have in place, with a few carefully selected additions you can create a whole new atmosphere.
VictoriaPlum.com offers a superb range of ideas to help you achieve your goal when it comes to creating an atmosphere of relaxation. Click on the image below to see the world's best hotel bathrooms.
Take inspiration from the bathrooms you find in boutique hotels or spa resorts
How you light a room can be an extremely important part of setting the atmosphere for any space—and bathrooms are no different. Natural lighting can help make for a relaxing mood and are essential for a spa-like feel. If you don't have natural outdoor lighting coming into your bathroom, you can cheat by using full-spectrum light bulbs and fittings. For those with windows or skylights, opaque glass windows or window coverings can accentuate natural light, whilst at night plenty of candles give off a warm and welcoming glow.
Lighting is very important in creating a spa-like environment. An illuminated mirror can help reflect natural light, as well as giving you a mood light option
Natural items can introduce soothing influences, so using fresh flowers and elements of the seaside such as pebbles and shells are ideas that can be put to good use.
If you want to go for the full spa concept, at VictoriaPlum.com we can help with everything you'll need including thermostatic taps and whirlpool baths which come with an adjustable 12 jet system to help relieve muscle tension.
More home spa bathroom inspiration
At VictoriaPlum.com, we're always looking at ways in which you can make your bathroom a more relaxing and peaceful place to spend time. Check out our bathroom ideas for the latest inspiration.