Interior Design: Planning An Easy At-Home Spa

Creating an at-home spa can be a relaxing and rewarding experience, while also being inexpensive.

Creating an at-home-spa is easier than it sounds. You can take the extreme route of knocking down walls, and re-installing plumbing, but an easier and more cost-effective way is by making use of what you already have.

First, you have to decide exactly what it is you want. Are you looking for a serene and relaxing place to leave your cares at the door? Or are you looking to install a whirlpool tub or sauna? If the latter is what you are looking for, leave that to the experts. What do you plan to use your indoor spa for?

At-home-spas can mean anything from a little extra organized space to creating a more spa-like experience, in the comfort of your own home. Decide what you want to use the space for: exercising, relaxing, bathing, and to what extent.

Since you are doing-it-yourself, look at the space you have and what amenities you would like. Naturally you'll want an area for your shower and daily preparation. If you have enough room, and you would like to incorporate exercise or meditation, look for space where you can add a treadmill, weights, stationery bicycle or yoga mat.

Even a walk-in closet is enough space for a small, relaxing retreat. Adding a chaise lounge, a dimming lamp, a small power-operated fountain and relaxing music can turn a tiny corner into a haven of serenity.

Comfort is the key. Anything that is relaxing to you, or pleasing to your senses, keep close. If you have a large bathroom space to work with, even better. And if your bathroom has access to the outdoors, take advantage of the natural light. Having that fresh air and access to sunlight will make any experience that much more relaxing. Again, plan for the space you have. If just having it all in one place is what entices you, organize your spa to make everything and all that you need close at hand and nearby.

Candles of all sizes and shapes can be used to create ambience lighting. Tall and short, fat and thin, among a bed of sand or small rocks and pebbles, this makes for a sense of serenity.

Last but not least, make room for any products that you may use to make this experience as enjoyable as possible. The room should be scented base on use. If you are planning to relax in your spa, use rose petals, or vanilla, or a lilac or lavender scent. You can use candles, potpourri, or even scent the water in your tub and use petals or bath oil or bubbles. Or if you are looking to get energized, you can use a strong eucalyptus or something of that type. Also include any "tools," such as a loofah sponge, pumice stone. There are many types of exfoliation products you can use to make your skin feel very smooth, and get rid of dry skin.

Now that you've done all this hard work to create your at-home spa experience, go enjoy it!

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