Remember the last time you spent an evening at a luxurious hotel. The soft bed may have been amazing, and the maid service saved you from an afternoon of picking up after your child, but the best part of the experience was probably the bathroom. Hotels spend thousands of dollars creating bathrooms that make you wish you had the budget, time and expertise to recreate the look in your home. Luckily, it doesn’t take a world-class interior decorator and the Ritz-Carlton’s budget to turn your bathroom from drab to hotel-chic.
Choose Classic Over Trendy
The moment you enter any home improvement or department store, you’ll be bombarded with what seems like a variety of options for your spa-inspired bathroom. Keep in mind that classic and elegant are better options than trendy or fun. You may have an overwhelming urge to spend your money on an outlandish accessory like a tropical-themed toilet. You can purchase it, but install it in the guest bathroom instead.
Ditch the Shower Curtain
The next time you walk into the bathroom of a posh hotel, look for a shower curtain. You’ll quickly notice that shower curtains tend to be absent in most luxury hotels, and that’s because there is not one elegant thing about a translucent sheet of PVC. This leaves you with one more relatively inexpensive option: sliding glass doors. Fortunately, this is an easy DIY project that doesn’t require any specialized tools or professional intervention. Choose a model featuring simple frosted glass panels and avoid any doors adorned with etched lilies or outdated gold accents.
Splurge on New Towels
If you can afford to splurge on one item for your spa bathroom, do it on a set of high-quality towels. White is always the best option because they’re easy to clean — just add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle to remove any yellowing or stains — and will work with almost every imaginable design scheme. Shop around for a great price, watch for “white” sales and, if you can squeeze a few more dollars out of your remodeling budget, monogram the towels.
Purchase a Few Decadent Personal Care Products
When was the last time you stayed at any hotel and didn’t pilfer the travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion? Aside from seeming like a thoughtful extra, hotels actually offer personal hygiene products as a way to detract from less-than-pleasant aspects of a bathroom. Steal this trick by purchasing a few beautifully packaged toiletries and arranging them in a wicker basket on your bathroom vanity. Your guests will appreciate it, and you’ll enjoy breaking into the tiny soap and shampoos, too.
Take a Bath in Style
Spas turns bathing into a lovely experience, so why not do the same thing in the comfort of your own home? Start the experience by filling your tub with warm water and adding a healthy amount of bubble bath or bath salts. Light a few lavender-scented candles, turn down the lights, lock the door and ask your spouse to handle the children for an hour. Spas might spend a small fortune stocking their shelves with the highest-quality personal care products, but you’ll enjoy your experience equally if you get your bubble bath and candles at the corner 99-cent store.
Before beginning your amazing bathroom makeover, there is one more luxury item to invest in: a comfortable, decadent terry-cloth robe. Nothing feels more opulent and spa-worthy than slipping out of a warm tub, drying off with your white monogrammed towel and cozying up in your plush, soft robe.
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About the Author: Katherine Mills is a guest blogger and DIY expert. When she’s not hard at work finishing a craft project, Katherine can be found scouring Decor Planet for amazing deals.