Get that Spa Feel at Home with these Accessories to Create a Home Spa
Simple accessories to create a home spa don’t have to be extravagant or costly. Of course, we all wish we could renovate and expand our bathrooms to include a nice home spa. One that doesn’t require an appointment or a commute during rush hour. Above all, it must be affordable. But there are ways to recreate that spa feel in your home even with a small budget.
We found a few bathroom accessories that you can add to your existing space. Simple accessories that can bring the spa zen-like look and feel without breaking the bank (or a wall).
Maybe you have enjoyed a spa visit on a recent vacation. Or perhaps you have a local spa that is your guilty pleasure once in a while. What your senses enjoy about these visits can be added with just a couple of accessories. Let’s start with lighting. While the bright but harsh lighting of your vanity is good for teeth brushing, it’s not so great for enjoying a little ‘me-time.’ Candles are always a great way to begin setting a calming mood in a space dedicated for relaxing and unwinding.
Unscented Pillar Wax Candles
Pillar candles in 3 or 4 inch diameter with various heights help set the calming mood of a spa. Look for larger, pillar candles if you have the room in your space, as they’ll burn longer than tapers and safer to manage. Always put a non-flammable tray or plate under your candles and never leave them unattended. Make sure a properly working smoke detector is in the room as well before lighting them up.
Essential Oil Diffuser
While tranquil candle lighting sets the mood, you’ll want to focus on the room’s scent. Bathrooms are usually the last place you think of being pleasant smelling, but with a little help that can be achieved. The Essential Oil Diffuser is ideal for adding fragrance for a spa-feel at home. Essential oils are potent concentrations of your favorite scents. There are many essential oils available, everything from lavender to peppermint and lemongrass. As well as good sleep blends, stress relief blends, and muscle relief blends.
While too much of a good thing is overwhelming, a small diffuser helps circulate any scent throughout the space. URPOWER makes many diffusers that are likely all very similar mechanically and in function, but in different shapes and lighting features. We especially love this particular one in a natural wood-tone vase look with a calm blue glow. The wood-look brings some more organic textures into the home spa.
Aromatherapy Top 14 Essential Oil Set
Not sure what scent or combination of scents you’ll enjoy? That’s the fun of creating your own home spa space. Experiment a little then discover what the perfect environment is based on your mood or needs of the moment are. With Artizen’s Essential Oil starter set, you’ll get 14 different oils that you can sample and mix and match until you find the perfect combination. Or try something different every time you’re in the mood to chill!
Soundcore 2 Bluetooth Speaker
It’s important to get the right sounds in your space to help you relax. Silence actually isn’t the most comforting sound (or lack of sound). But it doesn’t have to be just trickling water or white noise machines. Whatever tunes help you relax are the right sounds for your space. This could be some environmental background music or your favorite artists. Grab your phone or wherever you stash your tunes and connect them through this Anker bluetooth speaker. With 12 watts, this is no light-weight and it’s splash-proof to boot. (Note: splash proof is NOT waterproof so please don’t drop it in water!). Anker makes some great electronics (we love their line of Iphone cables and portable battery charging packs). And this speaker carries on with the trusted brand’s quality.
Double Stem Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant
Plants always add a sense of peacefulness and tranquility. A calmness that aids in promoting health and well being. Plants contribute to the ambience in the home spa. Add a nice Phalaenopsis Orchid plant to your home spa. This one is a double stem in a shot glass ceramic pot. Place in an area with low to medium sunlight. Water weekly and enjoy the view.
For those with a medium sunlight space, display a Red Anthurium near a window. Water once or twice weekly then sit back and enjoy the plant while soaking in warm bath water.
Split Leaf Philodendron or Monstera
Home spa areas with bright, indirect or artificial light can display a Monstera plant. The leaves open to a solid whole leaf then split as they mature. Perfect for a larger bathroom space.
Marble Corner Shelf
You’ll want a spot to rest all these accessories so how about a corner rack in beautiful marble and stainless steel? Marble is always a great natural material to bring up the level of luxury in a space. And this substantial but space-saving corner unit is perfect for fitting into tight spaces. The Marble Corner Shelf is available in either a polished or satin nickel finish.
Bamboo Deluxe Bench Shower Seat
Now let’s add a spot to rest your feet. This is a great little bench seat that gives you somewhere (other than the toilet) to sit down while you’re not in the shower or tub. A compact shower seat (only 17.5″ x 10″) so it’ll fit in the smallest of spaces. And still squeezes in a small shelf underneath for a couple accessories or towels. The bamboo material brings more natural tones into your home spa space.
If you are fortunate enough to have a more spacious area for a larger bench, here’s one we love. The Alateak Spa Bench is 30 inches long and built out of beautiful, durable teak. Which is known for its water resistant and weathering properties.
Dry Brush & Skin Exfoliating Set
Since we have some space under our new bench seat, let’s add some always useful brushes for those longer soothing baths. This five piece Vegan Dry Brush spa set includes a 17 inch long bamboo handle exfoliating brush. A wooden foot brush with pumice stone for callus removal. A loofah back scrubber, a facial konjac sponge. And a pair of bath and shower cotton exfoliating gloves.
Note: Brush bristles are made from sisal. Sisal fibers are made from the Agave plant as a result of this, it is 100 percent natural. Made with natural and vegan materials.
Stainless Steel Rainfall Square Shower Head
Unlike traditional shower heads that use a few higher pressure nozzles to ‘massage’ you like a hot tub, rain showers give you the opposite effect. They stream low pressure water out of many finer nozzles to mimic rainfall. When you’re looking to decompress after a long day with the kids or at work, this effect is very calming and peaceful. The Hotel Spa Rainfall Shower Head has the added benefit of usually using less water on average. Remember how the old ‘massage-o-matic’ shower head feels? More like a power washer!
This square shower head by HotelSpa is a sizable 10″ in diameter. It also comes in a more compact 8″ version for those tight on space. It features a sturdy adjustable extension arm in solid brass to accommodate everyone in your household.
Tip: With so many fine nozzles, make sure you regularly demineralize and clean your shower head so it keeps flowing. This is especially important if you have hard water that leaves deposits. Check out our post 36 Vinegar Cleaning Tips for Kitchen and Bathroom. Using white vinegar to easily clean mineral deposits.
Curved Chrome Shower Rod
With your new found luxurious rain shower, you’ll want all the space you can get to enjoy it. If you have a typical tub and shower curtain set up, this nifty curved shower rod is a smart solution that gives you a little extra elbow room. By replacing your straight shower rod with this curved one, you’ll gain a few inches where it counts. Your shower will feel that much bigger and airy without any major renovations! Make sure you measure your wall-to-wall distance and ensure that this adjustable rod’s range will fit your space.
Waffle Weave Shower Curtain
And since we’ve already updated the shower rod, how about a classic spa waffle weave shower curtain. Of course, in crisp spa white to help transform your bath from ‘functional’ to spa-like! Made of 100% polyester for easy care (machine washable) and water repellent. You must use a vinyl liner with this curtain.
Resort Skid-Resistance Rug
The minute you step out of that updated shower you’re going to want your feet to hit something other than cold hard tile. Or even that worn-thin shower mat that looks like its seen too many dryer cycles. Treat yourself (and your feet) to something luxurious like this ultra-plush resort-style bath mat with an anti-skid backing for safety. Memory foam mats have become very popular but sometimes they just don’t look the part. These are available in 5 sizes (including a rare square shape) and 30, yes 30 colors! We’d recommend going with white to keep the Spa theme going. And besides, what doesn’t go with white?
Bergman Honeycomb Turkish Cotton Bath Towel
You’ve landed on your comfy new rug and you go to reach for a towel. Don’t settle for that tattered Disney kids towel you cringed to buy when your 4-year old spotted it in the store. Or that worn towel that’s lost its softness many washes ago. Spas are nothing if not designed to lavish you in plush, soft, soothing textures and fluffy spa towels are just the ticket.
We love Turkish cotton towels. Turkish combed cotton is famous for making some of the finest bath towels. Like bed sheet thread-counts, marketing will have you believe heavier cotton towels are better and more absorbent. These towels aren’t the heaviest we’ve ever used, but they are beefier than your average $10-15 bath towel and feel plenty luxurious. More water absorbent than towels we’ve spent twice as much on. And they don’t need a lot of washes to get soft or absorbent. The honeycomb design is a perfect match for your home spa makeover. A set of three standard Honeycomb cotton bath towels to energize the mood of your bathroom.
Bamboo wall shelf
Don’t store those fluffy new Turkish cotton towels in a dark linen closet. Keep them handy and show them off on this wall shelf with spa design in natural bamboo. The bamboo wood tones, like the essential oil diffuser above, lend a natural wood warmth to your home spa design. And keeps it from appearing too much like that “ceramic tile and hospital white” coldness.
Electric Towel Warming Racks
There’s nothing better after a shower on a cold morning than wrapping yourself in a warm towel. And even if you don’t live in a colder climate, warm towels are a nice luxury to add to your home spa experience. Professional spas usually have special warming drawers to keep towels toasty. Recreate the effect by just adding a towel warming rack to your home bath. If you have wall space with a wall outlet within reach the best option is a wall-mounted towel warming rack. If not, then have an electrician hard-wire the warming rack. A towel rack keeps towels off the floor and it doesn’t take up any valuable floor space.
Free Standing Towel Warming Rack
If you don’t want to permanently install a warming unit or in need of a portable warming rack, use a free-standing towel warming rack. Safety may be a concern for those with little ones in the house. So please think twice about one of these devices if you have young children. Maybe place it in a separate bathroom off limits from the kids. A warming rack at its highest setting, can get hot enough to burn little fingers. And because they are electric, free-standing units in bathrooms pose the usual risk of electrocution. Be smart and stay safe!
Speaking of safety, a great preventative measure if you invest in a plug-in electric towel rack (wall or floor mounted) is a timer. This ensures that the warming rack always shuts off after a certain amount of time. A timer is an energy efficient measure. And at the same time acts as a safety measure less you forget to shut the towel warming rack off when not in use.
Heavy Duty Timer
A heavy-duty timer can handle the heavy electrical loads of a towel warming rack (up to 1875 watts, 15amps). It features a mechanical timer which we prefer over digital for ease of setting and reliability. Make sure the electric load of the warming rack or other device you attach is within the limits of the timer.
Resort Plush Robe and Slipper Set
OK, so you toweled off but why rushing to throw on sweats and tackle more house chores? Remember, we’re going for a calm, ‘me time’ spa-like tranquil experience. How about wrapping yourself in a super plush robe and slipping your feet into matching slippers? The common waffle weave robes are ok but usually thinner – we prefer an ultra-plush resort robe and slipper set. Your skin (and mind) will thank you!
We hope our list of spa accessories inspires you to transform your bathroom into a home spa. So the next time you need a break, pamper yourself at home. No home renovation required. No need to schedule an appointment nor commute to the spa. Simply retreat to your personal home spa and unwind. All made possible with a few simple changes and a small budget. And yes, it will feel that much better.
Let us know when you set up your own personal home spa and the tips or tricks you recommend. We’re always looking for better ways to pamper ourselves!
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