Jun 14 2012
You’ve chosen your new whirlpool bath, it’s installed, and you’ve enjoyed the relaxation and therapeutic benefits that it provides. With the mayor element in place, you can take few more steps, add little extras that will turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.
Set the stage with lighting. In addition to task lighting, install mood lighting in unexpected areas, perhaps above a soffit, along with a wall light by the tub so you can read while you soak. Put all lights on dimmers so you can adjust brightness.
Choose a relaxing color. This is an individual choice. You might prefer deeper shades to give your bathroom a cloistered, den-like appeal, or gentle pastels to create an open, airy feeling. In master bath, feng shui practitioners might suggest incorporate shades of pink- the color of partnership. This doesn’t have to be a sugary pink, by the way. It can be bright raspberry, a grayed pink, or one of this season’s hottest colors-an almost-coral, dusky salmon.
Invest in cushy lines. Towels are among your bathroom’s more affordable necessities, as well as a way to add color and texture to the space. Choose generously sized towels in thick terry cloth or luxurious Egyptian cotton. Include a soft bath mat and an over sized, plush terry robe.
Wire your room for sound. A small portable stereo system, housed safely away from water, will let you enjoy your favorite music while you relax. If you love the sound of running water, include a small fountain in the décor
Introduce soothing scents. Like the feng sui advice, you may take the benefits of aromatherapy as seriously or as lightly as you like, but we all like pleasing fragrances. Some calm, some energize, and others bring back memories.
Warm things up. To keep yourself cozy while you dry off, consider an overhead light with a heating element. Another simple luxury: a heated towel bar.
Give yourself an overhead view. Something as simple as ceiling painted in a restful color or as elaborate as a trompe l’oeil design of a cloudy sky will add to the room’s appeal.
Make it personal. A tubside table with a book, seashells you found on the beach, and some plants ass a special touch to your private spa. You’ll find that plants flourish in the humid atmosphere.
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