There are many ways to make your bath a refuge, a place to wash away the day’s stresses and cares and recharge. If you’re planning on remodeling the bathroom, here are some luxurious ways to add some serenity to the most private (and what should be the most serene) space in your home.

1. Tubs

An antique or vintage tub can be an architectural focal point, and set the tone for the design for the rest of the space. If contemporary design is more your style, you can go for a more modern, sculptural style. If you want to up the spa quotient, look for deep soak tubs and jets so you can whirlpool your cares away.

Claw Foot Tub

 

2. Shower

You can trick out your shower for a luxurious experience. A modern, walk in shower in the master bath with beautiful tile sets the stage for other fun and functional features like a rain style shower head, a steam function, a hand-held shower head, or even dual shower heads with streams coming from different directions. Build in a bench and a sound system and you won’t want to leave! Gild the lily with a warming drawer or towel rack so your towels are toasty when you get out.

Dual Shower Heads

 

3. Basins

A basin can be a basic sink, but there are many options at all price points to add some pizzazz, from antique looks to sculptural lines. Some may sit atop the vanity, or some may be dropped into a piece of furniture like an antique washstand or chest that adds storage and personality.

Vessel Bathroom Sink

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4. A Touch of Tech

You may have seen some examples of baths with a flat screen TV above the tub; if you still need to stay connected, but don’t have that much space, add a shelf to perch an iPad onto, and keep it away from the water, or add a small wall-mount unit.

Wall Mount TV in Bathroom

 

5. Linens

Buy the softest, thickest towels, bath mats and fluffy robes you can on your budget to feel pampered without a renovation.

White Towels

 

6. Dim the Lights

Raise the relaxation level by using soft lighting, installing a dimmer switch or just turning them off and lighting a bunch of candles to set a relaxing atmosphere. Reserve bright or natural lighting for task areas like the vanity so you have the proper lighting for applying make up and shaving.

Bathroom Candles

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7. Go Natural

Whether it’s using natural wood as an accent wall, or accessories, bringing in a touch of nature along with a complimentary color palette for your paint color that is immediately calming. Bamboo accessories add a little touch of spa-like serenity to any bath. Many live plants will thrive in a higher moisture environment of the bathroom. Votives nestled in pebbles on a shelf or on a tray bring in the relaxed feeling of the ocean.

Natural Bath Accessories

 

8. Accessorize

A bath tray that can hold special soaps, scented bath salts and oils, a book, along with a cup of tea or glass of wine brings the spa to any tub. Clear glass or apothecary jars that hold decorative soaps, cotton balls and the like can sit on a counter or vanity and enhance the airiness of a your home spa.

Blue Bath Salts

 

 

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