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How to Create a Romantic, Spa-Like Bathroom


The bedroom is not the only part of the house that can spark romance. You can also heat things up in the bathroom by creating a spa-like retreat where you and your new spouse can take a bath together and relax after a long day. Here are some (mostly) affordable ways to make your bathroom spa like and romantic:

Set the mood with candles.

Tub with flower petals and candles
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Place candles in votives or on glass dishes around your tub or on the vanity. Simply putting the lights on a dimmer can also make the atmosphere more romantic.

Fill a basket with essentials.

Get a pretty wicker basket or metallic bucket, depending on the style of your bathroom, and fill it with bath oils, fancy soaps, bubble bath, massage oil, lotions, and creams. Some pretty hand towels would make a lovely addition, too. Display the basket or bucket of goodies on the vanity, a shelf, or the floor.

Spruce up the mirror.

Many bathrooms have frame-less mirrors. You can make the frame-less mirror more modern and spa like by adding molding purchased from a hardware store. It can be as simple or fancy as you’d like. If you have a small, hanging mirror, you could tie a bow and attach it to a knob or nail in the wall centered above the mirror. Then, place the hanging strands of the bow behind the mirror to give the illusion that the mirror is hanging from the bow. This softens the look – and gives off a very romantic vibe.

Get his and her gear.

Adding plush monogrammed bath towels, and a robe and slippers for each of you is a great way to make the room seem like a spa for two. The gear is also useful because the two of you will likely enjoy lounging around in the robes and slippers. Comfort does help keep peace in a relationship.

Power up a Jacuzzi or whirlpool.

If you can afford it and have the space, you could purchase and install a Jacuzzi or whirlpool tub. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting in a tub with water that circulates to massage you. You and your spouse will enjoy bathing together or alone, but you’ll only be able to relax if you can afford the hefty price tag. Whirlpools, not including the labor for installation, start at about $2,000. If that’s too steep, you could invest in a foot massager or electronic back massager for before or after your bath.

Accessorize well.

Choose stylish throw rugs, towel bars or rings, waste baskets, toothbrush holders, and even art for the walls to create a cohesive look.

Keep it clean.

Make sure to clean the bathroom frequently to remove mold, bacteria, and grime that naturally builds up on the walls, tub, and counters. Get proper storage containers to stow away unsightly hygienic products, blow driers, combs, and other toiletries. Pick up laundry and put it in the hamper. There’s nothing sexy about a mess.

Prep the place for special occasions.

Put out a tray with wine and two glasses and maybe some grapes. Run a bath for your spouse. Throw rose petals in the water. After the bath, give him or her a massage. Remember, it should be better than the ones he or she would get at an actual spa!
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