Make Your Bathroom Look and Feel Like a Spa

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Make Your Bathroom Look and Feel Like a Spa
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We spend a lot of time in our bathroom. It's where we prepare for the day and where we seek rejuvenation at the end of the day. "For the most part, your bathroom should be functional, but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't have character," advises interior designer Nicole Hill, whose work has been featured on Etsy's Get The Look Decor blog, StyleList Home and N.E.E.T Magazine. Hill shares nine expert tips for transforming your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

De-Clutter
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De-Clutter

A cluttered space detracts from the tranquility of a room, so make sure everything has a place. "I like to keep all of my bath essentials inside the medicine cabinet or placed inside of baskets so that I can relax in the space free of clutter," shares Hill. "Glass mason or apothecary jars are lovely in the bathroom for housing wrapped bars of soap, cotton balls and cotton swabs," she advises.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Candles
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Candles

Whether they're lit and flickering or just sitting there for aesthetic purposes, any bathroom is remiss without a candle or two. "Beeswax candles are my go-to candles for every room in the house, and the bathroom is certainly no exception," shares Hill. She places them in vintage teacup saucers and antique French bowls and scatters them around the tub. Also consider using wood or stone candle holders as an ode to mother earth.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Textiles
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Textiles

"The best way to add character to a bathroom is to hang a textile piece on the wall," says Hill. This instantly softens the space to create a zen or spa-like ambiance. "Hanging a floral tapestry, or even a small Moroccan rug onto the bathroom wall, will add unexpected whimsy to a room." The same is true of chunky, hand-knit rugs on the bathroom floor or clean, hand-dyed linens displayed on racks.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Quality Towels
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Quality Towels

If you splurge on one thing in your bathroom, make it towels. "Towels are simply one of those items where the 'you get what you pay for' adage truly applies," says Hill. Her suggested go-tos are fluffy, organic towels or Turkish towels.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Towel Storage
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Towel Storage

If you've spent good money on your towels, you ought to display them in an elegant way. Fold or roll them uniformly and put them within arm's reach of the tub and sink. "I prefer fluffy towels rolled up and placed inside of wire baskets on a stool in the bathroom for easy access after a bath or shower," shares Hill.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Aroma
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Aroma

"Scent is an essential part of creating a spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom," advises Hill. She suggests keeping several natural aromatherapy oils on hand to use in diffusers or to add to the bath. "I'm a fan of rose, lavender, sandalwood and vanilla. These are all very comforting scents that relax me after a long day."

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Luxury Fixtures
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Luxury Fixtures

If a spa-inspired bathroom is your ultimate goal, don't forget about the hardware. These seemingly small upgrades may not be noticed right away, but they make all the difference. Hill raves about heated floors and -- the next best (and more affordable) thing -- heated towel bars. Also, select a shower head that errors of the side of luxury. Raincan, hand-held and dual-head shower heads are all great options.

Nicole Hill: Interior Design Expert

Lighting
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Lighting

As is the case in any room, lighting is a key component in interior design. Replace any harsh light sources with something softer that doubles as an aesthetic contribution to the space. "Adding a large, industrial-style pendant lamp or a pretty vintage crystal chandelier will make the whole bathroom," says Hill.

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Organic Plant Life
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Organic Plant Life

Fresh flowers and plants add charm and romance to a bathroom. House organic life in clear glass containers, pitchers, ornate vases or minimalistic vessels and place them near the tub, toilet or sink. Popular bathroom plants include lush greenery, exotic orchids, Asian bamboo or full bouquets of budding lavender or rosemary.

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