Ever wanted to go to a luxury five-star spa? You must have had those days when work was just killing you, and at the same time, your family isn’t helping either. You feel that you’re on the brink of having a breakdown, and the only solution must be to go to a luxury spa. These places feel like heaven during those times. You’re well taken care of and pampered like a French poodle. There is, however, the issue of having to pay to go there, which can just as easily induce a lot of stress. Why not just take the spa home with you? Here are a few ways to create your own home spa.
Please Your Eyes
The first thing you probably notice when entering a spa is how relaxing everything looks. You might think it’s because of the luxurious features in it, but it’s also how all the rooms are decorated to soothe your eyes. There are multiple ways to decorate your own home in a spa-like manner that’s easy and affordable. Firstly, make sure to avoid loud and bright colors in the room you plan to relax in. Neutral tones and muted pastels are the hues you should focus on. Another point to remember is the simpler the room, the better. Only the essential furniture—bed, chairs, and tables—and a few plants should do the trick.
Dim the Lighting
Lighting is as much an important decorating factor as the paint on your walls and the furniture in the room. Lighting in spas, even just at the lobby, are usually dim. There’s enough light to see where you’re going and what you’re doing, but not so much that it’s already hurting your eyes. At home, it’s best to avoid fluorescent lighting and look for bulbs that are or can be dimmed down. You can also make use of natural lighting if you choose a room with a lot of windows. A good shade can easily block excessive sunlight while still providing the right amount of light.
Spread the Scent with Candles
After your sight, the next sense you should focus on is the smell. As soon you enter any luxury spa, you’re immediately greeted with soothing scents that help you relax. These same scents can be achieved in your own home, courtesy of some lighted candles. Scented candles are easy to find and there’s a wide variety of smells you can choose from. A pro-tip is to not mix extremely different scents together in one room so that your nose won’t be overwhelmed. Furthermore, be wary of the fire hazards of lighting too many candles in one enclosed space.
Ensure Your Privacy
People go to spas to escape the hassles of work and home, so is it counterproductive to bring the spa home with you? Not necessarily! Just like having your own home office, assign a room or two that your kids and other family members shouldn’t go to. These rooms are the ones to transform into a luxury spa. You can also install a backyard gazebo that you can make into a spa feature. These home structures can house a hot tub, jacuzzi, and can even turn into a personal sauna. The possibilities are endless, as long as you have your privacy.
Fill the House with Soothing Music
Too much silence can also be stressful. Just because you wanted privacy, doesn’t mean it has to be completely quiet in the room. Soothing music is the way to go to really get that five-star spa atmosphere. These are usually classical pieces, nature sounds, or even exotic folk music. You can also use some songs with lyrics, and the slower they are, the better. At times, they don’t even have to be played through a home sound system; just a phone or a music player can do. Similarly to the scented candles, it’s best not to mix different sounds together in one room to not confuse your hearing.
Get a Massage Chair
Typically, you would go to a spa to get a massage. Getting one is practically a spa’s most basic service and it’s a highlight of any five-star experience. But what if you don’t have the money to pay a masseur to go to your house every time you want one? Simply get a massage chair. They cost a lot less money, you can control the massage you’re receiving, and you can use them anytime you like. They also use up much less space than having another person in the room. It may not be the exact same type of massage you’ll get from an actual spa, but the relaxation and the price you’ll be paying are both worth it.
You might not know it yet, but your house has loads of potential to be your own home spa. Just a few sprucing up can help you achieve that five-star effect experience most luxury spas offer. The next time you’re drowning in stress, create your own spa in the comforts of your own home and just relax.
Tonie Ong is a contributing writer for Westview Manufacturing. He specializes in topics of home improvement and interior decorating. His articles usually offer tips and tricks into beautifying one’s home and achieving a luxurious look.