From Bathroom to Spa: 4 Simple Tips

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

iStock_000008806401XSmallLuxurious, spa-like treatment to the bathroom can go a long way in getting buyers attention, and it doesn’t have to break the bank to get the look either. An article by Michael Keith with the Associated Press, Transforming a Bath Into a Spa Can Be Easy, contained several tips from designers on how to transform a bathroom into a relaxing, retreat.

Here are four simple tips from the article:

1. Use light colors. Try light color palettes, such as seafoam green and white. Then finish the look by using simple black-and-white photographs of ocean waves on the walls.

2. Choose white fabrics. White gives you a clean, crisp feel. Try white towels and bath mats to brighten the bathroom.

3. Play calming music. Get a small iPod dock and play music with ambient nature sounds, ocean waves, or forest breezes.

4. Accessorize. Fill glass cylinders with seashells or river rocks. Also, display a basket with rolled towels.

What budget-friendly ideas do you have for creating a spa-like bathroom?

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Hi, I live in 545 sq ft condo in downtown Boston that is going through a slow total rehab and I am stalling with my bathroom. It seems there are little ideas out there for small, very small, spaces like my bath. It has about 4 x4 of foot space and a tub, which begs me to expand it but the living space will loose out. Can you suggest a few ideas or web sites? I am a Realtor but I am not an interior designer or architect.

  2. I. Gebhard

    Hi Michael,
    Since space is at a premium my suggestions to maximize your bathroom are:
    1. Built-in medicine cabinet with mirrored interior, glass shelves and an automatic light when you open the cabinet. For a richer look, beveled mirrored cabinet front(s). You might want the cabinet doors to slide instead of open door(s). Also a built in storage cabinet above the toilet even if it is not so deep (can hold toilet paper ect). Design the storage like above except paint the door(s) the same as the walls or use the same wood as the vanity base. Comfort height toilet and vanity is in.
    2. You did not say if you are on the top floor. If so skylights open a space even more. Recess lighting vs a light over the sink is a must.
    3. Light color tiles/paint will make the space appear larger. Glass tiles will give a reflective appearance.
    4. Open shelve vanity w/ glass bowl sink or vanity with kick plate set back (looks like it is floating) will give a open/light look. Happy decorating, hope this helps.