Take a look at your guest bathroom. Is it inviting? Is it tastefully decorated? Heck, is it even clean? If you answered "Not really!" to any of these questions, perhaps it's time to refresh this room and give your guests a space they deserve after traveling. Don't panic—while the mere suggestion of a bathroom renovation might have you seeing dollar signs, it's possible to create a spa-like atmosphere with just a few accessories. In fact, a soothing spa bathroom is best achieved with minimal fuss, making it easy to turn even the most boring bathroom into a zen-like space.
To achieve the look and feel of a spa, it's best to start with a blank slate. First, remove all distracting clutter from the bathroom counter and toilet tank. Banish busy prints and fuzzy toilet seat covers (one of six things your home can live without). If possible, give the bathroom a fresh coat of paint in a soothing color such as light grey or classic white. Then, give the bathroom a deep cleaning.
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Fluffy White Towels
Nothing says spa quite like a stack of fresh and fluffy white towels. You can choose to place neatly folded stacks of towels on a bench or etagere; roll them and place them in a basket; or simply fold them in thirds and hang them over a towel bar. There are many different types of towels to choose from, and any way you display them, white towels give a sense of cleanliness and calm.
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Bath Salts and Soaks
Invite your guests to truly relax with a selection of bath salts or soaks. Many new brands are creating packaging that's as lovely as the product inside, like Herbivore Botanicals. We love this minimalist black-and-white branding and adore their potent and effective bath salts. Set a jar or two on the tub ledge or on a bath caddy, if you have one.
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Teak or Bamboo Bath Mat
Have you ever wondered why spas almost always have teak or bamboo bath mats? The reason is that they are naturally water- and mold-resistant; but, they also happen to slip around a lot less than cotton bathmats or towels (and rarely need to be cleaned!). Give your guests a safe, clean spot to step out of the tub with this luxurious touch.
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Soothing Scented Candles
Much of the task of creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom relies on scent. A perfectly selected, minimally designed candle can add just the right sophisticated and soothing touch, one that your guests will love to enjoy at the end of a long day (perhaps while taking a bath in your perfectly appointed tub!)Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fresh, Luxurious Soaps
Save the slivers of soap for your own shower, and make sure to lay out a new bar of soap or two for your guests. While you're at it, decant some liquid hand soap into a simple dispenser by the sink.
For an added element of luxury, you can find designer soaps from brands like Chanel, Tom Ford or Jo Malone that will make your guests feel truly welcomed and appreciated.
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A Sleek Toothbrush Holder
It's preferable to leave the bathroom vanity clear of as much clutter as possible so that guests have room for their own toiletries. One exception to this, however, is a toothbrush holder. This simple glass number from Pottery Barn won't distract from the soothing atmosphere you're trying to create and will add just the slightest bit of unexpected convenience for your guests.
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White Terrycloth Robes
You know you're at a good hotel when you open the closet to find neatly hung white robes—practically begging you to tie one on and relax for a bit. Your house guests will appreciate the same invitation, especially since we rarely travel with our own. A robe is a luxury amenity perfect for getting ready or dressing down at night, and we guarantee every guest will adore this detail in the bathroom.
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A Simple Vase of Eucalyptus or an Orchid
Spa-like retreats are known for their spare aesthetic, so there's no need to accessorize your guest bathroom with lots of decorative items and artwork. Rather, outfit the space with simple amenities and storage items such as those described above, then add a touch of natural beauty with greenery and flowers. Opt for a single stem or bloom--especially an exotic one like eucalyptus or an orchid--to achieve an authentic spa-like experience.
Follow these best practices for decorating with faux florals if you want a low-maintenance option.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Essential Oil Diffuser
Let's be honest: Is there anything worse than needing to use the facilities in someone else's home and feeling embarrassed about the "evidence"? Spare your guests the agony by placing a reed diffuser, the aforementioned scented candle, or room spray in the bathroom. Avoid noxious aerosols, however, and opt for just a simple pump spray in a pretty bottle.
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Slippers and Other Hotel-Like Amenities
This list of other guest bathroom amenities includes items that are nice to have on hand, but don't need to be on display. Tuck them under the bathroom sink or in a closet. Alternatively, some could be placed in a well-appointed guest bedroom.
- A little bowl of matchbooks
- Travel-sized toiletries like an extra toothbrush and paste, shampoo, and a few manicure items
- Waffle slippers from Parachute Home, $29
- A hair dryer