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How to give your bathroom a spa-like feel

Unwind at home with these tips for turning your bathroom into a relaxing spa-like sanctuary.

In need of some pampering? Try transforming your bathroom into a calm, ambient haven that has the look and feel of a spa. Check out these simple ideas to find out how to turn up the chill factor in your bathing zone.

Go for calm colours

To create a serene ambience in your bathroom, use a palette of neutral tones for the basis of your decorating scheme. Combine fresh white with some warmer hues, such as coral, cream or earth brown. You can then bring in colorful accents with accessories, such as the zingy aqua containers and textiles in this tranquil bathing space.

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Add tactile surfaces

Texture is key for creating a space that feels warm and cosy, and tiles are the perfect way to do this. There are so many styles and layouts available that you can introduce exactly the type of tactile surface you like. Hunt around for a finish that suits you, and don't be afraid to mix and match. In this space, for example, the textured mosaic tiles at the back of the bath contrast with the smooth large format tiles elsewhere.

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Soothe with scent

Yes, your toiletries will provide a gorgeous fragrance in your washspace, but how about ensuring there's a lovely smell each time you enter the room? Position a bowl of pot pourri or a reed diffuser on a surface, and choose a scent that feels fresh, relaxing and not overpowering. Natural scents like rosemary, geranium and lavender are a good choice for a bathroom.

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Make bathing easy

If you want to relax, undisturbed in your bathroom, it's a good idea to have everything you need to hand. Invest in a bath rack that hooks over your tub, so you can keep all your toiletries and accessories within easy grasp. A metal one like this looks clean and uncluttered, while a wooden version will bring a warm element into the room.

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Go Green

Instantly make your room feel relaxing by popping in some house plants. The foliage will add some natural warmth and texture, and the oxygen they let out will provide a healthy, pampering environment. Plants that do well in bathrooms include aloe vera and spider plans - the kentia in this wash space like to be kept away from direct sunlight, so its a good choice for a room with diffused light coming through the windows.

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