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Creating a Spa-Style Retreat
how to make your bathroom into your own spa

Creating a Spa-Style Retreat

The soothing—and even healing—powers of water have been appreciated throughout the ages. In most cultures, embracing such strength has meant retreating to hot springs or public baths; such ancient practices have given birth to modern spa retreats. Now, many Americans have opportunities for daily rejuvenation in their very own homes.

Perhaps the most enthralling part of remodeling your bathroom—second only to actually enjoying the finished product—is dreaming up design. It’s time to splash around in the exciting world of color schemes, fixtures, and design elements. Flipping through decorator magazines, watching HGTV, and surfing the web may give you some great ideas, but doing so without a focus may make those venues counter-productive in that they’ll clutter your project plan with too many ideas. Unless you’re planning to make a career of designing bathrooms or you own a hotel chain, you should probably narrow your focus on the one bathroom you want to transform.

Just like a well-organized party, a room’s theme will pull all the elements into a coherent whole. During the planning stages of your remodel, a theme will limit your color choice as well as your furniture and fixture selection so it’s a manageable collection. After your project’s completion, your theme will mean that the room displays a wholeness or Zen-like harmony that rarely occurs without careful thought.

Some popular themes include the beach, water, and other outdoor settings, as well as neutral Asian themes; greens, neutral colors and variegated blues prove popular colorations for the modern spa-style bath. A crisp, contemporary look can be achieved with bright whites, paired with grays or bold bright colors and clean lines. A luxurious look can be achieved with deep, rich spice tones and oil-rubbed fixtures. Considering your master bedroom (if you’re designing a master bath) and the overall tone of your home’s décor may mean deviating from those norms; ultimately, you should go with something that you like and will make you feel at peace in your own retreat. There is no right or wrong approach: You need to decide what says “peaceful sanctuary” to you.

Once you’ve decided on a theme—or at least, a couple potential themes—it’s time to start finding pictures that match up with your dream bath. Now, you’re more prepared to flip through magazines or surf the net for ideas. One way to organize them is to cut or print out your favorites, and organize them in a 3-ring binder. Feel free to write on the pages or use sticky notes to highlight what you like about each picture, or questions about how a certain look is achieved. You can then slide each page in a protective plastic page protector and then into your binder.

Before pricing fixtures, discussing how to create more storage space, or looking at hardwood flooring samples, you need to choose a theme. Before you have a theme, you need to dream. So sit back, close your eyes, and do some dreaming about your spa-like oasis.

For classy bathroom remodeling in the Bethesda, Maryland area, contact D.R. Hartman Construction. View their website and image gallery at www.hartmancanbuild.com for some of the work they have performed.

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