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Are you dreaming of having a spa experience? It’s never been easier to enjoy a spa day from the comfort of home – all you have to do is give your bathroom a stylish upgrade.

Here are five tips to help you create your personal spa-like retreat.

1. Add Soothing Scents

A true spa experience always starts with a pleasant scent that greets you as soon as you walk into the room. You’ll always find aromatherapy integrated into the practices of the top spas.

Luckily, it’s simple to bring in the soothing scents of nature into your own space. Some essential oils that you can use to promote stress relief and overall well-being include classic lavender, soothing vanilla and bright bergamot.

Simply put the oils into a diffuser and allow it to fill the air with pleasing aromas to relax or inspire.

2. Adjust the Color Scheme

Color sets the tone for any space and giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint is a simple way to create a more balanced, calming environment.

Bold tones tend to distract and overwhelm, which is why it’s best to stick with a neutral paint color. If you’re working with a small space, it’s best to choose light tones like white, beige, or a soft gray.

Dark colors tend to make a room look smaller, but if you have a large bathroom, you can create a rich, moody ambiance by using dark greens or gray tones for the space.

3. Enjoy a Rainfall Shower

Enhance your morning or nightly bathing routine by upgrading your shower. Rainfall showerheads have been gaining in popularity in recent years, and it’s pretty easy to see why – they provide you with a soothing soak that mimics rainfall.

Remember that as you choose your new showerhead, decide whether you want more coverage or more pressure. When you increase the area that your showerhead covers with its spray, you reduce the strength of the water as it hits your skin.

As a general rule, the bigger the fixture, the less pressure you’ll get. No matter what option you choose, you’re going to feel as if you’re standing in relaxing rainfall, giving you a shower experience that truly envelops you in warmth and comfort.

4. Incorporate Nature

Bringing in some elements of nature promotes a soothing atmosphere in any room, and that includes your bathroom.

Since bathrooms have certain air and lighting conditions that are a bit different than other rooms in the house, you need to select plants that thrive in spaces where the air can get warm and humid and the light might be low. Some plants that grow well in wet and low-light conditions include the Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena and the Cast Iron Plant.

Each of these plants provides beautiful greenery and an interesting mix of textures to give the room some Zen style. Get creative with the placement of your plants – put them on ledges, counters and shelving. The overall effect will be one of natural tranquility.

5. Include Mood Lighting

As a final touch to your bathroom makeover, add mood lighting to really set the tone for the space. Bathroom lighting fixtures have come a long way even just in the past few years, with LED lighting strips emerging as a stylish trend that allows you to add a warm glow anywhere in your bath space.

Place LED strips behind your vanity mirror, below the toe-kick of your vanity cabinet or as an accent along your crown molding to add drama to the room.

There’s no time like the present to pamper yourself and de-stress. Follow these tips to give your space the design update that turns it from an average bathroom to a spa-like haven that you can enjoy every day.