This Valentine’s Day, add a little spice to your romantic rendezvous by doing things a little differently. Stray away from the usual – roses, chocolate and candlelight dinner – and instead transform your lover’s bathroom into a romantic spa escape that won’t break the bank.
Interior designers Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Forbes + Masters, a full-service Atlanta-based interior design team, your powder room into the oasis that daydreams are made of.
Clear the Clutter
First and foremost, declutter your bathroom by placing products neatly organized into a linen closet, under sink cabinet or a small freestanding organizer.
Light It Up/Get Lit
Many of us still have all of our existing builder grade fixtures. Simple changes can be made to your lighting, even without the help of an electrician. Take a trip to Home Depot or Restoration Hardware, select a new vanity light fixture / wall sconce and for less than $200 you can instantly personalize your bath with your own style. You can find glam, rustic, modern or classic options from most retailers. If you are shy to electrical work, place a fitting table lamp on your bath vanity for soft mood lighting, using soft white bulbs. Avoid bright white fluorescent bulbs.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
If your mirror is an easy take down, replace it with a new one that fits your style. If not, Frameless mirrors can get a quick and easy upgrade with a Mirrormate. The site offers many style options and easy to follow measuring and installation instructions.
Shower Me With Your Love
Changing your old shower head to a rain shower head is an easy fix that will have you feeling like you are on vacation every time you shower.
Linens and Things
Instead of a shower curtain, for instant luxury, try two floor to ceiling curtains panels in a geometric pattern, luxurious silk or velvet, or a linen for that organic spa feel.
Bath salts, oils and scrubs only add to the spa essence. “[Putting them in] glass containers will make any bathroom look like a spa, along with plush white towels rolled in a fabulous basket,” say Forbes and Masters
An area rug or runner in lieu of small, scattered bath mats will add instant style. Try a tribal pattern with subtle colors, a sheepskin runner or a natural fiber jute rug for that tropical beach feel.
Add a natural element, such as live plants that clean the air like aloe vera or a potted orchid. Remember all live plants need sunlight, but that won’t stop you from making a lush floral arrangement. Pick up some blooms from Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market — try peonies, roses, or hyacinths with some fresh mint for an aromatic arrangement that is sweet and crisp.
Wall of Wonder
Decorate your walls with photos of vacation destinations, art or even sculptural branches, in lieu of signs that read “spa”, “relax” and “bath”. These images evoke memories or aspirations that will transport your mind to a happy and peaceful place.
Just a Touch
If you have a large bathroom that can accommodate a furniture piece, add a bench or small settee draped with a faux fur throw. Place an accent table or valet next to your bathtub, keeping your fine wine within reach.
Once your makeover is complete, you lovebirds will be eager to give your new spa escape a whirl. Be sure to set the mood by adding music, candles and partake a couples bath. This will be a Valentine’s Day to remember.