Transform your master bathroom into a day spa

There’s nothing like a trip to the spa to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to unwind just as much in your own master bathroom as you do at the spa? Bring the luxurious atmosphere of a spa into your home with some of these master bathroom design ideas.

The first thing many people do when they wake up in the morning is head for the shower. Starting off with a soothing shower always puts one in the right frame of mind to tackle the day. You can make your shower more spa-like by simply upgrading the showerhead. Many luxury showerheads incorporate massaging jets, soothing waterfalls or rotating water flows to relieve muscle tension and relax the body. Mix and match the water features you want by installing multiple showerheads. A luxury showerhead can add a touch of beauty and elegance to your master bathroom – all while enhancing your morning shower routine.

While we are on the subject of showers, installing a steam shower is one way to bring the day spa into your master bathroom. Saunas have been shown to relax muscles, increase blood flow and cleanse skin pores. Turning a shower into a steam shower doesn’t require as much work as one might think. The first requirement is a sealed shower door. Once you have that, there are pre-manufactured sauna kits available on the market that only require an electric current to run.

If you are looking for a relaxing bathtub, you may want to consider a bubble massage tub. Unlike traditional whirlpool bathtubs, the massaging aspect for these tubs comes from air bubbles that pass through tiny holes in the tub. Whirlpool jet lines, while feeling great, can trap water and mold.

Everyone hates that initial feeling of cold air they feel after stepping out of the shower or tub. Soften the impact by installing a towel radiator. These warmers use electrical currents to gently warm towels hanging on towel bars. For other sources of supplemental heat, consider installing a fireplace or heated floors. Fireplaces can add a lovely aesthetic to your bathroom, in addition to providing extra warmth. Heated floors will keep your feet toasty warm when you hop in and out of the shower, even on those snowy winter mornings.

The best part about visiting a spa is the pampering, and being pampered is all about the details. Here are a few little ideas that will feel like big luxuries. You can mount a flat screen TV in the bathroom, and enjoy watching your favorite shows while you soak in the tub. Just be sure that the TV is out of reach of water splashes. Or if you like to cool off after a soak or shower, install a small beverage center, complete with miniature refrigerator and sink. You could even add a wine chiller or coffee pot depending on your drink preferences.

Spa or no spa, be sure to take the time to relax and unwind once in a while. Get creative and discover ways to incorporate a little indulgence in your everyday life.

David Decker

David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies who specialize in cabinets, counters, customer showers and any type of flooring based in Carmel. Contact at 595-9540, or visit E-mail home improvement questions to

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