Between family duties and a jam-packed work schedule, it’s tough to carve out time for yourself. A first step to finding time for a little more rest and relaxation is rethinking your bathroom décor.

Have you ever dreamed of enjoying a spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own bathroom? Believe it or not, it’s not impossible to achieve. Here are eight great ways to design a relaxing bathroom environment that’s both stylish and affordable.

1. Make space for relaxation

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Depending on the size of your bathroom, there may be room to place a wooden stool right next to the bathtub. It’s a great place to rest your feet or set toiletries as you prepare for your bath.

2. Remove clutter

Clutter is one of the top ways to detract from a relaxing atmosphere. Organize medications, toiletries, and other bathroom essentials, so the space feels light and airy. If there are shelves in your bathroom, be sure linens are folded neatly, and consider weaving in stylish organizers that complement the décor of the space. A neat area will boost your mood.

3. Rethink your showerhead

There are a slew of showerheads designed for relaxation purposes. You can find a design that delivers just about any type of water pressure you desire. It’s worth the investment, since this is a key part of creating an oasis in your own home.

4. Choose soothing colors

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Dress up your bath with accessories in neutral colors. Colors in the white, beige, and blue families are perfect ways to add to a relaxing atmosphere. They are understated, but still beautiful enough to make a statement in any bathroom.

5.  Upgrade towels and rugs

If you’ve ever enjoyed a spa treatment, you know that the towels are a major part of the experience. The more luxurious, the better should be your approach to outfitting your bathroom with towels. Snag fluffy designs that are soft to the touch and stick to neutral colors to give your bathroom a clean look. You can even have an electrician install a heated rack to keep your towels warm. Along with cozy towels, use soft, fluffy bath rugs that absorb water well to complete the look.

6. A stylish shower curtain counts

Select a shower curtain that suits the bathroom’s color palette. You also want to be sure it complements the bathroom’s hardware. For a more luxurious atmosphere, snag a pretty fabric design that has a waterproof liner. Remember, details matter!

7. Bring in the outdoors

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Any spa bathroom should feature a dose of nature. Plants like eucalyptus or even certain types of ferns are ideal for bathrooms. They look great in a variety of spots in the bathroom, from near the tub to the top of a windowsill.

8. Embrace fragrance

Go ahead and light your favorite candle to add a warm glow to your space. Scents have a way of transforming a space into a relaxing retreat. Consider scents like lavender, vanilla, mint, jasmine or lemon, since they’re not too overbearing. If you’re not big on candles, a simple air freshener can help set the mood.

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