Create a Home Spa in Your Rental

Author: Lauren Ross

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Who doesn’t love the spa? It’s a place where you go to relax, rejuvenate, and clear your mind while being pampered. You can create a spa-inspired space in your apartment, and the bathroom is the ideal spot for it! Before you begin decorating, focus on the five senses: sight, touch, smell, hear, and taste. By focusing on these, you can create a Zen retreat inside your apartment home.


The overall look of your bathroom should be the first step to creating a home spa. Health clubs and spas respect and act on the philosophy, “less is more”, when creating a Zen-like space for their clientele.  With that idea in mind, a clutter-free bathroom is the way to go. A well-organized room is more functional and can help you stay relaxed. Apothecary jars are ideal for assembling small toiletries and look pretty, too!

Adding color can help transform your space into a spa-like setting. Loud colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, should be avoided entirely.  Instead, opt for more subtle earth hues. Muted greens, soft browns, and light blues are perfect for a serene, comfortable environment. Not only are these shades associated with nature and tranquility, but applying them throughout the room can make the space feel larger.


Just like with any health spa, plush towels and fuzzy bathroom rugs are a must for your apartment home oasis. A soft robe and cushioned slippers will also provide ultimate comfort for your spa day.


Essential oils and aromatherapy are used regularly in health spas to alleviate symptoms of stress. Lavender is a popular fragrance that promotes relaxation and calmness. If you’re looking for an energy-boost in your daily routine, then Peppermint is your go-to scent.  Cedarwood is recognized for its soothing effects on the body.

You can get these fragrances in a variety of products, such as body wash, lotion, candles, and aromatic reeds. These feel-good items will work wonderfully in your home spa, and quickly fill your space with a subtle, soothing aroma. Candles and aromatic reeds will add a touch of elegance to the room.


People find music comforting. What you play during your pampering session can greatly affect your mood. Soft music is often played to promote tranquility at spas. Keep a waterproof Bluetooth speaker nearby, so you can listen to music while taking a relaxing bubble bath.


You’re at the spa to treat yourself, so you have to have some actual treats on hand, too! Dark chocolate and a glass of wine or sparkling wine will start your pampering day off right. In fact, dark cocoa has been proven to raise serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain which can brighten your mood.  A little chocolate is good for you every now and then, so go ahead and add a bonbon and bubbly cart inside your apartment oasis.

Having a home spa in your apartment is great for those after-work pick-me-ups, like a pedicure or relaxing bubble bath. With these tips, you can relax and unwind every day in your own apartment.