Busy lives and packed schedules are leaving us exhausted at the end of the day. Now more than ever individuals are seeking an escape -- a retreat where they can unwind and break away. Thankfully the ultimate getaway need be no more than a few steps away.

We chatted with design experts on how they transform everyday grooming spaces into decadent true spa-like sanctuaries. With the right features and accents, virtually any bathroom space can be modified into the relaxation haven of your dreams.

Now, sit back, relax, and learn how to begin making your personal spa dreams a reality.

Declutter and Reorganize

The ultimate home spa experience begins with a simple mantra: get organized. As Corinne Gail Sadowsky, CAPS, says, the first step to a spa-like bathroom is decluttering the space.

Since clutter creates chaos, it’s important to maintain a well-organized, uncluttered bathroom space in order to exude serenity and to create a relaxing retreat for rejuvenation. One of the best ways to control clutter is by keeping personal grooming items out of sight by placing them inside vanity drawers.

Corinne suggests implementing drawer dividers or using glass bins, like those available with our Cartesian vanity, to keep grooming items organized, easily accessible, and untangled. To finish the space, add a couple luxurious white towels gently rolled on a bench or countertop, along with a well-organized selection of aromatherapy essential like lavender or peppermint to help relax and invigorate.

Appeal to the Senses

For Alena Capra, a spa-like bathroom is akin to a mental "happy place"—a source of calm when one needs to simply decompress. The key to creating a spa-like bath is the personal nature of a special environment that makes you feel pampered, beautiful and ready to face the day.

To achieve this, Alena recommends features that immerse all the senses: Soft music from hidden speakers to soothe the ears; a favorite fragrant candle, or even a steam shower with essential oils for aromatherapy to appeal to the sense of smell; wall treatments to please the eye; and shower and bath fixtures with rain heads and air features to please the sense of touch.

Choosing a theme that reflects the environment in which one feels most at peace can go a long way toward completing one’s personal spa. Taking cues from your favorite relaxation destinations can help creating that spa-like bath that is truly your happy place to relax and rejuvenate.

Calming Influence

Treat your senses to the luxury of clean lines and soothing shades for your spa oasis. Pretty details and neutral hues encourage relaxation. Select colors designed to make your home bath your greatest retreat.

The original spas were built around natural mineral springs said to have health-giving waters. Michele Alfano uses water in interesting ways with her spa-like designs. The flow of water can be a key factor in creating a small, yet luxurious, bathroom space. Keeping with the natural theme, you can incorporate a rain-simulating showerhead, as well as a waterfall vessel faucet evoking the sounds of rippling water over pebbles.

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The Works

More than merely functional, lighting sets the mood, add shape, color and defines spaces from ceiling to floor. Sharon Flatley finds that lighting is critical the spa ambiance of a space. Add style, sophistication and light to your space with lighted medicine cabinets, mirrors and lighting.

For your own spa-like space, include abundant counter space in the sink area to make it as functional as possible, as well as open shelving for storage of personal toiletries.

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