Sen­si­ble, af­ford­able ways to give your bath­room spa-like panache

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(BPT) - Amer­i­cans’ love of a spa-like bath­room ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ues to be strong, with in­dus­try watch­ers re­port­ing that lux­u­ri­ous touches like free­stand­ing bath­tubs, sep­a­rate van­i­ties and top qual­ity ma­te­ri­als re­main in de­mand. But if you’ve de­layed ren­o­vat­ing your bath­room, think­ing that cre­at­ing the ul­ti­mate spa at home won’t fit your space, bud­get or lifestyle, think again. It’s pos­si­ble to cre­ate a spa ex­pe­ri­ence that’s as sen­si­ble, space ap­pro­pri­ate and af­ford­able as it is lav­ish.

Bath­room ren­o­va­tions re­main the most valu­able home im­prove­ments you can un­der­take; a midrange bath­room re­model can re­turn up to 70 per­cent of your in­vest­ment at the time of re­sale, ac­cord­ing to Re­mod­el­ing Mag­a­zine’s Cost vs. Value re­port.

Here are four spa-like bath­room trends that are af­ford­able and achiev­able in vir­tu­ally any bath­room ren­o­va­tion: 1. Free­stand­ing tubs

Free­stand­ing tubs are among the top 10 trends in bath­room de­sign for 2015, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Kitchen & Bath As­so­ci­a­tion’s 2015 Kitchen & Bath Style Re­port.

“A free­stand­ing tub, in ad­di­tion to a shower, re­ally adds to the bath­room and the value of the house,” says Jean-Jac­ques L’He­naff, vice pres­i­dent of de­sign for Amer­i­can Stan­dard.“Soak­ing tubs are about that won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The bath is the place to which you es­cape within your home, to de-stress and re­lax af­ter a long day.”

While price and size may once have kept free­stand­ing tubs out of smaller bath­room ren­o­va­tions, three new op­tions from Amer­i­can Stan­dard are more size-wise and bud­get-friendly. The oval and tra­di­tional styled Ki­pling, the rec­tan­gu­lar Sedona, and the con­tem­po­rary oval Coastal soak­ing tubs of­fer el­e­gant styling, cast acrylic dura­bil­ity, and sizes that fit com­fort­ably in most bath­rooms.

“Adding a free­stand­ing tub is a cost ef­fec­tive way to evoke a spa-like at­mos­phere in any bath­room, and it’s one that re­ally helps el­e­vate the user’s over­all ex­pe­ri­ence,” L’He­naff says. 2. Calm color pal­ette

The ef­fect of color on mood is well doc­u­mented. Around the world, the finest spas all boast color pal­ettes de­signed to cre­ate a calm at­mos­phere. Earth tones cre­ate a sooth­ing back­drop for ac­cents of sub­tle hues.

In your bath­room ren­o­va­tion, con­sider the floor­ing and cab­i­netry as foun­da­tions for your color scheme and choose neu­tral, nat­u­ral tones like creams, tans, light browns or pale grays. Walls, coun­ter­tops and ac­ces­sories can then sport a bit more in­ten­sity, as long as you choose tra­di­tion­ally calm hues like gen­tle blues, seafoam greens, barely there laven­der or even faintest yel­low. What­ever pal­ette you choose, re­mem­ber peace­ful, el­e­gant combi-

na­tions are the hall­mark of the spa at­mos­phere. 3. Lux­u­ri­ant light­ing

Few rooms in the house re­quire the light­ing ver­sa­til­ity needed in a bath­room. Suit­able il­lu­mi­na­tion fa­cil­i­tates makeup ap­pli­ca­tion and shav­ing, while softer light­ing en­hances a lux­u­ri­ous soak in the tub. Sconces or abovethe-mir­ror lights can pro­vide il­lu­mi­na­tion in work ar­eas. Dimmable over­head can­is­ter lights al­low you to achieve

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