Fluffy towels, plush white bath robes and heavenly-smelling shower gels in tiny little bottles – there's something about padding around in a fancy hotel bathroom that feels gloriously decadent.
But why should that feeling of luxury only be experienced when you're away? Your home should be your sanctuary, and your bathroom the ultimate retreat when it all gets a bit too much.
To make your downtime that little bit more indulgent, here are 7 ways to turn your bathroom into a 5* hotel.
1) Buy fancy towels
No hotel bathroom would be complete without the thickest, fluffiest towels to cocoon yourself in post-shower. Invest in a sumptuously soft matching set (Egyptian cotton if you can) and if in doubt, go white. If you own a heated towel rail, warm your towels before you shower, and keep a hook spare for a matching white bath robe, changing seasonally – think a textured cotton waffle for summer, and a fast-drying Hydrocotton option for winter.
2) Light it up
There's a reason why everyone looks better in hotel bathroom mirrors, and it's all down to the lighting. Light bathroom mirrors evenly on either side to limit shadows - rectangular wall lamps or hanging brass bulbs are both stylish options. If glowy, low-lit spaces are your thing, swap bare bulbs for recessed LED lights hidden in alcoves or behind opaque bath panels. Of course, you can't beat a relaxing candlelit bath after a stressful day, but consider soft floor spotlights you can dim instead for a modern take on mood lighting.
3) Stimulate your senses
To evoke fond memories of that luxury hotel spa experience, focus on scent. Essential oils, scented soaps and multi-layered shampoos will all help to replicate those feelings of pampering and relaxation while turning your shower routine into a multi-sensory experience. Give your hair the full faux spa treatment by washing and conditioning with the repairing Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner and enjoy breathing in creamy vanilla, a hint of fizzy citrus and lingering exotic spices. The Herbal Essences bio:renew range is crafted using naturally-inspired ingredients, meaning your shower will be filled with scents that have the added benefit of improving your mood - look out for hints of rosemary to de-stress, or cucumber and green tea to sharpen and refresh.
4) Bring nature indoors
Tropical plants thrive in bathrooms - let luscious ferns and philodendrons trail down from windowsills or hang a bundle of eucalyptus branches from the ceiling and let the heat and steam from the shower release the plant's therapeutic natural oils. For that clean and classic hotel finish, potted orchids also react well to humid bathrooms with low light. Large or small, a few well-placed succulents is a great way of bringing a sense of life and vitality to your shower space.
5) Max out on marble
Think of the most lavish hotel bathroom you've ever entered - we're betting there was plenty of marble in sight. While a heated marble floor might be slightly out of your price range, marble accessories aren't. Pick up a white marble accessories tray to hold all of your sink-side trinkets and add a matching toothbrush holder, tumbler and marble bin to transform your bathroom aesthetic from average to elegant in an instant.
6) Work with wood
The luxuries of daily laundering means you'll be hard stretched to find a hotel bathroom with a dirty bathmat. To clean up your own act, swap your woven or tufted bathmat for a slatted wooden option. The benefits are endless – they wipe clean, dry quickly, feel good underfoot and look seriously stylish. Add subtle wooden accents via stools, countertops or even flooring to bring warmth, texture and authenticity to a modern bathroom. Protect from water/toothpaste/mascara splashes by sealing with an oil-based polyurethane or a coat of tung oil.
7) Transform your shower
No need to install a whole new bathroom to feel like room service is just a phone call away - a new shower head could be all it takes. Invest in a rainfall attachment (choose a filtered head to eliminate nasties such as sulfur, chlorine and scale) that also has a waterfall option to soothe tired muscles after a long day and convince you that you're showering in the Amazon rainforest.