Make Your Bathroom a Romantic Retreat this Valentine's Day

If you want to show your loved one just how much they mean to you, giving them a sanctuary to retreat to at the end of a long hard day may well be the perfect gift this Valentine's Day.

This needn't mean spending a fortune on one day at a spa; you can create the perfect stress-relieving haven for your partner right in your own home - in your bathroom to be more specific. But how do you transform your bathroom from a functional but boring space to a beautifully decorated, relaxing room filled with sensuous sights and gently enveloping fragrance?

Decorate to delight
If your bathroom is looking a bit tired and dull, bring some passion into the room with the help of a brightly-tiled feature wall, perhaps behind the bath to make it into an eyecatching centrepiece. The Lipstick Red Metro wall tile is a perfect warming, romantic colour. Why not add a few more splashes of colour around the room? Bath mats, towels and other bathroom accessories are inexpensive to buy but will create a coordinated and stylish look that is sure to give your partner a pleasant surprise.

Bring life into the room
Placing a simple glass vase full of fresh roses in your bathroom will bring a breath of fresh air into the room, and if they are red (as they really should be on Valentine's Day!) they'll create a beautiful contrast with your bathroom suite. If you want to really push the boat out, why not scatter the rose petals into the bath? A few floating candles will finish the look, and will make your partner feel like a filmstar when he or she walks into the room.

If you plan to surprise your partner by running him or her a warm bath, enhance the experience by adding some scented bubble bath. For a truly spa-inspired treat that's a little more grown up, add a couple of drops of pure essential oil to their bathwater instead. If you're not sure of their favourite scent, choose lavender to aid relaxation or bergamot to lift their mood.

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