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There's a great way to get away without even leaving the house -- turn your bathroom into an in-home retreat. According to HomeStore.com, spaing at home is becoming increasingly popular. It's a great option for homeowners who are looking for a reprieve from the chaos of life and for those who have a little more money to spend.

That fact is demonstrated in the American Standard Bathroom Habits Survey which found that Americans would expect to spend between $2,500 and $7,500 to remodel and decorate their bathrooms. Meanwhile, in order to create the ultimate dream bathroom, thirty percent said they would be willing to shell out more than $10,000. When it comes to picking out all the plush finishes, you can probably imagine that the options are near endless. There are certainly some interesting and innovative trends out there, many of which have been inspired by five-star hotels and upscale day spas.

One of the first things homeowners tackle when trying to recreate their favorite spa experience is expanding the space itself. Many older homes were built with bathrooms only serving a utilitarian function. If it's the spa atmosphere you crave, it's easier and more comfortable to outfit if the space is larger.

When it comes to showers and bathtubs, there are so many more choices than there once was. One hot item is the steam shower with built in seating so you can melt away your stress. Wasauna offers roomy steam shower units complete with rainforest showerheads, surround sound, aromatherapy controls, and it even allows you to preset your desired water temperature so you can achieve that perfect temperature every time you freshen up.

Another hot trend is the use of chromatherapy. It's a branch of holistic healing that uses color to promote optimal health. Just as aromatherapy uses essential oils to relax and soothe the body and mind, colors also have a measurable psychological and physiological effect on people. Cool colors like green, blue and indigo are thought to be calming, while red, orange and other warm colors are said to have energizing effects. You can now choose what color to bathe or shower in simply by adjusting a digital controller.

Air baths, which feature tiny, effervescent bubbles instead of targeted jets, are a great addition to any bathroom. Kohler has created these deeper soaking tubs which incorporate hydrotherapy to massage the body, armrests and lumbar support, and even chromatherapy.

Sinks are a distinctive feature of any bathroom. Many homeowners are opting for more contemporary vessel or above counter sinks. Porcher designs these types of basins which are as beautiful as they are functional. You can choose fused-glass in jewel tones that turns the bathroom into a showcase or artisan-made glass for a bolder statement.

Homeowners want a beautiful, relaxing retreat but with a personal touch, and countertops are a great way to achieve that. Lavish materials like glass, chrome, stainless steel, decorative porcelain tiles and natural stone make the bathroom distinctive. Whether you prefer classic and traditional, big and bold, or simple and elegant the countertop and backsplash are a place to showcase your personal style.

For the ultimate pampering experience, spa-like amenities are available even at home. There are towel warming drawers, similar to those you might find in a kitchen, but which warms your towel to perfection so that it's ready the moment you need it. Cappuccino makers and mini-refrigerators are being installed right into walls or cabinets so that you can enjoy your morning latte and croissant right there in your in-home spa. Home theatre systems are also gaining popularity in bathrooms. Plasma TV's can be installed into the mirror and come complete with surround sound. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the news in the morning and their favorite sitcom or music album as they soak in their bubble bath at night.

When remodeling your bathroom, the skies the limit as far as creativity and indulgence are concerned. It's a great way to enhance the desirability and value of your home, and this might be one of the few remodel projects that will leave you saying, "ahhh."

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