La Sultana, like most spas in its nook of the world, has a wetter version of a steam room called a hamam better known as a Turkish Bath. The style is best emulated in a real home by introducing a few richly patterned pieces and keeping the rest of the room toned down.
* At Home Hamam: When I want to purify my pores with a good sweat at home, I close the bathroom doors, and run the hottest water I can in the bath. If you have a space heater, also run that. Wait ten minutes & voila, your own hamam!
One caveat in mimicking Moroccan decor is to stay away from brass fixtures, or you risk your bath resembling a bordello. Here are some ideas for making your home spa bath Sultan worthy:
Moroccans say a house is known by it’s beautiful and individually crafted door. That goes for interior doors as well. It’s all about pattern & color. You could buy a ready made painted door like the one below. Or, consider having a faux finisher do one to coordinate with your current decor. Show a picture of the one below or La Sultana’s as an example. Depending on the location of your bath, consider only painting one side of the door so as not to disrupt the rest of your home’s decor.
For as little as $200, you can find handcrafted patterned sinks – (preferably one to echo the colors and pattern of your new door). Just the yellow door above and this sink would instantly transform a bath. Check out this beautiful sink.
Another resource for sinks and doors is www.justmorocco.com
I don’t know what could take one on a virtual escape quicker than lying in the tub gazing up an intricate Moroccan ceiling like this one.
*Design Don’t – Especially if you’re having a painter recreate these stunning pieces, do not match them exactly. It will look staged and detract from the WoW factor. Just make sure there a few unifying colors for cohesion.
A simple black lantern is the ideal choice. Just be sure it has enough glass to illuminate the room. Lights of this style tend to have a lot of metal, obstructing the light. Note* Make sure the lantern cannot be touched from the bath tub – against building codes in most states.
Shower Curtain, Towels & Rug
With all this color and patterns a-go-go, keep linens simple. Choose one color from your door, sink and pick your linens all solid in that color. For instance, using the ceiling above as reference, be subtle and go for the black or go for a pop with the orange!
Lotions & Potions
Clear glass wine decanters like the one below make elegant shower gel and bubble bath decanters. Look it’s a perfect match for the ones at La Sultana’s spa above. Put a label on the bottom of the decanter to remind you of what’s inside!
Live, Love & Lounge,