There’s no experience that’s quite as relaxing or guaranteed to leave you as refreshed and ready to tackle the world as a trip to the spa. But what if you could experience that every day from the comfort of your own home? Sounds pretty dreamy, doesn’t it?
Creating a spa-inspired bathroom can turn this dream into a reality, providing you with a haven of tranquillity and pampering that’s perfect for boosting physical and mental health. To help you with planning, or just to give you some inspiration, we’ve put together our expert advice on how you can transform your bathroom into your personal oasis. Learn more about lighting, fixtures, materials, and how to sprinkle a few extra touches of luxury throughout your bathroom.
How can you create a spa-like ambience?
When thinking about the ambience of your bathroom, there are three key areas you need to consider; lighting, colours, and decor.
Soft, warm lighting can instantly create a welcoming and serene atmosphere. To achieve this, opt for warm white LED bulbs and consider adding dimmer switches. This will allow you to adjust the lighting to suit your mood. You can also install task lighting around the vanity or mirror to ensure proper illumination for self-care routines like applying facials or face masks.
Although colour and the colours people find calming is very subject to personal preference, if a spa-like atmosphere is your goal, the general rule is to opt for a neutral colour palette. Earthy tones such as beige, soft greens, warm greys and even gentle browns, evoke a sense of serenity. These colours can be incorporated into the walls, flooring, and fixtures, as well as in the towels and accessories.
Nowadays, there are plenty of different kinds of paint, flooring and fixtures to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find something in a style and colour you love. Why not take a peek at our gallery to get that creative energy flowing?
To enhance the spa-like feel, make sure that you declutter the space and keep the decor minimalistic. Invest in high-quality, plush towels, bathrobes, and bathmats that add a touch of luxury and comfort.
Nature inspired prints are an excellent touch on the walls, whilst adding some real plants not only has visual appeal but also improves the air quality.
Don’t forget the candles too! Scented candles are a fantastic way to bring a spa experience to life, but if you’re worried about safety or have kids and pets in the household, you can go for LED candles instead. The flickering is very realistic and soothing, whilst eliminating the danger that real fire can pose.
Choosing the right fixtures and fittings
When selecting fixtures and fittings for your spa-inspired bathroom, it’s important to think about functionality as well as aesthetics. Freestanding bathtubs are a popular choice for a luxurious look and a comfortable soak, plus they come in plenty of designs so you’re sure to find one that catches your eye. Consider a deep-soaking tub to fully immerse yourself and experience the ultimate relaxation – the only danger with these is you may never want to get out! Alternatively, if you prefer showers, opt for a spacious, walk-in shower with rainfall showerheads for an invigorating experience that feels exactly like showering at the spa.
When it comes to taps, it is worth investing in high-quality taps in elegant finishes like brushed nickel or matte black. Although these details may seem insignificant, small details massively elevate the overall aesthetic of your bathroom and contribute to a sense of luxury.
If you’re really looking to push the boat out and want to ensure your bathroom is modern, consider incorporating smart technology into your bathroom. Technology like smart mirrors and voice-activated lighting systems can add a modern touch to your home spa retreat and make your daily routine more convenient too.
Incorporating natural materials and textures for a calming effect
Wood elements, such as teak or bamboo, add warmth and a zen-like quality to the space. You can use wood for cabinets, shelving, or even as an accent wall. You can also use wood on your floor! Be mindful of the fact that if you do want wood in your bathroom, it has to be specifically designed for the damp bathroom environment.
For the flooring, select engineered wood which has a moisture-resistant core. This allows it to withstand moisture and temperature fluctuations better, however, it will still need to be sealed regularly to prevent water damage, so keep this in your mind when making your choice.
Stone is also a popular choice when aiming to recreate a spa experience at home. Stone can be used for flooring or even your bath. The cool and smooth texture of stone under your feet is incredibly soothing, especially after a warm bath or shower, not to mention it offers a high-end look.
If you do opt for stone as flooring or bath or basin material, it is important to remember that it comes with substantial upkeep. Natural stone can be porous so like wood, it will need to be sealed on a regular basis to prevent leaks and stains. Sealing regularly is costly and time-consuming, so if you’d rather spend more time soaking and less time sealing, we’d recommend opting for a less high-maintenance material instead.
Adding comfort and indulgence with luxurious bath and shower features
If you’re totally renovating your bathroom, why not take this opportunity to sprinkle a little extra luxury into your bathroom? Some ideas include…
Digital control panel
A high-tech digital control panel allows you to customise your shower or bath experience effortlessly. You can set the water temperature, pressure, and even program different shower presets like rainforest, waterfall, or mist settings.
If scented candles just aren’t cutting it, a built-in aromatherapy system may be the answer. It can release essential oils or scented mists, promoting relaxation and enhancing your overall bathing experience.
Also known as colour therapy, chromotherapy lighting uses different colours to influence your mood and well-being. Luxury baths and showers can include chromotherapy lighting options, allowing you to bathe in a calming blue hue or energising green light, among other colour choices.
Heated towel rack and underfloor heating
After a luxurious bath or shower, you may not want to step out onto a cold floor. Underfloor heating takes care of this problem, and if you opt for a heated towel rack too, you can snuggle up in a cosy towel right away!
Need help renovating your bathroom and transforming it into a luxurious spa retreat? Contact us today, we’d love to help you create the bathroom of your dreams.