Let’s face it: we could all use a little more rest and relaxation. While going to the spa isn’t always possible, you can design a room in your home instead that’ll make every day feel like a spa day. From renovations that bring a super-luxe feel to your ensuite bathroom to simple decor and colour combos that elevate the home spa vibe in your bathroom, these ideas will help you bring bliss to your at-home experience.
Curate Spa Vibes
Before you pull out the sledgehammer and start demolishing your existing space in your quest for the calm and serenity of a spa-like bathroom, consider ways you might be able use decor to enhance the chill vibes of the room. In this Property Brothers: Forever Home renovation, for example, Jonathan and Drew Scott filled floating wood shelves with a collection of candles and soothing items to enhance the home spa feel.
A Home-Spa Sauna
Of course, if you want to go big, there are plenty of bathroom ideas you can invest in to make your own space more spa-like. In the same Property Brothers: Forever Home bathroom revamp, Jonathan and Drew Scott installed a shower-side cedar-lined infrared sauna for major spa vibes. If you’re aiming for an amazing bathroom transformation, these Property Brothers bathroom renovations will give you plenty of stylish ideas.
Going for a bit of green is a simple, inexpensive way to make your bathroom feel more like a relaxing retreat (indoor plants can help purify the air in the room for a subtle spa-like boost, too). Just be sure to choose plants that do well indoors and in a steamy, low-light environment.
Related: 21 Easy-to-Care-for Indoor Plants That Go Beyond Succulents
Heat Things Up
Little luxuries can go a long way towards creating a spa-like feel in the bathroom. For this sophisticated renovation, Scott McGillivray and the Scott’s Vacation House Rules team installed heated floors to keep feet comfy on cold mornings. Surprise! You can use dark colours in a small space – here’s how.
Let in Light
Bringing the outdoors into your bathroom design is a good way to connect with your surroundings for a grounding feel. If your home is located in a private spot, installing plenty of windows can bring a natural and organic feel to bath-time and morning spa sessions.
Create Indoor-Outdoor Flow
If you really want to bring nature in – quite literally – look for ways to create a sense of indoor-outdoor flow. This dreamy bathroom is designed for a calming, relaxing feel with clean lines, wood touches and concrete tiles, while an private-but-outdoor shower allows for a luxurious spa-day experience.
Spa doesn’t have to mean minimalist. As Jonathan and Drew Scott show with this Property Brothers: Forever Home renovation, flooring in a fun, modern pattern can create visual interest and a pop of character for more lively home-spa look. For inspiration, check out these gorgeous bathroom tiles you need in your life.
Cozy and Cabin-Like
Soothing ambience is key to any truly zen experience, so incorporating calming details into your spa bathroom design is a must. For a cozy feel, wood and wood-like details will do the trick for a more natural feel, as Scott McGillivray and the Scott’s Vacation House Rules team showed by adding acrylic panels that resemble wood planks to this shower.
Metallic fixtures and accents instantly bring shine and spa-like luxury to your bathroom space. We love how this copper-toned oval tub looks lavish in a spa-inspired bathroom.
Sink Your Claws in It
Classics are classics for a reason. This clawfoot tub brings a spa-worthy sense of elegance to this light, white bathroom reno from Sebastian Clovis and Samantha Pynn from Save My Reno.
Stylishly Stow Spa-Day Supplies
If you’re working with a smaller bathroom space, you can still make everyday a spa day. In a compact bathroom, look for ways to blend luxe decor details with essential storage – like this clever shelving unit that perfectly stows spa essentials and products. Here are some more bathroom ideas for smart and stylish ways to store your toiletries.
White and Bright
As this design from Scott McGillivray and the team at Scott’s Vacation House Rules shows, there’s something calming about a light-filled white bathroom. To elevate it from basic to bright, work in a mix of textures and finishes – all in white. Check out these before and after bathroom renovations.
If you love the clean look of lots of white in the bathroom, but don’t want it to be too stark or clinical, incorporating touches of soft water-inspired aqua or earthy pale sage tones can complement – without totally contrasting – your spa-like bathroom design. Soft H2O-influenced hues work particularly well in the shower, as Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo’s Worst to First design demonstrates.
Calm Colour Palettes
Love lots of cheerful colour, but still want that spa-friendly feel? Turn down the saturation. In this Save My Reno stunner, Sebastian Clovis and Sabrina Smelko used a dusty rose colour for major impact that’s still super soothing.
Related: 19 Bathroom Vanity Designs That’ll Make You Want to Reno Immediately
Try a Little Texture
Touches of texture cleverly add visual interest and personality to a soothing spa-inspired colour palette in the bathroom. In this Scott’s Vacation House Rules renovation, Scott McGillivray and his team used textured wall tiles in a soft shade of green to create a totally spa-like bathroom look.
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