Recreating the opulence of a spa in your own bathroom means you get many more benefits to this often overlooked room. Here we look at why and how you should do this.
Bathrooms are integral to a home. We use the toilet in them, we maintain oral health in them, we apply our makeup in them, do our hair in them, we bathe the children, relax, pamper, preen – there are so many ways to use this extremely practical part of the home. If you have the budget or desire to create a spa bathroom, you’re onto a winner because it could provide you with:
Spa bathrooms are exceptionally desirable and it makes a lot of sense that anyone would want a spa bathroom. Visiting a spa can be so expensive, but we pay the price because the experience is so lovely and we leave feeling utterly relaxed and refreshed. Why not create something similar at home?
Without even considering the enjoyment you would get out of a spa bathroom, there are actually lots of health benefits of having just one spa aspect to your bathroom, a spa bath. This is any type of bath which creates whirlpools in the water. It might also have relaxing lighting settings. This is usually the most expensive investment a person might make when creating a spa bathroom, but it is worthwhile, even if it’s the only way you create a more ‘spa like’ experience in your bathroom.
Here are some key ways a spa bath can boost your health:
As well as a spa bath, there are other water features you can add to your spa bathroom to make it more spa like.
With spa bathrooms, clearly amazing features like a spa bath or walk in shower will bring you great joy in the use of that particular room, but smaller little details can also make a big difference. So if you want to make less expensive changes, or ensure your overall redesign has all the little touches to make it feel complete, it is important to focus on smaller details like this:
An incredibly soft and fluffy bathroom rug, and the most beautifully soft and thick towels will instantly add a luxurious feel to your bathroom. Top end spas always provide gorgeous towels to use because you don’t want to be putting a scratchy stiff towel onto your freshly softened and relaxed skin. Pay more for high quality towels, rugs and dressing gowns that embrace you in their luxurious feel when you place them against your skin.
Floor tiles and tiles in general make a space easy to clean, and provide the quintessential spa feel. Heated floor tiles add a little bit more luxury and comfort, and should be an aspect of the room if your budget allows. Just don’t forget to ensure the tiles and the installation of the tiles is bathroom grade.
The lighting should be both practical, and adjustable to the mood. The more high-tech you can get with the lighting, the better. Ideally you can enjoy different lighting in different areas as well. Perhaps the spa bath or walk in shower have colour changing LED’s, or the floor tiles contain recessed lights for safety at night when you go to the toilet. Maybe the main mirror or mirrors have bright lighting enabling you to apply your makeup easily, and perhaps you have soft lighting for a relaxing bath, or even lights inside the bath. Whatever you do, steer away from harsh overhead lighting.
Great spa bathrooms incorporate all of the senses, so make sure you do that with yours. Have safe areas to place candles, maybe incorporate a dry bath bomb jar or bowl, always have a bag of bath rose petals on hand, and consider using a high quality reed diffuser to bring a delicious scent into the space continually.
You’re trying to recreate a spa style in your bathroom sure, but you don’t want to recreate a generic leisure centre spa. You must add personality to the space so that it is your spa bathroom, not a standard hotel spa bathroom. Adding ombre wall tiles in your favourite colour, or a big piece of artwork that you have created or that you love, or perhaps even some photography, will add colour and personality.
This may seem to go against the idea of a spa bathroom because minimalism is key, but we aren’t talking about adding a 3 seater sofa. Add furniture in to aid in the convenience of the room, like a stool or chair to sit on while you moisturise your legs or paint your toenails following a steam and cleanse in your walk in shower.
Clutter is the world’s biggest no-no when it comes to a spa bathroom. You should have good inside and outside storage and just a few well chosen accessories to bring the space to life. Outside storage should only contain pretty things like jarred cotton balls, or decanted moisturiser, fluffy folded towels and slippers, and inside storage should have all the messy products and bits and pieces usually placed on the worktops, which should be left bare apart from one or two cute accessories. Hanging succulent gardens or pot plants, attractive pot pourri bowls and gorgeous vintage beauty boxes are all great accessories for display.
Nothing says nature’s spa like plants, so why not add some to your spa bathroom? As mentioned above, a succulent garden is a fabulous idea, as is aloe vera or bamboo, as they will thrive in the environment.
If you want your spa bathroom to be ultra-convenient, and worth its investment, then you need to ensure it has all the latest tech. Connected living should be a priority, so that your entire home is linked up to your gadgets and is smart and modern. Good examples to apply in a bathroom might be:
If you are planning on designing your own spa bathroom, there are so many layouts, technologies and decor styles to consider. Your primary concern should always be seeking professional help as and when you need it. This is especially relevant with spa bathrooms where different ‘wet areas’ may expose different parts of the room to lots of moisture, and where electronics and technology are involved – it just isn’t worth the risk.
If you have the budget, invest it in small changes to give a spa feel.
Tiling the entire room with high quality water-grade porcelain tiles, changing the towels and adding some new fixtures and fittings will do your bathroom a world of good.
These small changes will give you a beautiful bathroom to enjoy. Don’t be tempted to be overly ambitious with DIY because it could cost you more than a bad looking bathroom that doesn’t work well. There’s nothing relaxing about bad DIY. However if you do have the budget to get ‘the works’ then it is a great area of the home to invest in. Do your research, buy the highest quality materials you can afford, integrate technology, and make the space your own, after all it is your own private spa sanctuary.