How to have your very own spa bathroom at home

Is there anything we want more at the end of the day than to sink into lasting comfort? From indulging in a foamy soak to jumping into freshly changed bedsheets, there is nothing to beat that spa-like feeling at home…

If you’re planning a bathroom project and craving that calming atmosphere, then giving your space a spa makeover might just be what you need.

We chat to industry experts and round up the latest design ideas to show you how you can transform your bathroom into the ultimate sanctuary. Let’s begin, shall we?

Neutral bathroom design with wood wall-mounted furniture, green basin and matching brassware. The walls feature niches for display and an wall-hung mirror.
Ex.t Swing vanity unit, £3467; Swing basin, £1544, and Swing mirror, £1497, all from West One Bathrooms.

The colour palette

Keeping a neutral colour palette throughout your scheme, whether you’re thinking about sanitaryware or finer details, is key. “Creating a spa-like feel in your bathroom begins with mindful design choices,” explains Mike Whitfield, bathroom interiors expert at luxury company Lusso. “Focus on luxurious materials, high-quality finishes, and minimalist yet timeless pieces to offer a subtle high-end look and feel.

“To promote an ambience of relaxation and serenity, which is so intrinsic to the spa atmosphere, opt for a colour scheme of soft neutral hues such as creams, whites and beige,” he adds.

Neutral bathroom design with tiles on the wall, gold brassware, parquet flooring and double basins.
Serenity Snow White rectified stone-effect matt tiles, £24.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors.

Materials for spa bathrooms

When selecting your materials, Moroccan zellige tiles are a great solution for elevating your walls and floors. They work especially well in walk-in showers. Plus, their irregular size, colour and glaze can add plenty of charm to your scheme. We also love the look of tadelakt (Moroccan plaster) and the limewashing technique when used on bathroom walls – they effortlessly enhance the tactile experience of space.

To boost the wow factor of your bathroom, you can opt for statement natural stone. “Marble embodies opulence, and is durable and timeless, which is why it’s found in some of the world’s most lavish hotels and resorts. From soft-coloured marble such as the Italian Carrara to more striking options including Panda marble, the looks that can be achieved are endless, making it entirely versatile for all areas of the home,” advises Mike.

Other natural materials such as wood and rattan are ideal options for your storage solutions and even lighting.

Spa-like bathroom with textured bathtub resting against the wall, niches for storage and fluted wall panelling.
Noon Slate semi-freestanding bath, from £5880, and Hera decorative wall panel, all from Acquabella.

Spa-like treats

If you want to take your spa bathroom to the next level, it’s time to embrace innovation. The latest advancements in technology can help you achieve that calming and invigorating effect at home, with ease.

“To ensure the perfect ambience, we recommend rainfall overhead showers, adjustable body jets, chromotherapy showers with built-in lighting, hydrotherapy and, if budget permits, a sauna,” says John Naughten, managing director of Bathroom Design Studio London. Personally, I love the sound of this!

Wood sauna in neutral scheme
Effe Natural sauna, from £14,400, CP Hart.

Yousef Mansuri, director of design at CP Hart, agrees: “Not only do they add an air of luxury, but saunas also offer numerous benefits, including physical restoration, skin cleansing and detoxification. Introducing a sauna into your home brings the spa experience right to your doorstep, enhancing comfort and health in your daily routine.”

Feeling extra? “For that added touch of pampering, how about including under-tile heating and a sunshower that combines heat and light for the ideal spa experience?” adds John. Dreamy, right?

Sunshower with chrome showerhead
Sunshower, £1550, Bathroom Design Studio London.

The finishing touches

Brushed brass hardware will add a dash of luxury to your scheme. And, to tie the look together, Mike recommends keeping finishes consistent across your fixtures to nail the expensive aesthetic.

Lastly, paying attention to the smaller details, such as bathroom accessories, is equally important to ensure you achieve a cohesive design. Complete your scheme with a rustic stool to keep essentials like soft towels, a good book, or a glass of wine near the bath, a wooden bath mat and a matching caddy.

Shop the spa bathroom look

Give your bathroom a spa makeover with the help of these must-have products…

roundup of products from basins and mirrors to brassware and paint
1. Slim organic mirror 80, £175, Origins Living. 2. Ferm Living Ceramic soap tray in white, £19, Earl of East. 3. 1969 No 69, £44.95 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion, Victory Colours. 4. Shoreditch frame 100cm furniture stand and basin in brushed brass, £1150, Britton. 5. Jasper tap in Brushed Gold, £560, London Basin Company. 6. Labello thin edge basin sink in Almond, £260.99, ABI Interiors. 7. Rainshower Mono 310 cube in brushed cool sunrise, £1065.68, Grohe.
roundup of products from baths and tiles to furniture and accessories
1. Limit wall-hung tower unit in Warm Stone, £995, Crosswater. 2. Small recycled teak wooden stool, £82, After Noah. 3. Sukha Mango spa bath bridge, £60, Nkuku. 4. Lana Water Hyacinth storage baskets, from £99 for a small, Ella James. 5. Classic Duo steel enamel bath with Whirl system, £7527, Kaldewei. 6. SlatWall Mini panel in Natural Oak, £44.99, Naturewall. 7. Harper white wall tiles, £70.57 per sq m, Porcelain Superstore.

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