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The Spathroom: How To Transform a Bathroom into a Spa Sanctuary


In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and demands seem to be ever-increasing, the desire for relaxation, self-care, and wellness has become paramount. The concept of the bathroom has evolved beyond a mere functional space to something more akin to a personal oasis – the “spathroom.” As an interior design firm, we’ve witnessed an inspiring shift in the way clients view their bathrooms. More than ever, homeowners are seeking to turn their bathrooms into hotel-like spa sanctuaries. We’re walking through how to create a spathroom based on what our own clients have requested to achieve serenity and indulgence in such an intimate space of their homes.

Gold Coast Townhouse, Bathroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo
Gold Coast Townhouse, Bathroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

Heated Floors

In smaller spaces, every detail counts. Heated floors are a transformative addition that adds a touch of luxury and comfort, especially in colder climates. Stepping onto warm tiles after a relaxing bath instantly elevates the spa-like experience.

Thoughtful bathroom Lighting

Lighting sets the mood and atmosphere of any space, and the bathroom is no exception. Programmable lighting allows you to tailor the ambiance to your needs, whether it’s soft, calming lighting for unwinding or bright, focused lighting for tasks like makeup application. LED strip lights around mirrors and ceiling coves offer soft, customizable illumination that adds to the ambiance.

Modern Mountain - Modern bathroom design with white squared tub and dark wood cabinetry. Interior...
Modern Mountain, Photography by Brent Moss

Elegant Materials

Quality materials can turn an ordinary bathroom into an opulent retreat. Marble, with its timeless beauty, adds a level of sophistication that instantly elevates the space, creating a sense of lavishness that spa enthusiasts crave. The marriage of slabs and tiles allows for a dynamic play of textures and scales, while polished chrome finishes for fixtures act as elegant jewelry, complementing the overall design.

Outdoor Integration

Seamlessly connecting the indoor spathroom to the outdoors can extend the spa experience. Moving from an outdoor shower or jacuzzi back into the indoor bathtub, for example, makes for a unique home experience. Utilize plantings outside of large windows can allow for the natural daylight the flood in without sacrificing privacy.

Saunas and Cold Plunges

Where space allows, dedicated sauna rooms and plunge pools provide a true spa experience. Placing these amenities in close proximity to the bathroom allows for a seamless transition between these different wellness experiences.

Penthouse in the Sky, Bathroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo
Penthouse in the Sky, Bathroom, Photography by Genevieve Garruppo

Serene Prints and Artwork

While bold prints have their place, a spa bathroom thrives on tranquility. Opt for subtler design choices to maintain a serene atmosphere. Incorporating artwork is a great solution to bring in personality and character without overwhelming the senses. Through carefully selected pieces, your spa bathroom can exude a balanced blend of visual interest and soothing ambience.

Soundscapes and Aromas

Incorporating soundscapes and aromas into your bathroom design offers a transformative spa-like experience. Moisture-resistant speakers discreetly integrated within the space can envelop you in soothing melodies, creating a serene auditory environment that complements your mood and routine.

Aromatherapy, achieved through strategically placed candles and diffusers, enhances the ambiance with personalized fragrances, enhances relaxation and rejuvenation. The seamless fusion of sound and scent crafts a multi-sensory haven, making your bathroom a sanctuary of tranquility and well-being.

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