5 Ideas for Creating a Relaxing Bathroom

Create a space to unwind with these bathroom design ideas stolen from the spa.


By design, there aren’t many places more relaxing than a spa. Everything about them, from the therapies they offer, to the music they play, to the wall color in the locker rooms is meant to promote a sense of calm. Which is why we’re loving the recent spa-inspired trend in bathroom design, and the approach to the space as one of leisure and renewal, instead of just as one of function. Because why have an en-suite bathroom when you can have an en-suite mini-spa?

Here, five ways to turn your bathroom into a relaxing retreat. 


Photo: Heather Scott Home

1_circleChoose calming colors.
A muted or all-white palette is the easiest way to achieve the spa-feel. The glamorous choice of lighting in this bathroom also makes the room feel special.

Bathroom design ideas soaking tub

Photo: Barbour Spangle Design

2_circleInvest in a roomy tub.
Bubble baths are better when you’re completely submerged in a soaking tub (especially with a reading rack, a glass of wine, and a good book).

Photo: Denise McGaha

Photo: Denise McGaha

3_circleAnd a just-as-spacious shower.
A glass-walled shower lets light in. Add a rainfall showerhead, and eucalyptus-scented soap and you’ll never know you’re not in a steam room.

bathroom design ideas - soaking tub light colors

Photo: Jenny Wolf Interiors

4_circlePosition your tub near a window.
Sunlight is a natural mood booster, so position your tub so you can bathe in the light while your bathe in the water. Plus, what could be more relaxing than soaking in the tub while staring up at clouds?

bathroom design ideas - green

Photo: Christina Murphy Interiors

5_circleIncorporate the color green.
Whether it’s as simple as placing a Peace Lily by the window or as elaborate as the jade subway tile below, the color green is believed to foster a sense of balance and rest.

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