15 Spa-Like Bathroom Ideas

Published by: Kevin Sears

29th February 24

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What better place to curate a haven of tranquillity than your own bathroom? In this guide, we explore 15 ideas that can transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, where daily rituals become indulgent escapes. From the foundational elements of creating an open and bright space to the finer details like choosing brushed brass fixtures, each tip is carefully curated to elevate both the aesthetic and atmosphere of your bathroom. 

Join us as we delve into the intricacies of spa-inspired bathroom design, offering insights to help you curate a bathroom that becomes a daily retreat of serenity.

Create an Open and Bright Space

Transform your bathroom into a spa-like haven by maximising natural light and creating an open, airy atmosphere. Natural light is not only relaxing for the mind and body, it creates a rejuvenating feeling when natural sunlight floods into the room.

These feelings immediately make your bathroom space feel luxurious - like a spa. Consider installing large windows or skylights to flood the space with sunlight. If this is not possible in your bathroom, use light colours throughout the room, plenty of light fixtures and mirrors. Mirrors strategically placed can also enhance brightness, giving the illusion of a larger, more inviting environment.


2. Use a Neutral Colour Palette

Spas are usually decorated in soft textures and light, neutral tones. Opt for a neutral colour palette to evoke that sense of calm and sophistication that you feel when you step into a spa. This is very easy to replicate into your home by using shades of whites, creams, and soft greys to create a serene backdrop, allowing other elements in the bathroom to stand out.

To create a true spa-like bathroom, stay clear of bold, saturated or eccentric colours. Subtle neutral colours will work better when aiming to achieve that spa-like feeling. Neutral tones also means a more versatile canvas, making it easier to change accents and accessories as desired.

You can introduce natural stone tiles, or natural wood accents and accessories - which we will go more into in the next point.


3. Use Natural Materials like Stone and Wood

Infuse a sense of earthy luxury by incorporating natural materials such as stone or wood. Stone countertops, textured tiles, or a stone accent wall can bring a grounding element to the bathroom. You can also use wood for furniture like vanity units, shelving and accessories to create a nature-like feeling in your spa bathroom. Beautiful stone tiles like marble, limestone, granite or slate are great for creating a serene and luxurious spa atmosphere.


4. Use Natural Bathroom Accessories

Bring the outdoors in by choosing bathroom accessories made from natural materials. Bamboo toothbrush holders, wooden soap dispensers, or stone trays not only add a spa-like touch but also contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly bathroom design.

Natural wood accessories are also great at introducing a sense of nature and making you feel more relaxed in your bathroom. It also adds texture and complements the neutral colour scheme. You can also incorporate wood into larger accessories like a ladder towel rail, shelving, bath trays or wooden stools which are great for placing your accessories on to.


5. Choose Brushed Brass or Gold Fixtures

If there is any choice of finish that speaks spa-like then it has to be brushed brass or gold. Whether it's taps, showerheads, or drawer pulls, these warm metallic tones add luxury and sophistication, creating a stylish spa-like aesthetic.

Gold has always been known as a material that exudes luxury. Using gold or brushed brass will replicate that lavish feeling you get when you walk into a spa. At 34 St John we have a great selection of brushed brass fixtures, including taps, showersets, shower doors and more. Additionally, if you are not a gold type of person, Matte black fixtures can also exude that luxurious spa-like feeling and will pair just as well with the neutral colour palette and natural accessories.


6. Large Spacious Showers

Upgrade your shower experience by opting for a larger and spacious shower area. Larger showers create a more luxurious spa-like experience, with the ability to stretch your arms out and move around more easily. Additionally opt for a frameless glass enclosure to create a seamless and open feel. Large tiled showers, rainfall showerheads and adjustable hand showers can create a customisable and indulgent bathing experience.


7. Freestanding Bath Tub by the Window

Create a focal point in your spa-inspired bathroom by placing a freestanding bathtub near a window. This arrangement not only allows for natural light to illuminate the space but provides a serene and picturesque setting for relaxation.

Gazing out of the window while soaking in the tub establishes a direct connection with the outdoors. Whether it's a lush garden, scenic landscape, or urban skyline, this visual connection to nature amplifies the sense of tranquillity and relaxation - creating a spa-like experience.

While the idea of a bathtub by the window is enchanting, it's essential to consider privacy. Opt for window treatments that strike a balance between allowing natural light in and providing the necessary seclusion. Frosted glass, sheer curtains, or strategically placed blinds can maintain privacy without compromising the spa-like appeal.


8. Elegant Lighting

Enhance the ambiance of your spa-inspired bathroom with elegant lighting. Positioned strategically, these fixtures provide soft and flattering illumination, creating a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Consider fixtures with warm-toned materials to complement the overall aesthetic. Some great spa-like wall lights include:

  • Pendant lights above the freestanding bath or vanity area
  • Wall sconces on either side of the bathroom mirror
  • Cove lighting installed along the bathroom ceiling
  • Backlit mirrors for a subtle and elegant appearance
  • Steam-free light-up mirrored cabinets to combine practicality with elegance
  • Dimmable LED lights contribute to the serene atmosphere
  • Colour temperature control lighting for a personalised, cosy atmosphere

9. Plenty of Plants

Whether you are creating a spa-like bathroom or not - plants in the bathroom are always a good idea. They infuse vitality and freshness and can also absorb a lot of moisture that lingers in the room, as well as purify the air. It’s because of these reasons that they are very commonly seen in spas.

Consider low-maintenance varieties like snake plants, pothos, or ferns. Plants can beautifully accessorise a bathroom space and create a soothing and rejuvenating atmosphere, enhancing the overall spa experience.


10. Marble Tiles

Embrace the luxurious appeal of marble by incorporating elegant marble tiles into your spa bathroom. Whether used on the floor, walls (or both) or as a countertop material, marble will always exude sophistication. The subtle veining and natural variations of marble can transform your bathroom into a refined spa retreat. Marble tiles paired with brushed brass fixtures in particular - are the perfect combination for creating a spa-like bathroom.

You can opt for a fresh and crisp white marble design or additionally add muted tones like green or blue into the space. We will go further into this below.


11. Refreshing Green and Blue Tones

If an all-white or neutral colour scheme is not your style and you need a bit of colour in your life, infuse a sense of nature into your spa-inspired bathroom by incorporating refreshing green and blue tones. These calming colours, whether in tiles, furniture, towels, or accessories, evoke a connection with the outdoors, creating a soothing and revitalising atmosphere.

While bold and bright colours keep us awake and alert, muted tones help us to calm our mind and allow us to unwind. To achieve that spa-like feeling always opt for calm, muted tones in your colour palette. These colours also pair well with the natural colours found in wooden accessories and plants.


12. Introduce Underfloor Heating

By installing underfloor heating, you can create that luxurious warm feeling that you feel at a spa. It will enhance the comfort of your spa-like retreat - by stepping onto a warm floor after a shower or bath it will immediately create that luxurious spa-like experience. It eliminates the shock of cold surfaces, creating a soothing environment that encourages your relaxation further. The heat produced by the floor will also create a consistent warmth in the whole room, leaving it perfectly cosy for your everyday morning and evening routines. 

Underfloor heating is also discreetly integrated into the flooring, which eliminates the need for visible radiators. This not only enhances the aesthetics of the bathroom but also maximises available space (for a larger shower or spa-like accessories).


13. Heated Towel Rails

Elevate the comfort level of your bathroom with heated towel rails. These functional and stylish additions ensure that your towels are always warm for when you step out of the bath or shower. There is no better feeling than a warm towel wrapped around you after your post-bathing routine - perfect for replicating that spa-like feeling.


14. Built in Storage Niches

Built-in niches within the shower area offer a practical solution for storing shampoos, soaps, and other shower necessities. Recessed into the wall, these niches enhance accessibility while maintaining a clean and uncluttered shower space.

Integrating built-in niches around the bath also creates convenient storage for bathing essentials. These niches can hold candles, bath salts, or decorative elements, adding a touch of functionality and elegance to the spa-like bathing experience.


15. Spa-like Scents

Transforming your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary involves engaging the senses, and scents play a pivotal role in elevating the overall experience. Introduce spa-like scents to your bathroom by incorporating essential oils, scented candles, or oil diffusers.

Opt for calming fragrances such as lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile to evoke a sense of relaxation. Strategically place these scented elements near the bathtub, shower, or vanity area to envelop the space in a soothing aroma.

Consider using natural materials like bamboo reed diffusers for a subtle and constant release of fragrance. Additionally, integrating live plants such as jasmine or lavender not only adds a touch of nature but also naturally infuses the air. This enhancement transforms your bathroom into a haven where the gentle aroma complements the serene ambiance, promoting a holistic spa-like experience within the comforts of your home.



Transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat with these 15 expert tips. Begin by creating an open and bright space, utilising a neutral colour palette, and incorporating brushed brass, gold or black fixtures. Embrace the natural appeal of stone and infuse the spa atmosphere with natural accessories, an abundance of plants, and spacious showers for an indulgent bathing experience.

Maybe you’ll opt for a freestanding bathtub by the window to connect with nature, complemented by elegant marble tiles or an all-white colour palette. Additionally introduce the refreshing green and blue tones, along with sophisticated wall lights to enhance the overall ambiance. With built-in storage solutions, a seamless and organised environment can also be created. By combining these elements, you'll create a serene and luxurious spa-like bathroom where relaxation becomes a daily ritual.

Read our other blogs for further bathroom inspiration

Kevin Sears

About Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears is a bathroom and interior design blogger here at 34 St John. He creates original content utilising his extensive knowledge of the bathroom industry and latest trends.

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