14 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Spa-Like

Ever wondered why it has been challenging to feel recovered from the stress of the day, even after a long bath?  Or to find the right frame of mind after your own spa-day-at-home treatment? 

The key to experiencing tranquil bathroom time is to create something that is more than just a functional space. Your entire bathroom space should epitomize self-care, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Being off on just one of these will disrupt your experience. A cluttered countertop or an unexpected odor can quickly change your mood and spoil a planned relaxation day. 

To put that transactional experience behind you and transform your bathroom into your personal getaway place, consider some upgrades and possibly structural changes to the space, depending on your goals and approach to your bathroom routine. 

This blog post will guide you through ideas big and small to transform your current bathroom into a more luxurious experience. With the help of a bathroom design expert guiding you, your bathroom remodel can create a spa-like ambiance where luxurious baths are just the start of your journey to relax, rejuvenate and forget all about your stress.


Anyone who has ever gone through the stress of searching for anything in a cluttered bathroom knows that it can quickly turn into a frustrating experience. The mess immediately makes the space less relaxing. Creating storage for all of your bath and shower products is essential. This will help to balance your space. This can be done by adding cabinets with drawer storage to keep bathroom essentials out of sight, yet accessible whenever you need them. Decluttering your bathroom will give you a better chance to clear your mind and focus on the real task at hand — relaxation.

Use earthy tones

Earthy tones are colors found in nature such as the blue colors of calming waters, the beige tones of beach sand, and the green colors of vegetation. Nature-inspired hues are often incorporated in spas and it is easy to see why, evoking feelings of calmness, warmth and relaxation. Incorporating these colors in the bathroom can really layer in a spa feel. Use beige paint or tiles on the walls and add some green plants at the window sill, or try using a pebble-stone floor in shades of brown and tan, paired with natural wood cabinetry.

Heated Flooring

Cold tiles are an unfriendly experience, particularly during winter. A floor heating system immediately changes everything, keeping feet warm in the bathroom and inspiring showers just a little bit longer during colder seasons. While a floor heating system makes your bathroom time feel more like a spa, it also aids in mitigating mold growth as it dries up moisture from the atmosphere. It will not only improve your lifestyle but also increase your home resell value.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you install a floor heating system anywhere in the bathroom. If the shower is part of your heated floor plan, you must ensure the shower flooring is compatible and meets all waterproofing requirements. You will need to assess your electrical options as well. Heated floors typically require a dedicated circuit, so it is critical to review your current infrastructure before any final decisions are made. 

Add greenery

A quick way to change up your bathroom is with a few well-placed plants, herbs and or fresh flowers. Greenery helps purify the air, brighten up your space and create a more refreshing atmosphere. If space is limited, try hanging a plant from the ceiling or place a few small pots of herbs on your bathroom windowsill. These plants add color and life to your bathroom as well as a touch of fresh fragrance to enjoy every time you step into the bath.

Brighten up with reflective surfaces

Reflective surfaces such as strategically placed mirrors, white-colored walls, and glossy tiles help to reflect and bounce light around making your bathroom feel more inviting, open, and airy. These shiny surfaces brighten up spaces and create the illusion of more natural light as you climb into the bathtub or step in and out of the shower. 

Upgrade your showerhead

One of the quickest and easiest ways to upgrade your experience is to install a new showerhead. Today's showerheads come in a wide range of styles and settings that allows you to customize your experience. For a more invigorating shower, you might want to opt for more massaging features. If you prefer a softer spray, there are many low-flow rain shower heads that can save you water while still providing an enjoyable experience. Hand-held sprayers can add another layer to your shower experience, offering flexibility to direct the water where you need it the most.

Add a vintage-style fixture

For a more stylish ambiance, consider an Asian-style wooden bathtub or claw-foot tub to complement your bathroom. This can be a great way to add some personality to the space. If a tub is not an option, consider a showerhead in an antique brass or bronze finish with ornate details for a more luxurious atmosphere. These fixtures add a touch of luxury and style, while still keeping the space warm, relaxing, and inviting.

Add natural elements

Adding a few natural elements such as a wooden shower bench, bamboo flooring, pebble shower flooring, bamboo blinds, sea shells deco, or a simple stone soap dish can make differences both big and small in terms of both ambiance and relaxation. An earthy-organic feel in the bathroom helps many to relax.  Rock and pebble shower flooring not only looks great, but feels great too with its gentle massaging action on your feet helping to create a calm and soothing effect.

Get creative with lighting

While we always want to take advantage of natural lighting, accent lighting, such as wall sconces or soft lamps can help to set the right mood and add interest beyond the tub or shower by focusing your attention on features like a piece of art, a fireplace, or a special tile pattern. In addition, installing warm LED lights around the perimeter of your bath can provide a warm, inviting glow. And if you really want to go all out, consider installing mood lighting that can be controlled with a switch or timer. Much like at a spa, do not underestimate the power of candles. 

Fill the room with pleasant scents

This can be as simple as using scented soaps and shampoos, placing a few drops of essential oil in your bathtub or on your shower floor before turning on the water, or you can take things a step further by diffusing essential oils in the steamy air. Whether it is a refreshing citrus fragrance or a calming lavender scent, filling the bathroom with pleasant aromas can help you feel more relaxed from the moment you step in.

Upgrade old towels, slippers, and bathrobes 

Thick, fluffy towels make you feel pampered and spoiled. Do not deny it. To ignite a real spa vibe go all in with the cozy slippers. Being able to walk around without cold feet will definitely make you feel more relaxed. Add a fluffy towel robe or a cozy terrycloth one to wrap yourself in and feel truly indulged.

Install towel warmer

You want to ensure that the cozy towel you wrap yourself in after a warm bath is warm as well. Towel warmers help to heat up the towel before you step out of the tub or shower. They come in varieties of styles, shapes, and sizes. With the help of your bathroom design expert, you can find one that fits your space and needs. 

Add a shower stool

This simple addition can make a big difference during your long steamy shower. With a place to sit, you can take your time without having to stand for long periods of time, making your shower feel more leisurely and luxurious. You can shave your legs or scrub your feet more easily without having to stand on one foot or balance precariously on the edge of your tub. Additionally, a shower stool provides a convenient temporary spot to place those special spa toiletries within reach while you shower.


Personalize with art

Whether it is a small painting or a collection of photographic prints, incorporating a few pieces of art into your bathroom will help to make it feel more like a spa. If you are not sure where to start, consider opting for artwork that features tranquil scenes or natural elements that you find interesting and captivating. By incorporating arts that you connect to or ones that simply complement the rest of your bathroom décor, you are not only beautifying your bathroom, but you are also personalizing the space to manifest the mood and energy that can relax you.

Wrapping up

While there are many ways to make your bathroom feel like a personal spa, it is important to find what works best for you. With the help of a bathroom design expert, you can personalize your space and turn your everyday bathroom time into an at-home luxury spa experience.

Here at Reico Kitchen & Bath, we can help you incorporate the bright design styles and ideas that will meet your needs and transform your bathroom into your own personal spa where you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Whether your bathroom requires a few upgrades or a complete remodel, our bathroom design experts will help guide you through the bathroom remodeling process and ensure that every aspect of the project is done right. Contact us today to begin your consultation and get started with your bathroom remodel!


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