After a long hectic week at the studio and running around with my twin girls,  I’m dreaming of a spa day. However, I can hardly sit still long enough to have my nails done, so I’m not sure carving out time for a full day at the spa will happen any time soon. My solution is to turn my master bathroom into a spa, an ambient and meditative space. It’s the perfect way to create a serene environment I can enjoy every day.

Turn Your Bathroom into a Spa

Transforming your bathroom into a spa is much easier than it sounds! Start by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint and upgrading your bathroom fixtures. Incorporate some comfy seating and remove the clutter. Add a few decorative touches, some luxurious amenities, and voila! Your bathroom transforms into a luxurious spa-like atmosphere. You’ll have a space where you can unwind and relax your mind after a chaotic week without having to leave home!

Your Bathroom Should Say Spa Not Blah | Laura U Interior Design

1. Update Your Color Palette

Changing the paint color in a room is one of the simplest ways to transform a space. A spa-like bathroom should be serene, calming, and leave you feeling refreshed. I love using a neutral color palette paired with an activating color to add personality, depth, and dimension.

Grays and whites provide a subtle backdrop for a sophisticated, timeless bathroom. Brilliant whites do a great job of reflecting natural light, while soft grays make the bathroom feel cozier. Adding a warm, energizing color like sunny yellow activates the room and adds visual interest.

A bright bathroom punctuated by golden tiles

Vibrant, energizing tiles prime this space with positive energy

2. De-clutter and Add Extra Storage

I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of loading up on different products, makeup, and toiletries. Having all those extras lying around definitely makes finding what I need more difficult. My new rule is that if you don’t use it every day, get rid of it! If you have trouble finding enough space to store bathroom necessities, keep what you love and dump the rest. You can let it go, I believe in you!

A clutter-free space is much more relaxing. Instead of keeping things on the counter, store them under the sink in a basket or designated drawer. (Trust me, you want to line it with a drawer liner.) There are tons of great bathroom accessories that are practical and beautiful.

In this client’s bathroom, we selected a variety of pretty glass containers to hold cotton balls, Q-tips, and bath salts. A chic tray with hand rolled towels keeps everything together and easily within reach. Organizing and tucking away your bathroom essentials lets you breathe easier in an instant!

A master bath in all marble with statement lighting

3. Install New Lighting

Like any room in your home, layered lighting in your bathroom is key. To create the most flattering light in your new “spa”, use a mix of overhead and wall lighting. Sconces on either side of the mirror offer more flattering light than an overhead recessed fixture does.

Super bright lighting in your bathroom doesn’t lend itself to a relaxing environment. I recommend putting all of your lighting on a dimmer. This gives you ultimate control over the ambiance of your space.

The gorgeous oval crystal chandelier in this client’s fabulous Calcutta marble bathroom is stunning. The combination of natural light from the window, the sconces on the mirror, and the chandelier create a soft, welcoming space. It’s an elegant bathroom that makes getting ready a joy!

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Master bath mood lighting is a must

4. Upgrade Your Bathroom Fixtures

Another way to add personality to your bathroom is to replace boring bath fixtures and fittings. Go with unique pieces to add luxurious touches throughout your bathroom. I love a freestanding bathtub and floor mounted tub filler in a master bath. In this client’s spa-like bathroom, we selected a contemporary tub and tub filler. It gives this bathroom a clean, relaxed feel.

The shower head is an often forgotten about bath fixture. For me, a fabulous shower head with multiple functions is a must for a spa-like bath! Whether you prefer a rain shower head, a high-pressure massage shower head or a hand shower, there are tons of options to choose from. Updating your shower head to fit your preference is a quick way to make your bathroom feel more luxurious.

A modern, all-white bathroom with gold fixtures

Brushed brass or gold fixtures add Old World romance to modern white

5. Bring the Outside In

Incorporating live plants and greenery into your bathroom instantly make it feel more spa-like. Plants help improve air quality and increase your energy levels to create a healthier environment. I love the beautiful pop of color and organic texture they add to a bathroom. Place eucalyptus at the front of your shower head to release a refreshing scent. Or add a snake plant to clean the air. Just make sure the plant receives enough sunlight.

A powder bathroom vignette, showing fixtures in mirror

A little greenery goes a long way – choose eucalyptus for an energy boost

6. Add Luxurious Amenities

Luxurious amenities are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of the spa. I love aromatherapy candles, warm fluffy towels, flowers, and plush seating. They enhance the experience by appealing to all your senses. For your spa-like bathroom at home, create a sensorial experience. Think about touch, smell, and sound. Light a candle and have a soft, luxurious bathrobe you can lounge in. Play your favorite music and indulge in a luxurious spa set.

Add a cushy ottoman or bench in your bathroom. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate a designated spot to unwind. And when you decide to let the kiddos back in, it gives you extra seating. Now that’s livable luxury at its finest!

The bathroom is a surprisingly great place for flowers. They love the natural light and humidity. My mother always kept African Violets in her bathroom because they thrive in the humidity. The best part is you don’t have to worry about watering them because they get the water they need from the air.

5 Luxurious Items for your at-home spa | Laura U Interior Design

1. Bang and Olufsen – Beoplay 1 Shower Speaker, 2. Sferra – Aura Terry Towel Collection, 3. Empty Vase of Houston – White Garden Florals, 4. Le Labo Fragrances – Santal 26 Concrete Candle, 5. Knack – “Just Breath” Spa Set

Finally, Your At Home Spa Bathroom

Even though your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home it doesn’t have to feel that way. You can transform any bathroom into a fabulous spa-like oasis. Update your fixtures, add a plant, and incorporate some luxurious amenities. Then all you have to do is relax. Pour yourself a glass of wine, light a candle, put on your favorite mud mask and you’re all set!

A lovely white master bath with marble and tile details

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