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How to Create a Day Spa Bathroom at Home

With the exception of the laundry, the bathroom is possibly the most neglected zone in the home – often because it’s seen as a functional space as opposed to a decorative one. The good news: you can transform your bathroom on a budget, creating a space that resembles your own private day spa (masseuse not included). Here’s a few easy ways to make this zone a soothing sanctuary.

How to Create a Day Spa Bathroom at Home

kyal and kara renovation bathroom with log side table beside bath

Hello Matte Texture

First and foremost, the best way to make any room calm and inviting – especially the bathroom – is through texture. The important thing to keep in mind when creating a soothing, day spa feel is to keep the shimmer and shine to a minimum.

Day spas are known to use wood, matte paint, stonework and an array or other textures that feel natural and organic, so if you have a lot of plastic or metallic bathroom decor pieces, it’s time to replace them with ones that feel more earthy. Wicker baskets are a great storage idea and are easy to find, too (IKEA is great for these).

Day Spa Bathroom from EziBuy

Soothing, Rustic Touches

A wooden stool beside your bath is a great idea. Look for one with a matte finish. A ladder is an alternative feature to hang your towels on and bamboo is a great material to play with here. If you’re a parent and kids toys are driving you batty, find a wooden box or basket to put them in and store them neatly away so you can enjoy your bath without the ninja turtles looking at you!

IKEA storage - bathroom

Colour is really important 

Look for soft furnishings like towels, mats, face cloths and sponges in earthy tones. You really can’t go past the crisp, clean feel that white brings to a space, but beiges, browns, soft blues and soft greens will also work here. The more soft furnishings you have scattered about the room, the cosier it’ll feel.

Try not too have too many colours playing together in the space, though. They’ll compete with one another and cause the room to feel visually chaotic. Pattern can be used to create a bit of interest in the bathroom, but it’s wise to keep it to a minimum, or use it in your towels and other accessories.

Shannon and Simon Bathroom - The BLock Glasshouse

Setting the Mood

A candle or diffuser is a bathroom decor must-have. Nothing sets the mood like scent does. I’m a firm believer in using a fragrance that feels natural and organic. Something floral or fruity without being too overpowering is a great idea here.

You can use flowers in this area if succulents don’t do it for you, but go for varieties that are white or cream. It’s all about reducing visual impact; doing this is what makes the space feel calm.

Greenery is an affordable way to make the space feel more Zen-like, too. A succulent is a nice plant to have in your bathroom. Put it in a stone pot and you’ve taken the look a step further. I like to create a vignette using a candle, plant and soaps. Put these on top of the stool beside your bath and you’ve created a glorious moment of visual indulgence.


Bathroom Products

Styling Everyday Items

Lastly, products make a big difference. I love displaying bath oils, salts and soaps in the bathroom. Look for products in glass bottles or ones that feel weathered and vintage; they’ll add a bit of nostalgia and interest to the space – and will create contrast against soft flowers or plants.

Did you find these tips useful? What’s your bathroom like at home and do you have ways to make it feel inviting? Drop a comment below and let’s discuss all things bathroom decor!


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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2 Responses

  1. Love all these ideas! I definitely agree to add more texture. And displaying hand wash and hand cream in gorgeous bottles too like the Aesop ones. Although with my kids at the moment, I use Dettol because the antibacterial qualities out weigh the look especially if we want to avoid getting sick. 😉

    1. Oh Bec – A hear you regarding Aesop. I love their packaging! Pity about the Dettol scenario haha – but you’re right, the pros outweigh the cons there!

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