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Bathroom design: Make your bathroom feel like a spa!

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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At the end of a long day, who wouldn't appreciate a visit to the spa, or at least a long soak in a bubble bath, surrounded by scented candles and flowers? Unfortunately, for many of us, our bathrooms are far from the blissful oasis we would like to escape too. Because these spaces are private, they can be easy to overlook or put off for last when it comes to tidying and decorating. In fact, I know quite a few bathrooms that could be mistaken for laundry or storage spaces! But making your bathroom a serene, enjoyable space is a task that is well worth the effort. Today on homify, we look at some photos of bathrooms from our UK experts that are certain to encourage you to rethink your bathroom design, turning this room into your own private spa!

A lovely view

​This bathroom is graced with the natural benefit of an amazing view. While we may not all have such a vista available, we can still pick up a few pointers from the design of this space. First, the tub has been placed right beside the large window, allowing you to contemplate the scenery as you soak. If you are lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom, try to position your tub as near to it as possible, even if it only looks out onto the wall behind the building. The proximity of natural light will make the space feel more spacious and calming as you relax in the tub. Also, notice how the designer of this bathroom has chosen to stick with very basic, neutral colours, limiting the palate to black, white, brown and grey, which keeps the space muted and tranquil. 

The importance of storage

Bathroom shelves:  Bathroom by Woodquail

Bathroom shelves


​Key to turning your bathroom into a spa-like environment is proper storage, as we have yet to go to a spa that has hair products and kids bath toys strewn around the sauna. A simple bamboo shelf, like the one pictured here, provides a stylish and practical solution to your storage needs. Another spa tip: have plenty of towels available and within easy reach, so they are ready and waiting for you when you get out of the bath. 

For more bathroom storage ideas, see this ideabook

Dark colours

​Although we often tend to side with bright, clean whites in the bathroom, colours that are deep and dark can have a dramatic and sophisticated effect. The black walls and grey stone tub in this bathroom, combined with the crystal chandelier and lit candles, give the room an air of elegance and indulgence, a perfect feeling to cultivate if you are looking for a spa-like experience. The reflective quality of the walls expands the space, which helps to prevent that cramped or small feeling that we often fear when using dark shades. 


Mortimer Road, De Beauvoir:  Bathroom by Emmett Russell Architects
Emmett Russell Architects

Mortimer Road, De Beauvoir

Emmett Russell Architects

​If you are a bit wary of going all out with dark colours, marble can be a lovely way to add classic elegance to your bathroom, as in this gorgeous space. Here, the designer has limited the marble to the wall directly behind the tub, a decision that serves to highlight the bath, making it feel more luxurious. It is also a good choice for those whose bathrooms are rather small or would prefer not to coat all the walls, as it allows you to get all the effects of marble without overdoing it or adding too much expense. 

Creating lighting

Lighting is very important when it comes to creating a tranquil space in your bathroom. Here, lights have been placed on the ground around the tub. Having the fixtures on the floor means you can turn off the overhead light when soaking in the bath, ​perfect for creating relaxing mood lighting. 

Aligning windows

​In this bathroom, the unique architectural design is given centre stage. The various scattered windows, which make us think of Le Corbusier, align imperfectly with those on the wall behind, allowing brief glimpses of the outside world and calling attention to the beautiful, original design of the home. The shape of the tub, whose walls slant inward to connect the larger rectangle on top with the smaller rectangle on the bottom, echoes the effect of the windows, giving the room a unified, complete feel.

What do you do to make your bathroom feel like a spa? Share your tips below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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