One of the best ways to bring a little spa-inspired chic into your bathroom is to choose a beautiful, luxurious surface for your worktops or walls. To create the feeling of a spa haven, choose wood. Light or dark, the natural texture of the wood – however it is finished – will add that personal and luxurious touch. Better yet, no two pieces are the same. The unique knots and patterns in different wooden surfaces create a luxurious spa bathroom feeling that is anything but from-the-box, as well as adding warmth.
In smaller bathrooms, it may seem like common sense to stick to lighter-coloured woods – and it’s true that these will help open up your space a little. However, even with darker woods, the pristine white surfaces of your bathroom suite will bring out their unique colour and texture. Used sparingly, dark woods create an even greater feeling of luxury – think secluded alpine lodges and luxurious spas.
Alternatively, or in addition, use small mosaic-style tiles to recreate the look of your favourite spa, particularly if you can use them on the floor. If this isn’t to your tastes, switch up to larger tiles in beautiful warm stone finishes for something that is both functional and beautiful.
Mirrors and lights
When we think of spa bathrooms, we immediately think of open spaces. A simple trick for adding extra space to your bathroom is to pay attention to how you use light. Use large mirrors to open up the room and reflect your light source. Large mirrors cross the line between the functional and the aesthetic, both adding to the feeling of space and acting as a striking feature that will make guests say ‘wow’. When choosing mirrors, go for a contemporary frame – but nothing too cold, like metal – or, even better, choose something frameless that sits almost flush with the wall.
When it comes to lighting, consider multiple spotlights that sit flush with the ceiling. If you can, give yourself the option of turning on a few of these lights at a time, allowing you to increase or decrease the brightness as you wish – a dimmer switch may also help you here.
As any frequent spa-goer will know, neutral colours help to create an atmosphere of complete relaxation. But neutral doesn’t have to mean boring – if you can’t stand the idea of flat beige surfaces, think marble, light granite, and muted but beautiful shades of any colour you can think of. Light-coloured surfaces help create a light and airy feeling, soothing the eyes and immediately putting you in a calmer mental space. Natural stone will make any space feel truly luxurious, and it’s also a timeless choice that will serve you for years to come.
Even with this in mind, there’s plenty of opportunity to add that personal touch with a few pops of colour. A fascinating tile feature or a few bright accessories (such as gorgeous flowers) will draw the eye and create extra interest, without upsetting the soothing neutral colour scheme that makes your spa bathroom so relaxing.