The Key to a Spa-Like Bathroom Is This Color Palette

The 25 Best Spa Bathroom IdeasHearst Owned

Whether you're rethinking a powder room, half bath, or primary bathroom, the updated space should be welcoming and calming, no matter the size. From getting ready in the morning to unwinding at night, your bathroom is a place for your personal rituals, and it should be designed as such. There's something about a spa bathroom that evokes the most relaxed state of mind, but depending on your bathroom's size, layout, and your design budget, the aspirational environment of a serene spa can be hard to achieve. That's where these ideas come in.

Color palettes, material choices, and soft goods are the three primary elements of a bathroom, and each of them work together to create the space's overall mood and feeling. If your instincts lean more minimalist, there are ways to incorporate color that are soothing rather than busy or loud. Use pastels rather than primary colors, and incorporate dimmable lighting to create ambiance. Paint and a dimmer are simple updates you can make to any bathroom. If you're looking at a bathroom renovation, think about adding heated floors for a truly luxurious environment.

A spa bathroom is much more about the feeling it evokes rather than specific design elements, which means there's no exact formula. This can be tricky, but it also means that no matter your interior design style, you can achieve a spa bathroom in your own space. For the ultimate inspiration, we've gathered the 25 best spa bathroom ideas to peruse while you plan your redesign.

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Double Up Your Shower

Make room for two in your oversized shower stall. This space includes a central rain showerhead as well. Luxurious bathrooms are all about options, so don't limit your self-care to just one shower setting.

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Hector M. Sanchez

Turn Your Tub Into a Sculpture

If you have plenty of square-footage to play with, why not opt for an oversized bathtub that looks more akin to a Tuscan estate's garden fountain than your traditional stall and tub combo? This space by interior designer Lauren Liess incorporates a showerhead as well for total functionality.

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Helen Norman

Go Monochrome

Calm the senses by streamlining the color palette. Here, Lauren Liess opted for a complete sage green hue from floor to ceiling for this open concept bathroom.

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Helen Norman

Add Drapery

Bathrooms deserve window treatments too. Mirror this Jeffrey Dungan–designed space and incorporate drapery for a more pulled together and intentional feel.

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Emily Followill

Extend Your Stone

The backsplash of this vanity set-up by designer Regan Baker extends along the adjoining half-wall to make the different bathroom zones feel cohesive.

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Laure Joliet

Take Inspiration from Your Locale

This Maui bathroom is full of warm, tropical elements inspired by its island surroundings. Designed by Breeze Giannasio, the natural materials play together to create a homey, soothing atmosphere.

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Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Incorporate Artwork

Artwork in a bathroom can be tricky because of the moisture and humidity. However, large-scale works bring an air of glamour and five-star hotel energy into the space. It's worth investing in the proper framing to bring your bathroom to life.

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Read McKendree

Add Greenery

Not only do plants help to purify the air and thrive in the moist environments in bathrooms, but they incorporate nature into the space. With a bevy of houseplants, the feeling you get from a hike can be infused into your bathroom.

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Shade Degges

Choose a Bold Tub

High-end spas have the privilege of being bolder with their design choices because their clients don't have to live with it every day, eventually growing tired of the design. However, if boldness is what you crave, opt for a non-traditional tub like this gilded option.

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Jared Kuzia

Paint the Ceiling Black

Don't neglect the fifth wall in your bathroom design. A darker color on your ceiling can help to cocoon and ground your space. It will also help to ground your body, as you unwind after a long day.

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Thomas Loof

Build-In Your Bathtub

Rather than leave your bathtub bare, take the detailing one step further and install millwork to the front of the tub. This built-in look, like designer Robin Henry achieved here, immediately elevates the space.

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Eric Piasecki

Install a Chandelier

One quick way to add spa-like elegance to your primary bathroom is by swapping the lighting. We love this intricate brass chandelier. If this isn't your style, opt for an oversized fixture you love to bring in more glamour.

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jessie preza

Float Your Sink

To free up visual space and streamline your bathroom's design, choose to float your sink rather than have a pedestal or vanity cabinet beneath it. This also helps your bathroom to appear larger because there is less on the floor.

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Eric Roth

Choose Warm Tones

For a cozy and encompassing feeling, design your bathroom using a warm-toned color palette. This one, by designer Sarah Magness, pairs a tonal brown tile wall with a peachy-pink sink for a cheerful yet elevated look.

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Adrian Gaut

Elongate Your Windows

The more natural light, the better. Sunlight does wonders to both our moods and our interior design. In this Texas home, the bathroom window is nearly floor to ceiling to maximize the light in this long bathroom.

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Julie Soefer

Add a Glamorous Vanity

There's few things more luxurious while getting ready than having a designated vanity. If your bathroom's space allows, add a space just for you to slow down and take care of yourself, both at the start and end of your day.

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Rustic White Photography

Install a Statement Mirror

The larger the mirror, the more light it reflects, and it can also help make your space look bigger. Take inspiration from House Beautiful's 2022 Whole Home where an oversized pivot mirror is the focal point of this primary bathroom.

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Robert Peterson - Hearst Owned

Vault the Ceilings

If you're building your dream spa bathroom from the ground up, try vaulting your ceilings for a dramatic yet calming look. This bathroom is serene and the wood paneling on the ceiling helps to connect it to the nature outdoors.

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Shade Degges

Gild Your Fixtures

Statement stone and a soothing color palette is great, but look to the minute details for an easy swap for a spa-like feel. Metallic hardware and plumbing fixtures look and feel special, not to mention they're beautiful to look at.

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Gieves Anderson

Book-Match Your Marble

Symmetry is calming to our eyes and minds. Incorporate it into your spa-like bathroom for a serene vibe. Bookmatched marble—a way of installing marble side by side so it looks mirrored—is one of the most stunning ways to incorporate that element.

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Nicole Franzen

Create an Alcove

Cocoon yourself in a soothing space by setting your bathtub or shower stall in an alcove. Architect Anik Pearson uses a different stone here to further delineate the area.

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Annie Schlechter

Color Match Your Marble

For a dramatic and design-savvy look, take your color palette directly from your stone choice. This bathroom by the Novogratz couple incorporates the burgundy veining into the vanity and other design details.

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Frank Frances

Add Nesting Tables

Keep all of your essentials close by—a book, bath salts, or your favorite candle—by utilizing side tables next to your bathtub. It may feel strange to have "real" furniture in the space, but you'll love it when you can pamper yourself without interruption.

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Stephen Karlisch

Install Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Sheldon Harte wanted to highlight the rolling hill views that this California home boasts, so he opted for nearly 10-feet of floor-to-ceiling windows to accomplish that.

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John Merkl

Get the Sauna Look

The ultimate spa experience is spending luxurious time in a sauna. Take inspiration from your favorite treatment's design and incorporate wood paneling in your shower stall.

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Seth Smoot

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