Wouldn’t it be nice to give yourself the spa treatment every day? You don’t have to remodel your Greater St. Louis area home’s bathroom to look like a high-end professional retreat to get a spa experience that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Here are six simple design and décor ideas our designers have put together to help you take your bathroom from ordinary to oasis.
5 Steps to Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom
Keep it Simple
Minimal design elements are best. Choose a muted color scheme to invoke a sense of calm and stay away from active patterns like stripes and checks. A subdued palette also gives the impression of spaciousness to a smaller bath. Clutter tends to be stress-inducing, so keep most bath products tucked away and limit the amount of décor pieces you use. A crisp, clean look is the goal.
Create a Pampering Experience
Are you a morning shower person or a soak-in-the-tub at the end of a long day one? Either way, the ritual should be a relaxing one. Soaking tubs allow for an immersive, soothing soak and can work well even in small bathrooms, as they’re narrower than standard ones. Rain shower heads like Delta’s In2ition Two-in-One (pictured) and a towel warmer or two are fixtures that have quickly become affordable luxuries. They come in a variety of designs and go a long way in satisfying your need to be indulged.
The Wood Look
Many professional spas are filled with wood – on the floors, ceilings, and walls, as well as in the steam rooms. Wood brings a calm and soothing effect to whatever room it’s in, but it can be an impractical choice for humid areas such as an everyday bathroom.
If you want the same effect, consider faux wood tiles for the floor that are made from ceramic or porcelain. They’re more resistant to water and are only a fraction of the cost of real wood. And thanks to new innovations, these tiles now come in a wide range of color and texture options that make your choices nearly limitless. Another easy way to bring wood into the room is with a cedar wood bath mat or two as well as natural stained wooden soap dishes, toilet roll holders, and shelving.
The finishes you choose should not only enhance the overall look of your new bathroom but also provide lifetime value. Combining wood with other elements like natural stone, glass, handcrafted tiles, and metals creates a stunning and durable appeal.
Bring in the Little Details
If you want a natural de-stressor, bring in some botanicals. Plants that add a calming touch include peace lilies (which love humidity), eucalyptus which is a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory plant, and bamboo.
Add a personal touch of luxury by stocking up on such spa essentials as a bathtub tray to hold a cup of tea or glass of wine, tealights or a reed diffuser, rose petals (a natural skin toner), and high-quality chemical free bath oils. Finally, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker delivers the ultimate spa experience by filling the room with soothing acoustic music or the soothing sounds of nature.
Updating the bathroom to accommodate more modern features may require upgrading the water lines and adding a secondary hot water heater. And since hard water is a common St. Louis problem, we recommend installing a water softener.
Today, luxury is about more than style, and a spa-like bathroom is not just for “rich people’s houses.” You spend a lot of time in the bathroom so it makes sense to make it as beautiful and comfortable as possible for years to come.
At J.T. McDermott, we rely on masterful craftsmanship and the highest qualities materials to complete at-home spa bathrooms our clients love. To learn more about how our design process can help you fulfill your bathroom remodeling desires, schedule a conversation with us today. We look forward to meeting with you!
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.