How to Design a Spa Room


Spa rooms come in diverse styles and features, from Zen simplicity to over-the-top glamorous. Decorate spa rooms with functionality and flow in mind, making the most of natural light, fresh air, views and open space. You can spend the weekend giving your bathroom a quick spa makeover or implement design features and spa equipment for a full-scale spa room.

Things You'll Need

  • Architectural elements
  • Paint
  • Finishes
  • Spa equipment
  • Textiles
  • Lighting
  • Accessories
  • Clear the space. Clutter and bulky furnishings kill the calming effect of a spa room. Clean all surfaces except those made of marble with a simple formula of one part white vinegar to one part warm water.

  • Integrate architectural elements that make the room feel like a tranquil retreat. Rustic features such as exposed wooden ceiling beams and wall posts lend architectural interest and charm. Large picture windows, skylights or solar tubes allow natural light to enter the room. Small pebble tiles or tiles made of recycled glass give the space a green design feeling.

  • Paint and finish the room in pleasing neutrals. A semi-gloss finish works well for the humid conditions of spa rooms. Consider a pale yellow, barely blue, sage green, cream or faded earth tone for walls. If you have natural features such as a stone wall or exposed wood, add a lightly tinted varnish to protect them from moisture without covering their colors and textures.

  • Furnish your spa room with functional pieces. A simple soaking tub or a waterfall-style shower head may suffice. For more luxurious fixtures, consider a steam shower, flat-screen television, massage table or Jacuzzi tub.

  • Outfit your spa room with luxurious and spa-themed accessories. Organic towels with high thread counts are the ideal indulgence. Set a bamboo floor mat by the tub to give the floor texture. Candles supplement lighting provided by pendant lamps or wall sconces. Line a floating shelf with apothecary jars and small bottles holding natural formulations of moisturizers, facial masks, hair conditioners and aromatherapy oils.

Tips & Warnings

  • A simple painting or photograph provides a focal point in a spa room.
  • Avoid fluorescent lights, which add too much glare.

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