Spa Bathroom Ideas: 5 Ways to Create a Relaxing Retreat

Need ideas to turn your boring bathroom into a spa? These simple changes can transform any bathroom from a routine stop to a serene sanctuary!


Flowers and a basket of towels in a room with natural light
If you can, allow just natural light in your bathroom. (Poravute, Getty Images)

1. Get the Right Lighting

Our first spa bathroom idea is one of the easiest, adds ambiance and can make a drastic difference: Change up the lighting!

If possible, only let natural light in, but if your bathroom lacks enough windows to do that, replace bulbs with a softer white tone for a more relaxing feel. 

Or, get the benefits of both at the same time with a dimmable color-changing light bulb.

For a more far-out spa experience, try blue lighting. A preliminary study from PLOS ONE journal found that blue lighting accelerates post-stress relaxation faster than traditional white lighting.

For a more subdued look, light a few candles. Pick unscented candles purely for the lighting or find a fragrant one that relaxes you.


Headphones on a tub
Find your inner peace with the right playlist. (yipengge, Getty Images Signature)

2. Add Some Soothing Tunes

Listening to music can lower your heart rate, improve your sense of well-being and even reduce burnout, according to PsychCentral. That’s why setting the tone is No. 2 on our spa bathroom ideas list.

Most professional spas lean toward music inspired by nature to put their clients at ease. Others play classical tunes heavy on string instruments.

However, this is your bathroom, so choose whatever music helps you unwind! Play your tunes on a Bluetooth speaker or put on some headphones for a secret retreat.


Essential oil, lavender flowers, bars of soap on a towel
Inhale pleasant aromas and exhale any stress. (matka_Wariatka, Getty Images)

3. Infuse the Air With Essential Oils

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to improve physical and mental well-being. The practice dates back to ancient Egyptians burning incense made from aromatic woods, herbs and spices.

Many people view having a spa day as a healing experience, so essential oils — naturally — make it on our list of spa bathroom ideas. 

There are dozens of essential oils but these are the ones you’ll want for a destressing spa day, according to Healthline:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Orange
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary sage
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang ylang

Get an oil diffuser and take in a deep breath. You’ll instantly feel like you’re at a professional spa.


Fluidmaster’s Soft Spa Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat
Fluidmaster’s Soft Spa Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat can be retrofitted to any toilet seat, so you don’t have to buy a new toilet. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

4. Get Bathroom Bliss With a Bidet 

Want to up your self-care routine and pamper yourself every day? No spa bathroom ideas list would be complete without this one: install a bidet!

The Fluidmaster Soft Spa Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat comes without the hassle — and cost — of remodeling your bathroom or replacing your toilet. You just need an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver for a do-it-yourself-friendly installation

Soft Spa features an integrated water heater, adjustable water pressure and wand positioning, as well as a heated seat and warm air-dryer. 

You can even personalize your pampering with different pressure settings. Gentle mode, with low water pressure, is available for users with sensitive skin. 

Remote control for Fluidmaster’s Soft Spa Electronic Bidet Toilet Seat on wall next to toilet paper
Old-fashioned bidets require users to straddle them or reach behind for adjustments. Fluidmaster’s Soft Spa has a remote control for added comfort and convenience. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Best of all, this bidet makes self-care smart. Its included remote is a game-changer for people who use freestanding bidets with water controls on the back. 

Old fixtures — which some people still use — require users to straddle and face the controls, or reach behind to make adjustments. In fact, bidet is French for “pony,” referring to this common position. 

Conversely, Soft Spa’s remote control allows you to face ahead, providing greater comfort and freedom, so you can lounge in luxury.


Shower streaming down with steam rising
A new showerhead can make all the difference each morning. (nikkytok, Getty Images)

5. Splurge on Shower Extras

Want to create the ultimate steam room experience? Upgrade your shower!

No, you don’t have to replace the surround or do anything too pricey. Just replace your showerhead for an at-home luxury spa experience every day. 

Find a high-pressure showerhead to help ease tense muscles, or try this two-in-one shower head that will make you feel like you’re rinsing in a rainforest.

Continue that rainforest shower feeling when you step out of the shower by laying down a bamboo floor mat. These mats look luxurious and feel great underfoot.

Lastly, swap out your regular bathroom towels and dry off with a softer, higher-quality towel. Towels with a high thread count are plush, durable and absorbent.

Want to share your ideas for turning a bathroom into a spa? Comment below and be sure to share this article with friends!


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