Luxurious Spa Master Bathroom

Spa details and beautiful materials make this bathroom sparkle.


If your bathroom is still in the ’80s, you can bring it up to date with luxurious materials and spa amenities, including a separate tub and shower area, a dual vanity and a separate water closet. Here are some tips for creating a beautiful master bath full of soothing neutrals and rich details:

  • Use earth-tone colors. A calming palette of neutrals creates a soothing atmosphere. Medium-brown walls add depth and enhance the natural materials and wood furniture.
  • Integrate a wet area. By borrowing space from a small closet, you can expand the floor plan to accommodate a tiled wet area featuring a spa-style tub, a shower and a built-in bench. A partial glass wall can separate the shower area from the rest of the room.
  • Make room for a water closet. The toilet is moved to the front of the room and hidden in a closet behind a pocket door.
  • Decide on a focal point. If the back wall is immediately noticeable when you enter the room, you can decorate it with a tile mosaic made of tumbled stone and handcrafted tile.
  • Add rich details without going over budget. You can still have opulence if you’re on a budget — just use special pieces sparingly for impact. In this case, the designer used mosaic tile with metallic accents to make the wet area special.
  • Create interest on the floor. Set large tiles on the diagonal to break up a long and narrow room. Mosaic tile can act as the grout line.
  • Add character with a distressed finish. The cabinets in this bathroom were given a lovely patina by sanding, scraping and nicking up new wood with regular woodworker’s tools. Layers of dark brown stain and glaze mix for a rich, warm look.
  • Use furniture-style storage. If you have the room, use nontraditional furniture pieces for storage, such as an armoire. You can also create a custom look by attaching furniture-style legs to a vanity.
  • Make room for seating. In a professional spa, comfort is key. Bringing a bench into your master bathroom will make it just as cozy. In this redesign, a leather bench is placed in the middle of the room, and there’s a built-in bench in the shower area.
  • Bring the outdoors in. Get fresh air inside with a large window that can be opened easily. Since this bathroom is next to a canopy of trees and privacy isn’t an issue, the designer opted for a narrow French door to bring in the breeze.
  • Accent with metal. Oil-rubbed bronze sconces and faucets bring an Old World touch to the spa design.


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