How to Turn Your Bathroom into A Spa Retreat

Unwinding in my new free standing bathtub. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

The days are long. The sun is shining. School’s out for summer. Vacation season is upon us. Our sanity, energy, and self-confidence are running pleasantly high as summer gets underway. But it wasn’t all that long ago that we thought the dreadful winter would never leave, and looked forward to a long hot bath or shower at the end of a tiring, cold, and dreary day. There is nothing quite like stepping out of the bath or shower onto soft bath mats, wrapping yourself in a plush bathrobe, and being surrounded by beautiful spa-like accessories. This experience can nourish your soul more than you can imagine.

Some of my favorite products on my vanity. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

I’ve written a lot about cleansing and detoxifying my body through drinking warm water with lemon and combining Epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils for long bath soaks. Most recently, I’ve incorporated a product called ‘8 greens’ into our entire family’s daily regimen and my list of ‘Beauty Counter’ products grow by the minute (see my previous post here). I’m health-conscious, and I strive for a clean environment every day.

When I started a recent home renovation, one of my projects was to turn my master bath into a space that felt like an at-home spa. I value being present and creating an environment where you can “shut off” all the mental stimulation, so creating a zen-like home experience was a priority for me.

It was easier than you’d think! My fabulous interior designer from Priscilla Fenlin Interiors has taught me so much about home décor. One thing she suggests is to hit online sites like Wayfair for plush towels, bath mats, and accessories.  And, of course, you can never go wrong with Homegoods or Restoration Hardware.

Here are 5 ways you can turn your home bathroom into your own spa-like sanctuary.

Creating a zen environment. Photo: Lindsey Clark

1. Score spa-like products
Essential oils, Epsom salt, and baking soda are a must, as is a hard-bristle brush for body brushing. I have an entire routine dedicated to keeping my body and skin healthy, and that involves a weekly bath with the aforementioned products. Essential oils have such a positive impact on our overall well-being. I have diffusers all over my house, especially in my bathroom so that it can smell like a luxurious spa at any given moment. I diffuse Doterra Essential Oils only (I have an affinity for this brand). The Epsom salt/baking soda combination have amazing anti-inflammatory benefits so you can count on looking and feeling your best!

2. Get organized
You want to make it easy to access and use – day and night – the many beauty products you’ve invested in to help keep your skin youthful, hydrated, and healthy. I’ve had a beauty routine for many years and the list of “to do” items seems to be growing by the year! I have a slew of amazing facial products, and I am a huge believer in using as many natural products as possible. I find that the use of chemical-filled products does more damage than good. Check out this beauty product organizer to easily keep an eye on all your goods.

Bonus: don’t forget organization for your jewelry and small accessories! I like this crisp white accessory tray.

3. Let it rain
A quick and easy way to upgrade your bathroom experience is to switch out your shower head. Remember the last time you stayed at a hotel that had an amazing oversized shower head with an amazing stream of water that seemed to wrap around your body, and you thought to yourself, ‘I have GOT to get me one of these’? Well, you can get yourself one of those. It’s that easy. And it will take your relaxation to the next level. (Not to mention cut down time spent washing and rinsing hair!) Check out this detachable faucet and hand shower or this heavenly oversized shower head.

4. Wrap yourself in plush comfort
Plush, oversized towels and a comfy robe are other ways to add to the experience of “spa-like” living. (Think: luxury hotel spa. It will feel like a getaway every time!) Don’t forget the plush bathmat as you step out of your bath or shower refreshed with happy feet.

Top knots and plush robes. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside

5. Make a statement
The first thing your eyes will focus on every time you walk in the bathroom is the vanity and all its elements – lights, sink, hardware, mirror, and all. Take the time to pick out a collection of pieces that fit your style (together), and elevate the beauty and design of your bathroom. Here are some of my favorite items on Wayfair right now:

Gold Arch Wall Mirror

Coastal Beveled Wall Mirror

Colton Round Wall Mirror

Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity

Vitreous China Rectangular Undermount Bathroom Sink

5-Light Vanity Light

2-Light Bath Sconce

3-Light Vanity Light

Dryden Widespread Bathroom Faucet

Heritage Widespread Bathroom Faucet

His and her vanities keep our sanity in check. Photo: Lindsey Clark, @takeitoutside


Now, after reading this, when you get home, take a bath and unwind!

How do you create a spa-like experience for yourself at home? Leave your go-to routines and products in the comments.

**Check out my feature on Wayfair here, and some of my favorite spa-like products you can snag on below**

Cutting Edge 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory SetCutting Edge 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory Set // More Bathroom Accessories 4-Piece Bath Accessory Set4-Piece Bath Accessory Set // More Bathroom Accessories
Tribeca 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory SetTribeca 5-Piece Bathroom Accessory Set // More Bathroom Sets 2-Piece Ruffle Cotton Bath Rug Set2-Piece Ruffle Cotton Bath Rug Set // More Bath Rugs & Mats
Patrie Sherpa BathrobePatrie Sherpa Bathrobe // More Bathrobes Huxley Turkish Cotton Hooded BathrobeHuxley Turkish Cotton Hooded Bathrobe // More Cotton Bathrobes
Monogrammed Waffle BathrobeMonogrammed Waffle Bathrobe // More Birch Lane Bathrobes Emilia Rectangle Gold MirrorEmilia Rectangle Gold Mirror // More Accent Mirrors
Rectangular Gold Framed Wall MirrorRectangular Gold Framed Wall Mirror // More Mirrors Francoli Arch MirrorFrancoli Arch Mirror // More Mirrors
Gold Arch Wall MirrorGold Arch Wall Mirror // More Gold Mirrors Colton Wall MirrorColton Wall Mirror // More Bathroom & Vanity Wall Mirrors
Glenshire Wall MirrorGlenshire Wall Mirror // More Chrome Mirrors Coastal Beveled Wall MirrorCoastal Beveled Wall Mirror // More Beveled Mirrors
Knecht Soap DispenserKnecht Soap Dispenser // More Soap Dispensers Cabana Bathroom Accessories TrayCabana Bathroom Accessories Tray // More Vanity Trays
Vero 17 Series Shower FaucetVero 17 Series Shower Faucet // More Shower Faucets Dryden Diverter Shower FaucetDryden Diverter Shower Faucet // More Rain Head Shower Faucets
Ashlyn Pressure Balance Tub and Shower FaucetAshlyn Pressure Balance Tub and Shower Faucet // More Bathroom Fixtures Aldrich 5-Light Vanity LightAldrich 5-Light Vanity Light // More Bathroom Vanity Lighting
Kneeland 2-Light Bath SconceKneeland 2-Light Bath Sconce // More Modern Vanity Lighting Gotha 3-Light Vanity LightGotha 3-Light Vanity Light // More 3-Light Vanity Lighting
Gotha 2-Light Vanity LightGotha 2-Light Vanity Light // More Coastal Vanity Lighting Heritage Widespread Bathroom FaucetHeritage Widespread Bathroom Faucet // More Bathroom Sink Faucets
Dryden Widespread Bathroom FaucetDryden Widespread Bathroom Faucet // More Bathroom Faucets Single Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity SetSingle Cottage White Marble Top Bathroom Vanity Set // More Bathroom Vanities
Tech Rectangular Ceramic Undermount SinkTech Rectangular Ceramic Undermount Sink // More Bathroom Sinks Rectangular Undermount Bathroom SinkRectangular Undermount Bathroom Sink // More Bathroom Sinks
Vitreous China Rectangular Undermount SinkVitreous China Rectangular Undermount Sink // More Undermount Bathroom Sinks Aster 6-Piece Towel SetAster 6-Piece Towel Set // More Bath Towels
Oberon Mushroom KnobOberon Mushroom Knob // More Cabinet & Drawer Knobs Mushroom KnobMushroom Knob // More Cabinet Hardware
Glacio Oval Glass KnobGlacio Oval Glass Knob // More Oval Cabinet & Drawer Knobs Glacio Square Crystal KnobGlacio Square Crystal Knob // More Square Cabinet & Drawer Knobs
Kohler Stillness Handheld Shower HeadKohler Stillness Handheld Shower Head // More Handheld Shower Heads Kohler Contemporary Square RainheadKohler Contemporary Square Rainhead // More Shower Heads
Kohler Contemporary Round RainheadKohler Contemporary Round Rainhead // More Rain Shower Heads Purist Wall-Mount Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Wall-Mount Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Wall-Mounted Bathroom Sink Faucets
Purist Widespread Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucets Purist Widespread Bathroom Sink FaucetPurist Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet // More Gold Bathroom Faucets
Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Bathtubs Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Bathtubs
Freestanding BathtubFreestanding Bathtub // More Pedestal Tub Bathtubs Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Soaking Bathtubs
Freestanding Soaking BathtubFreestanding Soaking Bathtub // More Freestanding Bathtubs Oval Freestanding Soaker Bathtub Oval Freestanding Soaker Bathtub // More Spa Escapes Bathtubs
Drop-In Soaker BathtubDrop-In Soaker Bathtub // More Drop-In Bathtubs Beringer Bamboo Bath CaddyBeringer Bamboo Bath Caddy // More Shower & Bathtub Accessories

9 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Bathroom into A Spa Retreat”

  1. Those are some great ideas!! I can see another “honey do” list somewhere in the near future lol. And those rain shower heads are the absolute best……..LOVE!!

  2. You just made me really want to rearrange my bathroom & add more items too! I love it & the ideas too. I need a getaway space that’s actually logical in my reality, that being our bathroom lol.

  3. My favorite part of the day/night is when I get to take a long hot bath and relax my muscles. I enjoy pampering myself and making myself feel better when I do get the chance to do this. This article has great tips and ideas for a bathroom. I already told my fiance when we have our own home that the master bathroom is mine to design and he has no say, well he can share his ideas and wants but ultimately it will be up to me ???

  4. This is so true,In my head I know how to turn my 70’s bathroom into a spa.Actually have a wish list , however finances prevent me from my dream.Someday I will have my cozy retreat . Thanks for sharing your Ideas!

  5. I love your ideas! This review was pin worthy! Our bathrooms are small. I can’t tell how big the bathrooms are in the pictures. I like the mirrors- their shapes are awesome! I agree with the plush bathrobes and the fluffy towels. I love the Wayfair plush towels! They are thick, fluffy, and have great colors. Thank you for sharing these tips!

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