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10 Affordable Ideas That Will Turn Your Small Bathroom Into A Spa

By on Apr 14, 2016
10 Affordable Ideas That Will Turn Your Small Bathroom Into A Spa

After a long day at work, there’s nothing better for your body and mind than a spa visit. However, as the cold weather creeps in, most would rather skip the pricey trip and just stay warm at home. Given that the gloomy winter weather can snap your energy and make you feel depressed, you need a soothing sanctuary in your own home.

So, why not turn your bathroom into an at-home spa? Like most spa services, your bathroom offers a private space where you can take a relaxing shower or warm bath to de-stress. All it takes is a few more elements to evoke the spa-like atmosphere. In this article, I'll show you how to enhance all five senses by recreating the ultimate spa experience right in your small bathroom.

If you want some professional help, we can connect you with bathroom remodeling pros in your area ready for your spa project.

How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

  1. Use Earthy paint colors
  2. Install dimmers
  3. Add faux wood tiles
  4. Clear toiletry clutter
  5. Consider a tub
  6. Install a massage shower head
  7. Heat your towels
  8. Add oil diffusers
  9. Listen to music
  10. Use a tub tray


The visual appeal of your bathroom is the key element for setting a spa-like vibe. Most spas tend to embrace the “less is more” philosophy, as a minimalist style can help open up a room, giving the space a serene and restful feel.

To help you achieve the similar “clean and comforting” spa look in your small bathroom, here are several tips:  

Paint Your Walls with An Earthy Palette

Spa bath-earthy tones

Nature-inspired colors, such as brown, gray and green, can give your bathroom an organic feel along with a calming effect. Nevertheless, if you have a rather small bathroom, opt for a lighter and more neutral color scheme. Beige, light gray and pale green, for example, can lend a soothing sense, as well as a spacious feel to your small bathroom.  

Install Dimming Bathroom Lights

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If you prefer a late night, romantic bath before bed, consider installing recessed ceiling lights or wall scones that come with dimmer controls. With the help of a dimmer, you can soften your lighting and get the spa-like feel when you need a soothing soak in the tub.  

Installing dimmer controls involves complex circuits or electrical wiring issues. As a result, I highly recommend leaving such work to a professional electrician. According to our database, the national average price to hire a local electrician is $293. 

Create A Warm Feeling with Faux Wood Tiles 

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Although wood flooring can surely evoke the feeling of peace and warmth, it’s never an ideal material for damp areas. Fortunately, thanks to today's technology, homeowners now have another viable alternative. That is, faux wood tile. Faux wood tile is indeed ceramic or porcelain tile that imitates the natural textures of wood. It not only has a higher resistance to water, but also comes in a variety of patterns that can match any spa bathroom décor. 

Clear Toiletry Clutter 

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Clutter usually gives us stress. That’s why spas always keep their toiletries hidden and in order. However, storage space is usually a serious issue in small bathrooms. Thus, when it comes to hiding all toiletries, most will get frustrated.

Well, it’s time to get rid of those old and expired toiletries you won’t ever use. By doing so, you should be able to free up a significant amount of cabinet space.

Still need to borrow some counter space for your go-to toiletries, such as cotton balls and Q-tips? To avoid visual clutter in your bathroom, try organizing these items in clear glass jars. Believe it or not, jarred toiletries will look just like a part of your décor. 


You may not be able to afford expansive hydrotherapy facilities on par with your favorite spas, but you can absolutely give yourself that spa touch with these affordable bath amenities: 

Pamper Yourself with A Small, Deep Soaking Tub

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Just because you live with a tiny bathroom, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub. Bath manufacturers are offering a wide array of scaled-down tubs that are no longer than five feet, but deep enough to soak.

Looking to create an exotic Zen style bathroom? You can’t go wrong with the traditional Japanese soaking tub. Compared to other small tubs, Japanese tubs are much deeper, allowing you to submerge your entire body from the neck down. Better yet, most of them even come with built-in seats, so you can sit comfortably and safely while enjoying the hot bath.

Sound like a good addition to your spa-like bathroom? Don’t forget to ask your local contractors for free installation estimates 

A Massage Shower Head is A Must-Have

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Many homeowners assume a soaking tub is a must-have item in a spa-like bathroom. Yet, chances are that you only use it occasionally, not to mention it may make your small bathroom feel crowded. A massage shower head, on the other hand, won’t take up any extra square footage. Additionally, you’ll definitely use it everyday.

Of course, it would be awesome if you could install both products in your bathroom. However, if you do have budget and space concerns, here's my advice. Sacrifice your tub for an upgraded shower along with a fancier massage showerhead. The spa-like shower will surely satisfy your relaxation needs.  

Warm Up With Heated Towels

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No one would like to wrap up a nice, healing hot bath or shower with cold towels, especially during the winter. To retain heat within your body, there’s no better way than indulging yourself in comfy, warm towels after a long session of hot water.

That’s why towel warmers are becoming a popular addition in recent bathroom remodels. You can enjoy the cozy warmth within reach by installing a towel-warming drawer in your vanity. If you want to dry your towels at the same time, towel-warming bars will be a better and cheaper option. Plus, its wall-mounted design can save more space! 


Your rejuvenation journey can’t be completed without aromatherapy, since scents are famous for boosting one’s health and mood. For instance, the easiest and fastest way to wake our brains up in the morning is showering with peppermint-scented soap. Need a good night’s sleep? Lavender and jasmine lotions will surely come in handy.

Except for body care products, the addition of scented candles or old diffusers can also enhance your sensual experience.

While Candles Can Add Some Ambience, Oil Diffuser Provides Safety

Spa bath-candles

Everyone, particularly ladies, enjoys unwinding in the tub surrounded by burning candles. Why? In addition to lovely smells, the flame of fragrant candles can add a warm ambience to your bathroom, making the space feel romantic. However, for forgetful homeowners, oil diffusers will be a better and safer choice. 


Let’s face it. Taking a long soak in the tub can be somewhat boring. You might see some of your friends mount TVs in their bathrooms. Well, before you copy that idea for your spa-like bathroom, think twice. It’s true that a bathroom TV will keep you entertained. But, does it help you keep a tranquil mind? Probably not.

Have Some Calm Music For Your Bath Meditation

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You can create a meditation playlist on your phone and play it through a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. With such a calming backdrop, you’ll take a relaxing soak as long as you can.


The last sense you should bring into your at-home spa retreat is taste.

Yes, taste.

Of course, I’m not telling you to have a taste of your bathroom; I’m implying that you should take your bath experience to the next level with a glass of wine or champagne.

Use A Tub Tray to Hold A Glass of Wine, Champagne…

Spa bath-tub tray

Don’t assume drinking a glass of wine while bathing will make you sound like an alcoholic. In fact, this idea has been in vogue for a while. If you take a trip to your local home improvement store, you’ll find there are different types of tub trays available on the market. And almost all of them come with a wine holder design.


Getting the benefits of a spa treatment in your own home is not as hard as you think. With just a few bathroom renovations and additions, you can immediately turn your bathroom into a private oasis, even if it’s short on space.

Is your small bathroom a spa sanctuary? Tell us about it in the comments section. We love seeing successful remodeling examples from our fans.

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