How To: Create a Spa Bath at Home

Consider these 10 ways to add "spa style" to any bath—even yours.

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  1. Wrap yourself in warmth


    These Earth-Green MicroCotton® towels from The Company Store mimic the softness, thickness and absorbency of a heavyweight towel, but dry faster thanks to their lighter mass and superior moisture-wicking ability. What’s more, they absorb up to 15 times more than traditional combed cotton. Definitely spa-appropriate.

    The Company Store

  2. Add comfort underfoot


    Replace the traditional bath mat in favor of an area rug, like this one created with Flor carpet tiles. Super easy for do-it-yourselfers to install on top of existing surfaces, the tiles have an antimicrobial backing to inhibit the growth of mold and bacteria, making them perfect for the bath. Best of all, they are eco-friendly with up to 51% post-industrial recycled content.


  3. Enjoy a rain shower


    Standing in the rain can be an exhilarating experience, so why not consider it in the bath. This traditional, round Katalyst Rainhead in polished chrome from Kohler measures 10" diameter and comes with a 6" shower arm. Unlike the rain, this shower can be temperature controlled to perfection. Definitely a spa must-have.


  4. Lose your inhibitions


    Free yourself from shower curtains and outdated opaque doors in favor of crystal clear, tempered glass, frameless varieties, like this Tuscany Shower Door from American Standard. In addition to letting the light shine through, they provide a spa-like aesthetic by making the shower a true extension of the bath. You can find them in a wide range of styles, finishes and glass types to suit any decor.

    American Standard

  5. Take the plunge


    If you have the space and love soaking in the tub, this is the bath for you. Featuring a square body, teak surface deck, and circular tub with a depth of 20 inches, the Duravit Blue Moon tub embodies design in its purest form. To add to the spa appeal, you can immerse yourself completely in water colored with light. The ultimate in bathing.


  6. Sit back and relax


    Soften the hard elements of the bath, by adding a comfy upholstered chair or chaise. It's not only a way to add some style, but to provide convenience and comfort to the spa-bath experience. The deep sunken seat and scroll arms of this Victoria Falls Club Chair from Ralph Lauren Home would be a perfect complement to any room—even the bath.

    Ralph Lauren Home

  7. Consider a little opulence


    Like the Roman baths of centuries ago, stone continues to add a richness to the modern bath. Consider combining the simplicity of subway tiles with an architectural border for an opulent look—like this installation of Walker Zanger's Grammercy Park brick tiles, beak trim, and flowering leaves border.

    Walker Zanger

  8. Create a mood


    Add drama to the bathroom with a stellar decorative accent from above. Drawing on French and Italian designs, this playful Savannah chandelier, by Canopy Designs at ABC Carpet & Home, features swags of colored beads interspersed with pearl or cut-crystal beads. Measuring 14" w x 15" h with three illuminated candle lights, it is diminutive in scale but large on drama.

    ABC Carpet & Home

  9. Pamper yourself

    With all of the advances in plumbing, there's no reason why the toilet should be without its own eco-luxury features. This TOTO Neorest 550 model features a nightlight, automatic open and close lid, Washlet® Cleansing with three modes, hands-free automatic flush, and integrated warm air dryer. It's also sleek and good looking, making it particularly spa-worthy.


  10. Relax and Enjoy


    A walk-in shower and built-in soaking tub are the ultimate in spa luxuries, particularly when the bathing area comes complete with double shower heads and a whirlpool bath. The half wall—separating the shower from the bathing area—opens the room up and takes advantage of natural daylight and views. A spa-like feature you might want to consider in your own bath remodel.

    A Bathroom Guide

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