How Can I Make My Bathroom More Relaxing?

Not many of us would call the bathroom our favourite part of the house, and I feel it’s only fair to redress this balance. As one of the only rooms where we can shut out the rest of the home, it deserves special attention and decor that cements its place as a sanctuary away from domestic chaos. Of course, clutter, poor lighting and cramped quarters aren’t conducive to relaxation, but a few tweaks can transform the mood of a utilitarian space into a quiet zone where you can leave your troubles behind.

How To Create Your Dream Relaxing Bathroom?

Stick With Neutral, Earthy Tones

Spas tend to use light colours for a calming effect, giving the space an organic feel. White or taupe is a great base colour for your bathroom. The use of lightly textured and natural coloured tiles, along with crisp white vanity basins and a free-standing bath, really bring a sense of luxury to your bathroom design. You can complete this with white and natural coloured hand and bath towels. Timber is a great natural material that brings warmth to a room. Timber can be added through vanity or flooring, or for a more cost-effective way, the addition of a timber stool placed next to a bath creates a luxurious feel.

Greenery Adds Life To The Room.

In addition to the neutral colour scheme, adding some indoor potted plants to your vanity can add a calming and natural atmosphere. A potted orchid is also an excellent addition to your bathroom space, replicating an ambient mood.


Scent plays a large role in mood, so don’t forget to add relaxing aromas to your space. For example, candles not only bring a calming and refreshing scent to your bathroom; they also create a warm natural light that enhances the neutral tones of the room.

FAQs On How Can I Make My Bathroom More Relaxing

  • Use shower bombs. These super-affordable discs transform your shower into a giant diffuser—they're packed with essential oils which release into the steam.
  • Add plants.
  • Upgrade your shower head.
  • Accessorize.
  • Play some tunes.
  • Dry off in style.
  • Opt for an arresting color scheme. Take a hard look at the walls in your bath.
  • Dress the walls with fabulous art.
  • Add interesting arrangements of accessories.
  • Finish out with furniture.
  • Create a mood with ambient light.
  • Make practical pieces pretty.

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It’s All In The Details.

  • Bathroom Design
    • simplicity is key
    • open-plan space
    • white walls create the illusion of a larger space
    • large bathroom mirrors will make a small bathroom appear larger
  • Bathroom Decorating Ideas
    • Candles
    • neutral towel colours
    • de-clutter the space to create the illusion of space and tranquillity
    • greenery adds life
  • Lighting
    • use as much natural light as possible
    • use candles for a spa-like feel to unwind and make your bathroom smell beautiful
    • install dimming lights to create your desired mood at night
  • Bathroom Colour Palette
    • select natural, earthy tones like white, timber and taupe.

These are easy to work with to change your style over time and create a sense of relaxation in your bathroom.

What Are The List Of Relaxing Bathroom Ideas?

Make Bath Linen Extra Luxurious.

A quick way to cosy up a bathroom is by swapping standard bath linens for something with a more decadent feel. A sheepskin bathmat is a particularly indulgent choice, but it’s a surprisingly water-resistant and antibacterial fabric thanks to naturally present lanolin, as well as being machine washable. The rich softness underfoot provides the ultimate luxurious end to a relaxing bath.

Camouflage For Privacy

If you have a bathroom with a view, it might seem a shame to cover it up with traditional window dressings. To retain the view without sacrificing your modesty, consider a semi-opaque, patterned screen, like this punched metal window covering. This material complements the metallic textures in this bathroom; for less modern bathrooms, a patterned window film would achieve the same effect while maintaining a cohesive style.

Turn It Into A Living Area.

If your living room is your favourite part of the house, extend the theme into the bathroom with comfy seating and rich fabrics. This upholstered chair wouldn’t look out of place in the cosiest of living rooms, and the pretty blind is an unusual choice that lends a sense of occasion to bath time. The pink floral prints contrast with the monochrome theme to make this one chic and comfy bathroom.

Colour It Quiet

sam loyd zlnu 4xdxkg unsplashGrey might make for gloomy weather, but it acts as a mute button when used indoors, cocooning us from the outside world. While this quietening shade can have a draining effect if we’re exposed to it for too long, it promotes relaxation and calm in small doses, making it the perfect colour for a bathroom. For depth and dimension, use tonal variations throughout the bathroom, as seen on the panelling, curtains and tiling.

Zone Your Tub With Textured Flooring

Zoning is a smart design trick that defines sub-spaces according to their function. This is particularly effective in a small space such as a bathroom, where it can be achieved using contrasting flooring to carve out a designated space for relaxation. This is also a great opportunity to add texture that creates a non-slip surface around the bath or shower – the pebbled texture above is a smart alternative to the bathroom’s potentially slippery wooden floor.

Take Relaxation Beyond The Bath.

If your bathroom is where you go to escape and unwind, the bath doesn’t have to be the only place you can sit back. A relaxing chair, such as a rocking chair or recliner, could find its perfect home in a bathroom if you’d welcome a place to take a minute before your night-time routine or ease yourself into the day as you get ready or want somewhere to flop after a bath. Invest in a plastic bath pillow with suction cups that can attach to any tub, or roll up a hand towel to put under your neck to make your bath feel a bit more luxurious. Making sure your head and neck are comfortable will allow you to spend sufficient time soaking in the serenity.

Once your bath is over, enjoy some time for yourself. First, sip on a glass of tea and watch your favourite show. Then, take a deep and well-earned nap or pop yourself into bed for a night of soothing slumber. While a shower might be at the heart of your routine, a bath comes with some amazing health benefits. Bathing can be used to combat and heal all kinds of health issues, from stress to muscle pain and even high blood pressure.

Dress Up The Windows

When shopping for bathroom curtains, don’t stop at the shower – the right fabric can turn your window treatments into a feature that can enhance the homely feel of the space. If you already have a shower curtain, choose a complimentary design, bearing in mind that too many patterns might overwhelm a small space. For windows within splashing distance of the bath or shower, a piece of water-resistant fabric is a smart and durable choice.

Channel A Spa Mood

Decorating a bathroom with rich tiling is an easy way to emulate a relaxing spa experience in your own home. This bathroom uses two types of decorative tiles – black mosaics on the floor and patterned gold tiles in the shower. These work together because the black flooring complements the more ornate wall tiles, which are cleverly limited to the shower room to zone the space and avoid overwhelming the bathroom. The white metro tiles dial down the bohemian vibe to clean and modernise the aesthetic.

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Heated Towels

Something is pleasing about a warm towel, isn’t there?

  • For now: Rest your towel a safe distance from your wall heater, so it’s ready to keep you toasty while you dry yourself off.
  • In the future: Upgrading to a heated towel rail is the ideal way to keep your towel warm every day, perfect for those challenging winter mornings.

There’s nothing more luxurious than drying off with soft fluffy towels. Even better, place your towel on a heated towel rail or over a heater vent to warm it up for the ultimate comfort on a cold winter night. Once dry, throw on a comfortable robe and slippers to wind down before you put on your PJs.

Soothing Scents

Nothing quite changes the mood of a room than scents that lift the soul.

  • For now: Candles and infusers are a great way to increase wellness.
  • In the future: Invest in an electric diffuser and locate a discrete (and out of reach) place to plug it in. Essential oil diffusers are a great way to keep your bathroom smelling fresh whilst purifying the air.

When your bath is halfway full, add a scented oil. Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that contain remarkable healing properties. Lavender is a great choice because of its calming effect. Rose, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile and Frankincense are other essential oils with anxiety reduction benefits.

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Make everything within reach. Once you’ve collected all the things you need to relax, the next question is – where do you store it?

  • Now: A bath caddy is a great place to rest your glass of wine or tablet. Achieve a luxurious feel with bamboo or solid walnut, designed to withstand temperature fluctuations and for often wet areas.
  • In the future: If you know relaxing in the bathtub is your way of unwinding, consider how your new bathroom design can help you achieve this. For example, could you benefit from a ledge to rest the iPad on - away from the bath? Or perhaps a niche to rest a speaker in?

Accessorise For A Minimalist Look

Visual clutter is a sure-fire way to overwhelm the space and impact the mood of a relaxing bathroom.

  • Now: ReorganReorganiseutter in your bathroom, leaving only the simplest of necessities (such as a pretty soap) insight.
  • In the future: Installing a reusable soap dispenser with no branding will add an element of sophistication and calm to the bathroom. Choose a finish or material that matches your tap an\d accessory finish for added cohesion.

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

While it’s easier said than done, having a space for everything means you can relax and clear your mind or do any extra duties that need to be done during your me-time.

  • Now: Consider a small basket for towels or toilet paper and trays for your vanity top.
  • In the future: Storage solutions come in all sizes, from recessed shaving cabinets to tallboys. Even a sleek unit will make a small space feel more functional.

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Love your lighting. A simple trick to changing the atmosphere of a bathroom is through the lighting.

  • Now: Try using a salt lamp with a warm glow to create a relaxed vibe in your bathroom.
  • In the future: Consider LED, with accessories like the Kado LED mirror that allow you to adjust the light for any occasion. Whether it’s a warm light for an evening in the tub or cool light to facilitate your end of day skin care routine.

Bring The Outdoors In

The impact of the great outdoors on our wellness is well known, so embrace natural elements in your bathroom.

  • jared rice pibrawhb4h8 unsplashNow: It’s relatively easy to get plants delivered or from your local florist, so find a vase and a corner to place it in that’s out of the way.
  • In the future: When designing your new bathroom, consider how indoor plants will work in the space. Look into which plants are made for the bathroom in the long run. Some plants like begonias thrive in moist environments.

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Keeping it fresh, It’s easy to forget about the difference cool air can make in a humid bathroom. However, circulating fresh air is a simple way to create a soothing, comfortable environment.

  • Now: If you have a door stopper or any old books lying around, tack back your door and let the air flow (ensuring there’s enough privacy in the home, of course).
  • In the future: When planning your new bathroom, consider adequate ventilation. Ensuring plenty of airflows will guarantee a more relaxing environment.

Music For Every Mood

Whether it’s to pump you up in the morning or unwind in the evening, the music changes how you feel and use your space.

  • Now: Connect your phone to your portable speaker, and you’ve got yourself some mood music (but be sure to place the electronics away from any wet areas).
  • In the future: There’s nothing worse than listening to a track that doesn’t fit the mood because it’s inconvenient to get up out of the bath or shower. A voice control speaker is not only safer but ensures a no-fuss, relaxing bathroom experience.

Get All Your Essentials Together

Transform your bathroom into a decadent day spa. Make sure you have everything you need, so you do not have to hop in and out of the water to get things. Find a nice bath soap, a book or your favourite magazine, candles, essential oils or bubble bath and have them all within easy reach. A bath caddy might be a wise investment to keep all your items in organic reach.

Get The Temperature Right

For a soothing bath, it needs to be at the right temperature. A warm bath is best for relaxing your body. If it’s too hot, you could get dizzy, and if it’s too cold, you won’t be comfortable enough to soak and relax.

Create Ambience

Calming, serene and minimalistic – that’s the scene you need to create. Dim the lights, light a few candles and place them around the bathroom. Put on some relaxing music and find something soothing, calm, and positive. Creating a tranquil ambience will help loosen tension, alleviate muscle aches and promote detox and self-care.

Stay Hydrated

If you decide to bathe for more than 20 minutes, you may find you get a little dehydrated. Keep a glass of water nearby so you can sip on it as you start to relax. You could also brew a cup of green or chamomile tea or even treat yourself to a nice glass of wine or champagne for the ultimate day spa feel.

Put On A Face Mask

For all-out luxury, put your hair up and lather on a face mask while you soak. A face mask can be very relaxing when used while you’re taking a bath, and you can even make your own out of natural pantry ingredients such as oatmeal and honey. Let it sit for 10 minutes on your face, and then wash it off with a warm washcloth.

Moisture Away

Hot water tends to dehydrate and takes oils out of your skin. Applying moisturiser after a bath can trap water in the surface cells promoting supple and smooth skin. So moisturiser has towel-dried your skin with a body lotion or natural body butter. While you’re at it, check out our Day Spa at the Home playlist, perfect for soaking away your worries and reinvigorating your mind.

Keep Your Indulgences Close At Hand.

Whether it’s a glass of well-deserved wine, a good book or your most divine bath salts, you don’t want to have to stretch for anything when you’re enjoying your soak. A tray table is about the right height for easy access from a bath and can easily be transported to a nearby comfy chair to prolong relaxation.


We know it’s not always easy to create a relaxing retreat amongst busy family life, so we’ve put together some tips on promoting calmness for now and ways you can emphasise in the space when it comes to future bathroom updates.

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