Create Your Own Spa Bathroom on a Budget

By: Kate HambletFebruary 1, 2024

Every room in your house has the ability to evoke happiness and serenity.  And the bathroom is an especially important room to focus on for your health and well-being because there is so much opportunity there!  Let's dive into how to create a spa-like bathroom on a budget

On the health side of things, you definitely want to create a clean and healthy environment.  And for well-being, your bathroom can be a wonderful escape, a place where you can rejuvenate and find peace.

The good news is you don’t need a huge amount of space or a giant budget to create a healthy and serene bathroom.  With a few thoughtful touches, you can create a space that promotes well-being and relaxation, no matter the size.  Here are some tips for creating a spa-like bathroom without breaking the bank.


Invest in Quality

Start by investing in a good shower head – something like a rain shower head with excellent water pressure can work wonders for turning your shower into a blissful retreat.  It’s worth spending the money on a quality brand since you will have less issues with them and they’ll probably last longer.

Keep your shower warm

Enclosing the shower on all sides keeps the cold air out and the warmth in, making morning showers even more enjoyable.  I’m seeing a lot of big, open showers trending lately, and I know from experience how cold those showers are!  So install a shower door or use a curtain, and there is no need to make the shower excessively large.  That’s just more volume of air that probably won’t warm up enough to be comfortable.


Bathrooms need continuous ventilation when showering to remove all the moisture.  Invest in a bath fan that has a humidity sensor so the fan turns on automatically and stays on until the moisture is cleared out.  This will prevent mold and mildew from becoming a problem.  If you’re installing a whole house ventilation system, work with your mechanical engineer to design the system properly so that it will expel all the extra shower moisture.

Keep it clean and contained

Consider installing a wall-hung toilet as not only will it give your bathroom a sleek, modern look, but it will also make cleaning a breeze (no more awkward maneuvers with the mop).  Please note, a wall hung toilet requires special framing in the wall before it can be installed.

Separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom is also a smart move to keep germs at bay and maintain a sense of privacy.  I like to have the toilet tucked behind a wall to keep the germs contained in that little area.  I don’t love the idea of putting a toilet in its own room, because of the germs that end up on the door handle when exiting.  (Yes, I’m a germaphobe.)

Luxurious Extras

Ever tried a bidet toilet seat? It provides an experience of refreshing cleanliness. I like the idea of a bidet toilet seat over a separate bidet since it doesn’t take up as much space.  

Snag one with a seat warmer if you can!  It’s amazing what a difference that can make in your happiness levels 🙂

Natural elements

Incorporate natural materials like stone and rot-resistant wood as accents to bring a touch of the outdoors inside. I love having stone floors that feel like I’m walking on smooth rocks outside. 

Use calming paint colors like soothing greens and blues for a tranquil vibe that’ll make you feel like you’re bathing in nature itself. 

Bringing The outdoors in

Speaking of nature, don’t forget to add a few plants to your bathroom oasis – not only can they help purify the air, but they also add a pop of greenery that will help lift your spirits.


Calming scents (such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint) can increase relaxation levels. Utilize essential oil diffusers, they’re great for creating an atmosphere of tranquility.  If using candles, avoid wax candles since they produce harmful toxins.


When it comes to lighting, it’s all about balance. Bright lights around the mirror ensure you can see your face clearly. Soft, ambient lighting creates a cozy atmosphere for unwinding after a long day. To ensure safety, night lighting at floor level is essential.


Last but not least, declutter your space and add plenty of storage to keep things neat and tidy. A clutter-free bathroom is a stress-free bathroom!  I prefer cabinet storage spaces opposed to open shelves because open shelves get very dusty and germy.  

Final Thoughts

A rejuvenating bathroom will feel like such a treat in your house! (And you deserve it, by the way 🙂 )  It doesn’t take super expensive tile or fixtures to create a luxurious, spa-like bathroom.  It’s the thoughtful design and a few luxurious extras that’ll make you feel like you’ve escaped to somewhere wonderful.

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