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03/05/2023

How to create your dream spa bathroom

From earth tones and rustic textures to boldly coloured marble tiles and elegant parquet, there are so many different ways to create a spa bathroom at home. Whether you’re working with a compact layout or an enviably spacious one, the following ideas are guaranteed to inspire.

If you’ve ever returned home from a spa hotel or day spa and longed to recreate some of that design magic at home, then this guide is for you. Or, if the words ‘spa style’ bring to mind clinical spaces and uncompromising minimalism, then let us persuade you otherwise. As proved by countless unique wellness destinations all over the world, there’s a wealth of different ways to interpret the aesthetic.

For you, the dream might be to recreate the barefoot luxury of a secluded beach spa, or perhaps the old-world glamour of a classic five-star hotel. If you’re somewhere in the middle, or struggling to decide, read on. Once you’ve narrowed down a few ideas, ordering some bathroom tile samples will help you to experiment with different colours, textures and finishes to see what works best in your space. Alternatively, pop into a Mandarin Stone showroom and let our experts guide you while you explore the range in person.

1. Channel a luxury hotel spa with moss-green marble

Contrary to what you might think, designing a serene spa bathroom doesn’t mean you have to stick to white or neutral tones, as our Fitz Green Honed Marble bathroom tiles prove. These moss-toned marble tiles conjure up the glamour of a luxurious hotel spa, and are a perfect fit for both modern and traditional homes. Pair with streamlined fittings and sanitaryware – such as a fuss-free concrete sink – for a contemporary feel, or up the opulence with a chequerboard floor from the same range.

 

2. Choose earthy, organic designs for a Mediterranean feel

If you’d like your spa bathroom to transport your mind to warmer climes, then opt for rich, earthy colours and tactile textures. The Kobi Gloss Porcelain Tile range features a subtle glaze that catches the light and draws attention to the tiles’ handmade appearance, while the Terra colour way brings warmth in abundance. We love to see these terracotta-look tiles paired with our Vita Ochre Matt Porcelain: a hardwearing design that nods to both terrazzo and natural stone with its large-scale mottling. Just add plants for an injection of greenery.

3. Make a statement with a stunning walk-in shower

If space allows, a walk-in shower has the potential to transform any bathroom, particularly if you go for a wet-room design. This striking spa-style bathroom features an eye-catching checkerboard floor, created with Nero and Viola marble-effect tiles from our Piazza Matt Porcelain range. Porcelain tiles are an ideal choice for a wet room or walk-in shower floor due to their high level of moisture resistance and low-maintenance construction. On the wall is the Kobi range in an off-white hue, which helps to soften the effect of the black-and-white floor.

4. Elevate with marbled motifs and intricate parquet

For a space that’s immediately soothing to the eye, you can’t go wrong with a palette of pale neutrals. And it’s worth noting that a white or neutral spa bathroom style need not be cold or austere, as this inviting space shows. Here, we’ve chosen our Amalfi Matt Porcelain tiles for the walls, which are cut through with delicate veining in gold or grey. On the floor is our Jakob Ash Parquet Porcelain, inlaid with Ravenna Gold faux marble that echoes the design of marble-effect wall tiles.

5. Nod to finca style with rustic ceramic tiles

Wondering how to turn your bathroom into an Ibizan-style idyll? We love these new Bar Ceramic Tiles, which are available in three colours and offer a contemporary take on traditional Spanish terracotta bricks. Whether you choose Charcoal, White, or the wonderfully authentic Terra shade, these rugged wall tiles will fill your bathroom with texture for a laid-back and soulful spa-style space. Dial up the palette with a clay-coloured sink, or offset the warmth with cooler shades or neutral tones.

6. Counterbalance minimalism with marble-effect tiles

If you’re drawn to the idea of a minimalist sanctuary, but still want to create a space that packs some personality, then keep fittings simple and let the tiles do the talking. The Verde tiles from our Piazza Matt Porcelain collection have transformed this pared-back bathroom, acting as a foil for the Brutalist-inspired concrete vanity unit and clean-lined suspended mirror. The graphic white veining of these deep-green wall and floor tiles helps to break up the strong hue, and makes it easy to combine this coloured porcelain tile with lighter shades such as white and pale grey.

7. Keep it classic with stone-effect designs

Whether used on floors or walls, stone-effect porcelain tiles are both affordable and versatile, and can be applied creatively to create surprisingly impactful tiling schemes. Here, we’ve combined our Dorset Matt Porcelain in Sand and White shades, resulting in a subtle colourblock effect that both defines and unifies the floor and walls. A high-grip finish makes these stone-effect tiles an ideal choice for a bathroom or wet room, while their realistic mottling contributes to a natural, textural aesthetic that’s great for channelling spa style at home.

8. Look to muted shades drawn from nature

Keen to create a restful space but love the idea of coloured tiles? If you’re somewhat conflicted over which direction to take with your bathroom design, then look to nature’s palette for guidance. Softer, more muted hues will allow you to use colour without overpowering your space or detracting from the tranquil atmosphere you’re trying to create. If in doubt, desaturated shades of green, like our Kobi tiles in Sage, can help to create a spa bathroom with both depth and impact.


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