If the past year has taught us anything it’s that our homes should be a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity. Bathrooms in particular have become a point of focus, acting as a safe haven away from the day’s stresses, whether that be from home-schooling or working from home.
Whilst the trend for creating a spa-like aesthetic in the bathroom is not a new one, there is no denying that 2020 further increased the desire to achieve a comforting and relaxing space that can act as both a functional, everyday bathroom as well a luxurious and restful retreat.
The surfaces that you opt for in your bathroom will play a vital role in the overall finish and feel of the space. From dark marbles that exude a luxurious and calming ambiance to stone-effect floors and walls that provide a minimalist, zen-like atmosphere, there are so many options to consider when planning your spa bathroom renovation.
Should you go dark or light in a spa bathroom?
Much like any room in the home, colour choices can affect our mood and overall state-of-mind, so it’s important to consider whether you would prefer a dark or light scheme in your spa bathroom.
There is no right or wrong answer, the final decision will ultimately come down to personal choice – some may find a dark and moody feel more comforting whilst others might favour a pared-back, light and clean finish.
The key is to plan your entire space before you make this decision, from layout to ceramicware and even brassware and furniture. You may have found a distinctive and eye-catching slab of dark marble that you want to include, and you just need to consider how you will incorporate it into your interior at your planning stage. From feature walls and panels to eye-catching basin splashbacks, there are a number of ways to plan out your space to make sure it ticks all your interior design boxes.
Neutrals & concrete-effect surfaces
Offering a distinctively clean and minimalist appeal, there’s something very soothing about beautiful cream marbles or concrete-effect surfaces in a bathroom. The ideal backdrop to a crisp white freestanding bath, these types of surfaces lend themselves beautifully to a clutter-free space; somewhere you can definitely imagine yourself sitting back and de-stressing.
For a completely uniform and seamless appearance, consider using the same surface on your walls, countertops and shelving. The uninterrupted look will create a feeling of openness and help to achieve that perfect understated spa environment.
Make sure you consider your light
Lighting is key to and is especially important to figure out how your surfaces will look in your bathroom. Artificial lighting comes in so many different shades, from cool to warm tones, and each room is different. The best solution is to take samples of the surfaces you’re considering for your bathroom and placing them around the room at different angles to make sure you know what it will look like in the room. It may very well have a different appearance than when you come and look at it in our yard!
Whilst not essential in creating your dream spa bathroom, natural lighting can really lift a space and offer that connection with the outside world that is so intrinsically linked to a spa aesthetic. Floor-to-ceiling windows next to freestanding baths are a dream, but you just need to make sure you choose your surfaces accordingly. Make sure you test out some samples in the daylight just as you would in artificial light, so you can really see how the surface will look in your bathroom.
Don’t be afraid to add some colour
Who ever said that spa bathrooms couldn’t have any colour in them? Like any other room in the home, the choice is yours and the choice should come down to whatever colour will make you feel happy and at ease.
Greens work particularly well in bathroom settings, as they complement white sanitaryware beautifully whilst adding a hint of nature-inspired colour.
Often associated with a feeling of revitalisation and invigoration, blues can also be easily incorporated into bathrooms. If you do choose a brighter coloured slab for your bathroom, the key thing to remember is that you don’t want it to appear too busy. A wonderfully veined piece of colourful marble can easily overpower a space if it’s not planned properly – so think about pairing busier, more colourful surfaces with neutral palettes and pared-back features elsewhere. The end result will be a space that offers plenty of character whilst still acting as a sanctuary of calm and relaxation.
From eye-catching marble slabs to understated neutral surfaces, we have a huge range of both natural and man-made stones in our current stock. And if we don’t have what you’re looking for in our yard, we are always happy to source it for you.
If you’re planning a spa bathroom renovation and want to discuss your surfaces, get in touch with a member of our team today.