6 Spa Bathroom Ideas to Refresh, Improve & Upgrade Your Space

Today I'm going to share with you six easy ways that you can elevate the look and feel of your bathroom. These spa-like bathroom ideas can translate into any style space that you have. All you need for a bathroom upgrade is a little elbow grease and a few small items to refresh the space.

How to declutter a bathroom

1. Declutter the toilet base

Remove the plungers, toilet brush, and trash can from around the base of your toilet. Not only will it make that space feel bigger, but it will look a lot nicer. You can imagine how you feel when staring at a plunger with some particles left on it. It's gross. It does not make you feel like the bathroom is nice.

Just put the plunger and the toilet cleaning brush under your sink. If you don't have any cabinet space in your bathroom, you can always put them under the kitchen sink, like I do.

Or put the plunger and the cleaning brush into a trash can that you can store under a sink.

Elegant bathroom trash cans
Bathroom trash cans
More about the trash can

If you absolutely have to have a trash can next to your toilet, absolutely do not have an open trash can. There is nothing less elegant in a bathroom than an open trash bin. Go for something that's closed with a minimal profile and minimal color so that it almost disappears.

Bathroom upgrades
Using good quality towels

2. Use nicer towels

If you're using a beach towel that has bright colors or you’re using a free promotional or gifted towel, it does not elevate the look of your bathroom. Go for white towels because they typically create a spa feel in the bathroom.

However, white towels are tough to keep clean so I switched to darker graphite-colored towels that are easier to keep clean. I don't know if I can ever go back to having white towels. Whatever color you choose, just make sure they are super plush to bring a luxurious feel into your bathroom.

White bathroom vs dark bathroom

3. Ditch the all-white look

All-white bathrooms can feel sterile and almost hospital-like to me. I like to paint the walls in my bathroom to have a dark and moody vibe. It was so relaxing and calming, and now I'm all about dark bathrooms.

Decluttered bathroom

4. Eliminate the clutter

Less is more and less just looks nicer. Take a few minutes every day to quickly put away all of the things that you pulled out while you were getting ready for the day, it will make your bathroom look so much nicer.

If you have dirty Q-tips or extra floss or all the lids from the products you're using while you are getting ready, just take time to quickly put those back on and put them away.

Aromatica bottles
Swapping out bottles for nice packaging

5. Swap out your bottles

This is an easy fix and it doesn't have to be expensive but swapping out your bottles will completely transform your bathroom. I'm a huge fan of swapping ugly label containers for either clear bottles or brown plastic bottles.

There is a reusable bottle to suit any design taste. You can even print them out yourself, but just make sure that the labels are waterproof. I buy soap at the dollar store and add it to my brown bottle and it looks more sophisticated than the cheap packaging from the dollar store.

I like to seek out products that have really beautiful packaging. I love the Aromatica brand for its minimal packaging.

Adding flowers to a bathroom
Spa bathroom ideas

6. Add greenery

Greenery brings life and a sense of calm into your bathroom. Add a small vase of flowers, with something you cut from a bush in your yard. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, just something you found when you walked in the park that you can clip for free.

Spa bathroom ideas

I hope these bathroom upgrade ideas help you make your bathroom look a little bit nicer. These tips are inexpensive but have a huge impact. Please share your spa bathroom ideas with us in the comments!

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  • Cosette Burke Cosette Burke on Nov 27, 2023
    Great ideas! I have a tiny bathroom and all of these are helpful. I especially like the photo of the plant & tissue box in the container on the toilet. A look I haven’t seen often and can easily do.
  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 27, 2024
    Don’t care for the dark, moody bathroom. I have a small one and it's like a cave! I have to use all three vanity lights over the sink(no windows) use a bright white shower curtain and keep it closed for my bathroom to be bright enough to even think about putting make up on. Give me an all white bathroom any day, just use pops of color.
    • MISSMAC IN TX MISSMAC IN TX on Mar 20, 2024
      White is fine, but a wood look floor/vinyl tile can warm a sterile space. A great place to use spa green/ palest blues to balance incandescent lighting (warm). You may find these new LED bulbs provide a too bright/blue cast in a room, msking white everything a bad choice