5 Steps to a Private Spa Bath

Imagine having your own private spa bath—a retreat where you could steal a few moments of luxury without leaving home. Georgia-based interior designer Beth Webb reveals five steps to transform your bathroom into just that kind of haven.

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“Free-standing or floating the tub in the space is always amazing,” Beth says. (Photo: Emily Jenkins Followill)

The Layout

1. The first step, Beth says, is creating a floor plan. Consider the placement of your cabinets, tub and sink. Beth designed this private spa bath around the windows, which are the key to making a room feel spacious, airy and light.

2. Then find a centerpiece: here, a free-standing tub serves. This, Beth says, was the biggest splurge. After all, no spa is complete without the perfect place to enjoy a soothing soak. She also recommends splurging on beautiful plumbing fixtures and tile or wood flooring—materials that will stand the test of time.

The Atmosphere

3. Focus on the elements that create ambiance next: light and color. Lighting, Beth emphasizes, is crucial to giving the room a relaxed, open feel. At all costs, avoid using fluorescent lighting, which accentuates flaws. Opt instead for soft, ambient lighting in layers; placing lights at every angle so as to flatter your face when you’re applying makeup. This kind of lighting is softer and more forgiving, Beth says. She also strongly recommends using mirrors, which not only reflect and amplify light to make the room brighter, but can also create the illusion of more space. She is fond of mirrors that extend all the way to the ceiling, which she says elongates the room for a more elegant feel. “Too many people stop the mirror halfway. I personally cannot stand that!” she says.


A simple vanity adds a touch of luxury—one that “is so often left out these days,” Beth says. A simple vanity adds a touch of luxury—one Beth complains “is so often left out these days.” (Photo: Emily Jenkins Followill)

4. Of course, good lighting can quickly be canceled out by the wrong color palette. Many shades of white tend to be harsh or sterile, rather than warm and peaceful. Beth advises choosing a white that is tinged with blue, green, taupe, violet or gray, shades that when hit with light will reflect back a warm, natural color. “I love to juxtapose textures to provide the warmth,” she adds. “The plaster walls have a subtle texture, the limewashed walls have wood grain and warmth, and the stone floors undulate and have patina.”

The Finishing Touches

5. Finally, find the right accessories to make your private spa bath feel truly luxurious. Beth suggests adding a few pops of color in the form of knick-knacks or flowers, as well as investing in amenities such as decadent Turkish towels, a fuzzy robe and towel warmers. “Splurge on products for yourself,” she says, “and create your very own five-star hotel experience at home!”

Written by Bethany Amanda Miller

Photography by Emily Jenkins Followill 

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