The world would be a happier place if relaxation weren't so hard to come by. To add some calm at home, the bath is a great starting point. For inspiration, here are five of our favorite spa-style baths. Note that natural materials like wood and stone predominate, as do soothing colors (think shades of white and ivory).

Wood Paneled Bath with White Soaking Tub in Spa Style, Remodelista

Above: This compact bathroom by DeForest Architects is reminiscent of a sauna, complete with wood wall paneling and bench. The tub is perfectly positioned to take in the water views out the window.

Green Glass Tile and Ivory Bath in Spa Style, Remodelista

Above: Architect Celeste Robbins of Robbins Architecture near Chicago makes use of traditional green frosted glass tile in a nontraditional shape. Her client wanted a roomy bathroom, so she combined an underutilized dressing room with the existing master bath and inserted a shower with clear glass doors.

Ivory and Green Spa-Style Bath with Noguchi Bench, Remodelista

Above: Architect John DeForest, a master of the spa bath, uses frosted glass, outsized white tiles, and a George Nelson wooden bench.

Spa Style Bath with Wood Japanese Soaking Tub and River Rocks Beneath, Remodelista

Above: Winner of the Best Professionally Designed Bath Space in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards, this design by Chambers + Chambers Architects features an elevated Japanese soaking tub in a bed of polished river rocks.

Spa Style Bath with Large Open Shower with Transparent Glass Door and Bench, Remodelista

Above: Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz updated the cramped master bath in a midcentury house. It features an open shower and crisply transparent glass tiles that give the illusion of a larger space.



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