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