If you’ve ever wanted to recreate a spa atmosphere in your bathroom, several lighting options will set that spa-like tone perfectly. One of the many ways that spas create a mood is by carefully selecting a combination of lighting choices. Spas utilise the most ambient and tranquil lighting fixtures to encourage a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
However, recreating this look at home need not be expensive. You too can still get the spa-inspired look even if you’re on a budget. The Bathroom Showroom recommends affordable ideas that can turn your bathroom into a spa-inspired bathroom, and at a price that won't hurt your bank balance.

How to Make a Bathroom Look Like a Spa

Five lighting choices for adding style and enhancing the theme of a spa-inspired bathroom include ambient, accent, task, decorative and natural lighting.
The most important option and starting point when creating a spa bathroom comes from ambient lighting.

1. Ambient Lighting

This lighting type works to increase not just the warmth of your bathroom space but also the depth. In return, ambient lighting sets the tone of the room.
Recessed fluorescents, cove lighting and ceiling-mounted fixtures are examples of ambient lighting choices favoured by spas.
Cove lights and floor lamps provide a beautiful luminous glow, channeling light into dark space as it bounces off the ceiling and walls. Ceiling-mounted fixtures, like the dimmable Hib Rhythm, work on directing light downwards while recessed lighting is clean and streamlined, opening up the space.

2. Accent Lighting

When transforming your bathroom into a spa, accent lighting works to draw your attention to features you want highlighted in this room. These types of lights are three times brighter than ambient lighting.
The purpose of accent lighting is to illuminate, thus creating focal points in a specific area of the bathroom, like you would in a spa.
The idea here is to enhance features such as furnishings, artwork and even architectural details. The Spa Corvus bathroom wall light looks spectacular for this purpose. Features emphasised here will also lend a touch of luxury to your bathroom and help set the mood.
Recessed lighting, track lighting, wall lights and wall-mounted picture lights are perfect accent lighting choices. These all work superbly as spa-inspired lighting as they can all be adjusted for optimal direction.

3. Task Lighting

While ambient and accent lighting sets the mood, task lighting offers an intense focus where it’s needed the most in the bathroom.
When creating a spa-like bathroom, task lighting is perfect as it illuminates the most detailed work, such as grooming and self-care. This means you can see in more minute detail, just as you do when performing self-care in a spa.
Magnification lamps, bathroom vanity lights, pendant-mounted fixtures, wall sconces and LED strips on mirrors, like the Spa Ion and Spa Ecti, work great here. These choices provide even light with no shadows, casting the light towards face level.

4. Decorative Lighting

When creating the ultimate spa bathroom, this look wouldn't be complete without stunning decorative lighting. This is the part where you can go to town, adding an element of beauty and sophistication to your bathroom.
Decorative lighting doesn't have to be hugely practical but should showcase finishing touches to your spa-inspired bathroom. The larger the light fixture and the more features here, the better.
Crystal chandeliers fit the spa bathroom perfectly, as do decorative pendant fixtures and flushed fitted lights. Our stunning Spa lighting range is a perfect choice, particularly the Spa Vela, Spa Orlando, and Spa Belle products.
Best of all, if you can select those decorative lights that add warmth, you further cast a soft and even glow throughout the room.

5. Natural Lighting

Finally, never underestimate the importance of natural lighting in a spa-inspired bathroom. Natural daylight in the bathroom can open up the space, letting the outside world in.
Natural lighting can be accessed not just through standard bathroom windows but also skylights and even sun tubes.

Budget-Friendly Spa-Lighting Can Make Your Bathroom the Talk of the Town

Getting the right lighting choice can turn your bathroom into a desirable sanctuary. Best of all, it doesn't have to cost the earth to achieve this effect.
By selecting the right lights and positioning for maximum effect, you too can create a bathroom dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation.
If you’re looking for further inspiration on creating spa-inspired lighting on a budget, book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all thing’s bathrooms, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.