3 soothing spa bathrooms
Create a serene feeling at home with these smart strategies for your own calming oasis
Shown: Shedding the stresses of the day is a breeze in Alison Danz’s nature-infused Seattle bathroom. Large sliding doors open an entire wall to a private courtyard, bathing the room in fresh air and natural light.
In contrast to the variety of textures in this bathroom, the palette is limited to a few neutrals—creamy whites and warm browns and beiges—which give the space a unified feel and an easy flow.
Sandstone tiles form the tub platform and continue into the courtyard; a step made of organically shaped black locust wood eases the transition from indoors to out.
In Brian and Amy Fleisher’s bungalow bathroom in Seattle, the mix of materials is limited to two colors: cool blue (which is calming and evokes natural elements) and warm cream (which suggests coziness and comfort).
The effect is the visual equivalent of a long, cool drink of water.
Reflective and high-gloss materials—like the off-white subway tiles on the vanity backsplash and shower wall—further amplify natural light.
Soft gray and white towels and neutral-toned bath accessories meld with the overall palette of the room.
Design: Anna Labbee, J.A.S. Design-Build, Seattle (206/547-6242).
Alabaster-colored marble countertops lend brightness atop a floating vanity with glass-front cabinets of warm walnut. A limestone-fronted soaking tub on the low-ceiling side of the room is a cozy spot for relaxation.
Three of the walls are lined from floor to ceiling in 2- by 2-inch watery blue glass tiles; the entry wall, which gets direct sun, is covered in tumbled black mosaic tile to reduce glare and soften the light in the rest of the room.