Spa-style bathroom: luxury and relaxation with porcelain stoneware tiles

Spa-style bathroom: luxury and relaxation with porcelain stoneware tiles
Decorative tiles from the Journey collection in an elegant bathroom with a freestanding tub.
Journey Watercolor
Journey Watercolor
Stone-effect Vals floor in a modern bathroom with a gray freestanding tub.
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals

The bathroom is no longer merely a functional space; with a touch of creativity, it can become your own personal spa, a place to unwind and recharge. That’s the idea behind the growing trend of the spa-style bathroom, which is all about making your bathroom feel peaceful and luxurious. The idea of having a mini spa in the bathroom focuses on items such as freestanding tubs, spas and saunas, which provide comfort and serenity. The key is to create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere so you can enjoy moments of pure relaxation in your bathroom.

Origins of the spa and evolution of the bathroom

The concept of a spa, derived from “Salus per Aquam” (health through water), has ancient origins. It dates back to the thermal baths of ancient Rome, where citizens went to relax and heal their bodies. Over the centuries, the idea of the bathroom as a place for well-being has evolved, with influences from different cultures, including the Japanese Onsen (hot springs) and Turkish hammams (steam baths). Today, home bathrooms have undergone a significant transformation and are no longer a place for getting clean but have become an environment dedicated to relaxation and self-care. The home spa-inspired bathroom is distinguished by its thoughtful and functional design that seamlessly combines beauty and functionality.

This trend focuses on the use of high-quality materials, elegant design, and a cosy atmosphere to create a unique sensory experience. The choice of tiles plays a crucial role here because they help define the look and functionality of the bathroom.

Arké Ivory stone-effect anti-slip tiles in a modern relaxation area with a pool and loungers.
Arkè Ivory
Arkè Ivory

Porcelain stoneware: the ideal choice for spa-style bathrooms

Porcelain stoneware is the perfect material for creating spa-style bathrooms because of its excellent technical properties. Its low porosity makes it highly resistant to water and stains, which is essential for keeping damp environments like the bathroom clean and hygienic. Plus, it is scratch-resistant, so it will look beautiful for years to come.

Porcelain stoneware can faithfully mimic all sorts of natural materials, like marble, wood, or stone, offering a wide range of design options. Moreover, these tiles have a non-slip finish (rated R10 or R11), ensuring they are safe and comfortable to use in damp environments, whether you’re wearing socks or going barefoot. 

Another significant advantage of porcelain stoneware is its ease of cleaning. This means that keeping the bathroom looking spotless requires minimal effort. With these exceptional qualities, porcelain stoneware not only ensures a unique aesthetic but also offers excellent technical performance, making it the perfect choice for a bathroom that combines beauty and functionality.

Trevi Ivory travertine-effect porcelain wall in a modern bathroom with a white tub.
Trevi Ivory
Trevi Ivory

Design ideas for spa-style bathrooms with porcelain stoneware tiles

Travertine-effect tiles are a trendy choice, as they offer a sophisticated yet natural look. When combined with a freestanding tub, they create a tranquil ambience reminiscent of ancient spa baths, resulting in a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere. For an added touch of sophistication, go for marble-effect tiles with their elegant veining, while wood-effect tiles add warmth and an authentic, natural feel.

Another interesting trend is the use of large slabs, which offer visual continuity with minimal joints, creating a clean and contemporary aesthetic for the bathroom. The spa atmosphere can be enhanced by incorporating natural elements such as green plants and accessories made of natural materials such as wood and stone.

Gray stone-effect wall and floor coverings in a spa-style bathroom with a modern shower and relaxation area.
Ubik Grey
ubik grey
Resin-effect wall coverings in a spa-style bathroom with geometric tiles.
Geo Walnut
geo walnut

Give your bathroom a spa-style upgrade with stylish bathtubs and porcelain stoneware showers

Spa tubs with water jets provide a soothing massage that helps to ease muscle tension and improve blood circulation. With their stunning design, freestanding bathtubs become the focal point of the bathroom, creating a relaxing ambience. Rain showers, which simulate the sensation of rain on the skin, and Vichy showers, with their multiple water jets, offer a complete massage experience.

Using porcelain stoneware tiles to cover bathtubs and showers not only adds a touch of elegance but also ensures long-lasting durability and easy maintenance. The range of finishes and colours available means you can create a unique and cosy environment that reflects your unique style. Porcelain stoneware tiles also offer non-slip surfaces that provide added safety.

Sauna with stone-effect porcelain floors, large windows offering a view of the pool and outdoor loungers.
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals
Percorsi Extra Pietra di Vals
Lux Emperador marble-effect floor and walls in an elegant bathroom with an integrated sink.
Elements Lux Emperador
Elements Lux Emperador

Bringing the spa to your home: use porcelain stoneware to create a relaxing space that offers both a sauna and Hamman experience

Porcelain stoneware is perfect for covering saunas and Turkish baths because it can withstand humidity, water and high temperatures. Its low porosity prevents water absorption, making it ideal for the moist and hot conditions found in saunas and hammams.

In addition, porcelain stoneware can faithfully reproduce the look of natural elements like wood, making it excellent for saunas as it provides a cosy and natural aesthetic without the maintenance issues associated with real wood.

Porcelain stoneware can be used in Turkish baths, where it can replicate the appearance of materials such as marble and stone, adding a touch of luxury and elegance. The R11 slip-resistant finish ensures safety in these areas by minimising the risk of slips and falls. Thanks to its durability and resistance to abrasion, porcelain stoneware maintains its beauty and performance over time, enhancing the overall relaxation experience.

Evoke Brown wood-effect flooring in a relaxation room with a fireplace, loungers, and a view of an indoor pool.
Evoke Brown
evoke brown

Rejuvenate and unwind: create your perfect spa oasis

Transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat with a relaxing area. Furnished with comfortable loungers and adorned with porcelain stoneware tiles, this space becomes a perfect oasis for relaxation and meditation. The cosy atmosphere, paired with soothing activities like a massage or enjoying a detox herbal tea, allows you to completely unwind and release stress after a rejuvenating bath or shower.

Visualise and plan your spa-style bathroom with Match App

To help you envision the different tile combinations, Ceramiche Keope provides the Match App tile configurator for free. This user-friendly tool allows you to see in real time how tiles can be matched in your space. It is especially useful for visualising and designing your spa-inspired bathroom, guaranteeing that every detail is just right.

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