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How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

by | Feb 13, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration, My Dining Room, My Kitchen, My Seattle House

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How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeThis post is in partnership with World Market 

Have you ever been pampered at a spa? I’ve stayed at spa resorts and I’ve been to spa-inspired salons, but the only time I’ve had an actual “spa” experience was at an outdoor hot springs. While I cannot remember for the life of me where I was (ha! mom? where were we! help! *Answer: Baden Baden, Germany, in the Black Forest!), I do remember it was totally relaxing and dreamy. You know me, though. Even though I so enjoy staying at fancy spa hotels and traveling to lovely destinations, home is where my heart is.

I’m sure an appointment at a spa would be super relaxing and uplifting (can winter be over yet?), but I happen to believe our home is the most important place to experience an atmosphere that nurtures our mind, body and soul. If we cannot relax at home, we need to bring more peace to our surroundings.

Today I have some creative inspiration for designing a spa-like ambience at home!


Sometimes you need those daily reminders to relax, all spelled out in black and white (ha, see what I did there?). I love pinning up quotes and verses on memo boards throughout the house, or writing inspiring words on a chalkboard. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got a black velvet letter board from World Market. So cute, yes?

The words currently on my board gently remind me to set aside the stresses of the day and even just sit back and relax! It’s super easy to change the words to suit the mood I want to inspire, too. This sign is so portable, it would be adorable in any room of the house.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomePink chenille abstract watercolor pillow / Macrame pillow / Rattan lamp


Elements in nature are so soothing. One of my favorite garden stores in Seattle has a beautiful indoor cafe with tons of natural light, trees, and even ponds with koi fish! It’s the most spa-like cafe I think I’ve ever been to so I love spending time there.

Even if you can’t create a koi pond in your home (ha, that would be so cool though!), you can get that relaxing vibe by surrounding yourself with plants, textures from nature like wood cutting boards or baskets, pretty flowers in a vase (like my white velvet plum blossoms above!), or even art with natural scenes.


What colors or personal comforts make you feel the most at home, relaxed and rejuvenated? Even though many people might consider neutrals or soft tones the most soothing color scheme, that’s the great thing about designing your own spa-ambience. You’re in control!

Maybe this time of year you’d feel most refreshed with a pop of pink on a few throw pillows to bring the hope and joy of spring to your home. Every season or even the day’s weather can inspire you to switch things up for your own wellbeing.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeMy Bedroom SourcesWorld Market Bed and Bath (20% off spa event right now!)

I love my moody bedroom because it really promotes relaxation. It’s so peaceful to have clean sheets, soft lighting, and a fluffy robe.

Check out these bath and bed items for a spa-like atmosphere.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home


When I was heading into the delivery room to have my first baby girl (Kylee), my husband and I had our huge BOOM BOX and a set of cassettes with us so we could listen to nature-inspired sounds and music. I know. All you youngins might laugh at the whole cassette and boom box situation, but hey, we were hip youngsters ourselves back then. That’s what we had. Side note, we had to get a PAGER just in case my husband was in class when the baby decided to arrive. Times have changed, yes?

These days of course we can relax with tunes playing on our cell phone. At our house we put an Echo Show on our kitchen counter (I love it, Norah Jones is one of my personal favorite artists for a relaxing evening!). I even have a diffuser that comes with a setting to play spa-inspired music.

Our house can get so loud with dogs and boys in the house, so when I need a little downtime I like to as everyone to shut off TVs and computers so I can listen to relaxing music instead.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at HomeGlass water bottle with wood lidLarge cutting board


Rejuvenate yourself by giving your what your body needs to be healthy! Inspire yourself to feel well by stocking your kitchen with quality nutritious food and making sure you have clear clean water to drink.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Indigo blue tie dye enamel wood salad bowl

Make eating and feeling well as appealing as possible. Buy fresh organic fruits and vegetables (we use a delivery service so food is fresh right from local farms). Keep slices of lemon, lime, or oranges on hand for a delicious fruit infused spa-inspired water bottle.

  How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home
Copper Tea Kettle


Carve out time every day to relax and treat yourself right. What daily rituals sooth you? A cup of tea? A relaxing bath? Enjoying a craft or curling up with a good book? Set an appointment with yourself to wind down by doing the things you love.

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Blue and White Tea Set / Large cutting board

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Tea Canister with Cork Lid / Mint Rose Loose Leaf Tea / Ivory Stoneware Mug

How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

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How to Create a Spa-Like Ambience at Home

Be sure to check out the Spa Event and 20% off sale at World Market today!

What are some of your favorite ways to create a rejuvenating ambience in your home?


  1. Sandy

    I love to sit outside on my deck in spring and fall even if for just 15 minutes. I also have a spot in my bedroom to sit where I love to go when I take a break. My bedroom is in shades of blue and green, my most favorite colors. I think I enjoy a cup of decaf coffee about 3:00 each day way more than my morning cup.

  2. Sallie

    Morning tea, blog reading (yours is the first one I read every day), YL oils in the diffuser, spa music on the computer – that’s just the start of the day. I’m a bit high-strung, so the more spa-like environment I can create, the better I feel. Exercise, a little crafting, and some journaling are also elements I like to incorporate into each day (as I’m able). Your blog posts are always like a mini-spa treatment! Thank you for all the work you put into them!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      You’re such a dear, thank you, Sallie! Selecting my oils for the diffuser is the best part of every day!! Thank you so much for your sweet words. xo

  3. Sharon

    We renovated our bathroom last year and put in a cast iron soaking tub. You’ll find me in there every evening with a glass of wine or cup of tea. A little YL lavender essential oil in the water is an added bonus for relaxation.

  4. Mom

    I believe we were in the Black Forest in Germany…Baden Baden .

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh yes! That was such an amazing place! Thanks mom. And yay for your first ever blog comment!

  5. Debbie - MountainMama

    I do try to incorporate as many spa like elements in my home as I can. It’s important for my peace of mind to be able to shut off work when I get home and get completely into comfy home mode. My oils, my beautiful diffuser. ambiant lighting, always some soft music, and then I’m ready to putter around the kitchen preparing our dinner, feeding the pups, nestling into the evening routine.

  6. Cherie

    I love this post! Now more than ever, I’m looking to “cozy” things up. Hard to do with 4 year old twins, but maybe that’s why I need it so badly! Just ordered the teapot set!

  7. Kathy Cheek, Devotions from the Heart

    I have often had people comment that something about our home has a calm feeling to it and I take that as a compliment. If my home can be that calming resting place for others, I am thankful to be able to offer that.

  8. Penny

    This was such a pleasure to view and read thank-you so much. The more elements of nature I have in my home the better it makes me feel. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. kim

    What is your countertop?

  10. Tiffany

    That tea set is gorgeous! Tea every morning is my daily “spa” indulgence and a chance to start the day right!

  11. Jo Jo

    I’ve created a spa-like atmosphere in one of our bathrooms that has a deep soaking tub with jets. I enjoy it mostly in the winter. I’ve got a pretty little glass and black iron table next to the tub with my pumice stone, sponge and various bath salts. I put my IPad on it and play relaxing music from my Pandora playlist stations. I also keep the lights off and turn on my hurricane lamp with a flameless candle. I feel like I’m sitting in pure luxury. In the spring, summer and fall months I love spending time on our back porch, with either a cup of tea or an ice coffee in hand..listening and watching the birds and my wind chimes. Can’t wait for spring to get here! It’s coming! ❣️

  12. Ree

    Is the blue striped sofa from World Market too? I LOVE it!

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