Turn Your Builder-Grade Bathroom Into a Spa In One Simple Step

Who wouldn’t want to spend every morning in a bathroom that feels like an oasis of calm?



So you have a drab, neutral bathroom.   It’s your typical builder-grade bathroom – the cabinets and hardware are fine, just nothing special.  You’re tired of it, but you don’t have the budget for a major rehab.

Bathroom Before



Want to make your bathroom feel like a hotel spa without the expense of a weekend get-away?  Is that even possible?

Builder-Grade Bathroom Before



What this bathroom needed was the right paint color, which was then repeated in the accessories to create a calming, spa-like feel.

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Bathroom After The Decorologist


The best color for a spa-like feel is a blue with a hint of green, like the one I chose for this Nashville bathroom.  There’s no one perfect color that will do the trick for everyone’s lighting conditions and existing elements – you have to try several in that color family until you find just the right one.   Some good ones to try are Benjamin Moore Beach Glass or Gray Cashmere, or Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt.

If you need helping choosing paint colors, contact The Decorologist for a Color Consultation that will change the way you feel about your home.


  1. Kelly

    Beautiful transformation, Kristie!

  2. Carol Standil

    You are so right, Kristie! It’s always exciting to see what a difference a bit of paint and a few accessories can make!

  3. Janelle

    AMAZING!! I thought you were going to paint the vanities so I was totally unprepared for this transformation. I’m totally inspired!

    • Kristie Barnett

      Great Janelle,
      I’m glad you were surprised 🙂

  4. Juanita202

    Hi Kristie,
    Have been enjoying your blog for a couple weeks now! We painted our bathroom for the spa feeling — and used Ben Moore AF-485 Crystalline. It looks battleship gray in the can, and then mysteriously reads blue green on the wall! Really makes white towels POP.

    • Kristie Barnett

      I find that when you choose almost any “gray,” it’s colored undertone emerges when it’s painted on the wall – depending on your lighting and existing elements, of course! Glad to hear you made your bathroom into a spa!

      • David

        What color is the one in the photo above? It’s great.

  5. amy@maison decor

    Hi Kristie, hoping I haven’t missed the closet transformation reveal~!! Loved this bathroom makeover, that color worked wonders!

    • Kristie Barnett

      You haven’t missed it, Amy! I hope that it will be finished very soon – I’m still looking for just the right wallpaper . . .

  6. Sheila Zeller

    Nice, nice, nice! Great colour and effect…

  7. Donna Frasca

    What a difference color makes! I’ve use those colors before for the ‘spa’ bathroom. They are just perfect. Also, if you have an amazing color – that’s all the decor your room needs. Super pretty 🙂

  8. Melanie G.

    I’m totally gonna do this! My builder grade bathroom is almost the same! Wonderful. Again!

  9. Coley

    LOVE this! Great post!

  10. Linda

    So pretty. The power of paint is just so amazing. I bet your home owners are thrilled.

  11. Paula Van Hoogen

    Ahhhhh…..that’s the feeling I get. What a great illustration of the amazing power of color, Kristie!
    I predict you’ll start a trend TODAY!!!!
    Happy Springtime!

  12. JoAnne Loftus

    Amazing to think that a simple color change can have that dramatic of an impact on the room, but it’s so true! The right colors can completely change the look and feel of a room. Then all you need is a few accent pieces and it’s a whole new space!

  13. Laura Gariepy

    I also have Benj. Moore Beach Glass in my master bath and I love it!


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