5 Easy Shower Upgrades for a Spa-Like Experience

Creating an at-home spa starts with the shower, and it can be as simple as swapping out your existing showerhead.



Gone are the days when the only shower design decision was a preference between a handheld sprayer or a rainfall showerhead. In 2023, wellness design trends, including hydrotherapy, audiotherapy, and chromatherapy, have taken the spotlight, and showers are becoming beacons of well-being.

For those looking to upgrade their home shower, the possibilities are endless. A full renovation, complete with trendy tile and a wet room layout, is certainly one way to pull it off, but for those looking to introduce spa-like details without a full overhaul, there are still plenty of options. From wellness-focused features to finishes that will make you feel like you're on vacation, these are the easy shower upgrades that will deliver a spa-like experience every time.

1. Go for Multiple Showerheads

Why settle for one showerhead? Today's homeowners can opt for a combination that includes a standard showerhead, handheld wand, rain showerhead, and body sprays. Finding the proper combination for your shower style is the key.

For those who aren't looking to add additional plumbing to their setup, opt for a showerhead system or combination that provides different heads and spray types on one piece of plumbing. You can find a variety of showerhead types and sprayers to fit your shower goals and in finishes that can instantly upgrade your space. You might even be able to tackle installation on your own, rather than hiring a professional, if it’s a more straightforward swap.

Related: These 8 Best Showerheads Are the Ultimate Bathroom Upgrade

2. Add Wellness-Focused Details

Homes are taking a wellness-focused approach in 2023 and showers are no exception. Deep massaging showerheads and steam misters can make every shower—whether a quick rinse at the end of the day or a luxurious Saturday morning soak—feel like an experience. A variety of therapeutic integrations can also provide new ways for homeowners to create their very own home spa all within the footprint of their shower. 

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3. Opt for Sensory Upgrades

One of the most all-encompassing ways to surround yourself in a spa-like showering experience is to tap into the senses. Homeowners are opting for integrations that include chromotherapy, audiotherapy, and aromatherapy to tap into the sights, scents, and sounds of relaxation. 

  • Audiotherapy seems to have limitless possibilities. This integration can take many forms from soothing nature sounds to meditation to music. The sound integrates with the shower to envelop the space and transport the bather to a serene escape.

  • Aromatherapy is another way your shower can tap into the senses to increase well-being. While smart aromatherapy integration involves infusing mist with aromatic herbs like eucalyptus, lavender, and mint, you can get a similar effect without shelling out thousands for a techy shower system. For a budget-friendly take, tie a bundle of eucalyptus or other favorite aromatics to your showerhead, allowing the fragrance to waft around you as the mist carries it throughout the enclosure.

  • Chromotherapy is a light-focused feature that calls on sight to set the tone as it infuses soothing hues through the water. The benefits associated with color whether soothing, invigorating, encouraging, or more can impact both how you feel and your outlook. Chromotherapy taps into that as you wash away the effects of the day.

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4. Consider the Surroundings

Yet another way to upgrade your shower simply comes down to aesthetics. Surround yourself with luxurious tile from floor to ceiling for an elegant and elevated effect. Even if a wet room isn’t in your budget, you can create a similar feel by using the same tile throughout the bath and shower (including both floors and walls) to deliver a cohesive look. 

5. Install a Water Filter

One of the easiest ways to instantly elevate your bathroom is to install a water filter. Filtered showerheads can help remove water impurities that lead to hair and skin problems like irritation, dryness, and itching. Finding the right shower filter to suit your shower can eliminate chemicals and contaminants while also providing a luxurious stream that results in softer hair and skin and an overall more beneficial experience both in and out of the shower.

While you’re updating your showerhead with a new filter, also consider how finish swaps can impact your space. Whether swapping out your fixtures with brass accents or ditching brushed nickel for a shiny chrome, these minor updates can make all the difference in creating a wow-worthy shower that’s prime for focal-point status.

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