Design Tips for a Spa-like Space

February 25, 2021

With international spa and wellness retreats off the cards for many of us this year, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and re-design your outdoor space for that spa feel whenever you feel like a little selfcare. We’ve compiled a list of outdoor design tips to make your space a little more serene, using everything from hanging planters to lush cushions and our beautifully designed commercial-grade furniture.

amalfi right arm daybed sectional

Amalfi Teak Daybed

Spend the day in bed

Why limit luxurious relaxation to only when you’re at a resort? By adding a outdoor daybed to your garden or poolside area, you can quickly enhance your backyard décor and allow yourself the luxury of a little extra down time whenever you need it.

If you have a pool area, adding a few resort style pool loungers and lounge chairs can really amplify the essence of your space, and choose outdoor furniture with thick, bouncy cushions for the ideal resort-at-home look.



Whalers Round Concrete Planters

Whalers Round Concrete Planters

Polish off that green thumb

Typically, spa and wellness resort landscaping is lush, and beautifully in line with the location. Bear this is mind when greening up your own outdoor space, be it by the beach, in the country or your own urban oasis. Additionally, plants have been shown to boost moods, increase creativity, filter toxins in the air, and produce oxygen…which are all great reasons to invest in some for your own spa retreat.

A sure way to add a spa-type feel to your space is by placing palms and even orchids everywhere. Many orchids can live as air plants, tied to trees (as often seen in tropical climates like Hawaii and Singapore) and other surfaces, you just need to remember to place them in filtered sunlight and mist them regularly. Palms are definitely hardier, and placed at different levels around sun loungers and pool loungers in chic planters will have you feeling like you’re in Bali in no time.

round Dixon sunbrella umbrella in black

Dixon Sunbrella Umbrella in Black

Get shady

The use of premium quality outdoor umbrellas effortlessly adds that desired spa resort experience to any home patio. By adding a large outdoor umbrella you can provide a shaded seating and relaxation area instantly, and our umbrellas look beautiful too.

When it comes down to the umbrella you choose there are two important things to consider: is it easy to move and control, and how effective and durable is the fabric? We have most definitely taken care of the latter by only working with the very best outdoor umbrella fabric available on the global market: Sunbrella®. Providing much needed shade is what the Sunbrella® fabric does best – supplying protection from the elements, comfort in the heat of the summer and undeniable style in an array of colours for over half a century.

With SPF 50 + and UV protection that filters close to 100 per cent of UV radiation, Sunbrella® takes care of your family and friends when entertaining outdoors without you even having to think twice about it. Sunbrella® shade fabrics are also breathable and allow air to pass through them, creating a comfortable space below no matter how high the humidity factor on your average New Zealand summer’s day.

Round Concrete Outdoor Firepit

Round Concrete Outdoor Firepit

Add a fire pit for after-hours chill time

When your spa is in your outdoor space, you control the opening hours. Adding a modern outdoor firepit and some beautiful cushions and throws to your private oasis will give you not only the look of a spa resort, but creates the perfect place to sit fireside and relax under the starry sky. An outdoor fire pit can be placed poolside or in the centre of a seating area, the choice is yours. Nothing lends an element of warmth and intimacy like a roaring fire, and it brings both light and heat, making for a focal point year-round.

Use lighting to set the mood

Choosing the correct lighting is essential when you’re setting a scene, and we love the idea of using light fixtures to artistically light the trees, shrubs or bushes that surround your private day spa. Tall trees look romantic when draped in fairy lights, and make your garden beds twinkle with small LED lights nestled amongst the plants. Placing relaxing deck chairs in your space with a gorgeous side table upon which you can set a pair of votive candles or a hurricane lamp is perfect for inspiring twilight relaxation.Sparrow Votive Outdoor Lighting

If there’s a paved pathway to your beautiful outdoor space, it’s always a good idea to light it up. Doing this will not only keep it safe for everyone once the moon but comes out, but it will add an inviting ambience to your backyard. Using low lumen lights gives off just enough glow to see by, while still retaining the relaxing mood.


Design Warehouse has a variety of options for outdoor spa furniture in a variety of materials and colors. Curate a space that welcomes you to relax and take advantage of the summer days and nights. Design Warehouse is eager to help you with all your design needs. Call us at (0800) 111-112, email us at [email protected], or visit us in person at our Parnell showroom today!

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