With the change of the seasons, there’s no better time to start exploring new cozy hot tub decor ideas to prepare your backyard for those upcoming chilly winter spa sessions!
Hot tubs create the perfect way for you to unwind and enjoy your backyard all year long.
Not only can the steamy water cut through the damp cold after a long day of being outside, but the jets can ease your muscles into a state of pure relaxation. Many people struggle with stiffness and pain during the colder months of the year, and a hot tub can be a powerful way to combat that.
Pair that relief with cozy, vibrant, or unique elements, and you can create a backyard escape you can’t wait to get back to at the end of each day!
The elements you add to your backyard are endless, and choosing ones that complement your space, match your aesthetic, and offer functionality is essential.
In this article, we’ll explore various hot tub decor ideas to help you find the perfect way to elevate your backyard for maximum relaxation and enjoyment for years to come!
What to Know Before Decorating Your Backyard
How you decorate your backyard can have a powerful effect on your experience with it and how you feel when you open that backdoor and step into your private escape.
When considering what to add to your backyard, it’s important to take into account three main things.
- Your aesthetic
- Your values
- The size of your space
Your aesthetic is your style and how you want your backyard to look. This could be
- Bright and vibrant
- Cottage core
This list is just a short example of the many avenues you can choose from, and you may identify with one strongly, have a style not listed, or love the idea of combining similar aesthetics.
The options are endless!
Your values will also have a large impact on the style of decor you wish to add to your backyard.
For example, if you value quality time with the people you love and enjoy hosting exciting parties, certain aspects would be a welcome addition to your backyard, such as a firepit.
However, if you value your privacy, and prioritize self-care, adding items that increase the privacy of your yard, such as a gazebo, may be something you’d be interested in adding.
Lastly, the size of your backyard will heavily influence the hot tub decor you’re able to add to your backyard.
If you have a large space, you might want to consider adding some grand statement pieces, such as natural stone steps leading up to your hot tub.
For smaller backyards, choosing one larger item to add to your backyard and pairing it with smaller decorative elements might be your best solution.
7 Hot Tub Decor Ideas for Your Backyard
If you’ve chosen to install your hot tub above ground, you’ll need steps to make getting in and out easy. While you can purchase a set of spa steps that match your hot tub cabinet, you can elevate this element even further by designing a custom set!
Steps leading up to your hot tub can be designed using different materials, and where you install your hot tub can influence the one you choose. The two most commonly used materials include wood and stone.
If you installed your hot tub on your deck, you could create wide wooden stairs leading halfway or three-quarters of the way up your cabinet.
This works especially well if you’ve created a faux in-ground installation!
If you have a stone patio, you could create stone steps in the same way, and because stone comes in many shapes and sizes, you can cater to multiple aesthetics.
For example, you could use thick, clean-cut slabs to create a modern, chic appearance. For something more natural or rustic, you could use rough cut or broken stones, giving your steps a unique, asymmetrical look.
2. Bar Seating
This can be added to any above-ground hot tub and can be built on one or more sides.
Bar seating provides a way for you to store items while you’re using the spa, such as your towels, drinks, speakers, or phones.
Additionally, if entertaining is something you enjoy, adding bar seating will create a natural gathering space and can give you a way to offer enjoyable seating to those who aren’t using the hot tub.
Adding bar seating around your hot tub can also help create a more elegant appearance for your spa, depending on the material you use for the pillars on each corner.
If you use stone or brick, you can add some bold, natural elements to your yard. However, if you use dark-coloured wood, you can add some moody and modern undertones around your hot tub.
Bar seating is especially beneficial if you have a smaller yard. This will help maximize the functionality of your hot tub decor and ensure you don’t overcrowd your space.
3. Patio Furniture
Outdoor furniture comes in a multitude of styles, giving you ways to customize your patio seating to your style.
Some of the most appealing patio furniture to add to your backyard include:
- Bench seating
- Egg chairs
- Cozy sets with thick cushions
- Bistro tables
- Dining tables
While some patio furniture may go unused during the winter months, if you’ve opted to include a fireplace in your backyard, adding some wood or stone bench seating around it can maximize the functionality of your furniture year-round.
Egg chairs have become more popular over the last few years, and with their chic appeal, it’s not surprising. These chairs are a bold yet elegant addition to any patio and offer maximum comfort.
Patio sets with thick cushions add a cozy element to your yard, and when paired with a vibrant accent pillow or throw blankets, it’s the perfect space for those chilly autumn nights! These sets are usually made of wood or wicker and can come in many colours, making them versatile and lightweight.
Bistro tables are ideal for smaller backyards and can be a classic addition to your patio. Not only does it add style and functionality, but it also can be placed near your hot tub for you to store essentials during your relaxing soaks.
Dining tables can be small or large, making them customizable to fit the size of your patio and your unique needs. If you enjoy hosting large dinner parties, adding a long harvest table or a modern glass circular table can make entertaining easy.
The lighting you add to your backyard is essential and will have a heavy influence on your experience when in your backyard after dark.
Lights can be used to create some depth to your yard after dark, highlight key accents, add style, and can elevate the atmosphere.
They can also influence your experience in your spa during the evening. For example, using colourful LED lights gives you a way to add the benefits of chromotherapy to your spa session, boosting your emotional state in relation to the colour you choose!
Some lighting elements you can add to your backyard include:
- Fairy lights
- Path lights
- Underlighting on steps
- Tiki torches
5. A Firepit or Firetable
Gathering around a fire is a great way to spend an evening during any season, and adding a firepit to your backyard can help maximize the enjoyment of your space year-round.
Depending on the size of your yard and how close you’d like your fire to your hot tub, you can choose to go with a custom-built firepit or a versatile fire table.
Firepits are usually best suited for larger yards and are usually installed on a patio. These can be bold, statement pieces, and when designed using natural stone, they can add a rustic element to your space.
Fire tables, on the other hand, are more often used for smaller yards and are versatile enough to be used in any area of your backyard due to their size and use of propane. This makes them a safer option for decks and helps give them a more chic, modern appearance than firepits.
If you install your fire element near your hot tub, you’ll be able to listen to the crackling ambiance as you soak up the relaxation of your spa or offer an entertainment space nearby to keep your party more intimate, no matter where people are gathering.
6. Lush Greenery
The organic elements you add to your backyard seem nearly endless and can provide a variety of benefits. Adding luscious plants and trees to your backyard can provide privacy, add vibrant pops of colour, and increase the health benefits you experience while relaxing in your spa.
When choosing the greenery to add to your backyard, it’s important to consider how each one will react during the winter months. For example, certain trees will provide privacy all year long, while some plants may die if left outside after the first frost.
Some ways to add greenery around your hot tub include:
- Hanging plants to add bright colours all summer long
- Tall plants with wide leaves for privacy and a wild natural aesthetic
- Tall trees, like fir or spruce that maintain their dense greenery year-round
- Winterberry holly trees to add bright red colours around your spa all winter long, and dense green bushes during the summer
- Aromatherapy plants like lavender or thick jasmine bushes for added privacy
7. A Gazebo or Pergola
Adding a gazebo or pergola to your backyard can be a great way to provide privacy while becoming a statement piece for your space.
The one main difference between a gazebo and a pergola is the amount of privacy they offer.
Gazebos have a solid roof and can have closed walls, making it the perfect way to create an indoor atmosphere for your hot tub while also being an elegant decorative inclusion.
Pergolas have a thick, lattice style, roof, and open walls. This reduces the privacy they offer, however, they can be elevated with flowing curtains or retractable screens to increase privacy and add some style.
Discover Your Dream Hot Tub at Jacuzzi® Calgary
If you’ve been looking for the perfect hot tub to add to your backyard or want to explore how a hot tub can elevate your home, Jacuzzi® Calgary is the ultimate place to go.
If you’re ready to embrace relaxation and elevate your backyard to new heights, visit our showroom or contact us.
Looking for more ideas? Browse our hot tub installations for extra inspiration and discover even more ways you can upgrade your backyard!