10 Amazing Shower Designs to Inspire Your Remodel
Choosing a shower design for your next remodel doesn’t have to be boring. Even in the smallest of bathrooms, it’s possible to create a beautiful space that will make taking a shower the best part of your day. While beauty is certainly subjective, there are common themes that will help to make your shower universally appealing, from ensuring there’s plenty of natural light to incorporating clean, fresh design elements. Read on for our useful and inspiring shower design tips that will help you make the most of your bathroom.
Creating an atmosphere
We all want a relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom – somewhere to refresh and unwind. To achieve this zen-like feeling of calm, seek out beautiful materials, gentle colours and natural textures for your remodel. Plants can help to oxygenate the air and bring nature indoors but aim to keep clutter to a minimum. For a calming atmosphere, simplicity is key.
Make the most of whatever natural light you have available, and consider installing a dimmer switch for those long evening soaks. For a truly luxurious experience, consider having multiple shower heads installed, or look into adjustable, pulsating shower heads.
Shower tile ideas
Choosing the perfect shower tile ultimately comes down to personal taste. However, your shower’s design may influence what type of tile is likely to be most suitable. Large tiles, for instance, are perfect for barrier-free design – and a slab certainly feels nicer to sit on than smaller tile. However, if you have a curved shower bench, you will be limited to smaller tiles, which also offer more slip resistance.
Can’t decide? Why not opt for the second choice of tile to make a feature wall? Just be sure that any tiles you choose are approved for bathroom use.
Tips for small showers
Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a luxurious hot shower. There are various ways to make your small shower feel bigger, for instance, adding a skylight above the shower or choosing large, light-coloured wall tiles.
An open concept shower room can help to give the illusion of more space, but it can limit usability if more than one person needs to be in the bathroom. Glass doors can achieve a similar result, giving a sense of open space while keeping the shower separate.
Choosing a shower head
None of us wants to start our day with a feeble shower. A large rainfall showerhead can be a luxurious option, but if you make this choice, bear in mind that these high-volume models need at least 55 pounds per square inch of water pressure to function effectively. It may sound surprising, but for most people, high pressure is actually more important than volume, so if you struggle with poor water pressure in your home, you’ll fare better with a smaller shower head – around 8 inches or less.
The pros and cons of walk-in showers
Walk-in showers have become synonymous with the modern bathroom, and while they can be absolutely gorgeous, they won’t necessarily work for everyone. The pros are clear to see: they’re minimal, easy to clean, and the lack of moving parts means it’s unlikely you’ll suffer any breakages. However, they are certainly a more expensive option, and due to the open plan nature of a walk-in shower, your bathroom is more liable to feel wet and steamy after use.
Frameless doors – yes or no?
If you’re having a new shower installation, it’s worth thinking about the type of shower door you’re going to go for. An increasingly popular choice is the frameless shower door – custom glass shower doors that look beautiful and are less likely to become mouldy than those with rubber or plastic edging. They’re generally a little more expensive than your average shower door as they require thicker glass, and while they look very good, they tend to be less effective at preventing leaks. But if having a minimal aesthetic is your bag, you won’t find better.
The bathtub shower combo
The classic space-saving combination of a bathtub and shower is a smart choice for people who don’t have room for both, giving you either option and improving your home’s resale value to boot. Prefab units range from the basic and affordable to luxury or even custom units with tiled walls, shelving, special fixtures – you name it. One of the benefits of a prefab stall is that installation is simple, even for the most novice DIY enthusiasts. Be sure to take exact measurements before you start browsing, so you know what size you’re looking for.
Let’s talk about valves
Before you go ahead and buy a new shower, it’s really worth taking some time to learn about the different types of shower valves that are available. A little research now could give you a much better showering experience for years to come! For instance, shower valves are either thermostatic or manual, and with a thermostatic shower valve, you can wave goodbye to being scalded in the shower every time someone flushes the toilet elsewhere. If this sounds familiar, a thermostatic shower valve is the one for you.
In addition, shower valves are categorised by the number of controls that they have. Usually ranging from 1 to 3, the more controls you opt for, the more you will be able to adapt the pressure and temperature of your shower. You may also want to consider more than one outlet, if you want a second, hand-held shower head, for instance.
Acrylic vs. fibreglass
Ceramic and stone tiles are very popular and beautiful options for the bathroom, but if you’re looking for something a little cheaper and easier to maintain, acrylic and fibreglass shower units might be just what you need. Not only are they less expensive, but they’re also easier to install and won’t need to require sealing and grout cleaning. While acrylic and fibreglass shower units are both easy to clean and maintain, acrylic is a more durable option than fibreglass and one that’s unlikely to become scratched or lose its sheen over time.
The finishing touches: shower accessories
The right shower gadgets and accessories can make a real difference to your experience in the bathroom, and are the perfect way to incorporate something novel or quirky. Waterproof shower speakers are growing in popularity; attached to the wall via suction cup, you can sync them with your smartphone to listen to music as you shower.
Which of these tips will you take away with you to inspire your next bathroom to remodel? Do you have any further tips to add? Share them with us in the comments below.