Serena Williams' open-concept shower is unlike anything we've ever seen – experts think its design is brilliant

The tennis pro unveils her bathroom and interior designers are shocked and amazed by her unconventional shower

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In addition to her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, we think Serena Williams can count the interior design of her Florida home among her most impressive accomplishments. The tennis titan’s modern Florida mansion sits just north of Miami, and every feature (including her kitchen island) is absolutely stunning. Serena Williams isn't one to skimp on the details, and the bathroom in her Florida home is completely perfect. Serena took to Instagram to show off the room.

A selfie reveals the tennis pro posed with her hand on her hip in front of a gold-trimmed floor-length mirror. In the background, we see Serena’s artistic tiles (one of the biggest tile trends of 2023!) and blown glass pendant lights. Most importantly, the picture features the former professional tennis player’s swoon-worthy shower. Long glass walls encase both a free-standing egg-shaped bathtub, a rain shower, and a handheld showerhead on the wall. The unique design creates a stylish, open-concept shower that makes bathing the ultimate treat.

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Design experts love both the look and the functionality of Serena Williams's chic shower. ‘The glass dividers serve the purpose of protecting the rest of the area from water whilst eliminating the need for a traditional shower door; further adding to the sense of openness. These glass panels would also prove helpful to keep that area warm whilst having a bath' says Melissa Read, interior designer at Studio Burntwood

The walk-in shower inspiration is infinite in this room. The tranquil fusion with the natural light of the outdoors is another stunning feature of the shower. Melissa says ‘this design emulates the feeling of a tropical outdoor shower, with ample space and an abundance of natural light. The design works well due to its generous spacing and overhead window which floods the space with light without losing any privacy.’

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Melissa Read

Melissa Read attended the KLC School of Design in Chelsea before working at London's best-regarded interior design studios. She has worked with several private clients and property developers and designed flats in Chelsea, Belgravia, and Mayfair.

This bright light floods through the window and out the shower doors, providing multiple benefits. For instance, Ryan Ratkowski, founder of Rustic Decorating says ‘a shower window connects your private space to the boundlessness of the outdoors. It's like having an open conversation with nature, each day, a new topic.’ Furthermore, he states that the natural light through the glass can create ‘an illusion of space’ causing Serena's room to appear larger.

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Ryan Ratkowski

Former interior designer Ryan Ratkowki is a contractor and the founder of Rustic Decorating. He has a passion for restoring old and vintage pieces. With his years in interior design and contracting, he's mastered the art of blending various elements to create inviting space.

Furthermore, interior design experts say the colors in Serena's bathroom are carefully chosen for relaxation. ‘The combination of soothing hues and carefully selected materials create a serene atmosphere, enhanced by the opulence of the brass hardware and marble tiles’ explains Melissa Read. Ryan Ratkowski goes on to say that the warmth and earthiness of natural stone like Serena’s marble turn a bathroom into a ‘haven of tranquility.’ Perhaps the perfect place to rest after an exhausting tennis match.

Finally, the separate showerheads make showering extra easy. ‘An overhead, wall-mounted, and hand-held shower head has been installed which covers every eventuality, including cleaning the shower but also showering without getting your hair wet – a necessity!’ says Melissa.’

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Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.