When searching for bathroom shower ideas for your home, having a good-looking, really well-functioning bathtub that also includes a shower in your bathroom is usually a high priority, especially in compact spaces that cannot accommodate a separate shower space.
Bathroom shower ideas
Where bathroom shower ideas might once have been a straightforward project anchored in practicality, we now approach the task with a lot more care and consideration, with the aim to create a space that centers around the bathtub.
1. Be bold with color and pattern
Bathroom color ideas might not be the first element you think of when planning a new bathroom shower scheme, but it should certainly not be an afterthought.
'For a truly flamboyant affair go all out with your roll top and create a masterpiece like this fabulous bath tub shower,' says Melanie Griffiths, editor, Period Living. 'All you need is a stand up shower and a beautifully bold shower curtain, match up the colors and you're set.'
2. Introduce an overhead shower for a traditional look
Do you want to cleverly mix modern and traditional bathroom ideas? You can introduce a few different periods in one space – a Victorian style over head shower teamed with art deco style side tables works well in this bathroom.
'The bathroom shower curtain design is the focal point here – and adds an air of elegance and luxury,' says Andrea Childs, editor, Country Homes & Interiors.
3. Love the modernists approach? Keep it simple
'If contemporary is your style, then create an interesting bath tub shower space by using a variety of tiles – we like the use of the mosaics contrasting with the larger metro tiles,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor, Homes & Gardens. 'The glass shower curtain allows you to see the design and makes the bathroom feel larger.'
There are endless bathroom tile ideas to choose from for your bathroom shower ideas – thanks to the fact that these days, tiles come in every color, shape and size imaginable.
4. Embrace the beauty of white and gold
'White bathroom tile ideas can be used to amazing effect, creating subtle points of interest in the way that they are laid, either in the unusual shape of the tile itself or using different accent points such as grouting or sanitaryware to really make your bathroom standout,' says Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May.
We love seeing different shaped tiles all in the same color being laid in the same space to create visual interest, and this can work especially well with white as it creates a clean, sophisticated look without making the space feel too busy.'
5. Be flexible with a hand held shower over the tub
'Combining the best of both worlds, a hand-held shower over a bathtub allows you plenty of flexibility as you can remove the showerhead from the holder and use how you’d like,' says Barrie Cutchie, design director at BC Designs. 'These are also a great alternative if you struggle with low water pressure in your home, as by using it closer to your head or body, it can feel more refreshing and a faster flow of water.'
6. Opt for a monochromatic scheme
Simple and understated, the classic pairing can be used to create an infinite array of captivating looks from bold, edgy and contemporary to luxurious, traditional, elegant.
'Black and white bathroom ideas are always on trend and nothing is more classic than subway tile,' says Jennifer Davis, owner and principal designer at Davis Interiors. 'We added dark grout to keep this bathroom looking clean.'
7. Add color in a loft bathroom
Make an unconventional bathroom shower space cozy by choosing two favorite colors – one for the walls and woodwork and the other for your tub.
Decorating with contrasting tones can be tricky to get right in a bathroom shower, but with a considered eye and with each tone used in the right proportions, a daring tonal duo can be used to create a beautifully balanced bathroom shower room.
'Shades like this blue and rust will warm up a chalet style bathroom and if it's in the eaves you won't need to worry about people seeing you so no shower curtain required,' says Andrea Childs, editor, Country Homes & Interiors.
8. Create a focal point with a bateau bath and wall hung shower
'There's nothing grander than this stunning bateau bath and accompanying wall hung shower,' says Lucy Searle, Global editor in chief, Homes & Gardens. 'We simply adore how the eggplant colored background has these intricate tiles and matching painted tub. The result is an highly creative statement that oozes luxury and style.'
9. Evoke the warmth and freshness of a farmhouse bathroom
A well-done farmhouse bathroom is the epitome of luxury when it comes to straddling the line between cozy and chic.
'If you love country style interiors then take inspiration from this bath tub shower which has all the charming elements that we love so much – a floral shower curtain, white painted floorboards, plants and beautiful vintage finds that add character as well as being practical in a small bathroom,' says Melanie Griffiths, editor, Period Living.
10. Introduce texture with fluted cabinetry and marble
'To create interest in a small bathroom add as many textures as you can,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor, Homes & Gardens. 'Fluted cabinets, marble walls and a striped shower curtain will all help. Not forgetting a good sized modern shower head so your bathing isn't compromised – bath tub showers can be fabulous whatever sized bathroom you have.'
11. Design a bijou yet perfectly formed bathroom shower
'The reason why bathroom showers are such a great idea is because they combine the key elements of a shower room and bathroom, even in a small space,’ says Lucy Searle, global editor in chief, Homes & Gardens.
'This space has a mini built-in tub with a generously sized brass shower head – all encased in luxurious marble. The glass door with black trim adds a modern touch and ties in perfectly with the black veining. It’s a great example of how clever interior design can transform a room into a fabulous space without having to undertake a complete bathroom remodel.'
How do you plan a bathroom shower room?
How you plan a bathroom shower room will depend on the size on your space. You should firstly consider whether you want a wall-hung shower unit or one that comes with the bath tub.
'Once you've decided on one of these options, take a look at the range of shower units available, the different sizes to suit your situation, and whether you have the space for additional areas such as a sink and or vanity area,' says Nicholas Cunild, managing director of Matki.
After you have established what can fit in the space, you can then pick out finishes and colors of brassware and tiles that will suit your style.
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Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time, both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor for indie magazine, 91, she trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for modern weddings and events. For H&G, she writes features about interior design – and is known for having an eye for a beautiful room.
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