Having a shower in your bathroom is usually a high priority for any home, whether you have the room for a separate bath or not, so our shower room ideas are relevant to most spaces. A shower room with an enclosed area is usually the most straightforward solution to install, though a wet room or walk-in style may be a worthy consideration for optimising space and accessibility.
These days with frameless glass panelling, low-level shower trays, bold brassware and a wide variety of tiling options available, it is easier than ever to create a shower-room design that suits both your style and needs.
Take a look at these popular shower room ideas for inspiration.
SHOWER ROOM IDEAS
1. SLEEK SOPHISTICATION
Gone are the days of stark white bathrooms with chrome fittings being the only choice on offer. High-end bathroom designs now feature matt-black, nickel and brushed brass fixtures and fittings, which look even more luxurious when paired with dark finishes.
We’ve also seen terrazzo re-emerging as a popular surface choice in shower rooms.
2. FIT RIGHT IN
If you are installing a shower enclosure into an alcove of your bathroom, think about how you could maximise the rest of the space. Here, rather than fit the enclosure across the full width of the narrow room, consideration has been given to storage. Bespoke floor-to-ceiling shelving can house toiletries, towels and any decorative pieces where standard-size storage may not fit.
3. INDUSTRIAL CHIC
Exposed pipework on a shower is a traditional look that can be given a modern update with an on-trend matt-black finish.
Make sure to look out for designs with thermostatic valves which maintain a safe and constant temperature, and have a shut-off safety function to prevent nasty scalding.
Having both an overhead and a handheld shower is useful, too.
4. SPA-LIKE STYLE
Marble is often found in five-star hotels and spas as it provides a sophisticated look and comes in large formats. If you are specifying marble in your shower, make sure you add an anti-slip coating to the floor.
5. TWICE AS NICE
Where space allows, side-by-side or face-to-face overhead showers add a sense of luxury – whether you want to share or simply have more room to move is up to you. An enclosure with a central opening minimises the risk of water escaping.
6. PLAN TO PERFECTION
Placing a shower in a tucked away corner is a smart option for busy households where the main bathroom needs to be used by everyone. Consider a walk-in design with a sunken shower tray or complete wet room if you have children or live with anyone with mobility issues, to prevent any trips.
‘If you are remodelling your bathroom, remember that the existing hot and cold water supplies may need extending,’ advises Martin Carroll, Managing Director at Duravit UK.
‘The waste pipes will also need to be carefully planned so they connect into the existing system, you may need new central heating pipework for any additional radiators or towel rails. Don’t forget to allow for the boxing-in of surface-run pipework so that it’s neatly concealed,’ he adds.
7. SPLASH OUT
When it comes to choosing the right shower for your space, there are few options to weigh up. ‘There are three main categories; a pivot door type with conventional hinges, sliding doors and a simple walk-in set-up without doors at all,’ says Phil Etherden, Managing Director at The Albion Bath Co.
‘Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, always look to choose a shower head that matches your water system,’ he adds. ‘As a simple rule-of-thumb, lower pressure requires a smaller head.’
8. ZONE WITH TILES
Define your shower room by tiling the wet zone in a different format to the rest of the space. If you are designing a new shower room, consider boxing in new pipework for a sleek finish.
By building out from the original wall, you can also create recessed shelving to house shampoo bottles within the showering space.
9. GO NATURAL
Wood can evoke a calming connection to nature, but isn’t the most practical option in a bathroom. Instead, look out for wood-effect porcelain and ceramic tiles – many modern designs now have a textured feel for a more authentic finish. [IMAGE CREDIT: Verona]
10. SHINE A LIGHT
Lighting is an important part of any bathroom, and you must have the right degree of water protection within a shower room.
‘The suitability of any light for bathroom use – wall light or pendant – depends on its IP rating.’ explains Charlie Bowles, Director at Original BTC. ‘If the light will be within 60cm from a basin, bath or shower enclosure (in zone 2), choose a light rated IP44 or above to guard against spray and condensation.
‘If the light is further than 60cm from a bath or shower enclosure (un-zoned), you won’t need higher than IP20,’ he adds. ‘But if the lights are to be located over or in the shower (zone 1), they’ll need to be at least IP55.’
HOW DO YOU PLAN A SHOWER ROOM?
Depending on the size of your room, you should firstly consider whether you want a complete shower enclosure, or would prefer a walk-in or wet room design.
‘Once you’ve decided on one of these options take a look at the range of shower trays, shower floors, shower screens and enclosures available and 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 at Matki.
After you have established what can fit in the space, you can then pick out finishes and colours of brassware and tiles that will suit your style.
CAN YOU HAVE A WALK-IN SHOWER IN A SMALL BATHROOM?
Yes, with careful planning. There are many reduced-depth shower trays available that can be installed at a low level for a step-free design. Alternatively you could consider creating a wet room – this requires tanking (waterproofing) which can be a larger investment and upheaval.
Opting for a frameless shower panel in a small bathroom can enhance the illusion of space. It provides a seamless look while still protecting other areas of the bathroom from getting wet.
WHAT TILES ARE BEST FOR A WALK-IN SHOWER ?
Non-slip tiles are an essential requirement in a shower. So check the level of slip resistance of your tiles before purchasing. If you do not wish to tile the whole space, wall panelling can be a practical alternative to traditional tiles.
‘Wall panelling can help you achieve a high design look,’ explains Steph Harris, product manager for Showerwall. It allows you to reflect the latest bathroom trends such as terrazzo, maximalist prints and large veined luxury marble. And at the same time it offers all of the convenience of a smooth, grout free, high performance surface that’s hygienic and easy to clean and maintain
‘Even the popular metro tile finish can even be achieved through bathroom wall panelling, thanks to the broad scope of designs now available. Large format panelling is easier to keep clean, plus it’s faster and more straightforward to install than small format tiles,’ she says.
How many of our shower room ideas will you adopt?