Here’s an informative article by Hannah Bruneman on walk-in shower ideas for Better Homes & Gardens.
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Find ideas to create a gorgeous walk-in shower in your bathroom. Whether you’re working with a small space or have room to fill, you deserve luxury like this.
Stone mosaic tile on this walk-in shower’s back wall draws your eye as soon as you enter the bathroom. Enclosed by glass, this small but functional shower seems boundless. The herringbone patterned tile on the shower floor is in a lighter color to keep the small bathroom from becoming too busy.
Bathroom Subway Tile
When you love a bathroom style, go all in. In this luxury shower, subway tile was installed from the floor to the ceiling and even outside the shower walls. The large glass paneled doors show it off well. Subway tile is a timeless design element, so these homeowners won’t have to worry about regretting their decision any time soon.
Shower Door Ventilation
If you have a separate shower room, closing the door can make your bathroom pretty steamy. Allow for ventilation with a cutout at the top of a glass shower door. The steam will be able to escape and you’ll be able to stand the heat.
Pop of Pattern
Set your walk-in shower apart from its surroundings with a mosaic tile border. Match the tile color to your bathroom flooring and carry the color scheme into your shower’s recessed shelving. Matte black finishes ground this airy walk-in shower.
Contrast exposed-brick bathroom walls with a large walk-in shower that features a stone surround. Pebble floor tiles continue the natural look below. Both a handheld and rain showerhead make every day feel like spa day.
For a walk-in shower with classic style, incorporate a blue and white color scheme. Navy blue hues repeat on this shower’s floor tile and shelving backsplash. Glass walls on two sides of the corner shower make the bathroom feel larger and welcome light from a nearby window.
Built In Storage
Walk-in showers often mean you don’t have a tub ledge to hold shampoo, soap, and loofah. Instead of leaving them on the floor, consider building a recessed wall shelf right into your walk-in shower. This bathroom has a shelf outside the shower as well to hold towels and other toiletries.
Add A Shower Seat
Many people shy away from a walk-in shower because they prefer a place to sit and relax. What they don’t realize is you can absolutely do both without a tub! Take this walk-in shower, for example. A stunning marble seat floats above the floor and acts as a spa seat, a place to prop your leg for shaving, or a drop zone for shampoo bottles and body wash. Sounds like a win-win to us!
Foregoing the standard shower door is only the first standout element in this stunning shower. The space is separated from the rest of the bathroom by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Barrier-free showers are becoming more popular because they exude a sort of luxury that other showers don’t. Inside the shower, an oversized showerhead, bench seat, and pebble-inset flooring create an ideal spot for relaxing.
Take advantage of every inch of your walk-in shower. By installing multiple showerheads, you can create a spa-like atmosphere in your own home. Don’t forget a rainfall showerhead that pours water from the ceiling and mimics rain in the most relaxing way. All-white tile on the walls, floor, and built-in shower seat make the space bright and airy.
Tile For Showers
Don’t overlook the bathroom during your next home makeover. Tile enhances the style of a walk-in shower and is the perfect way to add color and texture. Watch and see some of our favorite tile ideas for showers.
In this bathroom layout, the homeowners chose to replace the soaking tub with an extra-spacious shower and steam room. Tall glass doors keep water and steam contained, and bring light into the shower. Plenty of countertop space leaves room for a vase or two of fresh blooms.
Take your favorite features from hotel bathrooms and bring them home. We love when a shower has a built-in towel rack—even better if the rack is heated! The steam always makes the towels nice and cozy, plus you don’t have to step out of the shower to dry off. Just make sure your shower is large enough that water won’t splash on the towels.
Spa-Like Bathroom Shower
The tile inset from this bathroom floor is repeated on the shower wall and ceiling. Powder blue paint in the rest of the bathroom keeps the space looking classy and clean. The two-person shower is outfitted with wall-mount, handheld, and rain-style showerheads. Every inch in this bathroom remodel works hard, including the drawers added under the shower bench for extra storage.
Natural color oak and neutral limestone keep the palette light in this bathroom. At the end of the room is the expansive walk-in shower. Often shower glass can appear green, but these homeowners chose a special glass without color distortion, so the shower practically disappears. Multiple showerheads make this bathroom extra luxurious.
In The Details
Small details make this walk-in shower a standout space. Two showerheads placed higher and lower on the wall accommodate bathers of different heights. The intricately planned tiles create a visually stunning mosaic along the walls, floor, and bench. To keep the space from looking too busy, tiles in the same color—but different sizes—were applied to the floor and lower portion of the walls.
Fully Outfitted Shower
Small but thoughtful elements make this walk-in shower stand out. A step between the shower and the rest of the bathroom serves as a barrier, keeping water away from the bathroom’s wood floors. Inside the shower, both wall-mount and handheld showerheads provide the ultimate showering experience, and a small mirror is convenient for in-shower shaving. In a tight space like this, a small stool is helpful for holding extra towels or dry clothes.
Elegant Shower Enclosure
Why put a shower in the bathroom corner when you can make the shower its own room? Honey-hued mosaic tiles complement the large, neutral marble tiles that round out the special room. The shower continues the rest of the bathroom’s serene, timeless aura with a built-in bench and large glass door.
A Perfect Fit
In this condo bathroom, frameless glass doors with statement-making handles set the tone for a modern bathroom. Add in a mix of terrazzo (Yes, it’s back!) and glass tiles covering the roomy shower from floor to ceiling for an additional statement. Finish the look with a sleek floating vanity, just like you’ve seen in a 5-star hotel.
Separate and Together
Limiting separation between this shower and the rest of the bathroom is a unique twist on the basic shower. The seamless transition also eliminated the raised step into the shower, a smart move to prevent tripping. Building a non-enclosed shower like this may seem daunting, but we assure you, it can be done with a little work and a plan.
An enclosed shower can become a private getaway, even in a crowded home. An in-shower bench pulls double duty as storage and seating. Hints of gray and blue in the white marble shower tile complement the bathroom’s wall color. These natural variations in the tile add visual interest and personality.
For a distinguishable look, combine different types of tile on shower walls and floors. This shower became a masterpiece with porcelain tiles of varying sizes covering the walls. Blue mosaic glass tiles line the shower floor and also appear as accents on the wall. Tiling a shower yourself is surprisingly easier than you think!
For a walk-in shower on a dime, look for a basic fiberglass shower with built-in amenities. This simple shower provides a small seat and ledges for storing shower necessities. A metal-frame door also adds elegance to the basic shower. If your shower doesn’t have a built-in seat, there are plenty of other alternatives you can buy.
Shower and Steam Room
A floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure and a hidden steam generator add “steam room” to the list of this shower’s amenities. A transom window helps circulate air when only the shower is being used. Dual showerheads and green subway tile complete the shower’s spa-like vibe. Without a linen closet, this bathroom smartly uses an armoire to hold towels and toiletries.
Even a small bath with a standard layout can have a stunning shower. White tile covers half of the bathroom’s walls, and continues into the shower, along with black linear tile. This shower was built with no threshold to allow easy access. The crisp and cool color scheme does the bathroom a favor as well.
This small shower is kept from feeling cramped, thanks to its frameless shower door and glass enclosure. Inside, white subway tile contributes to the sense of spaciousness. The small nook next to the shower is not big enough for a vanity, but perfect for a small stool for perching.
Bathed In Light
Showers tucked into dormers can feel cramped and cavelike, but adding a skylight can remedy the problem. This shower becomes a bright oasis, thanks to a generous skylight. Inside the shower, slate blue glass tiles line the back wall and continue on the floor, giving the shower focal-point status. A textured stone tile was used on the sidewalls, as well as elsewhere in the bathroom to unify the spaces.
Make the most of an awkward bathroom corner with a slender shower stall. This small shower was fitted into a bathroom corner and feels more spacious than its small size suggests, thanks to the glass enclosure, which lets in plenty of light. Decorative tile and chrome fixtures give the petite space panache.
Slate Bathroom Shower
Stunning ragged-cut slate is the focal point of this walk-in shower. The shower’s glass walls provide unobstructed views of the natural stone texture, and the adjacent sunken tub is framed with wood. Plank floors finish the area. Natural elements, such as rock and wood, contrast with the clean lines of the tub surround, the shower enclosure, and skylights.
If you prefer to have just a shower in your bathroom, opt to eliminate the tub altogether and fill the space with a larger shower. This tub-size shower offers plenty of bathing space, plus a bench seat and small niches for bath necessities. A larger shower also provides room for dual showerheads, such as the wall-mount and handheld showerheads in this space.
After creating a resort-quality retreat in the backyard, these homeowners renovated the bathroom that was just steps away. The gorgeous tile work—a glass mosaic in chocolate and copper hues, mixed with pretty porcelain—is on display thanks to a floor-to-ceiling glass enclosure. Corner shelves add extra storage to lift shampoo and soap off the shower floor.