Let’s talk showers, shall we? Walk-ins, to be precise. Walk-in showers are luxurious, as they are solely dedicated to one form of bathing. The variations among walk-in showers are extensive, which is part of what makes their design so intriguing and interesting. Large, small, plain, ornate – walk-in showers are a lovely place to showcase one’s preferred style.)This gorgeous oversized brass shower head is one way to get your shower-centered ideas rolling.) Read on for more ideas and inspiration on a variety of walk-in showers.
Walk-In Shower: “Hallway” Shower
This is a stunning design that I only wish I could implement into my own postage stamp-sized bathrooms. Its fantastically low-maintenance, completely understated aesthetic is charming (and enviable!). No doors required, this walk-through “hallway” style shower is easy to use and easy to maintain when the bathroom floor and walls are waterproof.
Walk-In Shower: Concrete
In even the smallest of walk-in showers, one can power-pack the design with great materials. Concrete is an ultra-urban and modern medium for a slim, glass-walled walk-in shower. With comfortable and thoughtful inclusions to the shower, such as a corner shower seat and mirror, the visual end result is a spacious, industrial, and ultimately cool walk-in shower.
Walk-In Shower: Contemporary Grey Square Tile
While white walk-in showers are a huge hit right now, don’t overlook the sleek sophistication of grey square tile showers. Simple, minimal shower accessories here really strike a chic cord with contemporary design, and my favorite is the understated opulence of an oversized round shower head.
Walk-In Shower: Double Shower
When a walk-in shower is large enough to not have a door, that makes cleaning it much easier. This all-white shower is beautiful and bright, even on the greyest of days.
The tile used is a beautiful gossamer-type wavy texture. It takes any light and bounces it all around, adding texture and depth into the walk-in shower. It’s reminiscent of water even when the tile is dry, and I think the horizontal effect is just lovely.
Another great idea for a large walk-in shower is to include a skylight or transom-type window. Also, wall-mount dispensers for shampoo, conditioner, and body wash keep the floor and/or bench free of unnecessary extras.
Why not make the shower a double? One stationary head, the other a hand-held option. This maximizes efficiency and the overall shower experience. A double-headed shower is an excellent design strategy for a large walk-in shower…especially for the bathroom that lacks a bathtub.
Walk-In Shower: Invisible Shower
With the continuation of a bold and graphic black-and-white checked bathroom floor into the walk-in shower, it is only fitting that the shower door be designed with “invisibility” in mind so the glorious floor visual can be extended. Really, a walk-in shower needs very little in terms of extraneous design; just continue whatever is working and aesthetic in the bathroom into the shower itself.
Walk-In Shower: Faux Bois-esque
Just because real wood doesn’t generally find itself involved in the interior of a walk-in shower’s design, doesn’t mean that its counterpart (faux bois) can’t make up for that. Consider adding a natural look and feel to your showering experience by incorporating tile patterned after natural things. Faux bois is one option, although you could consider rock, stone, water, reptile skin, and many other elements that are mimicked in tile design these days. With the shower’s glass doors exposing the shower walls to the entire bathroom, this is as good as (or better than!) wall art.
Walk-In Shower: Simple Corner Shower
My favorite aspect of this simple, small corner shower is the continuity of design elements. Notice how the square shape of the shower floor (which, due to glass doors, is immediately noticeable) matches the square shape of the shower head. Details like this really elevate even the simplest of walk-in shower designs.
Walk-In Shower: Subway Tile
Not all walk-in showers are large. Some are retrofitted into a bathroom, replacing the former footprint of a standard size bathtub. This particular shower is one such walk-in. Its simple white subway tile surround is classic and versatile for any style, whether contemporary or otherwise.
When designing a walk-in shower, some sort of horizontal surface is important to include. Where a bathtub-shower combo has the tub wall to use as a “shelf” in a pinch, the walk-in doesn’t inherently have the luxury. Even a simple corner shelf will make for a more comfortable and convenient showering experience.
Walk-In Shower: Double Corner Doors
Some tiny bathrooms require a corner walk-in shower as the only bathing facility. Although the shower itself might be tiny, the style can be huge when you design outside the box. Customize the showering experience with double swinging corner doors.
Having two glass doors means that two full walls of the walk-in shower are transparent. This will make the shower itself feel more spacious than it otherwise would. In addition, swinging doors like this make for an easier shower entry/exit.
Walk-In Shower: Tinted Glass
Just like a pair of hip sunglasses tends to up the ante on someone’s “cool” factor, so, too, can tinted glass have that affect in many instances. The walk-in shower is no exception. The tint visually mutes other cool components in the shower, such as a built-in bench and contemporary fixtures, which adds a sense of mystery and sophistication all around. The tint also provides a bit of privacy if one feels more comfortable in a less-exposed shower setting than clear glass provides. Paired with other black fixtures and accessories around the room, this walk-in shower is a modern hit.
Walk-In Shower: High Tech
To be perfectly honest, I can’t even pretend to understand the ins and outs of this shower’s control panel. But it’s a fabulous high-tech design (and, I’m sure, functionality) here, largely because the shower itself is kept so minimalistic. Square corners, glass walls, a sleek one-piece shower head; all these elements provide a basic foundation on which to showcase the technological dream that, I’m sure, is this shower.
So, whether your walk-in shower is tiny, spacious, traditional, or unconventional, there are plenty of design options available to make it your own.