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A luxury walk-in shower creates a nice roomy feeling for your bathroom remodeling project. The lack of obstructions provides a seamless transition from the rest of the bathroom into the shower area. Not only is a walk in shower safer, especially for the elderly and children, it also works perfectly for those who desire a relaxing minimalist bathroom style.

Exciting Walk-in Shower Ideas for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Whether your bathroom is big or small, it can, in all likelihood, accommodate a walk-in shower. Your bathroom can go from blah to beautiful with some careful planning and design, increasing both the value of your home and your enjoyment of the space. The first and possibly most important step before making remodeling your bathroom is to gain insight on what size and style of walk-in shower your space will allow.

Consult with a plumber or contractor you trust about measurements so that there are no costly mistakes further down the road.  They will also be able to let you know whether any repairs or renovations will need to be done before installation can begin. Ask your plumber or contractor for a written quote so that you both can reference back to it should questions or issues arise.  Also, it’s always helpful to have references and someone who’s done good work will be happy to provide them!

Check Out the Selection

Once you’ve determined which size of walk-in shower you can purchase, you’ll want to look at as many designs and styles of showers that you can. Take a walk around your home and determine what look and feel you get from other design elements. If you have a historical home, for example, you may want to think about antique fixtures and an aged or patina appearance in your tiles. If your home was built in a certain era, you should lean towards fixtures, tiles and even a shower shape that will further accommodate that era’s appeal.

Don’t Fall for Fads

If you find yourself falling in love with (for example) teal or red tiles for your shower wall, try to remember that once your shower is installed, you’ll want it to stand the test of time. Even though you love those colors today, you may decide that they don’t fit in with your next renovation project or they may fall out of favor and make it hard to sell your home someday. If you’ve decided that you just can’t go without your color of choice, think about including it in easier to replace items, like your towels or decor elements. Your shower should definitely reflect the feel of the home and your special touches, but it should also be easy for a potential buyer to move in and make their own mark.

Shower Shape

Of course your walk-in shower shape will be mainly determined by the space in which it has to fit, but it helps to think outside the box. Showers can be curved, rectangular, square, and can tuck into the most unlikely of places. Consider a narrow space or small hallway that could be fitted with a walk in shower that is open on both ends and leads to your closet. The design possibilities are just about as vast as your own imagination.

Doors

If you’d like to give your bathroom the illusion of more space or you’d just like to show off that fabulous shower wall, consider a transparent glass door. This also gives your bathroom a more modern, clean feel. The downside might be that you need to be more on top of shower door cleaning to keep it sparkling but the upside of a transparent glass door will be a timeless appeal that keeps your bathroom looking fresh. Another recent design element is to make your shower doors look as if they’re garden doors – achieved by adding frames. You could also add stained glass to your panels with either clear beveled or color pieces.

Like the glass but not sold on that much transparency? Try a frosted effect. This can mean horizontal or vertical lines, an overall frost, or even specific shapes or silhouettes. You can make your doors stand out by framing them around the edges or have them blend into the background by using a seamless style set up. Frames come in a variety of colors to match or blend with the rest of your bathroom fixtures, the most popular being black, brushed nickel, pewter, silver, and gold.

If your design allows for it, consider no doors at all. This certainly means less cleaning and can give your walk-in shower a simpler appearance.

Shower Heads

You can opt for one that blends into the tile color, or one that stands out and makes a statement. Your shower head, especially if visible to the rest of the bathroom, can be the highlight of the room if chosen with care. The market offers a wide variety, whether you’re going for something modern, classic, or something that looks as if it were discovered in some tucked away antique store. Consider the other fixtures in the bathroom when selecting your shower head.

Is your bathroom purely functional or are you hoping for a more spa like experience when you step behind the shower doors? The variety of shower heads and their specific uses can be mind boggling once you start exploring. There are hand held heads or the more stationary variety. Shower heads can be mounted from the ceiling (as with the rainfall versions, mimicking a natural effect) or side mounted. Many walk-in showers now feature dual heads, either to accommodate a shower for two, or so that one person can enjoy complete immersion in spray. Whether you prefer a more traditional, round head, large or small, or a more modern rectangular shape, your design won’t be limited by your shower head choices. You can incorporate a more spa like experience with massage jets, a waterfall, or even shower heads that accommodate aromatherapy oils!

Exciting Walk-in Shower Ideas for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Lighting

One element that shouldn’t be overlooked when designing your walk-in shower is the lighting. This can have an overwhelmingly large effect on the overall look of your bathroom, and on how functional it is for regular, everyday use. A variety of lights is best – some bright, recessed task lighting to wake you up and get you moving in the morning, and some softer mood lighting for evening showering before bed is optimal. You can experiment with how your lighting operates either in the ceiling, in a recessed shelf within the shower walls, or on one of the walls where it acts as one of the design elements.

Shelves and Seating

One of the nice things about the walk in shower is that you can easily incorporate built in shelves and even seating for one or more, depending on how you most enjoy your set up. If you often use a variety of bath products, you might opt for more shelving, or if you’re a minimalist, one small shelf might do. Your shelf can be a recessed area (some homeowners even choose to add lighting) in the wall, or it can more traditionally be built out from the wall and be covered in the same complimentary tile or even stand out with a complimentary but highly visible tile.

Seating can be a wonderful option should your walk in shower accommodate it. Even a small shower can offer a shelf-like seat in the wall. Usually covered in the same tile as the rest of the shower enclosure, seating can be a place to take a load off and enjoy the rainfall spray, or it can serve a more functional purpose as a place to sit and scrub to your heart’s content.

Exciting Walk-in Shower Ideas for Your Next Bathroom Remodel

Tiles

The tiles are where your personal style can really shine. The selection can be overwhelming (large, small, a variety of both, simple repetition or create a picture or pattern within the wall, and a whole rainbow of colors) but if you’re armed with some idea of what you want the final picture to look like, you’ll be able to quickly whittle away at the options. You can have a smooth shower wall, a monochrome unit outfitted with tiny white tiles, gorgeous multi-color slate tiles, or even incorporate framed, tile panels behind your shower heads with a smooth, waterproof wall acting as a backdrop. If you’re really stumped, hiring the advice and services of a professional designer can really come in handy at this point.

A walk-in shower is a versatile way to bring a mini-vacation into your home. It can be as simplistic or as complicated a design as you choose to have, and can incorporate all of your favorite shower elements. Make a plan, bring in the help of professional services, and enjoy your special space for years to come.

BARRIER FREE

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Bestbath

Literally walk in directly to this shower with no enclosure.

TRANSITIONAL

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Steinberg Custom Designs

Showers should be fun and relaxing. This walk in shower can give you that.

FAUX TILE

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Bestbath

Have the best of both worlds of design and convenience with this faux tile shower wall.

CONTEMPORARY

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Alex Maguire Photography

White subway tiles in a matte finish for this contemporary bathroom.

NATURAL STONE

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Workshop11

Natural stone called Pompeii Scarpeletto gives this shower a sleek and stylish finish.

VIEWS

zaher architects

You’re in for a treat on this walk in shower with a stunning view.

UNIQUE

Key Residential

Carefully designed and constructed to guarantee that water does not extend beyond the shower.

SIMPLE & MINIMAL

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UP Interiors

With the rise of minimalism, this minimal, timeless walk-in shower with a large window is such a hit!

SCANDINAVIAN

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Egon Walesch Interior Design

The waterproof plaster finish in shower walls and floor give this walk in shower a modish appeal.

SOPHISTICATED

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EMR Architecture

This is proof that you don’t need to put a lot of details to make your walk in shower extraordinary.

Various Luxury Walk in Shower Design Options

There are various design options for your walk in shower. One of the most common variations comes in the form of a glass enclosure, with the glass helping create a bright and airy feeling. For an even lighter effect, consider adding a window to the shower, if it is possible. If not, try a skylight. If neither of these is possible, an all-glass enclosure would be better because it remains bright enough even with artificial lighting only.
You can also opt for walk in shower designs without doors. Take a look at our bathroom remodeling ideas, compiled from our previous projects. You could have the other walls solid, glass-only or a solid base with a glass top half. One thing to note about the doorless walk in shower is that it does not allow for much privacy, and this is generally true for all walk in showers. If privacy is not your priority (or is already provided by other means) then a walk in shower is perfect.

Each design comes with its own logistical and construction headaches on issues such as drainage. So make sure you consider these when choosing what style to go for.

WARM & MODERN

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Jablonski Associates

Simple & modern overall design to this shower. All the wood keeps it warm and the light green tiles in the shower keep it natural and soft. Love the size of the gray tiles on the floor.

GRAY SUBWAY

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BHDM

Beautiful gray subway tile. Nice long marble top bench.

BLUE-GREEN TILE

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Laura Miller Interior Design

Gorgeous blue/green Walker Zanger tile in this beachside shower.

SMALL STONE

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Amidesign

This small stone tile gives this shower a more warm and cozy feeling.  Check out our article on the Toto Washlet Bidet.

Luxury Walk in Shower Floor and Wall Designs

Like any other bathroom, you also have to consider the floor and wall design. If you plan to have a solid wall as part of your walk in shower, use a neutral tile color that maintains the airiness of the bathroom. One area where you can create a unique style is the back wall, which you can use as the focus of your walk in shower and bathroom as a whole. For instance, a nice stone mosaic back wall draws your attention to it immediately you set foot into the shower.

As for the floor, ceramic, stone and glass tiles are popular because they are waterproof. You can either choose a neutral walk in shower tile design that keeps up with the overall minimalist style or go for a unique eye-catching design to complement an equally attention-commanding back wall.

Finally, consider the role accessories play in the overall style and feel of your walk in shower. Circular showerheads create a warm traditional feel while square rainfall showerheads give the bathroom a more futuristic feel. Other accessories to consider include a soap dish, grab bars, a corner seat and a spa-style bench for larger walk in showers.

Ready for your own amazing walk in shower? Here are a few design ideas to get you started.

ELEGANT

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Affinity Construction Group

Bath and shower in one on this modern and elegant bathroom.

GORGEOUS

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Anita Bourne t/a DefinitiveInteriorDesign.com

The marble wall, together with the gold shower accessories, make this shower undeniably gorgeous.

CORRUGATED

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Victor M Samuel Photography

Corrugated metal? Very difffent choice of materials for this ultra-modern shower. The shower floor is concrete and the shower walls appear to be corrugated metal.

TURQUOISE TILE

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Sticks and Stones Design Group inc.

Turquoise tile niches add a great pop of color to this shower.

LUXURY SHOWER

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Roomscapes Luxury Design Center

A beach style bathroom that boasts a spacious shower and stunning blue inset tile.

DREAMY BATH

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Sebring Design Build

Stunning walk in shower in this dreamy master bathroom.

BRICK WALL

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MARBLE SHOWER

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Cue & Cue of London

This very contemporary shower showcases a black natural stone/marble wall.

TAUPE TILE

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London Basement

The taupe wall tile is so different. We love the curbless shower floor.  But the lights in the shower niche are awesome!

SHIPLAP SHOWER

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Jonathan Raith Inc.

Love how they made the Corian sheet to look like shiplap. Perfect for a beach-inspired bathroom. The gray hex tiles on the floor are a nice touch too!

CLASSY

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Oliver Designs

Very classy walk in shower with glass doors.

MOUNTAIN STYLE

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High Camp Home

Rustic mountain style shower with tons of great detail.

MINIMALISTIC

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Pinevale Plumbing & Heating Ltd/Towncourt Homes

Very minimalist and contemporary. Heated towel rack is a great touch!

BLUE & GRAY

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Paul Craig Photography/Hampton Kitchens of Raleigh

Love the dark gray and blue tones in this walk in shower and how the white just brightens it all up.

SLEEK & SLICK

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Malboeuf Bowie Architecture

Very sleek bathroom and another cool sink! The glossy long black tiles are a great feature.

SERENE SUBWAY

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Leivars

I really like the white subway tile in this shower. The sink/vanity combination are really unique.

RUSTIC TUB

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Pinetop Custom Homes

Cool double opening shower setup. Love the tub in the center, very unique.

LARGE SHOWER

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Steven Paul Witsitt Photography

This shower looks so spacious. Very traditional fixtures.

PENNY TILE

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Hollingsworth Design

Love the penny tile floor in this two person walk in shower.

FEATURED

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Rockridge Fine Homes

I really like the square and rectangular shower fixtures in this double walk in shower.

OPEN & AIRY

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PAD Architects LLP

Open, bright and airy. Very contemporary. Like the window for light, but hope neighbors aren’t right next door looking in.

GRAY TILE

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Pearl Interiors

That gray tile is so huge! I’ve never seen tile that size.

RAIN SHOWER

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ART Design Build

This trendy double shower has an awesome rainshower feature. Pretty tile and stone too.

OPEN WALK IN

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Associate Interiors

Very nice open walk in shower in calming gray tones. Love the pebble tile floors.

Things To Consider When Installing A Walk In Shower

We could spend all day looking at walk-in shower designs since they are so lovely! We used to obsess over them, figuring they were just destined for huge baths and fancy homes, but these stunning rooms have proven us wrong. It turns out that a walk-in shower may also function in a tiny bathroom. In fact, they are an excellent alternative for a small area because you eliminate the cumbersome tray and enclosure. They can also be used with any style, and you can currently find some really affordable designs.

Having a walk-in shower has various advantages. You will be able to use a small or awkward space where a bath or regular shower would not fit due to the lack of an appropriate enclosure. You’re also future-proofing your home by tanking the room because having waterproof surfaces will come in handy during bath time with little children.

A walk-in shower works nicely in a variety of bathroom designs. It’s a terrific alternative for small rooms because a standard shower enclosure can split up the area & make it look smaller than it is. A walk-in shower creates the sense of a larger room by providing a larger feel—primarily if you use a simple, frameless glass panel.

Because of their unobtrusive style, walk-in showers go in well with various bathroom trends. They add to the overall aesthetic and improve the overall design of modern bathrooms. They can lend a subtle contemporary edge to more classic bathrooms. You can design your walk-in bathroom in various colors, ranging from whites to dark blacks, to match any color scheme.

Select The Best Location For A Walk-In Shower

When preparing to install a walk-in shower, one of the first things to consider is the location of the drain. To reduce the chance of water escaping the room, the drain should be placed as far away from the bathroom door as feasible. If you have a hardwood subfloor, the location of your drain is determined by the way your joists run. To avoid any tricky wedging effects, you’ll also need to consider how the gradient falls towards the garbage will run.

Include An Elegant Partition In A Walk-In Shower

A walk-in shower divider may not be necessary in larger bathrooms, but to make them work in a compact area, you will most likely need something to keep water from splashing all over the place. Black Crittall-style shower partitions are incredibly trendy right now, and they appear to be in every bathroom on Instagram. They manage to make a statement while being subtle.

Add A Walk-In Shower To A Standard Bathroom

Walk-in showers appear to be associated with more modern bathrooms, although they can also be used in more classic bathrooms. The wall paneling in this bathroom is in keeping with the time, and the basic glass screen doesn’t break up the space or add anything too modern.

Take note of the shelves that have been incorporated into this walk-in shower; they are a terrific way to provide storage for your toiletries as well as decoration.

Make A Walk-In Shower Work Even In The Smallest Bathroom

As we mentioned, walk-in showers could be the greatest solution in a small bathroom. A shower enclosure would take up unnecessary space in this cramped space, whereas a walk-in shower offers a seamless look. The partition is a curtain on a sliding rail that can be placed against the wall when the shower isn’t in use, which is quite ingenious and looks fantastic.

Use Bold Tiles To Make A Walk-In Shower A Feature

A walk-in shower can be a focal point in your bathroom rather than a minor detail. Bold tiles are a great way to achieve this, and you don’t need to tile much of the area to create an impact; try tiling the back of your walk-in shower with a large statement pattern and keeping the rest of the room basic so the shower becomes the focal point.

Work Next To A Window With A Walk-in Shower

A window in a bathroom is a desirable feature, but it can limit where you can place your bathroom furniture. A walk-in shower avoids all of these issues since you can simply install a window in the shower—a functional solution that also looks great!

Make A Walk-In Shower Nearly Invisible

If you have a small bathroom, constructing a walk-in shower that fits seamlessly and nearly invisibly into your space is a smart idea. Match the shower tiles to the wall tiles and keep the surround slim and basic.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Walk-In Shower

This is determined by the design chosen. For a simple tray & screen design, you can get a pre-fab unit for roughly $1,000, but the prices rise from there if you want something more opulent. You may pay anything from $8,000 and $15,000 for something completely customized.

You must also consider the cost of installation. It depends on how much plumbing work you require, but it might cost between $2,000 and $2,500 if pipes need to be replaced. You should factor in the expense of waterproofing the room, which is likely to be roughly $1,000. The cost of tiles and labor to install them should also be accounted for—obviously, this will vary depending on the tiles you select, but on average, you should spend $2,000.

What Material Is Best For A Walk-In Shower

When selecting a material for your walk-in shower, you have many alternatives. Ceramic tiles or glass are some of the most popular shower wall options since they come in a variety of styles and are easy to maintain. Marble and natural stone also work well, but they can be expensive, so it all depends on your budget.

The ideal material for the walk-in shower flooring depends on your design—if you want a shower tray, you can select between acrylic and ceramic. If you’re going to tile the floor to match the rest of your area, you may need to be more selective.

Instead of a shower tray, opt for a walk-in shower or wet room, which enables the floor tiles to run to the shower area, adding visual space to a room. However, not all surfaces are suitable for usage in a wet environment, and it is critical to understand the slip rating of the material. To provide increased traction in damp situations, I recommend utilizing a material with a structured, textured finish. Mosaics are also an excellent choice for damp places since the grout lines between the tiles provide adequate grip.

Glass is usually an excellent choice for a bathroom. Glass, which is both transparent and reflecting, can make a space feel brighter and more expansive. Water-resistant marble appearance tiles may look truly sophisticated in wetrooms, and they also come in a variety of hues ranging from dark to light.

If you love spacey, bright and airy bathrooms, the luxury walk in shower could be just what you need. Despite its minimalist feel, there are numerous design styles to choose from. We have given you a few ideas above to get your creative juices flowing.

If you are ready to get your own walk in shower, we are here to help you in any way possible. Talk to us with any comments and questions.

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