Do you want to feel rejuvenated every time you step into your bathroom? A whimsical wet area might be just what you need.
We look at six inspiring walk-in shower ideas and talk to the designers behind them to spark your creativity and help you achieve your dream space…
1. Walk-in shower ideas adorned with patterns
The timeless chequerboard pattern is on the rise. Welcome it into your shower area with intricate geometric shapes and playful gingham motifs. Opt for complementing shades to achieve a truly unique look.
“The designers embraced a variety of patterns while adhering to an earthy colour palette, which achieves a harmonious look for this colourful enclosure,” explains Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms. “The juxtaposition of the chequerboard and tear-drop tiles enhances the overall aesthetic and complements the gingham waterproof wallpaper. The steel-framed shower panel adds an industrial touch that seamlessly combines with a sense of comfort,” she adds.
2. Drenched in colour
Create a statement look in your shower by decorating the walls with vibrant, single-tone tiles. Add interest with contrasting grout, slim, dark borders and a bold flooring choice.
“These elongated Loki Pink Gloss Ceramic brick tiles, £65.76 per sq m, allow the strong pink tones to feel elegant, while the lustrous glaze cleverly bounces light around the narrow shower, making it feel more spacious,” says Louisa Morgan, creative director at Mandarin Stone. “The horizontal black Paintbox Ebony Gloss Ceramic Pencil tiles, £10.74 each, break the strong vertical lines and perfectly pair with the Chaplin Spiro Matt Porcelain patterned floor tiles, which cost £41.96 per sq m.”
3. Sunny stripes
“Striped tile designs have followed on from the chequerboard revival as a fun, yet smart, alternative to using two colours to create clean, classic designs,” says Louisa Alice, creative director at Mosaic Factory. In this scheme, so green and white zellige tiles, priced £142.80 per sq m from Mosaic Factory, are laid out in a stripe pattern on the floor and one wall of the shower.
This design trick draws the eye to the wet area and enhances the feeling of space. “The impact of stripes in this space is so strong because it fills it seamlessly,” advises interior designer Lizzie Green. “If you go for a stripe, think about what the line of sight will be and work from there. Go for contrasting shades, but keep it harmonious so it’s calming and restful.
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4. Boutique-hotel style walk-in shower ideas
Do you prefer a more opulent look? Get inspiration from this stylish bathroom, which oozes nostalgia. The blush-pink tiles, dark- bronze brassware and classic marble sink create the perfect backdrop for getting ready in the morning and recharging in the evening.
“The master bathroom was an important focus in this Victorian house renovation,” says interior designer Anouska Tamony. “I worked with the client on a hotel-style feel, reminiscent of Deco-era New York, pairing candy-pink metro tiles with classic, aged-brass fittings from luxury bathroom manufacturer Drummonds.”
5. Black and white beauty
We love this sophisticated walk-in shower – from the monochrome marble wall tiles to the classic gold brassware.
Laura Parkinson, director at interior design studio Palmer & Stone, shares how the design came together: “Originally this area had a tiny, battered, cast-iron bath, so we removed it and used the whole width of the room to create the shower enclosure,” she says. “We knew that using a glazed door or a traditional shower cubicle would compromise the available area, so we created a bespoke enclosure using built-in pillars. We added a raised ledge, tiled in the same marble as the floor, to keep the water inside. The floor and wall tiles feature various marbles, which set off the patina of the unlacquered brass beautifully.”
6. Tranquil getaway
A chic, curved entrance is a great alternative to the classic shower panel. This is a perfect way of adding wow factor to your bathroom.
Holly Vaughan, director at construction and design company Vaughan Design & Development, tells us more about this striking shower’s design: “We went for a subtle palette of pastels and curved silhouettes to create a soft and feminine, yet grown-up, space. We wanted to see the zellige tiles in the shower space and played with the scale of these using a band of brick-style tiles among the square designs. The pinky-brown marble and brass tones of the tapware add warmth and we kept the look playful with an Ottoline blind, a rattan ceiling light and some decorative plates on the wall.”
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