How to create a wetroom bathroom

Bright wetroom with large blinds

It’s one of the biggest luxuries I can think of: a wetroom, complete with rainfall shower, gorgeous tiles, and an overall look guaranteed to make your friends and family just a little green with envy.

Whether you are aiming for the full monty or ‘only’ a walk-in enclosure, a stunning scheme doesn’t have to break the bank – yes, even if you’re a central London dweller like me, who are usually prone to living in teeny spaces.

How, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve got the secret to success right here. Read on.

Monochrome cloakroom with large reeded shower screen

A sleek shower panel with a slim frame can create the feeling of a wetroom while limiting the amount of full waterproofing – known as tanking, a very pricey process – you need. Aqata‘s reeded glass shower screen starts from £1080 for an 80cm screen, plus can be fitted with an optional towel rail, £111.60, to make a stylish solution extra practical.

The planning

I know what you’re thinking – where do you start?

Before anything else, think about whether you’re ready to face the work, cost, and disruption of full waterproofing, also known as tanking, or if a large walk-in shower would suffice.

Open-plan bedroom with wetroom in industrial loft

If you’re after an open-plan space, a stud wall as part of your shower enclosure will keep splashes contained while also limiting the amount of tanking you’ll need. This industrial-style scheme features Matki‘s One wetroom panel with a black-framed effect, which taps right into the trend for steel-framed glazing.

Then, hit up a specialist and start talking shop. This can be a bathroom designer, plumber, or a builder – they’ll all know what they’re doing.

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For an extra level of security, double check your chosen tradesperson is registered with a professional organisation, for example the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association.

The practicalities

A wetroom includes tiles. A lot of them.

So unless you want to spend your time scrubbing your surfaces, choose low-maintenance materials where possible. You could also give up on trying to get everything streak free… .

Quartz and acrylic make great choices. They’re scratch resistant, cope well with frequently getting wet, and a quick wipe is often all they need to look squeaky clean again.

Blue-green freestanding bath on geometric vinyl

If you want the look of tiles without the work, vinyl might be a suitable alternative. Hard-wearing and waterproof, it now comes in all sorts of designs – from solutions looking like real stone to flooring that emulates tiles. This is the Platinum Cabana Mono vinyl, £18.99 per sq m, from Carpetright.

Vinyl is also suitable and now comes in a whole host of designs, from solid colours (good for a fun twist) to surfaces imitating the appearance of real stone, wood, or tiles.

Bonus? Tile-look vinyl has no grout lines – one less thing that needs scrubbing. Win.

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The future

I know, nobody wants to think about getting older (unless you’re me and were taken for 16 not too long ago – apparently no makeup and a big coat give me serious baby face).

That said, this is the chance to make sure your space will work, no matter what life throws at you or which elderly or very young family member comes to visit and needs a room they can navigate safely.

Glamorous bathroom with his and hers shower area

If you have a large space and would like an extra level of luxury, why not opt for a twin shower? A his and hers set-up looks like straight out of a boutique hotel. If you’re so inclined, it also allows you to mix styles and colours – think dark and moody on one side and pastels or bright colours on the other. This scheme featuring Merlyn‘s twin shower enclosure, from £1306.65 for a 70cm panel, also has a niche in the shower wall, ideal for storing toiletries.

How to make your wetroom accessible? Easy!

Anti-slip tiles are a must anyways, but also think about having an even floor throughout, easy-to-reach storage, and maybe even a seat in your shower.

But don’t worry, it won’t look like a hospital – all of these bank plenty of style points these days and are often found in luxury hotels.

And if it’s good enough for the Savoy, it’s just perfect in our homes.

The style secrets

Marble is, I have no other word for it, the little black dress of the bathroom world: quickly jazzed up with a new cut or a few accessories and never out of fashion.

Shower enclosure with marble-look quartz wall cladding and black brassware

Marble needs a lot of care – but luckily, there are other surfaces which look the part without being quite so demanding. Shown here, for example, is Cosentino’s Dekton Slim in Opera, from £75 per sq m, which is ultra-compact, hard-wearing, and ideal as bathroom wall cladding.

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It’s also a tricky material and prone to staining, so it’s good new that there are surfaces which look the part but are much easier to take care of.

Of course, you could also be more adventurous. Concrete is super popular right now – ideal for a cool, urban look – or you could opt for softer colours and straight lines to create a sleek, unfussy but still warm look.

So, what will it be? The all-out wetroom? A luxurious enclosure? A mix of both? Let me know – I’m always looking for inspiration myself.

Featured image: Daylight makes any space instantly feel brighter and more open – plus it’ll make your morning shower all the more invigorating. To preserve your privacy, window films are a solution. If actually sticking something to your glass is out of the question, blinds make a great, easy-to-install alternative. Made from high-grade PVC and vinyl, English Blinds‘ Multi Lux design, from £22.95 for a 30 x 30cm size, can withstand the moisture in the bathroom but still looks sleek. 

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