7 Ways to Design the Walk-In Shower of Your Dreams
For many, a shower is a sacred place. It’s where we go to relax and unwind after a strenuous day or where we refresh and energize for the day ahead—not to mention all those deep thoughts and brilliant ideas that seem to come to us when we take a scrub. For all these reasons, the way your walk-in shower is designed can seriously impact your day. So why not make your shower the sanctuary you deserve?
Shannon Wollack, founder and partner, and Brittany Zwickl, principal designer and partner, both of Studio LIFE.STYLE,, say, “the best place to start is to evaluate how much space you have to work with.” Once you’ve done this, the creative opportunities are endless. We took to Pinterest to find the most eye-catching walk-in shower designs, and we let this design duo weigh in on how to replicate each style at home. No matter your theme, space, or budget, here are the walk-in shower designs of your dreams.
Play With Bold Lines and Geometric Shapes
It’s not hard to see why this gorgeous bathroom turns heads: The skylight lets in plenty of natural rays, creating a bright, clean canvas that puts graphic tiles on display. “We made the walk-in shower feel bigger by using glass doors so that the space doesn’t feel too enclosed or cramped,” Wollack and Zwickl say. You definitely won’t feel cramped in this shower built for two. Mix and match bold lines and geometric shapes to re-create this statement look.
Think White and Bright
This white-on-white bathroom flows seamlessly into the walk-in shower, making the whole space feel light and airy. The “focus should be on how to make the walk-in shower interesting though unique tiles [and] fixtures,” Wollack and Zwickl recommend. The single color palette of this squeaky-clean white shower, along with the patterned tiles complement the white color while keeping the space interesting. Not ready to renovate? Refresh your tired bathroom with crisp white accessories, like a marble tray or a plush bath mat.
Invest in a Statement Tile
“If you are on a budget, the one part of the shower to invest in most is a beautiful stone or tile for maximum impact,” they say. This otherwise minimal walk-in shower-and-bathtub combo is completely elevated, thanks to the bold pattern of this bright blue tile. Don’t be afraid of a colorful, patterned tile if the rest of the shower is neutral—it instantly makes the room look luxe and well thought-out.
Stick to a Theme
Wollack and Zwickl like to choose a theme that complements the rest of the bathroom when designing the shower. Get creative, and commit to a concept. This rustic, clay-walled shower is the ultimate inspiration. The color palette, floor tile, and accent pieces are completed with a decorative ladder that’s perfect for hanging towels. You’ll feel transported to another place every time you take a shower.
Utilize Storage Space
“We balance functionality with design by having each design feature serve a function. We do not use any extra items to clutter a walk-in shower,” the designers say. This no-frills walk-in shower combines functionality with design. The slate mosaic floor-to-ceiling tiles play beautifully with the practical hidden storage space in the wall. Try using a wooden stool like this for an extra shelf that also serves as a decorative element.
Play Up the Architecture
Embrace the unique designs that your shower may already have, like this beautiful arch entryway. Because these elements are already incorporated into the space, simple decorations like a hanging mirror and small accessories do the trick. To upgrade a walk-in shower without committing to a remodel, Wollack and Zwickl suggest switching out design pieces like your faucet fixtures to make the space feel new. These small swaps can transform the whole look of your shower.
Go With the Trends
The designers say that using subway tile is one of the most popular shower design trends right now. We love the way this modern bathroom incorporates the trend to complement the industrial shower head and geometric floors. Don’t be afraid to let your shower tile escape beyond the shower door for a cohesive look.
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