[ecis2016.org] Here are the best shower design ideas to help you select the right type for your bathroom.
A shower is an important equipment in a modern bathroom. A functional and stylish shower design can help you feel fresh and relaxed.
Corner shower design
Corner shower enclosures are space-savers, as they fit easily in small bathrooms. The corner shower can be framed with glass or can be separated by curtains, glass or sliding doors. A triangular shape corner shower is common, but you can also get a round base shower. To make the shower area look attractive, design it with tiles of subtle patterns and soothing colours and team it with bold colour accessories.
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Shower design: Walk-in enclosure
Walk-in showers are ideal for open areas without shower trays, doors, or glass panels. Walk-in showers are apt for modern houses and their enclosures are usually frameless making the bathroom look big as if it is an extension of a room. A walk-in shower is more functional than a standard shower as it provides ease of access and safety to those with mobility issues as it is without a barrier or a threshold, although designed with a lower ledge to contain water. You can design the walk-in shower area using ceramic or glass tiles. Add golden colour as a highlight for luxurious appeal.
Bathroom shower design with tub
Big bathrooms can accommodate a separate shower and a bathtub. If space is an issue, then, a bathtub-shower combo is an ideal solution. The two-in-one unit makes the most of the limited space. The shower is usually placed at the centre of the space or you can opt for a hand shower. You can opt for a simple bathtub or a Jacuzzi design, depending on your budget.
Bathroom shower tiles design ideas
Bathroom tiles give an attractive look to the shower area. You can choose white, cream, or blue, pink and red tiles. Highlight the shower area with a feature wall with brightly patterned tiles from geometric, floral, digitally-printed, glass pattern or high-definition tiles. Mosaic tiles in the shower area can be used to create a shower bench free from sharp edges. A bright border tile can be used to break the monotony. You can opt for pebble or seashell-patterned tiles or combination of two colours like white and mint, or off white and blue, or black and white tiles.
Marble-granite shower design
Natural stones like marble and granite give a luxurious appeal to your shower area. You can choose from white, black, grey, green, or brown colours. Go for stone tiles or slabs and small grout joints and choose a slip-resistant surface for the shower floor. Opt for bathroom mats and honed marble, to make the floor slip-resistant. It is better to use marble and granite for walls and niches rather than the floor.
Glass shower designs
Glass shower designs are popular as they look sleek and classy and can elevate the overall look. With abundance of light, the bathroom looks more spacious. A glass enclosure helps the accent tiles to become a focal point of attraction in a bathroom. Further, glass shower cubicles make for a separate bathing space within the bathroom. Glasses are available in different block styles, thickness and colours. Sliding doors create more space for installing shower and other bathroom fixtures. Go for frosted, or textured look, if you are looking for privacy. Hinged shower swing doors are a popular option, as they can provide a safe and wide entry. Frameless glass shower doors remain in trend, as home owners prefer clean and minimalist aesthetics.
Shower design with seat
Design the shower area with a shower seat to relax while enjoying the cascading water flow. A shower seat can be used as a footrest for leg-shaving and foot scrubs. Go for a built-in shower bench that blends seamlessly into marble or granite, or wall. Built-in shower benches give a luxurious appeal and the space below can also be used for storage. Ensure that the seat is strong, if opting for a folding or floating bench.
Walk-in shower alcoves and eaves
Small bathrooms sometimes have awkward alcoves and eaves that look cluttered. Use them cleverly for a walk-in shower design. Roof windows above the shower can let light in. Design a walk-in shower like an eave and let the walls act as a partition between shower and the rest of the bathroom. Design the shower area with stones on walls or tiles with nature-inspired designs. Simple interiors work the best for small shower designs. Minimal use of colours can make your bathroom look more spacious.
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Shower design with acrylic enclosure
Acrylic shower enclosures are light and resistant to dents, cracks, as well as fungus and mildew. They are available in many styles from simple, traditional to modern and extravagant. You can buy acrylic shower cubicles with a built-in head shower, a towel rail, and luxurious features like rainfall showerhead and steam jets. Quadrant, rectangular and square shower enclosures are also available. Quadrant shower enclosures work well when positioned at corners.
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Shower design with built-in storage
The shower area must have adequate storage for soaps, lotions and other toiletries to be easily accessible. A niche is essentially a cut-out area in wall that creates a ledge for storage. Keeping the floor space free, shower niches are good for small bathrooms. If the depth of the wall allows, go for built-in alcove to keep toiletries in the shower area. To make the shower niche attractive, use contrasting tiles designs and colours. This makes the shower niche more like a statement piece in bathrooms. Combine the vertical and horizontal designs of the niche for items such as shampoo or decorative items like candles or plants.
Skylight shower design
Design your bathroom keeping the sunlight direction in mind. A skylight shower design is an alternative to a window, to maintain privacy while increasing the amount of natural light coming into your bathroom. Placing a skylight directly above your bathtub or shower or bringing light to bathroom vanities and mirrors is also a good idea.
Shower designs with curtains
The shower curtain protects the floor from water. A good shower curtain adds colour flair and sophistication to bathrooms. You can choose from jacquard woven, bamboo fibre, plastic, or PVC, or even cotton curtains available in many designs and colours. Try to match them with the colour of tiles to have a cohesive look.
Open bathroom shower design
An open bathroom design gives a spa-like atmosphere. A shower cubicle in a master bedroom spells luxury. Make your bathroom look large with a mirror wall and opt for a glass partition with venetian blinds that can be used whenever required. Blinds give privacy to the bathroom user while reflecting the rest of the space and visually opening the area for large bedroom-bathroom suites.
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Bathroom shower design: Types of showerheads
The bathroom should have an apt showerhead which is comfortable to use and enhances its décor. The shower area should be at least 48″ x 36″ for comfort. Avoid a shower smaller than 32″ x 32″. For a spacious bathroom, go for 60″ x 36″ size.
Select a suitable shower style, depending on the family’s needs. The sliding bar shower head’s height can be adjusted for kids and adults.
The ceiling shower head spreads water evenly over a large area. A single spray shower head with concentrated, to-the-point flow and solid pressure can make the bathing experience enjoyable.
Hand-held shower heads give the comfort of standing at one spot while bathing. It can be fixed on the mount if required. This is convenient and helpful for kids, pets, and elders at home.
Rainfall showers release water with light pressure and large diameter, ensuring that the flow of water is calm and soothing.
Spray or showers panels fitted from top to bottom, on parallel or adjacent walls, gives a spa therapy with water streams from all sides.
Bathroom shower design with new technology
Latest shower designs include a built-in wireless speakers inside, to sync it to a smartphone, to play music or audio. There are shower designs with waterproof speakers. Some shower heads include LED lights that makes it enjoyable. Steam showers are gaining popularity for providing a spa-like feel. Modern steam showers with digital control are easy to activate. You can adjust its duration and temperature control.
Tips to design a perfect shower area
- Consider the overall size of the bathroom, toilet and washbasin in your bathroom, before deciding the shower size.
- Ceramic and porcelain tiles have slip-resistant features. Consider using mosaic tiles for the shower flooring, as small tiles with more grout lines can provide more friction.
- Create divisions in the bathroom for a separate shower area to prevent water from spreading everywhere. Shower curbs act as a threshold between the shower and bathroom floors, keeping water restricted to the shower area.
- Using glass cubicles for separating the shower area will restrict water from flowing into other parts of the bathroom.
- Recessed lighting is the most popular in shower areas and can be easily sealed from moisture. Ensure the LED ceiling or wall fixture you choose is waterproof.
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- Make a safe shower area for senior citizens with non-slipping floors, mats, grab bars, hand-held shower heads and a shower bench.
- Add a few green plants for a fresh vibe to the shower area.
- Incorporate enough shelves to store moisturizers, scrubs, and aromatic bathing oils to pamper yourself.
What are the various types of shower mixer taps available in markets?
The double-handle shower mixer has two handles for cold and hot water. The mechanical mixer has a single lever or knob to control hot and cold water on one axis and flow of water on another. A thermostatic mixing valve has two controls, one regulates water flow and the other manages its temperature. It is a safe option compared to manual shower mixers.
Why are low-flow showerheads good for the environment?
Low-flow showerheads can lessen water consumption by about 40%. Showers also use energy to heat water and so, it also cuts down energy usage.
How can I make shower time more relaxing?
Shower time can be enjoyable with music and usage of essential oils that help in relaxation. Turn down the lights and use candles to create a good ambiance.
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