If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, a walk-in shower is an excellent choice for a number of different reasons. Whether you’re installing a new walk-in shower or renovating a current one, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you elevate the look of your bathroom.
Before getting into the design aspects of a walk-in shower, let’s take a look at why walk-in showers are a great option, to begin with.
Why Choose a Walk-in Shower?
First and foremost, they are safer. Given that the bathroom is one of the most commonly used areas of the home it’s no surprise that so many household accidents occur there. Along with the kitchen, it’s one of the most dangerous areas of the house. If you or a member of your household has mobility issues, a walk-in shower will help reduce the risk of slipping and tripping.
Walk-in showers are much easier to clean. If you’re a busy person with limited time for housework, then a walk-in will significantly cut down on the time needed to keep the bathroom space looking presentable. Walk-in showers are also a great option if your bathroom is on the smaller side. They’ll help you maximize your bathroom’s available space, making it feel bigger than it actually is.
Last but not least, in addition to being one of the two most dangerous rooms in the home, the bathroom — again, along with the kitchen — is one of the most important rooms that homebuyers will look at when making a decision. As such, adding a walk-in shower is a great way to enhance the value of your home should you ever put it on the market.
Looking for ways to spruce up your walk-in shower? Take a look at some of these tips to enhance the look of your shower.
Add a Glass Enclosure
Walk-in showers offer a wide array of design options. Glass enclosures are very popular because the glass can enhance the brightness of the room and make it look and feel even more spacious than it already is. Adding a window or skylight can create an even lighter effect, but if this isn’t an option, don’t worry — an all-glass enclosure will maintain its brightness even if the bathroom only receives artificial lighting.
Consider a Frameless Shower
A frameless shower design is another popular option, as more homeowners are opting for designs that have a streamlined, minimalist feel. Adding doors can make for a roomier feel, but going doorless is a choice that is gaining in popularity for its aesthetic appeal and space-saving ability.
The only thing to keep in mind about doorless walk-in showers is that they do not offer a lot of privacy since you’ll only be covered by a shower curtain.
Turn Your Shower Into a Spa
Instead of just using your shower as a place to clean up, why not turn it into a space where you can relax, and relieve your stress? With the right materials, colours and textures, your shower space can be transformed into a spa-like setting that provides a temporary oasis.
A wooden shower floor or bench, some greenery, and a rainfall shower head are just a few of the accessories that can help you achieve a spa-like experience without having to leave your home.
Consider Mixing Tiles
For a look that distinguishes your shower from the rest, consider combining different types of tiles on your shower walls and floors. You can combine porcelain tiles of various sizes on the walls with mosaic glass tiles on the floor, and even use them as wall accents for a sleek but inviting look.
You will also want your choice of tiles to reflect and complement your shower design, as well as be practical. Ceramic, stone, and glass tiles all work well because they are all waterproof materials. You can go with a neutral tone that fits in with an existing minimalist design or choose something flashier to provide a contrast.
Don’t underestimate the value of accessories when it comes to the look and feel of your walk-in shower. Rainfall-style shower heads can help give your bathroom a more futuristic look, while circular shower heads are the best choice if you’re aiming more for a more warm and traditional look. Other accessories you might want to consider include soap dishes, grab bars, or a shower seat if you have some extra space in your shower.
If you don’t have much space to spare but would still like a seat in your shower, a great option is the SMART Foot Seat. Made from rust-proof aluminum, this shower seat is the perfect space-saving solution; it has a compact seat and anti-slip rubber feet, so you can sit back and relax during your shower routine.
Limited Budget? No Problem
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great looking bathroom. To get the effect you want without spending too much, look for a basic fibreglass shower with built-in amenities. A metal-frame door can also add a touch of class and elegance to the look of a basic shower.
These are just a few walk-in shower designs that are out there to help inspire your next home improvement project. Exploring the different designs will help bring you one step closer to a bathroom that reflects your taste and sense of style, as well as better utilize your available space, improve safety, cut down on maintenance and enhance the value of your home.
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