With both beauty and function in mind.
Showers are a hard-working, functional space, but who’s to say that they can’t also be a thing of beauty? Embellish your shower with stunning tiles and standout hardware, and you’ll have a space that’s equal parts pretty and practical. That’s not where your shower decorating decisions end, however. There’s still more decisions to make: Doors or curtains? Sliding doors or French doors? Unlacquered brass or polished nickel? Stone or tile? Designing a shower is a series of decisions, but with these ideas, the result will exceed expectations.
Still, don’t get caught up in the looks and forget the true purpose of a shower. Washington, D.C.-based interior designer Zoe Feldman reminds us that an ideal shower won’t skimp on beauty, but will also prioritize systems for consistently great washes. The power and placement of the shower heads aren’t the only factor of a functional shower, though. Rather, Feldman encourages thought on other considerations that may otherwise go overlooked.
“As far as the function of a shower, what we're concerned about is the placement of valves. When you go to turn on the shower, we like to make sure you don't get wet. A lot of people don't know that you can put your valves in a totally different area than your shower head,” says Feldman. “Another thing people don't realize is that a large shower can get very cold.”
Ready to renovate? Whether you prefer bold tile or traditional finishes, there's a shower idea here that's sure to inspire.
No matter which way you swing it, a double door is a lovely choice. This idea provides a clean look and easy accessibility.
A built-in shower bench is a stylish choice for any shower, but it's particularly perfect for showers used by those who need a place to sit or help with balance. Extra storage is also a bonus.
With one simple instillation, your shower can be transformed into a spa-like experience. Raining down from above, an overhead spout can feel deceptively luxurious.
Bring In A Bench
If your shower doesn't include a built-in bench, consider adding one of your own for easy storage or to prop up a leg while shaving. Choose a bench made from a water proof material or one that won't quickly mildew or mold.
Create consistency throughout the entire bathroom by matching metals. Tie in the space by aligning shower hardware with the finishings on your sink and light fixtures.
Choose your adventure: bath or shower. A shower head above a bathtub expands the potential of the tub.
One space-saving trick is to build your towel storage right into the shower. This way, there's no need for an external or over-door towel rack.
Here, blue-green Esmeralda onyx graces both the shower walls and the bathroom vanity. This mesmerizing stone acts as a line of continuity that brings the room together.
Depart From All White
All-white and -gray bathrooms have dominated homes for entirely too long, in our opinion. Try out a more eye-catching neutral, like black or charcoal, to grace the tiles of your shower.
If you're ready and willing to explore beyond the world of neutrals, experiment with a colorful hue. Here, blue shower tiles stun as a focal point for the bathroom.
According to interior designer Whitney Romanoff, small tiles have more modern intrigue than their larger scale counterparts. “Smaller scale tiles in an interesting pattern can really make a space more interesting,” she says.
Blue And White
Blue and white is always right everywhere in the house, and the bathroom is no exception. If you're looking to add that extra oomph to an all-white bathroom, blue details should do just the trick.
Indoor showers aren't the only ones that can be good-looking. Outdoor showers tend to be airy and whimsical, and the rubber ducky and attractive patterns in this one evoke that seamlessly.
Some may be under the illusion that showers are a simple, uninspired space, but you know better. Don't let the decorating stop right outside the shower doors. Instead, take a cue from this pristine shower which is full of personality, evident in its French doors and decorative embellishments.
If curtains are your barrier of choice, the options don't start and end with a simple curtain hung from a shower hook. Rather, give your shower the full treatment like you would a window.
This renovated bathroom is full of old-school influence and original pieces, just like the rest of the mountain cabin. The home's original pink tub is complemented by white subway tiles in the shower and lots of retro colors.
Interior designer Missy Steffens says that when it comes to glass shower doors, the less hardware, the more modern it will look. For this reason, she prefers a frameless glass door over a sliding one which requires review hardware.
Showers are often placed in the corner of a bathroom, but depending on the layout and spatial needs of your home, this may not always be possible. Get creative with a central tub-shower with wrap-around curtains.
These days, designers are adamant that living finishes are the way to go. Gone are the days of chrome and brushed brass in the bathroom. Instead, polished nickel and unlacquered brass may be the way to go for long-lasting finishes that will stay in style.
There's few other rooms in the house with such jewel-box potential as the bathroom. While shower-less powder rooms tend to get this special treatment, we think that bathrooms with showers deserve bold colors and patterns, too.
Small Space Shower
If space is a concern, keep it simple. Elongate your bathroom by sticking to the same color so that your shower tiles blend in with the paint on the wall, ceiling, and floor.
While matchy-matchy can be pleasing, don't be afraid of mixing it up. Here, asymmetrical design and a half wall add visual interest, but smaller details like mixed metals can have a similar effect.
Double Shower Heads
A his and hers shower is the new his and hers sink. Similar to how your bathroom may have a double sinks in the vanity, double shower heads expand the function of any bathroom.
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