If you’re remodeling your bathroom, you should consider a walk-in shower: a shower space loosely defined by its lack of enclosure.
A More Spacious and Luxurious Look
A walk-in shower can make small and midsize bathroom spaces appear more spacious. The lack of a door, wall, or barrier opens-up the room so that any space previously enclosed as a separate shower is now contributing to the whole room in a visual sense. For larger bathroom spaces, walk-in showers tend to add to the luxuriousness of the space as they allow for a wider variety of styles and aesthetics.
As there are generally less curves and places where water can get trapped, and also because there tend be more airflow in a bathroom with a walk-in shower, such spaces tend to have less mildew growth. Also, since the entire bathroom space is more open – particularly in smaller rooms – cleaning is an easier job. In many cases it becomes possible to clean the entire room in minutes with a single mop, rather than having to contort your body and use smaller scrubs for hard-to-reach spaces.
Safer and Faster Access
Having no barrier to your shower means nothing to trip over when getting in or out. This may not sound like a big deal, but walking straight into a shower just feels better than having to climb into a tub especially when you are exhausted, barely awake, injured or just really need a shower now.
Can be Cheaper
Of course it’s possible to make a walk-in shower, like any part of your bathroom, as luxurious (and expensive) as you want it, a well-designed walk-in shower can offer excellent cost performance. For example, glass enclosures are nice but quality glass is expensive, and the door is generally the most expensive part. A walk-in shower can utilize glass for a wall, but have no need for a door. This means, especially if you’re on a budget, you can spend more on the quality glass wall you need to make your shower look and feel more luxurious.
Keep it Simple
The simpler your design is, the better the chances of your shower area looking chic and elegant.
Match but Distinguish between the Washroom and Shower Space
Make sure the walk-in shower area is distinct from the rest the bathroom but that it complements it. Don’t choose clashing themes. Use a neutral tile color that maintains the airiness of the bathroom. The best area for a unique style is the back wall of the walk-in shower. This can be the focus of your walk-in shower and bathroom as a whole, so you may want to consider a stone mosaic back that draws attention to it immediately when you set foot into the room.
If you have the option of a skylight, it’s best to position your walk-in shower so the skylight enters it directly. The same goes for a window, especially if there is only one in the room. Having more light in the walk-in shower helps to create that bright and airy feeling. If neither of these is possible, an all-glass enclosure is better because you’ll only have artificial lighting to maintain the open feeling, which is really what sets the walk-in shower apart.
Accessories play can play a surprisingly important role in determining the style and feel of your walk-in shower. For example, circular showerheads create a warm traditional feel while square showerheads tend to give the room a futuristic feel. In most cases you’ll probably want to go with a rainfall style shower head that sits fairly high above your head. This tends to mean less splashing, which depending on the size of your space, can be essential for keeping the rest of the bathroom floor dry. Other accessories to consider include a soap dish, grab bars, a corner seat and for larger walk-in showers, a spa-style bench.
Here are some visual ideas:
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