Seemingly the walk in shower is becoming an increasingly large element in the design of modern bathrooms. It creates a comfortable look and definitely has many benefits, but what type of style should you go for? There are many considerations to be made when thinking of installing a walk in shower, naturally you will want a look that is fun but also practical, as well as relaxing for the times when all you want is a long hot steamy shower. Here are a few of the more popular walk in shower designs that are currently being installed in people's houses.
A popular trend at the moment for walk in showers is the rustic theme. This is unsurprising as most people's shower rooms have limited space, so by bringing in the expanses of nature, a sense of space can be created. This look is easily obtained; in terms of colour schemes you should be considering neutral tones such as earthy browns and yellows. Materials when using this design of walk in shower should be as natural as possible, such as stone slabs and wooden fixings. You can, make nature an even larger part of your walk in shower design by placing plants in the shower room or having a mural with an idyllic scene emblazoned upon it.
In terms of the taps and shower head in the walk in area it is advisable to create a distressed look to enhance the rustic style. Using copper can be extremely effective; the slight green tinge to aged copper can be a beautiful design feature of your new walk in shower. Use of beech wood can be useful in creating that cabin look that so many desire, it may not be a sauna, but at least it could look like one.
Another commonly used them in walk in shower is the spa theme. This luxurious look can be created by installing a large shower head, or even by installing multiple shower heads. The effect is that your body is massaged by many streams of water and the relaxation that is gained is pure delight. In terms of colour you should go pale. The use of creams and whites for that clean and crisp look is advisable for your walk in shower area. A great touch that works wonders is to place aromatherapy candles and scents around the bathroom to relax you further.
While we have up until this point talked about aesthetic design features for your walk in shower, the shape should also be considered. This is naturally dependent upon the size and shape of your bathroom but here are a few ideas.
There is of course the regular shaped square shower that has been present in many people's showers, for an added design feature your walk in shower could include a curved door. This can be considered a clever way to save space in smaller bathrooms. A contemporary design for a walk in shower has been the use of the pentagonal shape; this is a great combination of style and space. With five sides you have room to stretch and can easily be made larger dependent upon the space at your disposal.
Installing a walk in shower will add to the value of your home if done well. The modern look will be important to buyers who predominantly place a great deal of emphasis upon the kitchen and bathroom. They create an ideal sense of space to even the smallest of bathrooms and in some cases can be design feature that will swing a sale. While you may worry this kind of design will purely be a fad, the look is timeless and will be elegant for some time to come.
Thankfully, a walk in shower is easy to fit and has benefits for old and young users, if you think that your bathroom could do with a change than maybe this design feature could be for you.
Interior design expert Thomas Pretty looks into increased use of the walk in shower in contemporary bathrooms.