18 Ideas for Beautiful Showers

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    What Makes a Beautiful Shower Design?

    Shower and bath in modern bathroom
    Robert Daly / Getty Images

    Showers don't have to be merely practical. Even in small spaces, you can design showers that are decidedly beautiful as they provide a refreshing daily experience. Whether traditional or modern, using rough stone or sleek tile, showers can adapt to any style.

    What constitutes "beautiful" is really up to the eye of the beholder. But in general, a sense of balance, plenty of light, design elements like contrasting lines and different tile patterns, and well-chosen accessories all contribute to beautiful shower spaces.

    Here are some inspiring, beautiful shower designs that demonstrate the amazing possibilities of this underutilized space.

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    Seamless Shower

    Beautiful shower design
    Sisters in Sync Design via Houzz

    This large seamless shower in neutral colors, by Sisters In Sync Design, via Houzz, is a wonderful example of how you can integrate your shower space with the rest of the bathroom.

    The ceramic floor and wall tile extending outside of the shower area, along with the curbless design and frameless glass enclosure, combine to present a seamless look. The bleached wood bench adds a touch of beachside comfort.

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    Steel-Framed Shower Enclosure

    Beautiful shower design with steel frames
    Smith Hanes

    If you want to bring attention to your shower space, these industrial-style steel-framed glass walls are just perfect. This trend is definitely making waves and this custom design by Smith Hanes shows you how this might look in a classic bathroom with subway tile. The industrial look is perfect for a loft/warehouse style decor. 

    The contrast of black and white is definitely a theme here, and something you might want to explore in your own design.

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    Wet Room With Large Windows

    Shower with large windows
    John Maniscalco Architecture

    If you have enough space, you can take advantage of natural light by creating a wet room shower featuring large windows that are frosted for privacy while bathing the area in natural light. Note the rain shower head and the plant and built-in bench within the wet area. The curbless shower design and frameless glass door allow the shower to blend in with the rest of the room. 

    The marble used by architect John Maniscalco gives this bathroom both elegance and a traditional minimalist look. 

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    Space Capsule Shower

    Space capsule shower
    LAIR Architectural via Houzz

    If your tastes are more futuristic, then maybe this original shower design will inspire you. Note how the space is defined not only by the curved walls but also by the smaller cut of the mosaic tile along the plumbing wall within the wet area. The multicolored, iridescent tile makes you feel like an astronaut!

    This shower by LAIR Architectural, via Houzz, is definitely among the most original and memorable designs you'll find.

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    Master Marble Shower

    Marble shower design
    White And Gold Design

    This large master bathroom shower design shows what you can do when you have lots of space—in this case, a long bench and a wet area large enough for two people to comfortably shower at the same time.

    White And Gold Design did a great job with the marble tile ​here. Notice how the color of the hex floor tile is echoed in the bench slab and the larger ceiling tiles.

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    Cathedral Window Shower

    Cathedral window shower design
    Larry E. Boerder

    A variation on the steel-framed enclosure shown earlier, this shower design will appeal to architecture fans. The frame recalls cathedral-style stained-glass windows, and the surrounding decor choice highlights the traditional tastes of the owner.

    This shower design by Larry E. Boerder shows you that today's shower designs can have a timeless appeal.

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    Large Wet Room Shower

    Wet room style shower design
    Jim Somerset Photography

    Want a large shower space as well as a bathtub? Consider a wet room-style design such as this one, where the tub is installed in the showering area. This way, two people can comfortably bathe and shower at the same time.

    This design by Spivey Architects, via Houzz, shows you the possibilities of combining both a shower and a tub without sacrificing space.

    Not sure you like this particular tub? Explore the many different styles of tubs available.

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    Delicate Tile Shower

    Delicate tile shower design
    Gilmore Design Studio

    What first attracts the eye in this shower design is the delicate, lace-like marble tile treatment at the back. The medium grey tile inserts give movement and interest to what otherwise might be just another boring marble shower design.

    This shower by Gilmore Design Studio is large enough for two and features natural lighting via the high windows. Creating a fully separate shower enclosure within the bathroom requires a large bathroom space.

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    Modern Farmhouse Bathroom with Double Shower

    Double shower design
    The Pleated Poppy

    The white and blue color scheme, beadboard paneling, and subway tile are hallmarks of farmhouse style, and here a modern touch is added with the large glass shower enclosure and double shower heads

    This bathroom by The Pleated Poppy is fairly small, but the beadboard half wall topped with glass makes both shower and bathroom space feel larger. 

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    Corner Tile Shower With Angled Glass Walls

    Beautiful shower design with tiles
    Dovetail Construction via Houzz

    If you're worried about getting just another boring shower design, consider using a visually stunning tile, as in this example from Dovetail Construction, via Houzz. The hexagonal design of the tile serves as an eye magnet and dominates the bathroom. To balance it out, the designer kept other possible patterns more muted, and the colors neutral.

    The angled design and glass walls of the shower make for a very efficient use of space. 

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    Alcove Shower With Mosaic Accent Wall

    Tile shower with floating bench
    TRI Tracy Rhoads Interiors

    Try something a little different with a glass mosaic tile on one accent wall and a dark stone floor tile. This small shower by TRI Tracy Rhoads Interiors shows you the design power of a well-chosen tile and the space-making effect of a floating (versus full) bench. Although quite narrow, this shower is an effective design element for the bathroom. 

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    Tile Shower With Teak Floor

    Shower with teak floor
    Gelotte Hommas

    Stone and ceramic tile are not your only options when it comes to shower flooring. This beautiful small shower by Gelotte Hommas Drivdaul has a teak slat floor, which gives it warmth and a bit of a tropical look. The wooden shower floor blends nicely with the wood bathroom floor, and the colors are echoed in the accent wall tiles. 

    The neutral colors make this bathroom compatible with any seasonal accents you like, whether it's new towels, fresh flowers, or rotating artwork.

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    Modern Hyperspace Shower

    Interesting tile pattern shower design
    franke architekten

    Tile is such a versatile decor product, especially when you think outside the box. This shower design by Franke Architekten adds tons of depth and movement to this small shower space. It feels like you're showering in a spaceship!

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    Simple and Elegant, Glass and Tile

    Beautiful accessible shower design
    Kirk Riley Design

    Avoid a boring, clinical all-over white look with a stripe of colored tile. This example from Kirk Riley Designs features a copper-colored stripe (a fashionable shade for bathrooms) to warm up the space.

    Also note the accessibility features, which is part of the design code: a bench, two support bars, and curbless floor. This shower will be practical for a wide variety of users.

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    Deep Blue Tile Shower

    Beautiful blue tiles shower design
    Carrington Hill Design via Houzz

    This is not your ordinary tile. This deep blue shower by Carrington Hill Design, via Houzz, features a color that isn't that common in bathrooms. But the choice works well if you like the nostalgic high school locker room feel. Here, a skylight prevents the space from feeling too claustrophobic; the same effect could be achieved with a large panel light fixture. 

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    Green Subway Tile Shower

    Green tile shower design
    Anik Pearson Architect

    While we're on the theme of bright-colored showers, here's a more muted version using green subway tiles. Featuring marble accents and a rain shower head, this shower design by Anik Pearson Architect has a mid-century modern vibe to it, with a touch of ultramodern offered by the shower fixture.

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    Artistic Shower

    Dramatic tile shower

    A shower as a work of art? Why not? This shower design, found on Freshome, displays a colorful stone feature as its back wall. Who needs art when nature provides such beautiful designs?

    Notice, also, the indirect accent lighting under the bench and inside the wall alcove—a truly artistic touch. All elements here are chosen for their visual appeal. 

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    Marble Shower With Gold Fixtures

    Marble with gold accents shower design
    Libby Greene Interiors

    With marble (or marble-look) tile dominating the shower design trends, it takes something special to make yours stand out from the crowd. In this shower design by Libby Green Interiors, the mosaic insert and gold-colored fixtures make the space look truly luxurious.

    Today's "marble" showers are very often created with marble-look porcelain tiles—an easy-care (and less expensive) alternative to marble.