12 Beautiful Shower Ideas for Your Inspiration

Shower with white subway tiles and opened glass door

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

Showers are the perfect combination of practical and design-forward—not to mention refreshing. A beautiful walk-in shower works in both large and small spaces, and you can design one to suit your taste, whether it is traditional or modern.

Get ready to rethink your bathroom. We found some of the most beautiful shower ideas to provide inspiration for your space, plus the design elements, materials, and accessories to consider when creating a thoughtful and beautiful shower for your bathroom.

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    White Subway Tiles Stand the Test of Time

    Pop of red with white subway tile bathroom

    In small spaces, like apartments, you can still have a stylish shower that will stand the test time if you opt for classic, white subway tiles, as shown in this space featured on Sweeten. For a dose of striking contrast, the design team used charcoal grout. Every shower you take should be wonderfully relaxing. Here a large round shower head in polished chrome creates a drenching experience.

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    Vintage Bathroom With Geometric Tiles

    Jack and Jill wet room with open shower
    Shauna Glenn Design

    The original bathroom in this space remodeled Shauna Glenn Design, had only a tub and a window. The design team replaced the window with a privacy option that still floods the room with natural light. The marble floor slopes down into the shower, so there is no threshold to step over. The framed glass walls have a sliding door that seals off the shower from the tub area. The matte black shower and tub fixtures are a striking touch that offsets the gorgeous geometric tiles.

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    Black and White Bathroom With an Open Shower

    White bathroom with tiled open shower
    Jennifer Jean Morris

    Interior designer, Jennifer Jean Morris, of JMorris Design, removed the sizeable and unused tub in this space to create a spectacular open shower — no enclosure required. Adding dramatic contrast against the white features in this bathroom are black penny tiles. They cover the floor, wrap around the shower curb, and run up the wall framing a gorgeous view. The result is a modern, clean, and minimalist-inspired space that is simply stunning.

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    This Narrow Bathroom has a Jewel Box Shower

    Jewel box shower with glass walls
    Jennifer Jean Morris

    In this lovely home by JMorris Design, the primary bedroom opens to a narrow jewel box bathroom. The artfully designed space uses stone mosaic tiles and glass panels to keep things feeling stylish, open, and uncluttered. The shower also a small built-in bench for added function.

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    This Marble Shower Has Heated Floors

    neutral marble tile in shower with built-in seating
    Judd Builders

    On freezing winter mornings, what could possibly feel more luxurious than heated shower floors? This marble shower by Judd Builders combines the feature with a dual steam shower that replicates the feeling of a wet sauna. When it is time to cool off the rain shower head supplies an invigorating experience

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    Modern Bathroom Shower With an Old World Touch

    modern marble shower with contrasting tile
    Matthew Williams Photography

    Interior design firm, Studio DB launched this boutique project in Brooklyn Heights, NYC, called The Symon, a luxury condo building. The primary bathrooms are a sight to behold. This, for instance, features luxurious stonework combined with modern fixtures with an antique brass finish that evokes an industrial aura. Contrasting tile patterns can really liven up a shower. Note how the marble chevron shower walls contrast beautifully against the dark marble floor tiles. Another striking detail, which is nearly invisible, is the frameless glass shower door. It opens things up, making the entire room feel bigger and brighter.

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    How Luxurious Materials Create a Spa-Like Shower

    Marble bathroom with gold fixtures
    Courtesy of Rockefeller Group

    Nancy Ruddy and John Cetra, are the husband and wife design team behind NYC's CetraRuddy, one of the top architecture and design firms in the city and beyond, brings a vintage Gotham-esque flair to the homes at Rose Hill, a luxury condominium tower north of Madison Square Park. Every shower you take should feel like a relaxing retreat -- the shower captures that with a spa-like aesthetic punctuated by Greek Dolomite Honed stonewalls and Breccia Capraia accent shower walls. Aged brass fixtures provide a lovely contrast.

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    Creating a Relaxing Shower Using Color

    stunning marble bathroom with blue accents
    Akel Homes

    Color sets the tone and mood for any room in a home. What makes this shower by Florida's Akel Homes so pleasing is its relaxing hue.  The region's world-renowned crystal blue ocean waters were the inspiration. The blue marble tile in the shower makes bathing feel like time spent at the beach.

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    Clean Bright and Beautiful Small Shower

    small shower with tiny tub indigo curtain bathroom
    Kerra Michele

    Interior designer Kerra Michele made every square count in this small bathroom. The modern small tub is a striking feature that also carves out room for a practical shower. The shower fixtures were installed in the middle on the back wall to maximize space further. A blue dipped shower curtain adds a pop of color and style to the mostly white space.

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    Consider This Industrial Inspired Shower Enclosure

    Industrial inspired shower with glass doors

    Reena Sotropa

    Bring attention to your shower space with this industrial-inspired shower stall idea by Reena Sotropa. The multiple windowpane type enclosure is both classic and trendy. It pairs beautifully with the marble tile walls and flooring. Another reason to love this idea? Glass shower enclosures take advantage of both natural and overhead lighting, which means you do not necessarily have to install an additional light directly over the shower.

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    Marble Shower With Frameless Glass Walls

    Frameless glass shower in neutral colored bathroom

    Cathie Hong

    If you have enough space, you can luxuriate in a large shower like this one by Cathie Hong. The frameless glass walls and door create an open and airy feeling, which makes the bathroom feel twice its actual size. Note the privacy window that allows the homeowners to bathe in natural light. The handy built-in bench makes shaving or basking in steam relaxing and comfortable. We also love mixing gold bathroom fixtures with marble tiles. Here, the combination feels both elegant and traditional without feeling too overdone or haughty. 

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    Care-free Bathroom With Separate Tub and Shower Areas

    Luxury bathroom with separate shower and tub

    If Walls Could Talk

    This bathroom by If Walls Could Talk features a a beautiful glass shower with marble tiles. The wall-mounted shower head and separate hand shower are made of gorgeous polished nickel. The material's color picks up the marble's striking gray veining. If you are looking to create a Jack and Jill bathroom, here is another design idea 100% worth stealing. Keep the shower and tub separate, as shown, so one person can shower while the other takes a bath.