Walk-in showers are all the renovation rage these days, and for good reason: they're spacious (but still fit in a small space), elegant and accessible. They're easy to keep clean, thanks to stain- and moisture-resistant tile. They offer a wide range of possibilities, from rainfall showerheads to steam baths. And, most of all, they're beautiful in any bathroom, no matter your style.
There are many benefits to the walk-in shower, and many different ways to put one in your bathroom during your next renovation. Let's have a look.
Benefits of walk-in showers
Walk-in showers have several advantages over the regular shower or the "shower in the bath".
The first benefit is related to cleaning. Tile tends to be easier to clean than the typical porcelain of shower interiors; it doesn't hold on to grime and dirt the same way. You also won't have to deal with dirty, moldy shower curtains that need to be changed all the time.
Another wonderful advantage is that walk-in showers fit in any bathroom size. You suit the shower design to your actual space, and you don't need to struggle to put typically sized showers into a room that might be small, or of an unusual shape. You can use what you have!
One benefit that can't be forgotten is that walk-in showers are much more accessible than baths. If someone in your family has mobility challenges, walk-in showers are the perfect solution, as they don't require stepping over a high ledge. And, it's an investment in your own future, as you may yourself grow into mobility issues as you get older. For homeowners with a view for future accessibility, this is the perfect shower to install in your home. It increases your home's value and makes it attractive to a wider range of buyers.
And design-wise, walk-in showers are definitely an advantage. First, you don't need to "cut" the room in different sections to fit the shower. Because you can use the same tile all over, your bathroom will look more harmonious and continuous. And you know what happens when a room looks harmonious? Right, it looks bigger as well. You don't have to sacrifice style for practicality.
Next up: some walk-in shower styles you can use for inspiration.
Walk in shower styles
The walk-in shower is usually considered a modern style. For sure, the openness and thoughtful design make it likely to be modern, but you can definitely match your walk-in shower with the rest of your home, whether it's modern, or contemporary, or eclectic.
It's all in the choice of tile, decor items , and furniture.
All right, let's start with modern because it's the most obvious style choice for walk in showers.
Why do walk in showers work so well with modern or contemporary styles? Usually because walk in showers are usually open and use straight geometrical shapes like rectangles and circles. The lack of ledges and elaborate decorate make them minimal---thus perfect for modern design.
You can emphasize the modern style of your shower with geometrical shape choices like square shower heads. Straight lines and right angles look sharp, minimal and contemporary.
Or, you can play with said shapes and use a fairly neutral background tile to emphasize the size and openness of your shower. Use contrasting shapes---circle shower heads against a straight white rectangle subway tile---to bring visual interest.
Traditional still works
If you like more traditional styles, don't worry: the walk in shower can still work, especially if you start thinking of your bathroom as a "wet room", like communal showers in gyms or dormitories.
A traditional bathroom with a walk in shower is more likely to use glass---especially if the space is small. The shower will be in a defined area, maybe with a typical plastic or porcelain floor instead of tile.
Now, your traditional style depends on the decor elements in the rest of the bathroom. Keep that old water heater, let the water pipes show, and use traditional hardware to emphasize your decor's style. More ideas include adding retro decor items like posters and a stand alone bath on feet (if you have the space for it.
Having a walk in shower doesn't mean giving into modern style. If you can transfer your traditional ideas into the decor in and around your shower, you can absolutely pull it off.
Ah, but what about the industrial bathroom? Well, I haven't covered that style in detail yet (but I will). But know that walk in showers are the perfect choice for the industrial-minded homeowner, who enjoys showing the bare bones of their home.
Industrial spaces tend to be open, and even revealing. They thrive on the use of metal and wood as the support for architectural design, and don't shy away from showing the systems and plumbing (literally) behind a functional home.
No wonder then that the walk in shower is a prized choice among industrial style lovers. Frame the glass door with aluminum squares to give a "window" effect. Use industrial hardware and decor elements with a retro look to emphasize your chosen style. And don't be afraid to leave some corners unattended: the industrial look is defined by a bit of roughness around the edges.
Walk in shower value
As you can see, there are many benefits to walk in showers, not only when it comes to home maintenance, but also style-wise.
A walk in shower increases your home's value, especially if you are conscious of accessibility issue. It also is easier to clean, and can be used in every decor style, from the soft traditional to rough industrial.
No matter how you like your bathroom, there's a walk in shower to suit your needs and style preferences.