Ideas for Walk-in Tile Showers

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Large tiles in natural tones give a spa-like look to a walk-in shower.
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Walk-in tile showers offer ease of use compared to a tub-and-shower combination, which requires clambering in and out of a tub and the complications of negotiating shower curtains or a sliding glass or plastic door. Instead, a walk-in shower has a shower area and an adjoining entrance area large enough to confine the water to the shower, eliminating the need for doors or curtains, though sometimes glass doors are included as a design element. Tile walk-in showers add a modern, attractive, natural look to a bathroom.

Spa-Like Walk-In Tile Showers

Incorporating bathing features such as multiple body sprayers and steamers transforms any walk-in tile shower into a spa-like retreat. Both elements work well in a tiled shower because tile is resistant to steam and water.

Adding a bench and enclosing the space with solid walls instead of glass enhances the spa theme. Benches provide a place to relax while enjoying multiple sprayers or steam, and an enclosed bathing area offers added privacy. Insert a removable bench or have one built in. When enclosing the walk-in shower, use light-colored tiles on the inside to make the space appear large.

Outdoor-Themed Bathing Area

The sight of nature evokes a sense of tranquility, and bringing outdoor-like elements into walk-in showers have the same effect. Installing a rainfall showerhead in the ceiling gives the feeling of showering in the rain. Incorporating a river-stone floor further brings the outdoors into the shower; since the stones provide an uneven surface, they give the feeling of standing outdoors, but the smooth stones massage your feet while showering.

Provide a view of the outdoors by incorporating a large window overlooking a natural setting, but take into account privacy factors. Another option is to design your walk-in shower with a skylight if the bathroom is on the top floor. With views of the sky, you can feel like you're showering outdoors, and skylights offer more privacy than windows.

Dual-Entry Shower Design

Dual-entry showers involve a large showering space with multiple showerheads, allowing more than one person to shower at a time. This design scheme opens up the tiled walls, eliminating any feeling of showering in a cramped space.

A dual-entry shower is enclosed by a wall with an entry space on both sides of the shower area. The wall setting off the shower can be installed to the ceiling or as high as desired. A wall high enough to allow some modesty but low enough to allow the bather a view of the rest of the room opens up the space and gives a more airy feel.

You can add custom features into the dual-entry shower to make it more functional. Dual benches ensure both people have a spot to sit and enjoy the shower. You can also add built-in shelves on different sides of the shower, so each person has a spot to keep their shampoo and other personal items.

Uniquely Shaped Shower Areas

Most people think of straight lines and standard rectangular showers when they think of shower designs. But you don't have to stick to a basic rectangle for your walk-in shower. Get creative with a hexagonal shower area, or design one curved wall to create a softer design. Use small tiles or river rocks to create unique curved patterns on the walls to add to the curved theme.

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Sarah Tidwell

Sarah Tidwell is a freelance writer based in Florida. She contributes to several online publications and works as an online college instructor. Tidwell completed a master's degree in adult education and training/e-learning.