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15 Shower Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Originally contributed by Amanda Naccarato • last updated 1/9/2021

Whether you’ve been longing to renovate your dingy shower or simply want some inspiration for your bathroom before you make any permanent decisions, you’ve come to the right place. Remodeling your shower is no easy project, and there are so many things to consider before you start gutting the shower stall and its surrounding area. 

Do you have enough space for a walk-in shower? Would you benefit from a shower and tub duo? Is natural light being maximized in your bathroom? All these design contemplations can be overwhelming, especially when working with a tiny room. Hence we’ve gathered 15 shower bathroom remodel ideas for both big and small spaces to help you narrow your bathing needs and plan a layout perfect for an en suite, guest washroom, or shared family lavatory.

1. All Marble

Using a natural stone in your shower, like marble, is a classic staple in home bathrooms. This design by CM Studio sees marble slabs installed on the floor, up the walls, and as a finish on the floating vanity sink. The seamless installation creates a sleek unified space that makes using the bathing area feel like you’re staying at a five-star hotel. One thing to consider when deciding to use a natural stone is that they are susceptible to staining and scratches, which can lead to regular maintenance, such as resealing the top layer and repairing etches.

2. Embrace Natural Light

While large windows may not always be the optimal choice for a bathroom (unless you’re comfortable baring it all in front of your neighbors — we won’t judge), they are a great way to pour plenty of sunlight into your lavatory. Installing a window that spans nearly an entire wall is one of the shower bathroom remodel ideas popular among DIYers and designers alike.

3. Patterned Accent Wall

Creating an accent wall in your shower is a simple way to add character to your overall bathroom. This can be achieved in several designs; either as an entire statement piece lining all the walls of the shower, as a single feature wall (the above design uses a dark herringbone pattern) or as an accent strip that breaks up the surrounding tiles. Whatever your choice, the pop of color is sure to claim its presence in your space.

4. Shower And Tub Duo for Small Bathrooms

Set on having both a shower and tub in your bathroom but your tiny space won’t allow it? This bathtub and shower duo is the perfect solution. While the tub may be narrow, the contrasting shower wall tiles add interest to the slim area making it feel airy and light. For an extra pop of color, the design features speckled pattern tiles on the floor, up the tub side, along the back of the vanity, and in the shower niches.

5. The All-in-one Shower

Why have one shower, when you can have two! This luxurious wet room features two shower heads parallel to each other on either shower wall. There’s also an additional ceiling rain head that meets in the middle. And if that’s not enough, the unit is complete with a deep soaking bathtub for an immersive walk-in spa experience. 

6. Pair A Shower With A Freestanding Tub

A bathtub that’s installed directly onto a wall or built into an enclosure can take up plenty of floor area, especially in a small bathroom. When renovating your bathing area, consider partnering a shower with a sleek freestanding tub. These deep soaking baths come in a variety of designs, meaning you can find the perfect one to fit your space.

7. Go Bold With The Shower Tiles

Ceramic tiles are among the many shower bathroom remodel ideas that add flair to your bathing oasis. Choosing a tile with an eccentric design is key to creating a space that’s bold and unapologetic. From traditional Spanish Talavera tiles to Turkish Iznik, let your creativity be limitless while exploring different patterns, styles, and colours.

8. Relocate The Shower

When remodeling a washroom, sometimes simply relocating the placement of the shower can completely change the space. In the design of this stunning bathroom, Emily of style and design blog, Emily Henderson, shares her process of rearranging the layout of her master en suite, particularly her cramped shower. The small by mighty change allowed her to build a larger bathing area complete with niches and gold fixtures. 

9. Partial Walls

A partial wall is an effective way to define a shower from the rest of a bathroom without completely sealing it off. The three-quarter rounded partial wall in this whimsical shower area is made out of Venetian plaster for a smooth finish with the appearance of depth and texture. Paired with the patterned concrete floor tiles, the wall effortlessly separates the shower from the rest of the lavatory without the need for a complete enclosure.

10. Add Lots Of Storage

Built-in shelves and niches add plenty of storage to showers, both small and large. The custom wall units in this bathtub and shower duo are equally ornate as they are functional. Using an intricate floral design in the niches perfectly contrasts the blue herringbone shower wall tiles, carving out a differentiated space. The sizable height and depth of these storage features are practical for housing shampoo bottles, soaps, and even potted plants. 

11. Do Away With The Shower Door

One of the shower bathroom remodel ideas that seem to pin designers against each other is of a simple yet heated debate — curtains or glass doors? While there are pros or cons to both, curtains create an open concept walk-in shower with no permanent barrier standing in the way. Choosing curtains also means you can routinely refresh the space by replacing your current fabric with a new design without the need for an entire reno. 

12. Maximize Every Inch With A Corner Shower

Let’s be real, a 12 x 8-foot luxurious double rain head shower doesn’t work for average bathrooms. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a smaller shower that fails to deliver the wow-factor. Instead, a corner shower complete with monochromatic subway tiles and glass enclosure can make the most of every square inch and transform even the smallest of bathrooms into a private relaxing retreat.

13. The Glass Divider

If you aren’t comfortable going completely doorless, we’re talking ditching the curtains too, consider a partial glass divider. The half glass wall of this shower adds an elegant touch to the space, while the black trim ties into the black fixtures and accessories of the room. It may not give you the same privacy as curtains or frosted glass, but the wall effortlessly filters in plenty of sunlight. Dazzle your guests with your sleek design open for everyone to admire while nature calls.

14. Jazz Up A Fiberglass Shower Insert

If you’re desperate for a shower update but don’t want the hefty price tag that comes along with a total gut job, consider investing in a fiberglass stall insert. Ranging in styles, dimensions, and prices, the shower insert is easily installed without the hassle of complete demolition of your existing bathing area. Plus, saving on the insert means you can spend more of your reno budget on tiles to adorn the bare surroundings of the simple showering space.

15. Arched Shower Entry

Arched entryways have a rich history in architecture and have long been a popular choice among professional designers. Homeowners are also hopping on the arched entryway bandwagon by turning towards half circles in place of sharp edges. The shower is one such place these arches are flourishing, and with one glance at the archway in this bathing area, it’s not hard to see why. Not only does the mustard arch add character to the bathroom, it also helps the tiny shower feel much more spacious.

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