Whether you are upgrading your existing shower stall or adding a new one, you have many options. Consider whether this will be a daily use shower stall or one designed for occasional guests. The size and overall design of your bathroom will also play a role in what your shower stall looks like, but don't limit yourself until you've checked out all your options.
For small bathrooms, designing a walk-in shower stall can make great use of existing space. For larger baths, it can keep the room feeling open and expansive. Design the entire bathroom floor in nonslip tile that slopes slightly toward the shower drain, then tile the walls around one end or corner of the bathroom up to at least 6 feet high for your shower area. If your bathroom is large, you can simply let the shower spray fall freely or place a water-resistant folding screen between the shower and other parts of the room for privacy. For smaller baths, hang a curtain to block the shower spray from other parts of the bathroom.
Add a Head
In upgrades and newly built shower stalls alike, multi-head showers can make your daily cleansing feel luxurious. Install seemingly separate heads with hidden plumbing so a rainfall-style shower head casts water straight down for washing your hair. An adjustable-height arm then can be used to provide front or back spray. Make the adjustable arm a hand-held shower head for further luxury. Install a knob that allows you to control whether one or both shower heads gets the water and use pressurizing heads so you don't sacrifice water pressure when you split the flow. You don't have to stop at two shower heads, either. Modern European-style showers offer full-body spray, or even shower stalls that spray from every wall.
Slate and Stone
Slate and natural stone tiles offer a comfortable, nonslip surface and a rich look for your bathroom. Give your shower stall a grotto look by tiling with natural stone. Create a half-wall, about 4 to 4.5 feet high, with one end open. Use this to contain the spray rather than a shower door. Place moisture-loving plants, such as ferns, in pots along the top of the half wall to complete the look. Don't be afraid of the darkness of natural stone. The warm undertones will make your shower stall feel enveloping rather than cramped, and adding a moisture-resisting recessed light above the shower will take care of any visibility issues.
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