5 Tips for Designing a Shower That Will Make You Want to Ditch Your Tub for Good

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Let’s remodel, and let’s start in the bathroom. I’m thinking gorgeous tile, rainfall shower heads, luxurious materials, and, most important, no bathtub. Who needs a tub when you have an awesome shower (well, besides moms with little kids)? A tub-less bathroom can be an amazing spa retreat. Perhaps we should call these bath-less bathrooms spa rooms. Either way, I’m crazy for cool showers, and I think you should be, too!

As a bonus, by tossing the tub, your spa room not only saves physical space, but it enormously increases in visual space, too.

Here are five elements that will help make your tub-less spa room the perfect escape.


1. Be generous with tile. Floor-to-ceiling tile creates the perfect statement when creating a spa room. Extend the tile outside of the actual shower. This will keep the eyes moving and increase visual space. Subway tile is a gorgeous addition and works perfectly in modern and bohemian spaces alike. By removing shower doors or using clear glass, the tile will truly be the star of the room.

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2. Be calm with your color choices. Opt for neutral tones when considering colors for your spa room. Think zen. Think relaxing. Layers of white will keep the space looking clean and inviting and will increase the visual architecture as well.


3. Put your money where your faucet is. If you’ve ever taken a shower with a bad shower head, then you know exactly why spending on a good one is worth it. The shower head can make or break the entire experience of a shower. Rainfall shower heads are a great option (both visually and functionally) for creating the perfect spa room.

4. Add a seat. Every spa room needs a seat. Depending on the size of your space, you can choose a bench, a chair or even a stool.

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5. Include a botanical element. As with any space, I believe that a room’s heartbeat is in the details. Add some candles and especially a botanical element. Eucalyptus branches are a wonderful addition to spa rooms. The steam from the shower releases the refreshing scent from the eucalyptus, while candles will keep the mood relaxing. Even if a bathroom reno is not in your future, the good news is you can immediately create a spa-like retreat by adding those two simple things.

Photo credits: Desire To Inspire, Design Sponge via Simply Grove InteriorsDomaine, Home Life, Jacquelyn Clark.

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