Shower rooms are a fantastic way to save space in a small bathroom. Removing the bath and building a large shower enclosure will give you plenty of room to move around, making the area look bigger than ever. You could even go as far as transforming a tiny bathroom into a spacious wet room, to really make the most of the small size.
Every bathroom, no matter how little, can be transformed into a beautiful shower room. Intelligent design will mean you can enjoy a comfortable space the whole family can use – plus, clever storage solutions will mean you can create a clutter-free haven, where everyone can move around freely.
The best way to make the most of a compact bathroom? Go all out and turn it into a wet room. Matching wall and floor tiles will give the illusion of more space and create a seamless design that looks both chic and modern.
If a wet room is a step too far, install a floor to ceiling frameless shower screen to create the same effect. Add in cubbyhole storage to keep your shower room looking clean and minimalist.
If you prefer something a little more opulent, it is still possible to make a shower room into an extravagant and fun powder room. Add flocked paper to one wall to create a stunning feature, or choose coloured tiles and ornate accessories to add a feminine touch to your shower room. This can be a great idea for en-suite bathrooms.
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Maximise extra space in a shower room by installing a recessed mirror to allow for ample shelving. Use high-gloss tiles in one tone throughout to reflect light, and opt for floating units to keep floor space clear.
Make the most of a compact space by choosing a frameless shower screen. A recessed shelf is useful for keeping products easily to hand, while LED lighting adds a touch of drama.
Create a unified look by combining limestone wall tiles with matching flooring. Cladding units in the same stone adds a luxurious touch. Tiling the walls right up to the ceiling and using a floor-to-ceiling shower screen emphasises the height of the room and provides an added sense of space.
Brighten up a small shower room by using light-coloured tiles from floor to ceiling. A miniature corner basin makes the most of the limited space, allowing as much room as possible for a luxurious shower unit.
Give a large shower room a boudoir makeover by combining traditional wall tiles with statement wallpaper.
Carve out extra room from a redundant eaves space to create a small but functional shower area. Using the same bathroom tiles in a large format for both floor and walls helps to maximise space. A porthole window creates an elegant focal point.
Add impact to an unconventionally shaped space by opting for grown-up glamour. In this room, large-scale glossy black tiles throughout add opulence, while a transparent basin lifts the look.
This tanked and fully tiled shower room also acts as a wet room. White grouting adds definition to brown gloss bathroom tiles.
Rough-textured natural limestone tiles lend this shower room a simple, rustic air. Recessed shelving built into redundant wall space provides useful bathroom storage.
In this compact bathroom, neutral tiles and sanitaryware maximise the sense of space, while a striped Roman blind adds a splash of colour.
Showers don’t have to be white and clinical. This luxurious shower room features a built-in shower unit which gives the room a wet room feel. A mirror, painted in a zesty lemon yellow, brings colour to the scheme, while chic accessories like the linen basket, add warmth and texture.
The epitome of sleek masculinity, this shower room in black and brown has a boutique hotel-style bathroom feel. Bespoke wood fittings and mirrored cabinets are ideal for clearing clutter to leave the room looking stylish and sophisticated.
This blue shower room with mosaic accents is reminiscent of a spa – perfect for a spot of pampering.
This clean and airy limestone shower room is perfectly sleek and luxurious thanks to simple fittings and a space-enhancing glass screen.
A wall-mounted toilet and vanity unit maximises the floor space in this compact shower room, while light limestone tiles, chrome surfaces and a large mirror ensures the space feels larger and brighter.
Don’t have much space? A shower doesn’t need to take up much room, so it’s the perfect way to make the most of unused space. Slot one in in a walk-in cupboard or under the stairs
Pebble tiles create an impact in this plain white bathroom. These tiles have been extended onto the ceiling, which increases the feeling of space.
For a crisp, clean look, go for an all-white shower room – perfect for minimal decor.
The green mosaic tiles on the wall of this walk-in shower, teamed with plain white and grey slate floor tiles, keep the look smart and urban, whilst separating the shower cubicle from the rest of the room.
Wallpaper can work wonders above the basin in a shower room, bathroom or cloakroom, transforming the space from boring to beautiful. Make sure you don’t hang it too close to your bath or shower though, or it may start peeling due to the excessive humidity.
Today’s walk-in showers are often very minimalist in design, with little more than a large pane of glass to separate the shower area from the rest of the room. Create a clear definition by zoning the shower space with coloured tiles. A built-in shelf is handy for keeping toiletries within arm’s reach.
Patterned tiles have the tendency to crowd a small space, so choose just a small section of wall to tile with pattern, keeping the rest of the walls white. Complete the monochrome look with black floor tiles.
If your shower room isn’t all that big, don’t overcrowd it with storage or shelving – the less cluttered it looks, the larger it will feel. Tile walls with simple white brick tiles and hang a mirrored medicine cabinet above a Victorian-style basin with an integrated towel rail.
This green, botanical design is a fun way to brighten a shower room. Pair it with wood and white for a scheme that is at one with nature.
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For a bespoke look, customise a wall with a striking hand-painted mural, featuring silver flowers sealed in resin. Designs can be painted onto stone, marble or tiles and then given a waterproofing treatment. If the wall is polished plaster or concrete, complete the mural before applying a waterproofing silicone treatment.
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Love industrial style? The poured-concrete shower sets a contemporary-meets-rustic tone, with the basin set on a thick slab of reclaimed wood.
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With the average UK bathroom not much bigger than a kingsize bed, a wet room can be an ideal space-saving solution. Shower cubicles can constrict movement in a small room, so installing a wet room, where the whole room can effectively become the shower, optimises the space and creates an open feel. Here there wasn’t much space beneath the eaves to squeeze in a bath, so the floor was sealed and made into a wet room.
Luxury is the order of the day in this bathroom. The walk-in shower, basin, walls and flooring have all been lined with marble. Black and white accessories transform the scheme from all-white to monochrome in an instant, while the large-scale enclosure doesn’t dominate the space thanks to its all-glass structure.
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Add gilded mirrors and paintings to give country house grandeur to a simple shower room. Great for compact spaces, an oversized mirror will bounce light around the room, creating the illusion of space. Artwork makes a great addition to a shower room or bathroom, adding instant character, but do make sure any framed pieces are well sealed.
This box-like space contains a slim shower on one side and a loo and basin on the other. Built-in floor-to-ceiling cabinets and bench seating keep the space organised and neat. The sisal flooring is a simple but eyecatching feature.
Installing frosted glass in front of floor-to-ceiling windows in a contemporary scheme allows the natural light to filter in without compromising the sense of privacy in this bathroom. Pale, neutral tones are utilised to maintain that light appearance, together with a large chrome towel rail for a sleek touch.
A large window with shutters adds architectural interest while creating a light and airy feel. Limestone flooring and walls, together with a large, simple glass enclosure, all help to enhance the brightness of the bathroom. In addition, twin basins provide a final design flourish in this space.
For an up-market, sleek look, using waxed concrete for bathroom walls is a great idea. Grey tones work well in a modern, minimalist scheme, while a warm stone hue creates a classic country feel. The colourful, flounced shower curtain shown here adds a light-hearted note to the otherwise simple scheme.
The plainest of accompaniments (a sheer blind, linen shower curtains and a small but
graceful table for toiletries) allow this striking shower, which boasts plenty of rails, to take centre stage. Choose a dark shade of green for the wall as a sophisticated backdrop in the bathroom.
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