Shower room ideas to help you plan the best space for your bathroom

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  • If you're thinking about ditching the bath and going for a bigger shower, read on for all the shower room ideas you will need

    A shower room is 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.

    Every bathroom, no matter how small, 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 create a clutter-free haven, where everyone can move around freely.

    Whether you’re converting an attic or are fed up with a tightly squeezed in bath, we have all the shower room ideas to help you plan your scheme.

    Prefer a wet room? READ: Wet rooms – the essential guide to creating the perfect space

    1. Be in control

    By installing the shower controls on the wall opposite the shower head you can make sure the water temperature is just right before you step under it. A wall nook is a far better idea than a shelf too as it doesn’t protrude.

    2. Frame the area

    Image credit: Heather Gunn

    This slick black frame clearly marks the shower area in this bathroom. Black shower fittings, dark grout and patterned tiles really give this shower room stand-out style. It also means two people can use the bathroom at the same time.

    3. Room to dry

    Image credit: Simon Whittaker

    The wooden stand in this enclosure provides a convenient space to dry off before stepping out of the shower and the curved glass panel keeps the water in the shower tray.

    4. Go for spa style

    Image credit: William Goddard

    White metro tiles and fixed glass panels give a simple yet smart look to a shower area. Installing a huge rain shower head will bring a spa-like feel to your morning routine, to get your day off on the right foot.

    5. Spread out

    Large en suite shower room shower rooms Colin Poole

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    This room has more than enough space for a bathtub. But if you have a bath elsewhere in the house, sometimes you just want a shower room that’s stylish, practical and pretty. And this one definitely ticks all of those boxes.

    Using the full width of the room means there’s plenty of space to walk into the shower without the need to move any doors or screens.

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    Buy now: similar rainwater shower, £99, Bathstore

    6. Don’t let an attic constrict you

    Attic shower room shower rooms William Goddard

    Image credit: William Goddard

    Attic bathrooms can be notoriously tricky to fit a shower into because of sloping ceilings and head heights. But there are ways to make it work. Just check out this stunning shower room with wood-effect tiling.

    The shower has been mounted as high as possible, and the beam is a feature rather than a hindrance. A sleek screen keeps the space feeling as open as possible.

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    Buy now: tiles, Porcelanosa
    Buy now: shower valve,
    The Tile Barn

    7. Add a little bling to your shower room

    Gold shower fittings shower room shower rooms David Parmiter

    Image credit: David Parmiter

    Turn an all-white shower room in to something special with glamorous gold tiles and shower fittings. White is great in a compact room as it makes everything light and spacious, while gold adds an instant warming effect.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar gold metro tiles, £7.95 per tile, Walls and Floors

    8. Be elegant with marble

    Luxury stone shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

    Image credit: Rachael Smith

    The natural veining of marble makes for a stunning backdrop to a walk-in shower. Go for a large-scale tile for the best effect and choose varying colours to create a beautiful patchwork.

    Using the same tiles from floor to ceiling makes the shower look almost seamless. Here, a small step has been added to accommodate practical drainage, but in fact it only adds to the luxurious feel.

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    Buy now: similar marble tiles, Mandarin Stone

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    9. Pick a cool pattern

    Compact shower room mixed tiling shower rooms Colin Poole

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    This room shows just how significant an impact your flooring can have. The pattern adds loads of character to this space and helps to define the shower area, with its plain white shower tray.

    Marble wall tiles pick out the grey tones of the flooring, too, and add a luxury feel to the scheme. A full-length mirror at one end is great for reflecting light and making the room feel larger than it is.

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    Buy now: Patisserie Sucre 2 floor tiles, £74.70 per sq m, Fired Earth
    Buy now: similar ladder storage, £115, Maisons du Monde

    10. Do it the country way

    Country shower room shower rooms David Giles

    Image credit: David Giles

    Shower rooms are often seen as more modern than country. But this beautiful scheme manages to achieve a country-chic look without compromising on contemporary comforts.

    Limestone tiling, plus plenty of wood finishes bring elements of the outdoors inside and create a relaxing space that has nature at its heart.

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    Buy now: similar limestone tiles, Topps Tiles
    Buy now: similar basin, £69.95,
    Victorian Plumbing

    11. Style with graffiti

    Graffitti shower room shower rooms Alison Hammond

    Image credit: Alison Hammond

    This sleek shower has been given a cool update with Banksy-inspired tiles. Sure to be a talking point, these tiles are anything but dull and add loads of colour to a neutral space. Grey floor tiles offer an easy-to-keep-clean option that doesn’t interfere with the arty wall.

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    Buy now: tiles, £16.38 per tile, Tons of Tiles

    12. Think outside the box

    Grey brick tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

    Image credit: Jamie Mason

    We all know how popular white metro tiles are, but for those of you who want something a little warmer, grey could be the colour for you. Grey looks great with wood and also lends itself well to colourful accents, such as the yellow here.

    In terms of the shower, the key to its success is its position. It’s a relatively narrow enclosure, but clever planning means there’s a roomy feel to the shower area and therefore also the entire room.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar tiles, £15.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain

    Do you have a compact bathroom? READ: Optimise your space with these smart, small bathroom ideas

    13. Use every bit of space

    Wood panel shower room shower rooms compact Colin Poole

    Image credit: Colin Poole

    Want a cloakroom shower? Consider a wet room design that takes advantage of even the tiniest of spaces. Without any need for a shower screen or shower tray, you will easily be able to squeeze in a shower.

    Other clever tricks include a space-saving basin and a recessed shelf that keeps all the potions you need easily to hand. Walnut-effect boarding also makes an interesting departure from ever-popular tiling.

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    Buy now: walnut-effect boarding in MDF, Richard Russell
    Buy now: 3D handrinse basin,
    QS Supplies

    14. Indulge your senses


    Image credit: Mark Bolton

    If you like a steam room, you’ll love this gorgeous shower area. The marble bench offers the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the benefits of all the steam accumulated after a long wash.

    A combination of a rainwater head and handheld fittings mean you have all the showering options you need, plus it makes it easy to keep a large enclosure like this clean.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar marble tiles, Stone Store

    15. Create a stylish en suite

    Pale tiled en suite shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

    Image credit: Rachael Smith

    This en suite benefits from a generously proportioned shower. But that’s not a given in a compact space like this. With the door opening near to the enclosure, many people might assume it’s impossible to have a spacious shower.

    So this is a great example of what you can do with a relatively small corner. If it won’t work facing one way, try pointing your shower in another direction until you get the spacious design you crave.

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    Buy now: similar shower screen, Soak

    16. Go for dramatic black

    Black tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

    Image credit: Jamie Mason

    Choose striking black tiles for the ultimate contrast to white bathroom fittings. Pick an assortment of sizes and styles, from high gloss to slate effect.

    The shower area has been marked out with small rectangular tiles and these have been broken up with larger-format neutral tiles to lighten the space and avoid it looking too ‘heavy’.

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    Buy now: similar tiles, Topps Tiles

    17. Enhance a narrow room

    Narrow shower room shower rooms 2 Jonathan Gooch

    Image credit: Jonathan Gooch

    This is another great example of the good use of a compact space. The shower, loo and basin are all right next to each other, yet this room doesn’t feel at all small.

    A bath wouldn’t fit here, but because the shower enclosure runs from wall to wall, it is far larger than a standard cubicle. Mosaic tiling creates a hotel-style feel and recessed shelves mean there’s no need for unsightly storage racks.

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    Buy now: similar mosaic tiles, £23.25 per sq m, Victorian Plumbing

    18. Mix light and dark

    Marble shower room shower rooms Fraser Marr

    Image credit: Fraser Marr

    Choose a combination of light and dark tiles for a balanced look in your bathroom. Using black marble tiles on the walls looks fantastic but also offers a happily practical benefit: water stains and limescale will be almost invisible.

    If you want to cover a large space, marble-effect tiles made out of porcelain offer a budget-friendly option that looks really realistic.

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    Buy now: similar tiles, Tons of Tiles

    As you can see, shower rooms have the potential to be stylish and glamorous spaces. But we have one last piece of wisdom to share – buyers do like there to be at least one bath in a home, so a shower room is best for second bathrooms or en suites. Good luck with your shower room planning!

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