Turn your shower into a wellness ritual with these 11 designer tips

A shower cabin is one of life’s pleasures. There are few things more relaxing than time spent under expansive steam. But just taking a shower at face value can overlook its potential to boost well-being. And if it’s not well designed, it can actually be uncomfortable. “There’s nothing worse than poorly placed body sprays,” he says designer Meredith Owen when asked about her best walk-in shower ideas. Several other interior designers shared this sentiment: Utility and precise placement are key.

It would really be a shame not to fully respect this space. That’s because a shower stall is a gateway to an incredible home spa. So if you’re curious about the best design elements, both big and small, check out these 11 designer walk-in shower ideas. Each adds efficiency and flow to absolute luxury.

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11 Ideas for a walk-in shower

#1: Hold the pressure

This is probably the most critical thing for any shower, walk-in or not: ensuring that your fixtures offer a smooth and robust flow. Proper shower pressure is a must, says Owen, founder of Meredith Owen Interiors.

#2: Make warmth paramount

“It’s really important to consider the comfort of the bathers,” says Bethany Adams Interiors by Bethany Adams. “Without a door to keep the warm air in, a walk-in shower has the potential to be very uncomfortable.” To keep warm, Adams suggests investing in underfloor heating for the bathroom.

#3: Heat up the shower

If the above isn’t an option, Adams says to consider running heat into the actual showers. “This depends on the design and the materials used,” she says, but a sneaky spot could be heat under a shower bench.

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#4: Consider the placement of controls

Controls should be located near the opening of the shower area for easy access. “I don’t want to be hit with cold water when I turn on the shower,” says Tanya Smith-Shiflett Unique kitchens and baths.

#5: Let there be light

If there is a window in the bathroom, take advantage of the light by letting it shine through. Better yet, invest in a mirror to reflect the light. This will make the shower cabin feel even more expansive.

#6: Go for calming colors

The ideal atmosphere in a bath is transportive, airy and relaxing. Bring this into the shower by choosing tile colors that evoke lightness, such as blues, greens, grays and cool whites.

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#7: Remove the curbs

For the most streamlined experience, Smith-Shiflett says to avoid curbs. “The homeowner just needs to be able to walk in without obstacles,” she says.

#8: Add a niche

Because walk-in showers often lack a ledge to hold products, it’s important to create accessible storage via a niche or small shelf, says Smith-Shiflett.

#9: Or a ledge

This is another way to hold accessories, says Adams. “A nice, clean ledge looks smart and is cheaper to install.”

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#10: Give yourself a space

Adams loves to integrate a bench in the shower and finish it with the same tile or stone as the rest of the walk-in space.

#11: Go for multiple shower heads

If you really want up the spa atmosphere, add multiple shower heads, including a rain head or body jets, suggests Smith-Shiflett. Adams agrees, adding that this adds to the overall warmth of the experience.

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