When we sit and create the dream list with a client before embarking on a renovation project, almost always top of list is a dream shower. A large walk in shower, multiple shower heads, steam abilities and a bench to sit or use to shave your legs on. The perfect shower to start your day in and a refreshing space to rinse away the grime at the end of the day.
There are a lot of fabulous fixtures to choose from with respect to shower heads, body sprays, steam units and even in drain design – I love the look of lineal drains that virtually disappear from site in the floor but what I actually get most excited about is designing the walls of a shower. Today, we often forgo the enclosed look and feel of glass walls unless the client is wanting a steam shower or the space is too small and we need glass to keep the water spray contained (less than 28 x 34 inch shower). We run radiant heat under the shower floor and that keeps you feeling warm and fabulous while you are showering and personally I love the look and feel of an open concept shower. If you are planning a glassless shower then you may have only two or a maximum of three walls to cover. What to use what to use.
Lately, we have done quite a few showers using a full slab of stone on each wall. Clean, sleek and sophisticated. I love the look and the easy to maintenance attribute. On the floor, you can have the same slab of stone, perhaps marble or granite, cut into 3×3 tiles (you need to use the smaller tiles in order to create your slope to the drain). There are also stone veneer products to consider, that will give you the look and feel of a solid slab without the big price tag. We are also seeing sheets of back-painted glass being used for shower walls. I love the back painted glass and use it on TV walls and kitchen back splashes as well. Its versatile, inexpensive and I adore the reflective qualities of the glass.
Still thinking about tile? Then how about creating a tiled, mosaic work of art in your shower? Any image can be translated into mosaic tile and then installed on your wall- flowers, birds, geometric patterns, even a picture of you can become tile art. The opportunities are endless and you can dictate your colour palette as well. Still not committed to any one look or style? How about a cultured stone wall and then paint all the rock white? Love love love this look and it happens to be very cost effective. Fabulous living is all about attention to details, and the shower isn’t to be overlooked.