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Luxury Shower Ideas to Turn Your Bathroom into A Sanctuary

Nov 27, 2021 | Bathroom

When musician Alicia Keys said, “If I want to be alone, someplace I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want – I go to the bathroom,” she echoed what these spaces mean to a lot of us. Our bathrooms can become sanctuaries where we emerge refreshed and ready to take on the world, washing away the remnants of the day and soothing both our bodies and spirits. There are many reasons to put extra thought into remodeling or designing this space, going all-out to make it your own. But you couldn’t be further from the truth if you think you can only achieve a luxurious bathroom experience with a sink-in-comfort bathtub. A shower option can be just as decadent and offer many advantages both in design and use.

Add Your Custom Design Stamp

A custom design provides the blueprint for what the space says about your style, and the first step is to decide what you like. For instance, if you prefer a spa-like space, opt for a soothing palette of natural stone, understated tones, and serene porcelain. If modern is more your beat, try gold, silver, or gleaming chrome accents and fixtures to add a hint of upscale polish. If opulent is more your style, add touches of luxury like sculptural showerheads, unique basins, knobs, faucets, and jeweled shower enclosures to complement your shower space. Whatever your vision, natural light can transform this space and make it look far more expansive. The proper ambient lighting can also add to the sense of space if your bathroom doesn’t have much natural light or windows create privacy concerns. Just make sure there’s no glare. Also, see that the path to your bathroom is well lit too. A motion-activated system is a great way to do this.


Tub-to-shower conversion with natural light features. See the Project Details.

Luxury Shower Tiles That Transform

Choosing the right slip-resistant tiles can go a long way in enhancing this space. You can also consider mixing and matching your floor and wall tiles to add your stamp to the area. Bring out the mood you’re going for by picking designs from stunning floral or interestingly patterned options to soothing pastel ceramic. You can experiment a bit and have one set of tiles for your shower area and a separate set reserved for a place to store your toiletries. The difference in the tiles can add a unique contrast and become the visual star of the show. Alternatively, you can even pick accent strips along the wall to create a standout effect. A tip is to use smaller rather than larger tiles as they come with more grout lines and offer better slip resistance.

shower with mix-and-matched tile

Shower with mix-and-matched tile. See Project Details

Set The Stage for A Luxury Walk-In Shower

Homeowners have a lot of room to play in when designing a walk-in shower and turning the space into a truly pampering experience. Apart from eye-catching designs, you can experiment with innovations like programmable steam, water, or air jets, built-in music or TV sets, touch controls, and a variety of adjustable sprays. Pick what suits you best. For instance, do you prefer a rain bar-style soft rinse or a waterfall-style cascade? You can also have separate showerheads that are customizable to allow you to adjust the spray setting and the temperature of the water. And yes, there are numerous water-efficient products designed to conserve water while maintaining a classy look. Another attractive option to consider is the idea of a curbless shower with easy access and no separation, making the whole area seamless and larger. In this sort of update, the details are important as the shower area must be lower than the floor of the rest of the space to avoid flooding. Consult with an expert about the construction necessary to incorporate that change into your current structure.

A Showpiece Tub-to-Shower Conversion

You can create a spa-like experience that rivals the most luxurious hotel by forgoing the bathtub and installing a showpiece shower area instead. It saves space and looks stylish. But when opting for a tub-to-shower conversion, make sure you have all your fixtures, valves, and pipes in perfect working condition. Also, do a deep dive into how feasible a shower-only bathroom will be in the long run, including whether eliminating the tub works well for the whole family. Shower-only bathrooms may provide an excellent option for busy, single professionals, but a tub has advantages in certain homes. Of course, for larger bathrooms, you can get the best of both worlds by retaining your shower and tub while keeping them separate. Confused? Don’t be. We mean having your shower area in one part and a showpiece tub in another corner of the room if you have the luxury of space. If you don’t have the space, try a clever workaround by looking at Japanese-style tubs that require you to sit up rather than lie down and give you additional room for a shower. But if you decide to convert your tub to a shower, shower stall kits are affordable options that come with glass doors, drain holes, and skid-proof floor pans. These can fit into the space left after removing your tub. Made-to-order custom tile showers are pricier options but will be tailored to your specific bathroom area and needs.

tub to shower conversion before after

Tub-to-shower conversion. See Project Details.

Contact Us Today

When redesigning your bathroom, it’s always a good idea to call in the pros. You need to ensure that the design blends with the original architecture of your home and compliments it. The right experts are those who specialize in residential design—like us. Owings Brothers Contracting considers everything from spatial issues to trends and innovations to ensure that your bathroom is the perfect fit for your needs and lifestyle. Get in touch with us today to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.