By Livingetc published
Looking for some seriously stylish shower room ideas? Ramp up the luxe factor in your bathroom with a dedicated shower space. Larger, walk-in shower enclosures are a big trend, as they help create that desired spa-like feel.
Many modern bathrooms are adopting Crittall-style shower screens – particularly fitting in monochrome bathroom schemes. At the other end of the spectrum, bathroom wallpaper can work wonders to create a more eccentric, maximalist vibe.
And while we still love metro tiled bathrooms – it’s classic, affordable and great in most settings – there are more options than the usual brick pattern, with tiles arranged vertically to emphasise the height of a space or diagonally to create something out of the ordinary.
Take the look further with herringbone or chevron patterns. As if that wasn’t enough, manufacturers have played around with the signature shape of the rectangular tile to produce longer, thinner versions that get our vote.
Alternatively, there is an array of different tile shapes to choose from for a really striking shower backdrop such as scalloped fish scales, hexagon, qautrefoil styles and more.
Meanwhile, marble is quite the style chameleon, and there are plenty of marble bathroom ideas for inspiration. Team it with period fixtures and fittings for a traditional look, introduce dashes of warm wood to get a Scandi vibe, or pair it with sleek sanitaryware to create a minimalist aesthetic. Whatever the combination, marble with polished chrome or glamorous brass taps never fails to make a smart statement.
Dark bathrooms are a huge trend. Temper black with white or warm materials to keep the area from feeling gloomy. Little has escaped unscathed from manufacturers’ fascination with this impactful shade, with sumptuous black tiles, shower enclosures, sanitaryware and accessories to choose from. Even brassware is in on the act.
Concrete has also made its way into bathrooms, bringing with it a growing demand for more urban, industrial-inspired bathrooms.
In search of a shower enclosure but limited on space? Forgo hinged doors that open outwards for a sleek sliding alternative. Take inspiration from these stunning shower room ideas, then kick-start your design project.
Taken from the original encaustic design, these dramatic Ca' Pietra Lily Pad tiles (shown in Peacock) are now available in porcelain at Real Stone & Tile.
This brick partition wall separates the master bedroom from the shower room.
THE WHOLE SHEBANG
This freestanding Mersey shower enclosure from Drummonds comes complete with an overhead and hand shower plus a marble shower tray.
Patterned floor tiles give this shower room a good design grounding, complemented by heritage fittings and metro wall tiles.
Patterned mirrored panels bring a touch of luxe to this shower room.
The patina effect of these large scale tiles brings character to this shower space.
This walk-in shower enclosure is framed in white marble. A subtle step-down in the marble floor keeps the rest of the bathroom dry. Alcoves in the marble wall create a space for toiletries.
Get the look: Bespoke shower: designed by Studio Indigo with Calacatta marble – Bespoke shower enclosure by Spa Glazing.
RINSE AND RELAX
This wet room features marble walls and floors, with a recessed alcove for toiletries, and a built-in seat ledge.
Get the look: This is Blue De Savoie stone. Fixtures are from Waterworks. Shower product is Byredo. Natural sponge is from Waterworks.
This stylish shower room boasts a porthole window that offers views from the shower.
The green marble basin continues through the glass shower partition to become the seating in the shower.
These classical design created with these mosaic tiles gives wow-factor to this wet room.
Get the look: This is the Endimione tile mosaic by Bisazza. The shower is by Kohler. Fired Earth does similar black slate bathroom floor tiles.
AL FRESCO ENCLOSURE
This shower is outside in a light-well, with bathroom tiling that reaches all the way up to the top of this outdoor wall.
The marble bath enters this shower space, with the dividing glass screen resting in the marble. It's a very cool effect, and a modern twist to this traditional bathroom. White hand-moulded metro tile is accented by mosaic tiling on a smaller scale, and minimalist brass hardware and accessories are featured throughout, demonstrating how it’s often a well-edited space that makes the most lasting impression.
WET ROOM WINDOW
This small but stylish wet room was brightened up by adding transom windows that borrow light from the bedroom. Clever.
A green marble seat contrasts against the white marble tiles in this shower room.
Get the look: Bathroom plumbing by Crosswater London
The metal shower enclosure and encaustic tiles make for a smart update on the home's period style.
Get the look: Architectural Bronze Casements could make a bespoke shower enclosure like this. The floor tiles were sourced on eBay. See Fired Earth’s Patisserie for similar. The basin and tap are by Leroy Merlin.
Vertical tiles accentuate height in the bathroom and a basin with an integrated towel rack helps keep the walls clutter-free.
Get the look: The white glazed ceramic wall tiles are from Signorino Tile Gallery in Melbourne. Fired Earth does similar tiles. This is the Pressed Glass wall light by Tom Dixon. The washbasin is by Pozzi-Ginori. CP Hart has a good range of washbasins with towel rails. The bath is by Duravit. For a shower like this, try John Lewis.
TOP TO TOE TERRAZZO
This home owner worked with the smaller dimensions of this spa and shower room by covering it floor-to-ceiling in terrazzo slabs, which give the space a sense of luxury. Integrated seating is raised above the floor, making these heavier details appear lighter.
Get the look: The tap and shower head are from the Davinci collection at AF New York. These ceiling lights are from Delta Light. The towels are from ABC Carpet & Home. The terrazzo slabs are from Miami and were ordered through Stone Source.
RISE AND SHINE
A burst of sunshine in the shower room makes mornings feel like spring all year round. The otherwise white-with-a-splash-of-green foliage colour scheme echoes the rest of the house.
Get the look: The chartreuse-coloured glass is bespoke from TD Glass. The shower tray is bespoke Corian from CP Hart.
The waterproof tadelakt finish on the walls is a traditional Moroccan polished plaster used in riads.
Get the look: The wood floor is made from exterior decking. Try thedecktileco.co.uk for a stylish selection. The Palermo light fittings are from Sparks Electrical. The mirror was made to measure. Any good glazier will be able to cut a shape to your design or try Dominic Schuster. The hammam towel is from Future and Found.
The master bathroom’s double shower was originally conceived as a wet room but when the kids used it, water ended up everywhere. A shower screen has been added to prevent splashes and slips.
Get the look: The bath, shower fittings and brassware are all from Edwins Bathrooms.
LEAF IT OUT
No room for a separate shower? This was inspired by a hotel in Palm Springs and still has impact, despite being over the bath.
Get the look: Antique bath, The Architectural Forum. Beverly Hills Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings
Each time the budget was a bit tight, the architect would suggest the owners save money by cutting back on the marble but they were adamant it stays as it’s so glam.
Get the look: The Portuguese marble was sourced by Jon Loveday. These are Mackintosh shower fittings and basin taps by Lefroy Brooks. For a similar shower screen and mirrored wall cabinet, try CP Hart.
The wall tiles of this wet room are actually enamel medallions found by one of the owners in a warehouse in Providence when he was a student. Dark grout makes the circular patterns stand out.
Get the look: Topps Tiles’ Shapes circle matt white mosaic tiles have this look.
IN THE DARK
This chic shower space has a more masculine look, with a darker palette and a cool freestanding basin.
Get the look: This is the Vieques pedestal basin by Patricia Urquiola for Agape. Tap, Vola. Shower head, Hansgrohe.
In this redesign, the floor plan was reshuffled to create a glamorous bathroom, complete with a walk-in shower, lined in a mix of gold, black and white tessera mosaic tiles.
Get the look: The shower is from Catchpole & Rye.
The owners of this home gave up a fourth bedroom to create a generous master suite that takes up a whole floor.
Get the look: The antique glass used as a splashback is from Dominic Schuster. The Carrara marble shower tray is from Alistair Mackintosh. The glass shower enclosure is from European Glass.
Simple white metro tiles with dark grout give a smart utilitarian feel.
Get the look: Metro tiles, Topps Tiles. Savoy sink and pedestal, Bathstore.
Tactile tadelakt and lava stone tiles wrap around this bathing space that’s both efficient and indulgent.
Get the look: These are Made a Mano lavastone tiles. The handshower and brassware are Gessi at CP Hart.
The Carrara marble mixed with the black brassware gives a slice of drama to this classic and beautiful design.
Get the look: The brassware matt black fittings are from Dornbracht.
ON THE TILES
Marble tiles break up the glacial affect of an all-white bathroom, while chunky handles add ballast to the scheme.
Get the look: Find marble wall tiles at Total Tiles.
Style your bathroom with wall and floor tiles that create an interesting design feature in even the smallest spaces. Hexagons and herringbones are still hot property, but there’s been a shift away from straight lines and sharp corners towards more gentle shapes, such as scallops and circles. Nothing jazzes up a shower quite like its surfaces, so allow tiles to shine by using a concealed shower with valves and pipework hidden in the wall. Look out for floor tiles with an anti-slip finish to keep you vertical.
Get the look: These are Syren wall tiles in Nordic Blue; and Arabescato floor tiles, both by Topps Tiles.
TAKE THE PLUNGE
Who wouldn’t want to be a guest at this house when you have a shower room this gorgeous? The warm woods, graphic tiles and sleek fittings are beautifully combined. We love that this wet room has managed to incorporate a plunge pool, too. Even better that it's a deep tub that will cocoon you up to the shoulders.
Get the look: The Tara shower fitting is by Dornbracht. The floor tiles are by Mosaic Del Sur. The wall is covered in Venetian plaster by Loggia.
IN THE ROUND
Personalisation, quirks and all, has become the hallmark of bathroom design. Enter Geometrica floor tiles by Domus, giving you total freedom to create your own design using its glazed porcelain tiles. Team them with dark walls to create a cocooning effect that invites the user to linger and relax. The collection has five solid colours, along with patterns, including this circular design.
Get the look: These are Domus’s Geometrica glazed wall tiles and Drop patterned floor tiles.
A true wet room is completely open, although these savvy homeowners installed a minimalist panel so the rest of their bathroom doesn’t get wet. A black industrial-style shower provides the focus for the bathroom, striking a graphic contrast to the white-tiled walls. A monochrome palette can often have more impact when you introduce an accent colour. In this case, grey softens the scheme.
Get the look: The tiles are from Tons of Tiles. The taps are from homary.com. The bath mat is from Urban Outfitters.
TAKE IT TO THE MAX
Colour in the bathroom has spent too long being confined to accessories and the odd sanitaryware line. But change is afoot. From fearless hue combinations and in-your-face patterns, designers are challenging the norm and exploring the infinite possibilities of maximalism. To master this trend, confidence is crucial – it must be embraced wholeheartedly or not at all.
Indulge in shades that bring you the most joy and patterns that speak to your personality. Break all the style rules, except one – try not to suffocate the space. You can achieve this by introducing white areas into your scheme that will offer a dash of light relief.
Get the look: Here, on-trend maximalist wallpaper is the ultimate modern counterpoint to Drummonds' classic Thurso shower, from £22,740. This is L’Eden wallpaper by de Gournay, from £1,972 for a panel. On request, the company will apply a protective glaze to L’Eden for use in your bathroom.
IT'S BLACK AND WHITE
Black and white can’t help but go together in the bathroom. White makes a small space appear larger, fresher and brighter, while black adds a focal point that grounds, anchors and lends a sophisticated edge. Together, they’re a classy double act. Monochrome schemes may be devoid of colour, but they needn’t lack visual interest, as this herringbone tile pattern shows.
Get the look: The simple mix of black and white in this walk-in shower by Brian O’ Tuama Architects integrates a longer, thinner style of metro tiles and strikes a strong contrast against the black grouting. The Brooklyn shower set, from £3,911, is by The Watermark Collection. For similar herringbone matt wall tiles, try Tiles Direct.
Thanks to manufacturing technology developments, the marble look is available at a fraction of the cost of authentic marble. These realistic alternatives are also easier to care for than the real McCoy. When it comes to tiles, bigger is better. Fewer grout lines create a fuss-free, uninterrupted finish that’s hard to achieve with smaller tiles. This shower makes a big impact, thanks to a simple mix of marble, chrome, wood and very little else. The walk-in design creates a luxurious, open feel, especially when installed with a fixed shower panel and minimal framing.
Get the look: This book-matched Calacatta marble is by Capital Granite. The Archipelago Godolphin shower kit is by Lefroy Brooks, which also does the similar-looking Belle Aire rose showerhead, both available at The Cast Iron Bath Company.
Interior designer Leanne Ford has packed plenty into this contained wet room. The freestanding bath fits snugly below the window, with wall-mounted taps that save space. And there’s enough room for showers too, with sweeping curves that echo the ceiling’s shape.
Get the look: This is the Aegean freestanding bath, from £4,003, by The Albion Bath Company. Find metro tiles at Topps Tiles. For similar showers, try the Edwardian rigid riser with a traditional 150mm dart head and white handset in antique gold from Imperial Bathrooms.
GO FOR GOLD
There are easier metallics to master than gold, but none elevate the status of your bathroom in quite the same way. The trick is to pick the right tone from the wealth of glittering opportunities available. Overly polished gold can tip the balance from glamorous to garish, so seek out warmer finishes for your fixtures and fittings to banish the threat of bling. The quality of finishes varies widely. Take care to source a product with lasting appeal.
Get the look: The Drift basin; Drift stand; Edwardian taps and Victorian shower valve, are all by Imperial Bathrooms.
Black in the bathroom needs to tread a fine line. Overdo it and you’re in danger of creating an austere room that drains energy rather than restores it. Do it well and discover a calming, contemplative oasis you’ll always look forward to spending time in. This bathroom by Minale + Mann is a dramatic pause amid the neutral colours swept across the walls, ceiling and soft furnishings in the adjoining bedroom. Take inspiration from the warm wooden floor that runs throughout the bedroom and bathroom, creating a cohesive space.
Get the look: The Godolphin GD8703 shower set, by Lefroy Brooks at The Cast Iron Bath Company, is a good match.
The clean aesthetic of a digital shower complements this dramatic bathroom, where the formal pairing of black and white lends a strong graphic element to the space. Concrete grey has been thrown into the mix to soften the severity. Hexagonal tiles contrast beautifully with the smooth concrete-effect floor.
Get the look: The Compact vanity unit; Quattrocast basin; and Contemporary 2025 digital shower set, are all by Britton Bathrooms. Find similar mosaic wall tiles at Claybrook.
The industrial effect – functional and hard-working designs that combine practicality with edgy good looks – works in all kinds of spaces, not just converted factories and urban lofts. The raison d’être of this trend is to shine a spotlight on imperfection, rather than hide it – think distressed metals and burnished brass. Our lives aren’t perfect and there’s no reason our homes should strive to be. This walk-in shower blends the best of the past with the demands of modern living. Floor-to-ceiling tiles have an authentic weathered appearance and the shower has a beautiful aged brass patina.
Get the look: The Copper Bateau bath in Weathered Copper; and Le Thermo Grand exposed shower in Aged Brass are by Catchpole & Rye. For a similar look, try Wall & Decò’s Dechire wall covering, at West One Bathrooms.
IN THE FRAME
Crittall-style windows are enjoying a moment. In fact, the metal-framed windows – first invented in the 19th century – are so popular, their comeback includes doors and partitions too. Elevate a monochrome scheme with a metal-framed shower panel. Here, it pairs well with the vanity unit. What its basin lacks in depth, it makes up for in width, extending into the shower to create a handy shelf.
Get the look: This is the Flor/F.C6 basin in Ivory, by Kast Concrete Basins. The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn wall-mounted two-hole basin set in a brushed 24-carat gold finish costs from £1,446. Find similar marble-effect tiles at Walls and Floors.
Crittall style translates well in the bathroom, where creating a stylish space that feels both light and open but retains an element of separation is a key objective. Work an industrial aesthetic with classic metro tiles or ramp up the luxe with marble. The industrial aesthetic of this shower enclosure speaks volumes about the 1892 Manhattan warehouse it calls home. If you have an unusual-shaped bathroom like this one, go for a custom-made enclosure. If you’re worried about the bathroom looking too industrial, team a natural material like marble with the steel frames to give it a spa vibe.
Get the look: Contact Drench for a bespoke enclosure. Try Mixture tiles from Tiles To You, for this look.
When choosing a shower panel, glass is available in different thicknesses, which is reflected in the price. Cheaper panels are generally made from 4-6mm glass, while more robust models, including this one by Aston Matthews, often use 8-10mm glass. Thicker panels allow for minimal framing, helping the room to feel more spacious.
Get the look: The round shower rose and arm; hand shower kit; and wall-mounted towel warmer are all from the Nero collection by Aston Matthews.
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