24 Stunning Wet Room Ideas

Make a splash in your bathroom with these stunning wet room design ideas. We've also put together a handy guide with everything you need to know, including expert tips on how to get started, and what to avoid when planning your wet room design...

Looking for some striking wet room ideas? One of the best ways to fashion a spa feel in the bathroom is with a wet room – a fully tiled showering space free from a shower tray or enclosure. Wet rooms are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and with their spa-like looks they’re also a great way to add value to your home. We’ve sifted through our archives to find the most striking wet rooms that have graced the pages of Livingetc, and these ones below are the stand-out ideas that have left a lasting impression.

Installing a wet room can create a spa-like showering experience . Wet rooms are bathroom spaces designed with a large walk-in shower, where the whole room – including walls and floors – is watertight. Spacious, versatile and luxurious, wet rooms offer a contemporary look that can be easily personalised and styled with patterned tiles and sleek brassware.

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As you’ll see from the examples below, there are many roads you can go down when it comes to installing or creating a wet room. You could go for a spa-inspired steam room space with built-in bench seating, or a more utilitarian look with concrete surfaces. Tiles, mosaic, terrazzo and marble are all popular options – but you’ll need to consider anti-slip properties. Or, for something with a bit of drama, how about an outdoor wet room built into a light-well that connects to the rest of the bathroom with just a shower door? Scroll down to the gallery and you’ll see what we mean.

You don’t need a lot of space, either. You could transform a box room or even a storage room into a compact shower space, as the room will still be larger than most shower enclosures. Wet room systems are not limited to incremental sizing, like shower trays often are, so they are a great solution for awkward or tight spaces. In small rooms it’s possible to turn the whole area into a walk-in shower, however, it’s good to be mindful of the items in the bathroom that need to be kept dry, such as towels and toilet rolls.

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Not ready to give up your bath? You don’t need to! Some of the spa-like wet room ideas below actually manage to incorporate baths too. Our favourite is the slatted wood bath tub in the spa-like wetroom, although we’re also big fans of that arched bathroom space which features a bath as well as three shower heads in an open space. Dreamy.

So how do you create a wet room? We spoke to C.P.Hart’s designer Rebecca Milnes for her tips and advice.

1. LAYOUT

One of the first things to consider when planning a wet room is where to position the drain. Ideally the drain should be as far away from the bathroom door as possible, to minimise any risk of water escaping the room. If you have a wooden sub-floor, the way your joists run is crucial to where your drain can be positioned. A gentle slope or gradient in the main a shower area will help ensure that water flows away easily into the waste.

In a wet room, the shower area is flush with the floor level and the drain is fitted into the fully tiled floor. Originally wet rooms were completely open without any glass partition, however, a simple fixed glass panel creating a walk-in shower area is a much more practical choice and has become the most popular trend.

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2. SURFACES

In order to create a wet room, you’ll need to create a watertight environment, for example by tanking both the floor and walls of the room to protect it from any leaks. Once a watertight membrane is laid, the room can then be tiled.

When deciding which wet room system to go for, think about what your sub-floor is made of. There are systems for both solid and wooden floors. If you have a concrete floor, it can be quite invasive to channel in a waste and create the gradient fall required for drainage.

Forgoing a shower tray in favour of a wet room allows the floor tiles to run through to the shower area, which adds visual space to a room. However, not all surfaces are safe to use in a wet room setting and it is crucial to know what the slip rating of the material is. Rebecca Milnes recommends using a material with a structured, textured finish to give extra grip in wet areas. Mosaics are also a great choice for wet areas, as the grout lines between the tiles give appropriate grip.

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3. TANKING

Tanking is essential in a wet room . This is a multi-step process which entails several layers of waterproofing to ensure an excellent seal – much like a swimming pool. The two main approaches for tanking a wet room are using a self-adhesive bitumen-based waterproof membrane or applying a paint-on liquid wall membrane. It is always best to speak to your supplier about the best system for your project.

4. SANITARYWARE

If you are embracing the full wet room look and omitting any sort of enclosure or screen, it is fundamental to think about your choice of sanitaryware, as it is likely that it will get wet from the spray of the shower or the condensation in the room. Opt for ceramics that are flush to the wall and are ideally wall-mounted. A wall-hung toilet is a brilliant choice in a wet room, as there are no areas for water to pool and makes cleaning easier.

Get inspired by our striking wet room ideas below…

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