As most of you already know, I’ve had bathroom design on my mind lately. We’re smack dab in the middle of our basement bathroom renovation and I just wrapped up a bathroom design for Emmett’s place of employment (I’ll share their office reveal on here soon- it’s pretty cool)! Anyway, after putting together some bathroom and shower combinations for our own home, I thought it might be helpful to share them for those of you in the same boat… if you’re planning to renovate or update your bathroom in the future. I’ve put together five shower design plans that include wall tile, floor tile, and plumbing fixtures. Feel free to use them, implement them, or share your thoughts on each. The one we’re using for our basement bath is in the mix too. Hopefully these will be helpful if you’re not as confident when it comes to bathroom design or don’t feel like spending a ton of time searching for products. Maybe these readymade shower design plans will give you a good starting place, at the very least! Click through to see what I came up with…
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First I’m going to share some really fast, basic tips (that may or may not be common knowledge)…
5 QUICK SHOWER DESIGN TIPS
- Shower floor tile should have adequate traction- opt for a mosaic tile or a smaller tile with lots of grout lines for anti-slipping and better traction. A smaller tile on the shower floor is also easier to install when it comes to sloping your drain.
- Consider additional plumbing fixtures for a more luxurious shower experience… think of adding a handheld spray, a large rain head, or even a steam shower. I’d like to do this in our master someday!
- Instead of a bulky fan, I prefer this recessed can light that is also an exhaust fan. I’ll never use anything else in a bathroom again! Ventilation is super important and this looks clean & minimal.
- Use products that save time and extend the life / durability of your tile. For example, we’re using this Schluter shower kit that includes the drain and everything we’ll need to get started tiling.
- Check out my best bathroom renovation tips at the bottom of this blog post… I crammed a bunch in there!
Even though I have the following design plans / moodboards set up with a frameless glass shower door, these combinations work for any shower or bath configuration! This was just the easiest way to show the materials working together in a realistic way. I think visuals are always helpful, then you can apply it to your own space and floor plan. Ready to see the options? All of the products can be found at Lowe’s, so they’re accessible to everyone!
Obviously the first one is the exact shower we’ll be installing in our basement bathroom. I paired a nero marble hex tile on the floor (for lots of traction) with classic carrara wall tile. In terms of finish, any plumbing fixture color would’ve looked great with this neutral palette, but I opted for polished nickel. We already have brass fixtures in our guest bath, so I wanted to switch things up downstairs. All of these materials & finishes are very timeless, so I know I’ll love this look for years to come.
Next up, more marble! I’m all about using all marble in a shower setting, but mixing up the shape. On the walls, I inserted a classic subway tile (installed vertically for a modern spin on things- like in our previous bath) and herringbone mosaic tile on the floor. Again- this provides lots of grout lines to ensure you won’t slip. For the plumbing fixture, I went with a matte black Kohler Hydrorail, that features both a shower head and a handheld spray.
Next up, a shower that feels a bit more feminine. Did you know the backsplash tile in our kitchen comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors? The Bedrosians Cloe tile is one of my all-time favorites. I used it in a white, square shape on the shower walls here. For the floor tile, I kept it traditional with a timeless basketweave pattern. Modern brass plumbing fixtures look very chic in this light and bright shower!
On the other end of the spectrum, I wanted to design a moody shower option. I love dark tile and this nero subway is no exception (ooh la la)! For the floor, I felt a traditional round penny tile in a neutral hue would be the perfect pairing. Brass plumbing fixtures made perfect sense for this one given the moody black backdrop.
shower trim: delta cassidy champagne bronze shower trim // wall tile: american clean ice white subway tile + american olean bright black gloss pencil liner tile // floor tile: anatolia marble flower mosaic
Last, but certainly not least, I designed a beautiful white shower with carrara floor tile! Remember when I shared how to make plain white subway tile look classic, NOT basic? That little black contrasting pencil trim is a fun way to make your shower look more custom and tailored. I love the plumbing fixtures in our guest bath so much, I had to insert them in one of the designs. The Delta Cassidy collection is one of my all-time favorites.
That’s it! Which one was your favorite? I’m excited to hear in the comment section below. If anyone uses any of these design plans, please please tag me so I can share it… even if it’s just inspiration! That kind of stuff makes my day. I hope you’re all having a great week so far.