If you are looking to do a bathroom remodel and want to update your shower this year, here are a few popular design ideas. These ideas can help add some comfort and style to your bathroom. Consider a few of these shower trends as you start to design your bathroom in 2017.
The trend in 2017 in regards to bathroom remodels is all about Big showers. Many homeowners are looking for more shower and less tub, or they want to make a large shower and totally remove the bathtub entirely, especially in the master bathroom. This isn’t expected to change anytime soon. In fact, in my opinion, it will increase over time. Many empty-nesters, young professionals, and middle-aged adults have changed their preferences because of their active, busy lifestyle.
The steam that a specific volume of hot water will produce from a single shower head will only warm a certain amount of space. So, if your shower is “too big” then you’ll have cold spots, which are areas of your shower where you will not want to stand.
Many consumers prefer walk-in showers because of the ease of cleaning and the convenience. One of the most popular walk-in shower styles is a partial glass section. It’s a walk-in shower without a door. There’s just a glass panel that is on one side. Many customers say they love glass doors, but hate cleaning them. A walk-in shower can solve this problem. Since there’s only a small glass panel on the side, instead of a door, these showers are easier to clean. Walk-in showers don’t take up more space than a standard tub/shower combo. However, the difference is huge.
When you remove the tub and install a walk-in shower, there are several things you’ll notice. First, you lose the wasted space around the tub’s edge, like the tub rails. The entire space where the tub sat will be the shower.
So, let’s say that the space where you typically stand in your tub to take a shower is 45 inches by 18 inches. IF you remove the tub and use the same exact space for your walk-in shower, then the base would be 60 inches by 34 inches.
The tub’s height, which is usually about 17 inches also forms a sort of wall. Removing the tub, removes this wall and makes your bathroom appear bigger.
Tub to shower conversions range in price depending upon the area of the country that you live in. Also another thing to understand is that the price increases depending on the materials and amenities a homeowner selects.
Pebble Shower Floor
There are two types of pebble flooring: cut and natural. Cut are pebbles that are sliced in half. That makes for a smoother, even floor surface for your tile floor. Natural, preserves the stones and uses them as they are. You’re seeing more natural stone being used in the bathroom because customers like it more than the cut. Since the pebble tile is made from stones, it’s extremely durable. The wear on this flooring occurs more slowly than other types of floors. That makes it a good choice for extended use.
A pebble floor will cost between $7 and $30 per square foot.
White and Gray Shower Walls
Before the trend was to have multi-colored ceramic or stone tile shower walls. This appears to be less popular in 2017. There’s an increase in the number of people who choose solid gray shower walls, while others are transitioning back to white walls.
Many are moving away from colors and opting for white-on-white, creamy whites, off whites and just plain white. White is elegant, classic, and clean. It makes a room appear open and spacious.
A white shower will always be in style, even if it’s not trendy. If you live in an elegantly accessorized bathroom with other neutrals, you can add a punch of color with accessories like rugs, artwork, or towels.
Jason McCoy, a veteran contractor and a blogger over at GuruForGroutSealing.com contributed this article.