Showers have long been an integral part of the bathroom. The feeling of water sluicing down your hair, shoulders, and back brings a sense of refreshment and renewal.
Showers have taken center-stage in bathroom design and remodeling. The bathroom has become more than just a functional room for personal hygiene and cleanliness, and developed into a spa system with the shower as its major focal point.
Though the shower with a tub is standard, the walk-in shower has become very popular, particularly with small bathrooms.
What do you need to know about your shower design?
- How large is your shower in proportion to your overall bathroom?
- Is your shower a walk-in shower? or do you have a tub?
- Is your shower completely encased?
- Will you need floor to ceiling tiles?
- Will your shower have built in shelves or seating?
Once you have established the foundation of your shower design, it is time to take a look at your tile options:
It is important to remember that the shower can be a very slippery area. If you are building a walk-in shower, the slip resistance is vital. No one likes to fall in the shower.
Submergence (Water coverage)
With lots of water that can accumulate in a shower it is important that your tile choice is can be completely submerged and still function with exceptional water resistance.
Tile options may vary depending on if the tile is going on the floor, the walls or the ceiling. Some tile are suitable for all of these locations. Also, tile experts will recommend much smaller tiles anywhere you may be incorporating a curve within a shower, particularly if you are adding a built-in bench.
Neutral or light colors reflect light well, and will make your shower look brighter. These colors often provide an agelessness to your bathroom. If you like bolder colors, a softer hue of the color will still accentuate your shower and bathroom with a light, airy feeling while still appealing to your color aesthetic.
While texture can add an interesting visual appeal to your shower, the water will take longer to drip. This may cause the shower to take longer to dry and potentially provide a fertile environment for mold and mildew. If your water has a significant mineral content, these minerals may also build up on the crevices among the tiles.
Size matters. When selecting your tiles, think about your entire bathroom, any designs (abstract, unusual shapes, mosaics), complimenting architecture, and your lifestyle. Large tiles can make a small shower feel larger, and you may want less grout lines to clean. Smaller tiles are better for curving elements such as a benches, providing a softer surface against your legs.
Mix and match your tile design with size, color, material. Borders of small glass tiles may break up larger pieces. Mosaics or medallions can do the same thing. Create a faux chair rail and have different tiles on the upper and lower portions of the wall. Incorporate architectural details inspired by your home.
The experts at Melcer Tile can guide you through your shower tile decisions.