Skip to main content

Shower Room Ideas: 11 Beautiful Designs for Updates, Renovations and New Spaces

Modern shower room ideas
(Image credit: Kaldewei)

When looking for new shower room ideas, keeping practicality top of the list is essential. 

Whether it's for a new bathroom design in a new house or an update to an existing one, the best shower room ideas make the most of the space available, provide function for your unique lifestyle and, of course, create a welcoming and luxurious environment in the process. 

No matter if you're working with a small shower room, adding a new wetroom, or creating a relaxing walk-in shower en suite, below are some amazing ideas that can be adopted and adapted into any design. 

1. Great Lighting Design is Key to an Effective Shower Room Idea

Modern shower room with wall hung units

(Image credit: Mereway Bathrooms)

Even if your new space has plenty of natural light, incorporating a great lighting design plan to introduce artificial illumination is key to shower rooms. 

Statement pendant and wall lights in shower rooms don't always add the wow-factor as they do in traditional bathrooms where the tub take centre stage.

However, downlights are always a practical winner for small bathrooms as they work well with awkward spaces and work hard to counter dark corners. Also consider adding unique brightness in the form of recessed LED strips, or integrated mirror vanities. 

2. Bring a Spa-Like Feel to Your Shower Room Idea

Marble shower room ideas

(Image credit: Tile Giant)

Even if you're dealing with a small bathroom, aiming to achieve a sense of serenity and escapism using materials, fixtures and fittings will make any room a cut above the rest. 

Be it luxurious stones, warm woods, or (as shown above) boutique-inspired marble effects, using floor to ceiling tiling creates a spa-like atmosphere that will never fail to decompress after a long day. 

(MORE: Best Shower Heads)

3. Keep it Traditional with a Freestanding Vanity

Traditional shower room ideas

(Image credit: Big Bathroom Shop )

As shower rooms tend to feature walk-in shower and built-in storage, adding a little variety into the mix helps to make a room feel cosier. 

Including a freestanding vanity unit or bathroom storage solution is the best of both worlds and for more traditional shower rooms, farmhouse-style wooden worktops with small Belfast basins does just the trick. 

4. Get Creative with Tiles in a new Shower Room 

Shower room tile ideas

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

Tiles are a great way to inject some personality into a shower room, be it with a colourful pattern, interesting laying pattern or even different coloured grout (trust us — it works!).

5. Go for a Smart and Accessible Shower Room

Wet room tile ideas

(Image credit: Pure Bathroom Collection)

Including smart home accessories will take a shower room to the next level.

Digital showers, smart speakers and self-cleaning loos are great to include in any new bathroom, and they work especially well to transform an accessible wetroom into a future-proofed and easy-to-use space. 

6. Make a Statement in a Shower Room

Statement shower room design ideas

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

From mixing and matching tiles and laying beautiful flooring to including the latest matt black taps and industrial-style shower enclosure, this shower room has it all. 

Now, you might not want to include all of these elements, but make the most of the opportunity and weave in one or two of your favourite styles and trends to make your shower room individual to your lifestyle. 

7. Design a Walk-in Wetroom

Wet room ideas

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

Is there anything better than waking up and walking straight into a warm shower? Wetrooms maximise the potential of even the most awkward spaces while offering a seamless elegance to a shower room space. 

Added bonus: no more early-morning stubbed toes!

8. Add a Small En Suite Shower Room

Small shower room ideas

(Image credit: B&Q)

Shower rooms, quite obviously, don't feature a bath so are the perfect solution for small en suites. 

Showers themselves only require a space of 900 x 900mm minimum to offer a conformable experience while new compact sinks and vanities are great space-saving fixtures. 

9. Choosing Flooring for a Shower Room

Flooring ideas for shower room

(Image credit: Walls ans Floors)

These vintage-inspired ceramic tiles are a durable and stylish choice for a shower room. Other hard-wearing bathroom flooring options like luxury vinyl tiles, slip resistant stone or even rubber are also practical choices for a shower room where water ands humidity are a concern. 

10. Go Bold in Very Small Shower Rooms

Small en suite shower room

(Image credit: Chris Snook)

This amazing en suite wetroom renovation is bursting with personality. Timeless fixtures like flooring, wall tiles and sanitarywear have been matched with more modern trends which can be swapped out as styles change. 

11. Maximise Awkward Shower Room Spaces

Small shower room design

(Image credit: Mereway Bathrooms)

Working with unusual or awkward spaces in a shower room renovation will make the most of every inch of space. Think about boxing in storage, including clever lighting or even adding some privacy by setting back toilets. 

Here, the recess in the wall has been utilised to create the perfect shower enclosure while freeing up the rest of the space for other bits of sanitarywear. 

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.