The buzz these days for deluxe master bathrooms is all about the walk-in shower. Busy lifestyles rarely allow for a lot of soaking time, so many homeowners are getting rid of their tub and shower combo in favor of separating the two – or omitting the bathtub altogether. If you're planning a new or remodeled bathroom, design a luxurious walk-in shower.
Go for Frameless Glass
An open layout complements almost any décor style. To maintain the look of an open layout, go for frameless glass. With this construction, contractors install a glass enclosure affixed with small joints instead of metal framing. A frameless glass shower keeps the visual space open since there's very little metal. In fact, as Home and Garden TV points out, frameless glass can even make a space look bigger. You can have your walk-in shower completely enclosed, or you can couple it with a doorless design. The latter works well if you have ample space for the shower.
Consider Etched Glass
If you want some privacy, etched glass may be the way to go. Glass naturally reflects light back into the space, making the bathroom feel especially airy. This is true even if you opt for etched glass. Manufacturers create a multitude of designs for etching, so the glass panels can match any décor style. For example, you could select a pretty frosted glass scene for a traditional bathroom. Alternatively, consider a geometric pattern for a modern bathroom. Contact a glass company to learn more about your options.
Besides glass, what really sets your walk-in shower apart is your selection of amenities. First off, you'll want seating. You can have this built into the wall, or you can add a bench afterward. Likewise, it's hard to say which is more popular for water sprays, rain showerheads or spa panels. Never mind – you can incorporate a rain showerhead into a spa panel. Finally, don't forget to include cubbies for your bathing supplies. If installing a built-in bench, you can even incorporate some storage into the design.
When it comes to amenities, the biggest wow factor comes from chromotherapy. These panels utilize a system of lights and sounds. Chromotherapy offers lighting that you can program according to different moods. These can range from soothing to invigorating. The lights are coupled with music. The speakers can even mimic tiles. You can program certain musical styles or combine the lighting with your stereo system.
Start with a beautiful foundation of glass, and add amenities for a luxurious walk-in shower.