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Walk-In Shower Ideas

Find ideas to create a gorgeous walk-in shower in your bathroom.

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    • Standout Shower

      Stone mosaic tile on the shower's back wall draws your eye as soon as you enter the bathroom. Enclosed by glass, this small, but functional shower seems boundless.

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    • Au Naturel

      Natural color oak and neutral limestone keep the palette in this bathroom light. At the end of the room is the expansive shower. Often shower glass can appear green, but these homeowners chose a special glass without color distortion, so the shower practically disappears.

    • Elegant Shower Enclosure

      Honey-hued mosaic tiles complement the large, neutral marble tiles that round out the room. The shower continues the rest of the bathroom's serene, timeless aura.

    • Tile for Showers

      Tile enhances the style of a walk-in shower and is the perfect way to add color and texture. Watch and see some of our favorite tile ideas for showers.

    • Spa-like Bathroom Shower

      The tile inset from the bathroom floor is repeated on the shower wall and ceiling. The two person shower is outfitted with wall-mount, handheld, and rain-style showerheads. Every inch in this remodel works hard, including the drawers added under the shower bench for extra storage.

    • In the Details

      Small details make this shower a standout space. Two showerheads placed higher and lower on the wall accommodate bathers of different heights. The intricately planned tiles create a visually stunning mosaic along the walls, floor, and bench. To keep the space from looking too busy, tiles in the same color -- but different sizes -- were applied to the floor and lower portion of the walls.

    • Fully Outfitted Shower

      Small but thoughtful elements make this shower stand out. A step between the shower and the rest of the bathroom serves as a barrier, keeping water away from the bathroom's wood floors. Inside the shower, both wall-mount and handheld showerheads provide the ultimate showering experience, and a small mirror is convenient for in-shower shaving.

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    • Seamless Transition

      Foregoing the standard shower door is only the first standout element in this stunning shower. The space is separated from the rest of the bathroom by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Inside the shower, an oversize showerhead, bench seat, and pebble-inset flooring create an ideal spot for relaxing.

    • Beachy Keen

      In this bathroom layout, the homeowners chose to replace the soaking tub with an extra-spacious shower and steam room. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors keep water and steam contained, and bring light into the shower.

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      A Perfect Fit

      Reconfiguring the master bath in this 1850s Cape Cod home gave the homeowners  a sunny and efficient space. A glass-enclosed shower preserves the room's openness, and tucking it under the eave allows room for storage and a wide walkway.

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      Upgraded Simplicity

      For a walk-in shower on a dime, look for a basic fiberglass shower with built-in amenities. This simple shower provides a small seat and ledges for storing shower necessities. A metal-frame door also adds elegance to the basic shower.

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      Bathed in Light

      Showers tucked into dormers can feel cramped and cavelike, but adding a skylight can remedy the problem. This shower becomes a bright oasis, thanks to a generous skylight. Inside the shower, slate blue glass tiles line the back wall and continue on the floor, giving the shower focal-point status. A textured stone tile was used on the sidewalls, as well as elsewhere in the bathroom to unify the spaces.

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      Mixed Tile

      For a distinguishable look, combine different types of tile on shower walls and floors. This shower became a masterpiece with porcelain tiles of varying sizes covering the walls. Blue mosaic glass tiles line the shower floor and also appear as accents on the wall.

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      Cool Contrast

      In this condo bathroom, frameless glass doors with statement-making handles and a mix of terrazzo and glass tiles cover the roomy shower from floor to ceiling.

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      Shower and Steam Room

      A floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure and a hidden steam generator add "steam room" to the list of this shower's amenities. A transom window helps circulate air when only the shower is being used. Dual showerheads and green subway tile complete the shower's spa-like vibe.

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      Clear View

      This small shower is kept from feeling cramped, thanks to its frameless shower door and glass enclosure. Inside, white subway tile contributes to the sense of spaciousness.

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      Separate and Together

      Limiting separation between this shower and the rest of the bathroom is a unique twist on the basic shower. The seamless transition also eliminated the raised step into the shower, a smart move to prevent tripping.

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      Spacious Shower

      If you prefer to have just a shower in your bathroom, opt to eliminate the tub altogether and fill the space with a larger shower. This tub-size shower offers plenty of bathing space, plus a bench seat and small niches for bath necessities. A larger shower also provides room for dual showerheads, such as the wall-mount and handheld showerheads in this space.

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      Corner Shower

      Make the most of an awkward bathroom corner with a slender shower stall. This small shower was fitted into a bathroom corner and feels more spacious than its small size suggests, thanks to the glass enclosure, which lets in plenty of light. Decorative tile and chrome fixtures give the petite space panache.

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      Slate Bathroom Shower

      Stunning ragged-cut slate is the focal point of this walk-in shower. The shower's glass walls provide unobstructed views of the natural stone texture, and the adjacent sunken tub is framed with wood. Plank floors finish the area. Natural elements, such as rock and wood, contrast with the clean lines of the tub surround, the shower enclosure, and skylights.

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      Simply Beautiful

      Even a small bath with a standard layout can have a stunning shower. White tile covers half of the bathroom's walls, and continues into the shower, along with black linear tile. This shower was built with no threshold to allow easy access.

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      Tile Artwork

      A ceiling-mount showerhead rains cooling water on bathers after a steam shower. Black fixtures stand out against the neutral tiles and tile laid on the diagonal creates an eye-catching pattern on the wall in the steam shower. A horizontal row of mosaic tile adds contrast. A ladder leaning against the wall serves as an interesting towel rack.

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      Private Getaway

      An enclosed shower can become a private getaway, even in a crowded home. An in-shower bench pulls double duty as storage and seating. Hints of gray and blue in the white shower tile complement the bathroom's wall color. These natural variations in the tile add visual interest and personality.

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      Outside Influence

      After creating a resort-quality retreat in the backyard, these homeowners renovated the bathroom that was just steps away. The gorgeous tile work -- a glass mosaic in chocolate and copper hues, mixed with pretty porcelain -- is on display thanks to a floor-to-ceiling glass enclosure.

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      Find design inspiration in 15 walk-in showers that beautifully stretch a small bathroom's footprint, increase its functionality, and amplify its good looks.
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