36 Breathtaking Walk-In Shower Ideas

With ideas for small walk-in showers, shower tiles, and curbless walk-in showers, our collection of best walk-in showers has something for every space.

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Bathroom with dark brick and marble
Photo: Annie Schlecther

Walk-in showers are a practical, attractive choice for bathrooms large and small. Create a gorgeous walk-in shower with our tips on tile treatments, lighting, layout, storage, and more. Whether you're working with a tight space or have room to fill, these walk-in shower ideas will add a little luxury to every day.

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Small Doorless Walk-In Shower

black white modern bathroom with plants
Adam Albright

Fixed glass panels are one example of doorless shower ideas that make a small bathroom more spacious. This design delineates the walk-in shower that fills the space of the bathroom's original 1948 pink tub. To waterproof the walk-in shower, ceramic tile over cement board runs floor to ceiling and wraps the edge of the window recess. Mounting a pan-style showerhead on a curved arm also helps protect the surrounding surfaces. The subway tile and gridded glass panel inspired the room's black-and-white color scheme, which repeats on flooring and a painted vanity.

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Spa-Worthy Walk-In Shower

fresh modern master bath freestanding tub black fixtures
Edmund Barr

A walk-in shower with glass walls creates an airy look worthy of a fancy spa. Three types of showerheads—a rain shower, handheld device, and wall-mount version—combine for the ultimate relaxation. Natural accents, including a wood vanity, bamboo Roman shades, and bathtub accessories, warm up the black-and-white color palette.

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Walk-In Shower Design

Bathroom with dark brick and marble
Annie Schlecther

If you prefer to have just a shower in your bathroom, opt to eliminate the tub altogether and fill the area with a large walk-in shower. Designing a shower for this tub-sized space added plenty of bathing room and left space to store towels (like these Better Homes & Gardens Signature Soft Bath Towels, $10, Walmart). Plus, this shower has a window that provides natural light and a small shelf for toiletries. A larger shower also provides room for dual showerheads, such as the wall-mount, handheld, and rain-style showerheads in this space.

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Glass Walk-In Shower and Tub Combination

white bathroom with patterned floor tiles
Erica Van Slyke

This bright and sunny DIY bathroom renovation by Erica Van Slyke of Designing Vibes features a dreamy glass shower and tub combo. Rerouting the plumbing made it possible to knock down the existing wall between the tub and shower. The white subway tile in the shower pairs with creamy white walls for a seamless look. Designing a shower with light neutrals makes the small bathroom seem larger. Pair a bright shower with light-colored accessories on the vanity (like this Better Homes & Gardens Sculpted Marble 3-Piece Resin Bath Accessory Set, $19, Walmart).

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Subway Tiled Shower

bathroom with white subway tile
Werner Straube

When you love a bathroom style, go all in. In this luxurious walk-in shower, subway tile was installed from the floor to the ceiling and even outside the shower walls. The large glass-paneled doors show off the tile treatment clearly. Subway tile is a timeless design element, so these homeowners didn't make any mistakes when designing a shower this way. They won't have to worry about regretting their decision any time soon.

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Slate Bathroom Shower

bathroom with tiled corner shower
John Merkl

Slate tiles cover this walk-in shower with a rugged texture. The shower's glass walls provide unobstructed views of the natural stone, which stretches onto the angled ceiling. A warm palette of white and gray throughout the primary bathroom reinforces the relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.

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Walk-In Shower Door Ventilation

glass shower door with cutout
Tria Giovan

If you have a separate shower room, closing the door can make your bathroom pretty steamy. Allow for ventilation with a cutout at the top of a glass shower door. The steam will be able to escape, and you'll be able to stand the heat.

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Standout Walk-In Shower

bathroom with stone mosaic shower
Stacey Brandford

Stone mosaic tile on this walk-in shower's back wall draws your eye as soon as you enter the bathroom. Enclosed by glass, this small but functional shower appears boundless. Designing a shower with a herringbone-patterned tile on the shower floor in a lighter color keeps the small bathroom from becoming too busy.

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Patterned Tile Walk-In Shower

bathroom sliding glass shower
Marty Baldwin

Set your walk-in shower apart from its surroundings with a mosaic tile border. When you're designing a shower, match the tile color to your bathroom flooring and carry the color scheme into your shower's recessed shelving. Matte black finishes ground this airy walk-in shower.

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Stone Walk-In Shower

brick wall bathroom with rain showerhead
Emily Minton-Redfield

Contrast exposed-brick bathroom walls with a large walk-in shower that features a stone surround. Pebble floor tiles continue the natural look below. The addition of a handheld and rain showerhead makes every day feel like spa day.

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Seamless Walk-In Shower Design

glass walk-in shower in bathroom
Michael Partenio

Foregoing the standard shower door creates a seamless entrance into the shower. The space is separated from the rest of the bathroom by floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Barrier-free showers are becoming more popular as doorless shower ideas, because they exude a sort of luxury that those with sliding or swing-out doors don't. Inside the shower, an oversized showerhead, bench seat, and pebble-inset flooring create an ideal spot for relaxing.

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Traditional-Style Walk-In Shower

blue white bathroom shower
Emily Followill

For a walk-in shower with classic style, incorporate a blue and white color scheme. Navy blue hues repeat on this shower's floor tile and shelving backsplash. Glass walls on two sides of the corner shower make the bathroom feel larger and welcome light from a nearby window.

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Tile for Walk-In Showers

Consider outfitting your bathroom with tile during your next home makeover. 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.

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Built-In Shower Storage

walk in shower with recessed shelf
Werner Straube

Walk-in showers often don't include a tub ledge to hold shampoo, soap, and loofah. Instead of leaving them on the floor, consider a recessed wall shelf built right into your walk-in shower. This bathroom has a shelf outside the shower as well to hold towels and other toiletries in baskets (similar to these Better Homes & Gardens Water Hyacinth Storage Baskets, $20, Walmart).

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Spacious Walk-In Shower

bathroom with walk in shower
Jim Franco

In this revamped bathroom layout, the homeowners chose to replace the soaking tub with an extra-spacious shower and steam room. Tall glass doors keep water and steam contained while bringing light into the shower. A tiled niche holds bath products, and a small stool tucks into a corner to offer a resting spot.

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Arched Walk-In Shower

shower arched entry marble tile
Edward Gohlich

An arched entrance gives this walk-in shower an extra sense of grandeur. The glass door swings inward, so it doesn't interfere with the traffic flow in the primary bathroom. The gorgeous tile work, which includes marble subway tile and a textured pattern of square mosaic tiles, covers the shower enclosure from floor to ceiling. A built-in marble bench adds seating and lifts shampoo and soap off the shower floor.

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Spa-Like Walk-In Shower

white walk in shower with bench
James Yochum

Create a spa-like atmosphere at home by outfitting your walk-in shower with multiple showerheads. For example, a rainfall showerhead that pours water from the ceiling mimics rain for a relaxing effect. Here, a ceiling-mounted showerhead and several more along the wall offer a completely personalized experience. All-white tile on the walls, floor, and built-in shower seat make the space bright and airy.

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Lighting a Walk-In Shower

shower patterned floor blue tiles
Edward Gohlich

Ensure your walk-in shower receives plenty of natural light, so you don't have to rely on electrical fixtures to illuminate the space during the day. If you're designing a shower in a bathroom on the top floor of a home, consider adding a skylight to welcome in light from above. A small window also works well for brightening up a walk-in shower. If privacy is a concern, place the window higher up on the wall or outfit it with frosted glass.

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Walk-In Shower Seat

walk in shower with marble seat
Werner Straube

Many people shy away from a walk-in shower, because they prefer a place to sit and relax. However, you can absolutely do both without a tub! In this walk-in shower, for example, a stunning marble seat floats above the floor. It can act as a spa seat, a place to prop your leg for shaving, or a drop zone for shampoo bottles and body wash.

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Large Walk-In Shower

Two Person Shower Rooms
John Bessler

Every inch of this remodelled walk-in shower works hard, including the drawers added under the shower bench for extra storage. The large, two-person shower is outfitted with wall-mount, handheld, and rain-style showerheads. The tile inset seen on the bathroom floor is repeated on the shower wall and ceiling. Powder blue paint in the rest of the bathroom keeps the space looking classy and clean.

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Contemporary Walk-In Shower

black tile shower
Anthony Masterson

In this condo bathroom, frameless glass doors with statement-making handles set the tone for a modern bathroom. A mix of terrazzo and glass tiles covers the roomy shower from floor to ceiling for an additional statement. A minimalistic floating vanity continues the room's commitment to sleek, clean lines.

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Shower Tile Rack

shower with two shower heads and towel rack
Werner Straube

Adapt your favorite features from fancy hotels into your bathroom at home. For example, a built-in towel rack can make your walk-in shower feel extra luxurious (and it's even better if the rack is heated). The steam makes the towels nice and cozy, and you don't have to step out of the shower to dry off. Just make sure your shower is large enough that water won't splash on the towels.

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Walk-In Shower Details

shower with two shower heads and bench
Paul Dyer

Small details make this walk-in shower a standout space. When designing a shower for bathers of different heights, two showerheads placed slightly higher and lower on the wall make for a custom feel. 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.

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Fully Outfitted Walk-In Shower

shower with step-in
Michael Partenio

Small but thoughtful elements make this walk-in 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 offers convenience for in-shower shaving. In a tight space like this, a small stool is helpful for holding extra towels or dry clothes.

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Non-Enclosed Walk-In Shower

blue shower no walls
Edmund Barr

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. Building a non-enclosed shower like this might seem impractical, but it works well with the right materials and dimensions.

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Walk-In Shower and Steam Room

floor to ceiling shower and steam room
James R. Salomon

A floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure and a hidden steam generator creates a luxurious at-home steam room. Here, 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 atmosphere. Without a linen closet, this bathroom smartly uses an armoire to hold towels and toiletries.

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Walk-In Shower Retreat

glass shower with bench
Laurie Black

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 marble shower tile complement the bathroom's wall color. These natural variations in the tile add visual interest and personality.

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Walk-In Showers for Small Bathrooms

small bathroom walk in shower
Anthony Masterson

Even a small bath with a standard layout can have a stunning walk-in shower. This shower was built with glass doors and no threshold to allow easy access. White tile covers half of the bathroom's walls and continues into the shower, along with a strip of black tiles. The crisp and cool color scheme gives the bathroom an airier look.

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Nature-Inspired Walk-In Shower

bathroom with multiple shower heads and tub
Edmund Barr

Natural-finish oak and limestone surfaces keep the palette neutral and light in this bathroom. An expansive walk-in shower nestles at the end of the room. Glass shower doors can often appear green, but these homeowners chose a special glass without color distortion so that the shower practically disappears. Multiple showerheads make this bathroom extra luxurious.

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Efficient Walk-In Shower

bathroom with green floor and tub
James R. Salomon

Reconfiguring the primary 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. The built-in storage cubby adds functional space to a bathroom that could use a little more storage.

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Small Walk-In Shower Design

small walk in shower
Tria Giovan

A frameless shower door and glass enclosure help keep this small walk-in shower from feeling cramped. Designing the shower with simple white subway tile contributes to the sense of spaciousness. The small nook next to the shower is not big enough for a vanity, but it easily fits a small stool for perching.

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Elegant Walk-In Shower Room

shower room with mosaic tile
Gordon Beall

Instead of relegating the shower to a bathroom corner, consider making the walk-in shower its own room. Honey-hued mosaic tiles complement the large, neutral marble tiles that round out this special room. Complete with a built-in bench and large glass door, the shower continues the rest of the bathroom's serene, timeless appearance.

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Corner Walk-In Shower

spacious corner bathroom
Werner Straube

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

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Mixed Tile Walk-In Shower

dark mixed tile shower
Laura Moss

For a distinctive look, combine different types of tile on shower walls and floors. This shower showcases texture and contrast with porcelain tiles of varying sizes covering the walls. Blue mosaic glass tiles line the shower floor and appear as accents on the wall. Tiling a shower yourself is surprisingly easier than you think!

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Light-Filled Walk-In Shower

shower with skylight
Jim Westphalen

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

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Simple Walk-In Shower

basic walk in shower
John Gruen

For a budget-friendly walk-in shower idea, 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 adds elegance to the basic shower. If your shower doesn't include a built-in seat, there are plenty of alternatives you can add yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to install a walk-in shower?

    The cost of installing a walk-in shower averages between $500 and $12,000 (depending on size, type, and materials). A prefabricated walk-in shower costs less than one made from high-end materials or with custom features.

  • What is the best flooring for a walk-in shower?

    For durable, water-resistant, safe (not scratchy or slippery), and easy-to-maintain flooring, ceramic and porcelain tiles are both excellent choices for walk-in showers. Both are made of dense clay and are widely available. Ceramic tile is more affordable and offers a lot of design flexibility, but porcelain is more durable and denser than ceramic tile.

  • How do you calculate the cost of a tiled shower?

    The average floor of a walk-in shower is 60x30 inches (experts recommend no smaller than 36x36 inches). Tile can cost anywhere from $2 to $100 (or more) per square foot (not including installation), so make sure to account for both the floors and walls of your enclosure when calculating your costs. 

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