Thinking about upgrading your shower? You’re not alone. In markets like Bellevue, Redmond, and Woodinville, bathroom remodels can not only improve your quality of life but greatly increase your home’s value, providing a great return on investment.
Here are a few ideas to help you create a contemporary master bathroom you love, starting with the shower:
1. Adding a Waterfall Showerhead
Waterfall showerheads make your bathroom feel like a spa. These fixed showerheads are much larger than the usual showerhead and provide a more immersive, relaxing shower experience.
To create a rainfall or waterfall effect in your shower, find a larger showerhead and have the shower arm installed higher up than the usual fixture. The showerhead itself should point straight down. The final effect is a gentle cascade of water flowing from directly overhead, much like a waterfall or the rain.
Keep in mind that waterfall showerheads do not increase the overall water output. Water flow regulations restrict output to a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute, with some showers putting out even less. If you prefer strong water pressure, you may want to choose a smaller showerhead that provides concentrated spray.
To make your showerhead feel even more like a waterfall, pair it with a matching accent tile like natural stone. River rock flooring or even a living wall can add to the nature vibe.
2. Upgrading Your Tilework
New tilework can transform the appearance of your shower and give your entire bathroom a fresh look. While tiles might sound like a boring upgrade, there are a lot of options out there that could completely change the feel of your bathing area.
Using marble or another natural stone creates a luxe appearance. Alternatively, you can even play with mosaic tiles to add vibrant color or create a bold black and white design.
Keep in mind that you don’t even need to use the same tile on the floor and walls of the shower. Think about using a soothing material on the floor and a bold pattern on the walls, or the other way around. If you have built-in storage niches, you could give them their own fun tilework.
3. Building in a Shower Supply Niche
Most of us have tons of shampoos, conditioners, scrubbers, and other shower materials scattered around the shower area. When bottles start spilling out of their designated corners, it’s probably time to think about adding some shelving space during your next bathroom remodel.
One of the best shelving options for showers is a built-in or recessed niche. With this type of organization, you’ll never bump into a shelf while you’re bending down or accidentally swipe supplies off with a careless movement. You can even add a fun tile pattern to the background to spice up the shower area.
Built-in niches are convenient and make your shower supplies blend into the design.
4. Moving the Tub Out of the Way
Many homeowners who remodel their bathrooms choose to remove the bathtub. Taking the tub out or moving it to another part of the room can create visual simplicity and allow for a much more appealing design.
If you choose to keep the bathtub, you may want to upgrade it to a sleek freestanding tub out of the way of the shower. Freestanding tubs are an increasingly key component of contemporary master bathroom design.
5. Refinishing Bathroom Fixtures in Matte Black
Matte fixtures (especially matte black) are on the rise. This bathroom remodeling trend can create a distinctive look throughout your bathroom as well as in the shower. If you like the appearance of matte fixtures, now is the time to jump in.
One of the advantages of dark matte finishes is that dirt and dust are often not visible. In addition, the material is less permeable than others and may last longer.
6. Going Glass
Showers are often dark and gloomy. However, there’s a simple fix: replacing the shower walls with thick tempered glass. Glass shower walls will let in all the light from windows and light fixtures throughout your bathroom.
If you want to let in as much light as possible, choose a frameless design and place the shower next to a window or bright light fixture. For a different look, consider a frameless shower door only or fixed glass panels with black frames.
7. Adding a Living Wall
A living wall will level up any room, whether the room is a grand hotel lobby or a simple shower stall. These biophilic fixtures bring the outdoors in and can help improve your air quality.
The main downside of a living wall is that it generally requires long-term maintenance. If you have live plants, you will need to water them and consider whether they will get enough sunlight in the place where you install them.
You can make life a bit easier for yourself by choosing low-maintenance succulents, ferns, and low ground cover plants, but ultimately you will still need to keep these plants alive to maintain your bathroom’s appearance.
An alternative is to use artificial plants to create a similar appearance. You can use pre-made panels or mats with fake plants to create a stunning “living” wall that requires no watering. As a bonus, the installation process is usually quite fast.
Bathroom Remodeling on the Seattle Eastside
Keeping your bathroom vibrant and up to date isn’t easy, but the right remodeling choices can make a massive difference. Getting assistance from an experienced team will go a long way toward creating a space you and your guests adore.
SSR offers a complete Design-Build service to homeowners in Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, and beyond. With decades of industry experience and relationships, we project manage all aspects of the remodeling process from interior designing and architecture to building. Contact us today to begin the conversation about your bathroom remodel project.