For most of us the mention of a wet room conjures images of large and lavish bathrooms, big enough to fit the whole family in. But with the right design and products, you can create a practical and attractive walk-in shower in almost any size room. A cupboard under the stairs or an awkward shaped loft conversion can easily become a wet room, or you can go all out and create a large wet room as your main bathroom.
The great thing about designing your wet room from scratch is that you have complete control over the elements that go into it. Before your installer gets started, make sure you think about any extras you would like to include. The most popular options are half-height partition walls, benches and niches. These can all be constructed using waterproof tile backer board, and then tiled to create a modern finish. Niches can be used to neatly store showering products, or as a foot rest if installed at a lower height.
A shower screen is an optional extra in a wet room, but it often becomes something that you cannot live without. The frameless glass shower screens from Orbry help stop water from splashing throughout the room, without ruining the open plan nature of the showering area. The toughened glass screens also feature a coating of ClearShield on one side, which will help you keep the screen clean and clear./p>
Again underfloor heating is not a necessity, but it will add a touch of luxury to your new wet room as well as helping to evaporate any surface water from the floor. It also allows you to remove radiators, giving you more space and design freedom. Some underfloor heating systems can also be installed on walls, offering a solution for warming towels or showering areas.
Lighting can make a huge difference in your wet room, particularly if it is a small or unusual shape room. Using coloured lights in showering areas or within niches can create a cool and modern look, mirrors with built in lighting are also available. Check that lighting is suitable for use in wet areas before installing.
Choosing tiles can seem like a daunting task, but once you know what to look for it makes it much easier. Natural stone looks lovely, but requires regular sealing and can be hard to keep clean. Porcelain is the best choice for floors, as it is hard-wearing and available in a range of sizes, colours and designs. Mosaic tiles are perfect for use on the floor in the shower area as the additional grout lines provide extra grip – be sure to use stone or porcelain mosaic tiles on the floor and not glass which can become slippery. Glass mosaic tiles are great for adding interest in niches, around sinks and on feature walls.
You can use tiles, lighting and shower screens to create zones within your wet room. This helps break up the space in a larger wet room, and gives a modern, spa-like feel.0
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