Bathroom Remodeling: Shower and Bathtub Design Ideas

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Bathroom Remodeling: Shower and Bathtub Design Ideas

Designing your master and guest bathrooms should be fun, inspiring and satisfying. Getting help with the design and execution of your bathroom remodel is key to getting a satisfactory result.

The internet is a great source of inspiration, but it can also make it harder to make decisions. This is especially so if you’re getting more ideas than you’re getting solutions.

It’s important to plan your bathroom design around both looks, as well as functionality. In the following guide, we’ll aim to satisfy both desires – a bathroom remodel that’s beautiful and functional.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can update your shower and bathtub areas in your next bathroom remodeling project.

Put Your Shower and Bathtub Together

bathroom with shower and tub right next to each other/sharing wall

In most bathrooms, you’ll find the bathtub and shower are in different areas of the room. Treating the two as separate entities can also lead to visual chaos. For example, the tub surround may not match well with the tile surrounding of the shower.

One way to avoid this is to use the same materials for both areas. You can even have the tub sitting right next to the shower area, so that it creates a seamless look for your bathroom décor.

Opt for a stone surround made with marble, granite or quartz. Then there’s the option of using a wood skirt for the tub. Get creative with the design!

Opt Out of a Surround and Opt in for Glass Walls

bathroom with claw foot tub and/or shower with glass walls on all sides

If you want to go with more of a contemporary style for your bathroom remodel, then consider a minimalist and open design. For example, you can with a tub without a surround, such as one with claw feet or a flat bottom. You don’t have to have a surround for the tub at all.

This will give the bathroom a more open design. And what would also help make the floor plan more open is to go with glass walls for the shower stall. You can have the back-wall tile and the walls facing the tub next to it and the sliding door made of glass.

Create a Built-in Niche in Your Shower

bathroom with a shower wall niche

If you want to eliminate protrusions in your shower walls, you can do the exact opposite with an intrusion. Built-in wall niches are excellent for housing things like your shampoos, shaving cream, conditioners, body wash and bars of soap.

You can have the interior of your niche using matching tile design or go with something a bit different. Mosaic designs are a good pick to contrast with your typical single-colored tile walls.

Some folks try building wall niches on their own, using wooden shelve installations. However, it’s best to have a contractor do this for you to ensure its crafted professionally.

Redo the Bathroom Wall Tiles

bathroom with wall tiles

It doesn’t matter whether you have tile along all the walls in your bathroom or just in the tub and shower areas. You can upgrade the tiles to give your bathroom a fresh new look.

Consider going with a different material, color or design. You can have an accent wall with different colored tile to spruce things up.

When it comes to selecting the material for your bathroom tile, you’ll need to do research. The tile you place in the shower and tub areas should be water-proof, so you don’t have to deal with mold and mildew issues.

The grout will need to be properly done so that it locks out water to prevent fungal growth behind the tiles. What’s great about tile is that it’s easy maintain. All you must do is wipe it down with a mild soap, warm water and sponge.

Make Your Shower Waterproof

bathroom with natural stone tile floors and walls


The key to making your shower waterproof is to choose a material for the floors and walls that is mold-resistant. It’s also essential to keep the subflooring dry. Rather than using cement boards, mortar and tile, you can use a flexible plastic on top of the cement board.

This will help lock out moisture from seeping into the subfloor and creating a fungal growth problem.

Install a Window in the Shower

bathroom with window in the shower stall

There’s nothing like adding natural light to a bathroom setting. You can add more sunlight into your bathroom by installing a window in the shower area.

Now, there are various shapes and styles of windows you can opt for. For example, you can go with a long rectangular, circular or square window.

Then whether it can open is up to you. Consider the type of glass it’ll have as well. For instance, you can go with a stained glass or one that’s frosted, so people can’t see inside. Other options include opaque and textured glass options.

Hiring a Professional for Your Bathroom Remodeling

Updating your master and guest bathrooms is something that should be done with assistance of professionals. You can hire a licensed contractor at Granite ASAP to assist with your bathroom renovation.

We offer a selection of products from leading brands. For instance, we have granite, quartz and marble slabs you can use for the tile and countertops in your restroom. The brands we carry stone products from include Silestone, Cambria and Caesarstone.

You can also find quality bathroom vanities, bathroom sinks and tile floors and backsplashes you can use for your bathroom remodeling projects.

Why not stop by our showroom today to see what you can find for your bathroom renovation? This way, you can hand select the exact products you want for the installation.

All the contractors at Granite ASAP are licensed, bonded and insured. Free estimates are available to all our customers and prospects. Call us today to get a free quote!