26 June 2022
6 min read
Most Australians take at least two showers a day showing just how much we value our time spent in them. One of the ways to make this time even more precious is to create a beautiful and unique showering environment with a tiled shower. Tiles look great, coming in a range of colours and patterns and many renovators have come up with some amazing shower tile ideas, elevating their bathrooms with style.
When you think of tiles used in a bathroom design, squares and rectangular subway tiles are what come to mind. But this doesn't have to be the case.
An easy way to add some interest to your space is to use tiles that are made in unique shapes. Options often include teardrops, circles, triangles, or hexagon tiles. Another option is to simply lay traditional tiles in a way to create a different shape.
Sometimes tiles are used without much thought to design, making a space feel drab and boring, especially when everything just blends together with nothing exciting going on.
An easy way to boost a design is to make the tile a focal point and stand-out element of the whole bathroom. This works especially well in walk-in showers as they tend to be larger and more visible within the bathroom, usually positioned at the opposite end of the doorway.
Standard tiles have a tendency to look similar to one another with respect to texture and finish but there are plenty of variations on the market as well. Focussing on texture can be an interesting way to add more detail and depth to your shower area. Natural stone is a great example of this which also brings a raw element of nature into your space, something that many find helps create a calming atmosphere.
Patterned tiles are also a great way to bring more excitement to your showering space, than the typical white-tiled mainstay. Tile patterns are diverse and wide-ranging and are sometimes expressed using mosaic tiles. They present a great opportunity to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, enriching your showering experience.
Every homeowner has a design style that they prefer that can be accentuated with the right tile designs. For example, if you love the mid-century modern design you'll likely want a streamlined option with straight lines and minimal frills.
Each style has certain tiles that will complement the overall design overall scheme. Understanding what these are will help narrow down your search for the perfect choice for your shower.
On the other hand, if you like a variety of design styles, tiling can be a good opportunity to mix those together to create something striking.
Sometimes it can be hard to match different styles in one cohesive space. Choosing a tile that you love can be a good starting point to then build your other choices around. It’ll provide you with a solid foundation to work off, knowing you have one element that’s a certainty within your overall design.
While a luxuriously stylish shower is great, it still needs to be functional as well. The bathroom is a workhorse in a home and will cause so much frustration when it doesn't meet your family's needs.
Tiles can help boost the functionality of your shower as a solid waterproofing solution that is easy to clean. To add even greater functionality, why not consider a tiled niche as part of your shower design, helping store and organise the toiletries you use on a daily basis.
In the past, some interior design professionals have frowned upon using a variety of tiles in one space. But that's not the case anymore! Many choose to have a few different types, sizes, and colours of tiles within a space and it's certainly something you can consider for your shower. This could be as simple as a switch of colour halfway up the wall, a nice visual partition that can create depth and interest.
When tiling a shower, you don’t need to be limited to the borders of your enclosure, door, frames or panels. Instead, you can make a really big statement by extending them above and beyond this space, creating a feeling of genuine grandeur.
This is often done with marble tiles, ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles to great effect. This will obviously mean the tiling takes a little longer and costs a little more but the effort is well worth it.
The wall isn’t the only surface that can be tiled in a shower. Shower tile flooring is another option you can consider to add another element of design to your space.
Better still, it gives you the chance to create a contrast in conjunction with wall tiles with an impact that feels truly stylised and dynamic. Different shaped tiles can be used in this way or bold colour schemes that really draw the eye.
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Since most days will begin and end in the bathroom doing all of your hygiene and self-care routines, why not make treat yourself to a bit of luxury? Certain types of tiles can make any size bathroom feel like a top-tier spa or hotel.
Marble is the obvious one that comes to mind but there are other premium materials that can achieve similar results. Or, you may take an artistic approach by choosing tiles with an elaborate or ornate pattern which will instantly elevate the designer credentials of your space.
Having read about these shower tile ideas, you can see how easy it is to transform your space into something soothing, stylish and memorable. Your shower is a long-term investment and should do everything you can to create an environment that will help you feel refreshed and revitalised every time you step in.
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Article updated 20th December 2023.