10 Dreamy Walk In Shower Tile Design Ideas

You have a lot of choices to make when you remodel your bathroom, but none of them have the potential to make a bigger impact than a walk in shower. A well done shower stall is going to make you say; “This is pretty freakin awesome!”, every time you set foot in it.

Walk In Shower Design Ideas

I have a few ideas I think you’ll love and not a single one of them are install subway tile or use white tiles, not because they aren’t good ideas, but because you are already aware that’s an option.

My goal is to give you with ideas you haven’t already had, and to help you add an inexpensive out of the box design element to guarantee your master bathroom walk in or even your small stand up shower stall gets the “Wow!” factor it deserves.

Incorporate The Tub Into The Shower

A walk in shower with a tub built into the enclosure.

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If you’re going to have a bathtub why not incorporate it into the shower enclosure. It’s really not all that much more expensive than having a separate tub and shower stall.

If you like these tiles they are called Veil and are sold by Oceanside Glasstile. The walnut veneer at the vanity looks great topped with Caesarstone quartz too.

Related: 10 Surprising Reasons Granite Countertops Are Better Than Quartz

Add A Built-In Bench

Frameless shower doors with a built in bench.

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Benches look fantastic when they’re part of the walk in shower, especially if you have the room in a large master bathroom. Obviously they’re great for sitting on but you’ll find yourself putting your feet on them to make washing parts of your body easier too.

The floor is a mosaic 58” x 58” calacatta gold and the tile at the wall is handmade by bluesidearttile.com. The top of the bench is most likely marble or a quartz that is made to look like marble. In this application quartz will stand up to the test of time much better than marble will.

The materials used for this particular bathroom are high end and very expensive but you can recreate the look with much less expensive ones. Show this webpage to your designer or to the salesperson at the tile store and they’ll be able to match it for you.

Consider A Touch Of Wood

A small stand up shower with teak flooring.

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If you’re not afraid to be a little different, using teak floor boards in the shower will set you apart. Teak is a very tight grain of wood and resists water well. The only issue with it is that you’ll have to take it out and seal it with a fresh coat of wood conditioner from time to time. Thankfully this floor is designed to be easily lifted out to perform this routine maintainance.

Related: 10 Hidden Benefits Of Wood Countertops

Another nice feature of this stand up shower stall is the built-in bench that’s attached to the wall unit. I’ve never seen one of these units other than in pictures, but if you want one your local plumbing showroom will be able to help you find one just like it.

What do think of the modern tiles at the wall? They’re a nice eclectic mix of glass and stone. I can’t pin down exactly where they are from but they do sell similar ones at big box stores like Home Depot.

Turn Those Tiles Vertically

36 inch long tile installed vetically on a shower wall.

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There’s no reason to be like just about everyone else with courses of horizontally laid tile. You can easily create visual interest by rotating those tiles 90 degrees and placing them on the wall in a vertical pattern. The stone tile floor is a nice touch too.

Ceramic Tiles That Don’t Look Like Tile

Some of the patterns that they have been rolling out for cermaic tile over the last few years don’t look like tile at all. Let’s have a look at a few of the most popular patterns.

Tile That Looks Like Fabric

Shower tiles that look like fabric.

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The first time I came across this effect was at a hotel in a casino. When I walked into the bathroom I literally touched the wall because I couldn’t believe they were using wallpaper, but as soon as I felt the cool tile I knew I had been duped. Just be sure to keep the grout lines tight to complete the effect.

Did you notice there is no door either? If you have the room a doorless shower is a beautiful look and saves you hundreds of dollars. Showers without doors don’t need curbs that you have to step over on the way in and out of the enclosure either. It’s a great option for seniors too because it eliminates a common trip hazard.

Related: 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer For Aging Parents

Tile That Looks Like wood

Shower tiles that look like wood.

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These are super hot right now and your local tile shop is going to have a few styles for you to choose from. They’re great for getting the look of wood but without the maintainance problems that come with it.

Tile That Looks Like Marble

Shower tile that mimics marble.

Beautifully tiled showers deserve frameless doors that show them off.

Are these 6”x12” subway tiles marble or not?

We will never know because it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference unless you work with stone every day. Whether it’s carrara or calacatta, if you want the look of marble but without the maintainance you’re going to have a lot of options available to you at the tile store.

Tile That Looks Like Shiplap

Corian sheets routed to look like shiplap.

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I’ve pulled a fast one on you here but I wanted to share it because it’s such an interesting look.

There are plenty of flat white tiles you can buy to install in your bathroom, but the trick to getting them to look like shiplap is that they should be the entire length of the walls. You’re going to have a hard time finding tile that long.

These shower walls are actually made from Corian sheets that are routed to give the appearance of shiplap. They’re 100% waterproof and since there are no grout lines or silicone joints they are easy to keep clean.

Honed Limestone Tile

A long but narrow shower stall that has 12 inch square honed limestone on the floor and walls.

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If you like natural materials give honed limestone a try. This limestone is called Jerusalem Gold and your local shop should carry it.

Talk to them about the benefits of using honed materials in your bathroom and have them show you the difference between honed and polished. Honed finishes are much more forgiving and over time they have a much beter chance of looking new than polished tiles will.

Boldly Mix Colors And Sizes

An walk in shower with an eclectic mix of cermaic tile and blue glass mosaics.

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This frameless shower door shows off a mix of grey ceramic tile from arizonatile.com accented with translucent shades of blue glass from MSI.

One subtle thing I’d like to point out to you is how they mixed together two different sizes of ceramic tile on the wall. These tiles are available in multiple sizes and here they blended together two rows of 6” tall ones and one row of 12” tall ones for a subtle but dramatic effect.

Mosaic Accent Walls

A long walk in with a mosaic accent wall at the far end.

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In an otherwise boring shower a mosaic accent wall on the far wall of the walk in shower will add a lot of visual interest. We all can’t afford limestone tiles, a rain head, two handhelds, and a couple benches; but if we are tiling the shower enclosure there’s no reason not to add an accent wall that will draw your eye into the space.

This works better on the far wall of a deep shower. If you have a more shallow walk in or if your shower is built into the corner the next design idea may work better for you.

Mix Travertine With Dark Tile Accents

Travertine with mosaic accent panels.

If you want a rustic stand up shower consider travertine, even if you only have a small shower enclosure or a corner to work with, you can easily dress it up with a framed accent panel.

The tile borders aren’t expensive at all and neither are the mosaics that you’ll put in them. It’s a cheap and easy way to dress up an otherwise monochromatic color scheme.

White And Bright But Not Boring

A white shower stall with decorative field tile.

At first glance this white walk in shower might seem boring.

But have a closer look!

A close up of the pattern on decorative field tiles.

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If this is the look you’re after then head to the local tile dealer and tell them you’re looking for white decorative fields for your walk in shower. They will be able to quickly narrow in on the type of tile you’re looking for.

In a bathroom where a tub might be a tight fit a walk in may just be the perfect solution. They make the room feel bigger and and if you don’t take baths what’s the point of having a bathtub anyway? Building a shower enclosure allows you to express your personal style, so have some fun with it and enjoy your new walk in.

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Page Last Updated On July 03, 2018 by Scott Jenkins