stalls take on a whole new look with trendy options
Showers are one of the most important
elements in bathroom design today. "A number of our clients are
replacing their whirlpool tubs with showers. People are looking for a
total shower experience," says Sandra Bernacchi, general manager
and designer at Colleen Horner in the Third Ward and Pewaukee.
So whether youíre in the market for
an upgrade or starting a bathroom from scratch, there are a number of
exciting new options.
"The size of the master bedroom
has tripled since the 1990s and the master bath is mirroring that
trend. Often itís divided with separate sinks, storage and toilets
for the couple, so the shower has become the unifying element of the
bathroom," says Diana Schrage, senior interior designer at the
Kohler Design Center in Kohler.
As a result, the shower is becoming a
room within the bathroom. Two-person designs, built-in benches, steam
showers that release essential oils, waterproof radios, televisions
and speakers, ambient rain panels, controls with settings for
individual temperature and spray preferences, multiple fixtures and
jets, hand-helds, curbless entries, invisible safety rails, overspray
prevention; the list of luxuries goes on. But the options donít stop
with what goes in the shower. Shower shape is crucial to the overall
look and functionality of the bathroom. A room-sized shower can be
customized to accommodate any desired shape from a rectangle to a
While youíll have to limit the
luxuries in a small shower, you can still vary the shape. Especially
consider your entry point before selecting the shape and location.
Proportion to the rest of the room and fixtures are also important. A
corner stall with a square, pentagonal or round enclosure works well
in a small bathroom.
Use shape to expand the shower space in
a small bathroom. Often seen in hotels and now available for
residential use are curved shower rods and tubs. If youíve got a
standard tub/shower set-up that canít be replaced with just a
shower, this might be an option. Kohlerís "Expanse" is 38
inches at its widest point and can be retrofitted to replace your old
tub. This gives you extra room in the shower without taking up a lot
of space in the rest of the bathroom. M