Wet Room Ideas
Wet rooms are a great way to add style and functionality to your home. Not only do wet rooms create a sleek modern look, they also reduce cleaning and maintenance and are very appealing to potential buyers should you ever choose to sell your home. Another bonus, is that the size of your bathroom does not matter when it comes to wet rooms or shower enclosures. There are many options and styles to help utilise the space you have. With our wet room ideas you are truly spoilt for choice!
Everyone has their own personal tastes on bathroom styles. Typically, wet rooms create a very contemporary look, with a polished finish and textures such as granite and marble. With so many options and styles of wet rooms, we pulled together 8 inspiring ideas from Pinterest that will hopefully spark some creativity and help you design your own wet room (see slideshow above).
Why Choose a Wet Room?
With the increasingly hectic nature of modern life, contemporary society has shown a significant preference for the efficiency of showers as opposed to the indulgent yet time consuming process of taking a soak in the bath. As such, the rise of the walk in shower has been making quite an impact in the homes of those wishing to blend style and class with practicality and convenience. So what exactly is a wet room and is it the right choice for you when choosing a bathroom suite?
What is a Wet Room?
Put simply, a wet room is essentially a bathroom which features a tiled floor for the ultimate in contemporary convenience. If the entire room has been sealed, the need for a shower screen is completely abolished. This is ideal for complementing a modern style bathroom suite.
What are the advantages?
Thanks to the lack of shower screens and bulky baths, wet rooms are a fantastic space saving solution for small homes and en-suites.
Easy to clean
The absence of fittings and fixtures means wet rooms are incredibly easy to clean. Throw a wall-hung toilet and floating basin into your wet room and the cleaning process will be an absolute breeze!
Increased safety factor
For those requiring easy shower access, wet rooms are ideal. Thanks to the lack of shower tray and non-slip flooring, they are perfect for wheelchair users as well as those with disabilities and young children.
As well as being practical, wet rooms are incredibly stylish and will add undeniable wow-factor to any home. The wall to ceiling tiling, minimalist fixtures and open design oozes simplicity and contemporary elegance.
Thanks to their waterproof nature, wet rooms are extremely resistant to moisture damage and leaks. This means less maintenance and will also keep your bathroom looking newer for longer. In the long run, this has the potential to save you both time and money.
Wet Room Designs:
The benefits of wet rooms speak for themselves but is there anything else you should consider when thinking about installing one in your home? Let’s take a look…
Drainage and tanking
Due to the lack of water restraints, it’s important that your wet room is waterproof and has an efficient draining system in place. If not, you risk hefty maintenance and repair costs due to leakage and water damage. The most effective way to waterproof the room is to install a sealed tanking membrane underneath the floor and behind the walls. You will also need to incorporate a slight gradient into the floor in order to channel any water that escapes the shower or sink area.
As with any bathroom, it is important to keep wet rooms well ventilated in order to prevent mould growth and foster a healthy air flow. This can be achieved by opening windows or installing an extractor fan.
As the entire room will be subject to water coverage, it’s important to choose non-slip tiles in order to prevent any accidents and injuries. Natural stone or mosaic style designs are ideal while high gloss tiles with a polished sheen should be avoided at all costs.
How much should I expect to Spend?
Your wet room expenditure really depends on your budget and what quality finish you want to achieve. At Bella Bathrooms, you’ll find some amazing deals on wet room suites and fittings that will keep costs down without compromising on style! Do keep in mind that you will also need to consider installation costs and the price of standard items such as the sealed tanking membrane. A walk in shower is a cheaper alternative to a wet room yet doesn’t sacrifice any space or style. Walk in showers generally come with a shower tray and so there is no need to waterproof the entire room. The shower tray of a walk in enclosure is generally very shallow, giving it a minimalist and stylish appearance.
How To Make a Wet Room
Before you begin looking for a new wet room, you must ensure that you make your bathroom space completely watertight so that no leaking will occur. Wet rooms do not have to be restricted to a certain size so you are free to be creative with the layout of your bathroom. It offers the greatest flexibility for positioning your shower too. This makes them ideal for compact or awkward shaped bathrooms.
Wet Room Screens
This type of shower is simply made up from a glass panels in the sizes you desire then it can be installed direct to the floor. The best factor that makes the majority of wet room owners purchase one is the freedom to choose the size you want. You have much more choice than if you were purchasing an enclosure with a tray because you simply get the chosen size of glass panel to create your customised space.
Hopefully our wet room ideas will have inspired you to create your own luxury showering space. Our fantastic range provides you with the best wet rooms available today. You may also find our Buyers Guide to Shower Enclosures a useful read when designing a lavish shower area!