12 Wonderful Walk In Shower Ideas To Transform A Small Bathroom

Walk In Shower Ideas For A Dream Bathroom Design

The bathroom is very rarely the largest room within a house, and with that considered, it’s understandable that many would consider a redesign process in such a space a touch daunting.

What might prove a simpler solution than you could imagine, however, could come in the implementation of walk in shower ideas. Some of which can actually help maximize space in a compact bathroom, rather than hinder it.

Taking into account colour schemes, tiling options, interior layout and all other design facets, this article will cover an impressive range of walk in shower ideas for bathrooms large and small. See if you stumble across a stunning walk in shower style that can completely transform your bathroom area…

1. Go For Glass Shower Doors

Milano Nero Recessed Black Sliding Shower Door w/ Tray

A simple but wholly effective means to create the illusion of extra space is to allow natural light to infiltrate. As such, glass shower doors provide an excellent option as it pertains to walk in showers, if they include any doors at all.

They provide a transparent barrier which has a minimal impact on visual space, and enables light to flood into the bathroom, illuminating the areas that most require it.

For a special aesthetic consideration, explore the possibility of tinted glass shower doors to frame the enclosure. Exuding effortless luxury, this typically more expensive nuanced style can act as a beautiful bathroom centrepiece, whilst still allowing light to flow freely throughout the space.

2. No Bathtub? No Problem

Milano Portland Chrome Sliding Shower Door

Now, if you are a ‘bath person’, please don’t be offended at such a blasphemous notion. But there really is an argument to be had, especially in more compact bathroom spaces, to proceed without a bathtub in bringing some stunning walk in shower ideas to life.

Most obviously, freestanding baths will tend to dominate the bathroom areas they are fitted within, in terms of both appearance and space.

In the absence of a bath, the scope exists to go whackier, wilder and wider in putting your walk in shower ideas into practice.

You could extend the shower area to span the full length of the rear wall, for instance, to create a bigger and better modern shower space. An idealistic spacious enclosure for a luxurious, spa-like showering experience with full coverage.

3. Select The Right Shower Tray

Milano Rasa Anthracite Slate Effect Shower Tray

There’s plenty of variety when it comes to shower trays, so you’ll have lots of flexibility when bringing your perfect walk in shower enclosure to life.

A simple but useful hack is to opt for smaller and longer shower trays as opposed to chunky square designs in order to maximize room.

And shallow pan shower trays are the way to go as well. The lack of depth incorporated by such components allow for the walk in shower enclosure space to open up and remain airy and moveable within.

4. Tip-Top Wall Tile Inspiration

Milano Auro Brushed Gold Corner Walk In Shower Enclosure w/ Tray

Though they might not be readily associated with smaller bathroom areas, eye-catching statement wall tiles really can work in such spaces. The best idea is to adopt a sparse approach with brightly coloured, adventurous patterns. In turn, you can draw immediate attention to pivotal parts of the bathroom.

Contrasting with a standout bathroom tiling backdrop, a stylish shower wall or splashback will enhance a sense of space, and open up a plethora of design possibilities throughout the area. The main one, of course, can prove to be the introduction of your ideal walk in shower.

5. Work In A Shower Partition Wall

Compact bathrooms will sometimes require a partition within a walk in shower space to prevent water from travelling to areas you don’t want it to – who wants to exit the shower to soaking wet towels draped across the nearby heated towel rail, for instance?

So, instead of a glass shower door, the prospect of a half-wall fitting acting as a walk in shower guard is an appealing alternative prospect.

The implementation of a shower partition wall such as this is beneficial from a privacy perspective, whilst ensuring the bathroom remains open and free. It also offers an ideal foundation component to add the likes of decorative ornaments, shower essentials, and stylish tiles.

6. Corner Showers For Compact Bathrooms

Milano Barq Corner Walk In Shower Enclosure w/ Return Panel & Tray

Milano Rosso Oil Rubbed Bronze Walk In Shower Enclosure w/ Slate Tray

One of the simplest entries on the list, but the space-maximising effectiveness of corner showers cannot be underestimated within a compact bathroom.

The most striking advantages of corner shower enclosures is their minimalist design and practicality, allowing more than adequate room for other essential fittings and fixtures like bathroom vanity units or wall hung toilets in especially modernized settings.

Should you have any concerns that a corner shower won’t provide sufficient space, you could consider a neo-angled walk in shower layout as an alternative choice. This type of design will allow for a wider ‘wingspan’ and eliminate protruding corners that could be present elsewhere.

7. Stick To Size With Fixtures And Fittings

A common mistake that it is easy to make when transforming a bathroom (especially a smaller one) to feature a walk in shower space, is to go too big and bold with accentuating bathroom furniture.

Where room is restricted, you can easily overwhelm the space with the addition of oversized freestanding vanity units, for example. In order to ensure your walk in shower enclosure remains the star of the show, opt for more subtle, minimalist styles such as wall hung vanity units, which will be altogether far less intrusive.

For some layouts, bathroom combination units will be well suited. These incorporate a toilet, basin and vanity unit within a single component to maximise space and deliver streamlined style in the form of some essential fittings.

Our blog, A Buyer’s Guide To Vanity Units, shines the spotlight on a multitude of attractive bath vanities for smaller bathrooms.

8. Introduce Suitable Colours For Smaller Bathrooms

Milano Portland Floating Walk In Shower Enclosure w/ Tray & Hinged Return Panels

You can avoid hassle and stress by keeping it relatively simple and suitable in drawing up a bathroom colour scheme, again particularly in relation to more compact areas.

Fresh, light clean tones can work wonders in alluding to wider space, whilst a mish-mash of various louder hues can have the opposite effect, leading the bathroom to appear cramped and cluttered.

Standard white shades will give off a spacious, light and airy aura which can be tweaked and enhanced by accompanying complementary colours and textures. Or lighter pastel shades, all the rage in cottagecore bathrooms, are well worth considering as well. What’s more, the Big Bathroom Shop On Trend page can point you in direction of some of the most in-vogue colour options available.

9. Account For Alcove Dimensions

It can often be the case that compact bathrooms accommodate out-of-the-ordinary dimensions and overall shapes. However, it is possible to turn an unwanted alcove or eave into a dream design feature as opposed to an objectionable distraction in connection with walk in showers.

The most obvious solution, if space allows for it, is to install the walk in shower within the alcove area itself, or in a position where the walls can act as natural shower partitions (see point 5).

Also, if there are any roof windows present, these offer an excellent option to oversee a walk in shower, allowing natural light to flood the area and completely open up the bathroom.

10. Laying Down The Tiles

So it’s a touch less of an authoritative sentiment than ‘laying down the law’ might represent, but by following this similarly titled mantra, you can really set the tone for a beautiful walk in shower space to refresh your bathroom.

Imaginative floor tiling patterns within a walk in enclosure are an excellent way to create the illusion of added space. Using block patterns and solid contrasting colours and shapes will help to elasticate the room and make everything appear larger.

You have free reign to go big and bold with walk in shower floor tiles as well. Just because the room they are fitted in might be small doesn’t necessarily mean the tiles themselves has to be as well. Sizeable format tiles are a superb option for minimalist walk in shower bathrooms with subtle, low level grouting providing the neatest finish that will be barely visible.

11. Don’t Neglect The Shower Itself

When implementing a new walk in shower, your primary considerations, most likely, rest with the design of the enclosure itself. And whilst that is appropriate, you should strive not to neglect the actual shower system to fit.

Look to add a shower that lines up with the décor and overall theme of the bathroom area. So for retro or classic style bathrooms, look to traditional showers. Or, in contemporary bathrooms, add a modern shower with a finish reflective of the surrounding interior. There’s plenty of styles to consider in our dedicated blog, A Buyer’s Guide To Modern Showers.

Milano Nero Black Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Square Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

12. Squeeze In Minimalist Storage Solutions

The size and structure of bathroom furniture and vanities can accidentally take up excessive room in a smaller bathroom on occasion, so it could be worth seeking out a nifty alternative storage option if possible.

In-built shelving or small mounted benches could be installed into small alcove areas, for example, to save on floor or wall space and prevent future storage issues for bathroom essentials like shower gels, shampoos, towels and toiletries.

Explore Big Bathroom Shop For Walk In Shower Inspiration

Big Bathroom Shop offer all sorts of walk in shower trays, doors, frames and full enclosure designs to suit any style or bathroom layout.

This guide will have hopefully whet your appetite with some supreme walk in shower ideas to transform a small bathroom, but if you would like any further help or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

You can leave your queries in the comments section below, or reach out to us via FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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How Often Should You Update Your Bathroom?

If you’ve landed on this page, it means you’re wondering whether it’s time to update your bathroom.

Bathroom updates aren’t something that happen all too often and can be a costly job. But as the years go by, things can start to rust, break or, you simply might just hate the décor of your bathroom as seasons change.

Key Signs Your Bathroom Needs an Update

If you’re thinking about selling your property, a nice bathroom will add to the value of your home.Most of your bathroom products have extreme wear and tear damage.Your bathroom is looking extremely outdated.
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How Often Should You Update Your Bathroom?

Experts at LT Plumbing say you should update your bathroom every 7 -10 years. This is based on the general lifespan of bathroom products as they can become damaged through wear and tear. This is also based around trends, opting for neutral, timeless colours will avoid your bathroom looking dated or ‘out of fashion’ quick.

A great example of how you can keep the same bathroom design and just update features


Of course, this is only a suggested estimate and bathroom products can last much longer.

Big Bathroom Shop has industry leading guarantees on all our products for long lasting durability – we do spoil you!

Continue reading this article to find out how often even the of bathroom products should be replaced such as bath mats and toothbrushes – it will shock you!

If It’s Falling Apart – It Needs An Update

If you’ve had the same bathroom for over 7 years, things can start to stop working, rusting, leaking and other annoying wear and tear. As we mentioned above, the lifetime span of a bathroom, on average, tends to be between 7-10 years.

An Example Of A Rusty Old Shower Head, In Need Of Replacing!

Of course, if looked after well and you’re happy with your décor. There’s no reason to say you can’t wait longer to update.

We all know, a new bathroom isn’t cheap. It’s a costly project, so we would always suggest keeping the bath and vanity unit as long as possible and spend less by only updating your fixtures and fittings.

For example, in the last few years black taps and showers have completely knocked chrome off the favourite finish shelf. So instead of ripping out your entire bathroom, why not just upgrade to a more fashionable finish and style?

Update bathroom with black tap

If You Are Thinking About Selling Your Home, You May Need to Update Your Bathroom.

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When selling your home, you want to get the most you can for it and believe it or not, a fresh, new bathroom will add more value for your home.

According to Property Market, ‘29% of homes sold in 2019 had a new bathroom fitted, so a full update might be the key to selling fast and earning more.’

Given that the Kitchen & Bathroom is one of the most important rooms, it should be the first space you want to tackle updating before putting your home on the market.

Resi, states ‘Typically, bathrooms have the potential to add between 4-5% onto your home’s value’.

We know what you’re thinking, ‘why would I spend thousands on a new bathroom, I won’t even be using’ and we understand your dismay.

But a new suite will be a huge selling point for selling your home and can even increase the price.

Updating your bathroom can increase the value of your property

That being said, we will always provide you with some tips on how to keep the price down whilst making sure your bathroom is show stopping brilliant:

Keep your existing layout, moving sanitary ware such as baths or toilets would mean relocating pipes, which would add cost.If your bathroom furniture is in good condition, focus on only updating the walls/ floors. This could be adding a lick of paint (keep the colours muted/ neutral) or changing the floor tiles.If your bathroom is big enough, make sure you include a shower/bath. This will appeal to families with small children.

If You Don’t Like Your Bathroom, It’s Time to Update/ Renovate.

Perhaps you might have moved into your home some time ago and only just managed to get the money together to renovate the bathroom that never really fit your style.

Now, is the perfect time to start that bathroom renovation. Especially if this is a home you are planning to stay in for the next 30 years!

Before Image Photo Credit: @renovatingwaltonhouse

After Image of a bathroom that has utilised a small space and kept style
Photo Credit:@renovatingwaltonhouse

Depending on your budget there are a few products we would recommend you include in your bathroom. They are this season’s must haves!

Wall Hung Furniture are beautiful modern bathroom pieces that will help save space in your cloakroom, bathroom, or en-suite.

Black fixtures are everywhere at the minute and it’s no wonder when they look this good. The Big Bathroom Shop Nero collection is filled with silky, matt shower sets, taps and shower enclosures.

Inspired by urban living and statement décor, find a whole collection available to help you create a harmonised space.

@@buckinghamrenovation displaying how beautiful black bathroom features can look.

‘So, how often should we update other aspects of our bathroom?’, I hear you ask. Of course we have the answers for the smaller changes…

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Changing your toothbrush is not something people do often enough. Resulting in your toothbrush becoming less effective and covered in bacteria.

A survey conducted by Carisbrook Dental, found that Woman change their toothbrush twice as often as men.

Experts from Oral B recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Over time your toothbrush bristles will become frayed. Worn out bristles will be harsher on your gums and will not clean your teeth properly.

How Often Should You Update Your Shower Curtain or Bath Mat?

Depending on what your bath mat is made of, they generally they last up to 2 years. That is of course depending on how often you wash them.

As you can imagine they gather a lot of dirt and dust, so it’s important to wash them every week to keep them bacteria free.

The job of a bathmat is to catch the water from our bodies when we step out of the shower, so it’s inevitable they will get extremely wet. Therefore, it’s extremely important to always allow your bath mat to dry out after every use.

You can either pop them on your towel rail or radiator to keep them dry and toasty warm.

Shower curtains are notorious for collecting bacteria that can often turn into mould – we’ve all been there.

To avoid this from happening, make sure you scrub the curtain – this is a good option for plastic liner shower curtains, or pop it in the washing machine if made from fabric.

As soon as your shower curtain starts to look grubby or smelly, try to replace it every few months.

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A Buyer’s Guide To Modern Showers

Modern Shower Styles For A Refreshing Bathroom Reset

When you really think about it, a shower system has to be considered one of the utmost important fixtures within a home – it provides the facility to kick off your day in a wholly revitalizing manner.

So, for the many people who count a refreshing showering experience as an integral part of their daily routine, we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on an immense variety of contemporary showers to ponder when upgrading your system.

Think premium performance, stunning aesthetics and ease of usability. All elements that will play a part in punctuating the profile of a perfect modern shower system addition, and enable the user to enjoy an efficiently invigorating shower with regularity for many years to come.

As such, the selection and buying of a modern shower really can prove to be one of the most integral decisions you make, certainly in terms of additions you make to your home, and more specifically, bathroom.

Don’t be daunted by the sheer wealth of modern shower ideas available, though. Allow Big Bathroom Shop to steer you through an ultra-stylish contemporary shower system landscape, dropping handy hints and tips along the way to ensure you ultimately arrive at the right modern shower choice.

What To Consider For Modern Showers

Milano Amara Thermostatic Shower w/ Recessed Shower Head

Before diving straight into shopping for modern showers, there’s a few things to take heed of, that might even help you to eliminate certain models from your thinking from the off.

Basically, you should consider which sort of domestic water system is in use at your home, in addition to the water pressure that is operational throughout the property.

The importance of these two simple factors cannot be underestimated – they can play a huge role in determining which types of contemporary showers represent suitable options for your bathroom specifically.

Essentially, the water pressure within your home will largely dictate how powerful the performance of any modern shower will be, and realistically which type you can install.

There’s a simple means to measure water pressure as detailed in our blog on How To Create An Amazing Showering Experience. However, if you aren’t totally confident in drawing up the correct calculations, you can enlist the services of a professional plumber for peace of mind.

With regards to the water system, you’ll typically find that UK properties tend to be built with one of three specific types. We’ll explain how to identify which sort your home incorporates below.

What Type Of Water System Do You Have?

Gravity Fed Water Systems

Milano Ryukyu Modern Concealed Thermostatic Shower Tower Panel w/ Waterfall Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

The most common type to be found within UK households, gravity fed water systems typically feature a cold water tank (often housed in an attic area), along with a water cylinder (usually stored in a closet or airing cupboard).

Such systems can be susceptible to providing low water pressure, however it is possible to enhance the pressure via the fitting of a shower pump.

A single pump has the facility to feed into multiple modern showers at the same time as well, making them a very worthy addition to larger properties with two or more working shower systems.

Combi Boiler Water Systems

Milano Orta Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Shower Head & Hand Shower

Typically, combi boiler water systems will include a boiler in the absence of water cylinders or tanks. They are designed to heat up water as and when it is distributed via the connected shower, taps or other water outlets.

Generally speaking, combi boilers tend to offer the highest level of water pressure, and they can be teamed alongside a shower mixer to deliver hot water to order when required.

Unvented Water Systems

Milano Nero Black Shower w/ Wall Mounted Round Shower Head

In the case of unvented water systems, a boiler or immersion heater raise the temperature of a water cylinder under high pressure.

This enables mass quantities of hot water to be supplied to modern showers and other water outlets within the home.

After you’ve identified which sort of water system is present in your home, and gauged an idea of the water pressure levels too, you’ll have formed a general idea regarding which sort of modern showers will be suited to your property specifically.

Furthermore, you’ll be aware of any sort of extra shower accessories you might need to guarantee your chosen component is working to its full capacity, such as shower pumps.

Essentially, determination of the correct water pressure and water system can help you narrow your modern shower system search down considerably, right from the off.

What Are The Main Types Of Modern Showers?

There’s a broad array of modern shower styles on the market, each offering their own unique advantages and in some instances, minor drawbacks as well.

We’ll dive deeper into the properties and features of each main type shortly, but first enjoy a brief overview of the various available models…

Thermostatic Mixer Showers

Milano Arvo Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Ceiling Mounted Shower Head & Hand Shower

Milano Lisse Modern Concealed Shower  Tower Panel w/ Wall Mounted Square Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

Thermostatic mixer showers boast a thermostatic shower valve, which allows the shower to deliver water which remains at a consistent set temperature.

They represent an especially prudent modern shower choice for family households in which elderly adults or young children make use of the shower facilities, given that they pose a much lower scalding risk.

Manual Mixer Showers

With manual mixer showers, both hot and cold water supplies are combined with manual functionality.

A fairly no-nonsense contemporary shower selection, manual mixer shower systems are simple to install and offer excellent ease of usability.

Digital Showers

Milano Vis Chrome Thermostatic Digital Shower w/ Glass Grabbing Shower Head & Hand Shower

Milano Vis Concealed Digital Shower Tower Panel w/ Round Recessed Shower Head, Body Jets & Hand Shower

Digital showers can essentially pertain to take the form of a new-age, ultra-modern thermostatic mixer shower. Basically, this shower style utilises digital technology to enable the user to program a set water temperature that will not fluctuate.

Depending on how advanced a model you potentially invest in, you could source a digital shower system with the capability to be regulated via a smartphone, remote control or alternate device.

Smart Showers

Another style to retain distinct possibilities with thermostatic mixer showers, smart shower systems do so in a yet more technologically savvy sense than even digital models do.

Smart showers seamlessly integrate with other smart home systems including the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Nest, so you can control water settings like flow and temperature via voice activation settings.

Power Showers

Milano Astley Modern Corner Thermostatic Shower Tower Panel w/ Large Shower Head, Hand Shower, Body Jets & Shelf

Milano Select Chrome Thermostatic Mixer Shower w/ Shower Head, Hand Shower & Riser Rail

Power showers are another type renowned for offering an efficient, hassle-free installation means.

They operate by taking water from both hot and cold water feeds, incorporating a key internal pump which bolsters water pressure to deliver an altogether more gratifying showering experience.

Electric Showers

Another modern shower style that is quick and easy to fit, electric showers are often confused for power showers due to their similar aesthetic. Such is the makeup of electric shower systems to include their own heating element, they are able to work with only a cold water supply intact.

Of course, the technical aspects of modern shower systems are a crucial consideration. However, you shouldn’t allow the ‘nuts and bolts’ elements completely dictate which type of shower you opt for.

Once you are satisfied you’re shopping in the right category of contemporary showers to suit your water system and pressure levels, you can go about selecting a style that meets your preferences from an appearance perspective.

Classic chrome, as well as brilliant bronze and black are amongst the most readily available modern shower finishes, so there’s versatility abound in terms of something to suit contemporary bathroom décor.

As earlier alluded to, there’s an immense variety of modern shower room ideas to wade through, so you can be confident of identifying the perfect combination of performance and aesthetics to enhance your specific bathroom space.

Thermostatic Mixer Showers

The mixer controls contained within these showers feature a thermostatic valve which will make sure water is maintained at a constant temperature. Exactly what the temperature is set to can be determined and altered by any users manually.

What results is a supreme choice with regards to family households, in which small children or elderly adults will regularly make use of the modern shower cubicles present. The increased reliability concerning temperature control makes them such a stellar pick from a safety perspective.

In order to successfully fit a working thermostatic mixer shower, you’ll need a hot and cold water supply with a water pressure of 0.1 bar or more.

You can also top up the water flow, if you would prefer, via the use of an electric pump.

Key advantages, as well advertised previously in the article, are the safety features of thermostatic mixer shower systems. They offer, on a basic level, a reduced scalding risk, with the water temperature completely unaffected by the use of other water outlets elsewhere in the home.

Manual Mixer Showers

Manual mixer showers are a perfect selection for settings that boast a strong hot water supply in cohesion with lofty water pressure.

This sort of modern shower combines both hot and cold water supplies so it can be set to the user’s ideal temperature any time they set foot within the shower enclosure. They are also very easy to initially install and simple to operate thereafter.

The same basic requirements exist for manual mixer showers as they do with thermostatic versions – both hot and cold water supplies must be present with a minimum water pressure gauge of 0.1 bar.

Usually providing a cheaper alternative to mixer showers with thermostatic properties, manual mixer shower systems are very much advantageous from an ease of installation and use perspective.

Given their inferior safety features in comparison however, manual mixer showers are perhaps better suited to adult-only households.

Milano Mirage Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Overflow Bath Filler & Hand Shower

Digital Showers

As aforementioned, digital showers can largely be defined as a jazzed up, technologically enhanced version of thermostatic mixer models. They are able to provide meticulous water temperature control due to the presence of a standard processor.

Certain digital shower systems offer remote control functionality, allowing users to regulate water temperature and flow rate at the touch of a button via smartphone or an alternate device. An excellent generational innovation that enables you to get your shower up and running in prime condition ready for when you enter.

Both concealed and exposed shower valves can accompany digital showers as well, as well as specific digital valves, so you can be sure to find the right key fitting to enhance any modern shower room aesthetic.

To successfully fit a working digital shower, you’ll require hot and cold water supplies in addition to an electrical supply, plus a minimum 0.1 bar water pressure level. As with thermostatic showers, you can team electric pumps with digital systems to boost water flow, if you would prefer.

Ultimately, digital showers derive the utmost popularity for a combination of safety features, simple-to-use controls and cutting edge convenience elements such as remote control utility. Typically, they’ll boast ultra-contemporary looks as well, making for a seamless blend within a modern bathroom setting.

Smart Showers

Right at the very forefront of modern shower technology sit smart showers, which could loosely be referred to as a savvier, more modernised version of a digital shower system.

Smart showers can provide users with a truly tailored showering experience, with customisable features and settings applicable to water flow, temperature and timings in terms of when to switch on and off.

Many smart shower systems also offer touchless control, with in-built sensors constituting extremely easy usability. Plus, remote control functionality is again a regular feature amongst several smart shower models.

Hot and cold water supplies are again needed, with a minimum 1 bar water pressure level also required for smart showers to thrive. And an electric pump can be fitted to boost water flow, if a more immersive shower coverage better suits the preferences of the user.

Perfect for gadget lovers, smart showers’ main advantages stem from their capability to deliver a fully customised showering experience even without having to touch a single button. Most smart shower systems can be linked to voice activation devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa components.

Furthermore, you can create safety-specific shower programmes for any children or elderly relatives who might make use of your modern shower enclosure. All in all, they represent an excellent investment for the tech-savvy modern bathroom shopper, who loves to keep up to date with all the very latest home tech innovations.

Milano Vis Chrome Thermostatic Digital Shower w/ Square Recessed Shower Head, Hand Shower & Body Jets

Power Showers

The term ‘power showers’ is bandied about with great regularity, often times in reference to any sort of contemporary shower system that outputs a vigorous flow rate. But they are a modern shower type in and of themselves in actual fact.

Power showers incorporate an integrated shower pump, and are fed water from each of the hot and cold water supplies to provide an enhanced water flow.

Both thermostatic and manual versions of power showers exist, so you can select the style best reflective of your household needs. Generally, manual power showers will tend to be less expensive than thermostatic options.

Either type makes for an excellent addition to a home with low pressure water systems, especially those with gravity fed networks, though a consistently reliable water supply is a necessity. Again, hot and cold water supplies are required along with a minimum water pressure gauge of 0.1 bars.

Perhaps the biggest beneficial aspect of power showers as a modern shower selection is the fact that they can bolster water pressure even in the absence of an extra water pump.

Electric Showers

Often confused with power showers in several scenarios, electric showers actually represent one of the most common modern shower types available, due in no small part to their versatility. Essentially, they are suitable for fitting in almost any property.

Electric showers feature their own heating units, meaning they can operate irrespective of a connected hot water supply – a fact that makes them an especially prudent choice for the likes of bathroom en-suites or particularly small downstairs modern shower rooms.

Only a cold water supply is required with a minimum 0.1 bar water pressure gauge for a successful electric shower installation. However, the fitting must be completed by a qualified plumber and electrician. So be sure to factor in additional costs for these services when considering your modern shower budget.

Probably the biggest plus point with regards to electric showers is their suitability for any setting, along with their economical and efficient performance quality, and the fact that the temperature of the water they deliver is unaffected by any other outlets within the home.

Milano Arcadia Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Round Shower Head & Bath Spout

Selecting The Right Modern Shower Head

Once you’ve zoned in on the perfect style of modern shower to add to your home, you can begin to think about which sort of shower head will best line up with your modern shower room ideas.

Contrasting shower head styles can have a massive influence not only on the aesthetics of the bathroom, but also on the way in which your modern shower system actually operates.

There’s four main styles of modern shower heads on the market, so we’ve put together a brief overview of each type below…

Ceiling Mounted Shower Heads

Arguably the most in-vogue option with regards to statement modern shower head style, ceiling mounted shower heads offer an entirely streamlined appearance, with the fixture failing to impact on any surrounding space.

Both square and rounded designs can be fit within the ceiling itself to create an ultra-contemporary look, and deliver a fully immersive shower experience with full coverage from above. They are an especially tempting option to team with modern shower systems that can provide a rainfall effect water flow.

Milano Nero Black Modern Square Ceiling Mounted Recessed Shower Head

Riser Kit Shower Heads

Riser kit shower heads are parked into a fixed bracket attached to the shower enclosure wall, and are adjustable depending on the height of the user for a more comfortable shower. Furthermore, they can be detached from their fixed or ‘resting’ position for targeted showering – homing in a specific area of the body or even for rinsing the modern shower cubicle.

An expansive array of riser kit shower head designs exist so you can be confident of finding a style to suit your tastes, and they’re certainly worth looking into as a fail-safe, simple shower head option.

Milano Mirage Chrome Modern Round Twin Diverter Thermostatic Valve w/ Handshower

Fixed Shower Heads

With fixed shower heads, which are amongst the very most popular available styles, the shower head can be wall mounted or ceiling mounted dependent upon personal preference, each providing a clean, luxurious aesthetic.

As such, fixed shower heads bore their main advantages from a looks perspective. They’re ideal for accentuating an elegant modern bathroom appearance, but are perhaps not the finest option for busy family bathroom areas, as they can’t be adjusted for more flexible usability.

Again, a wealth of fixed shower head designs exist, so if you do decide the style is right for you, there’ll be no trouble identifying attractive models for contemporary or traditional bathroom interiors.

Milano Elizabeth Brushed Gold Traditional Apron Shower Head & Wall Arm

Combination Shower Heads

There’s the best of both worlds, at least from a functionality point of view, with combination shower heads. In essence, this shower head type features both detachable and fixed shower heads to provide the utmost level of versatility.

Although you could fear multiple heads resulting in a cluttered look, the plethora of stylishly streamlined combination shower head sets available means such worries are unfounded.

You can create a classy appearance with the best aspects from both fixed shower heads and adjustable riser kits factored in with regards to usability.

Milano Arvo Chrome Thermostatic Shower w/ Diverter, Recessed Shower Head & Hand Shower

Choosing The Right Modern Shower Valves

Another supporting element that has to be considered when investing in a new modern shower system is which sort of valves you opt for, as well. Two main types exist in the form of concealed and exposed shower valves, with single, double and sometimes triple versions available in each style. So you can select the ideal version in accordance with the number of outlets your modern shower features…

Concealed Shower Valves

Concealed shower valves are a particularly popular pick for modern shower room areas in which slick, streamlined designer flair is the order of the day.

As their moniker suggests, concealed valves are barely visible, with their working parts cleverly masked by the wall they are attached to. The only parts to be clearly seen tend to be the controls attached to a back plate which are connected directly to the wall.

When fitted in cohesion with fixed shower heads, concealed shower valves will feed straight into the ceiling or wall. If you install concealed valves to work with a riser kit or shower hose, by contrast, an extra outlet will usually be used to feed into the component.

The space-saving, sleek profile of concealed shower valves probably has the strongest claims with regards to reasoning for their immense popularity.

Exposed Shower Valves

They’ll typically take the eye instantly, with exposed shower valves visible on the exterior of shower walls.

Again, there’s a multitude of different exposed valve designs available to suit any bathroom layout or style. Shower bar valves are the most common type of model available.

In the case of exposed valves, riser kits, shower pipes or hoses will connect to the valve directly.

All in all, they’re an easy-to-install and comparatively inexpensive shower valve solution, if perhaps not providing the same level of aesthetic appeal for modern bathroom interiors as their concealed counterparts.

Milano Clarus Brushed Gold Modern Manual Shower Valve

Combining Features For A Perfect Modern Shower

Once you understand the key features that combine to make the right modern shower system for you, you can work out whether all main components fall within your budget, and start putting together your dream setup.

Of course, a simpler and potentially more cost-effective way to do so can be to invest in modern shower bundles or shower panels, which will often incorporate all the elements you crave into a single component.

Indeed, sleek shower towers will typically incorporate a shower head, often offering rainfall flow functionality, as well as in-built valves and simple touch-button or touchless controls.

As alluded to, they can make for a simple but effortlessly stylish means to bring ideal modern shower aesthetics and practicality to your bathroom in one fell swoop.

Alternatively, you can put together your own bespoke perfect modern shower package by selecting a shower head in your ideal shape, along with the perfect accompanying valves and control panels.

Shop Modern Shower Systems With Big Bathroom Shop

No matter which sort of modern shower style you have your heart set on, there’s an excellent array of options available from Big Bathroom Shop, seamlessly combining outstanding aesthetics with premium quality functionality.

If you would like any further help or advice with regards to selecting the perfect modern shower system for your bathroom space, or have any other pressing bathroom concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

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From Winning Medals To Buying Her First Home – Katie Ormerod Gives Her Advice

From Winning Medals To Buying Her First Home

Katie Ormerod

Katie Ormerod is an Olympic Snowboarder overall world cup slopestyle champion and 11x world cup medalist. So, it’s safe to say that she has accomplished more than enough in her 23 years.

Even though Katie lives an extraordinary lifestyle she still faces the same first-time obstacles that life throws at everyone 20-odd year old, including buying her first home.

new home owner

If you’re a first-time buyer, then sit tight because Katie has plenty of pearls of wisdom to share with you. As well as, discussing her beautiful bathroom transformation that we have been lucky enough to be a part of.

Lets get stuck in…

Hi Katie, Tell Us A Little Bit About Your New Home?

katie ormerod bathroom
Katie in her beautiful new bathroom

Hey! So, my house is a 3 bedroom period property built in the Victorian era. It has beautiful high ceilings and some original features, such as old gas lamp holders, Victorian fireplaces and ceiling roses, which add a lot of character to my home.

When You Were Looking To Purchase A Property, Were There Any Key Features You Were Looking For?

London property

When I was looking to buy a house, I had no idea what I was looking for. I didn’t really know anything about houses and was unsure about the style of house I actually liked.

I knew I wanted a doer-upper as a fun project to do, but It wasn’t until I walked into the house that I purchased that I knew exactly what my preferred style of property was.

I loved that it was a period home that had lots of potential and could immediately see a vision of what I wanted it to be like once I had renovated it. All the rooms are very spacious with high ceilings and it has a good sized south-facing garden which was a huge plus.

If There Is One Thing You Wish You Knew Before The Buying Journey Began, What Would It Be And Why?

I found the buying process fairly straight forward, although I was lucky enough to get help from my parents. I think that if you really love a house and you get a good feel when you walk in to it, then it will probably be the one.

I would say that the one thing I didn’t anticipate was how long the renovation process would take.

As I wanted a doer-upper, I wanted to renovate the whole house, including knocking walls down and stripping every room of wallpaper and having some walls re-plastered. As I wanted this to be a project, I decided to take on as much as I could myself which was a huge learning curve.


I had no idea where to start but I got stuck in with the renovations and learnt so many new skills, which also saved me a lot of money – for example I did all the decorating myself, stripped the whole bathroom myself and I was lucky enough that my Dad wanted to help with the renovations too, so he did the more complex parts that I was unable to do.

It took me just over a year to complete my house, so if you are wanting to do a full home renovation, just bear in mind that it won’t be finished overnight – it takes time and patience. Enjoying the process is key.

Whilst Looking At Properties Did You Focus On Bathroom Potential?

The Bathroom was one of the most important rooms when looking at properties. I knew I wanted to ideally fit in a free standing bath and separate shower, so was looking at houses that had big enough rooms to tailor that.

My bathroom now is very spacious – it’s the perfect size for me to comfortably fit everything in that I wanted and didn’t have to compromise. It’s a rectangular shaped room, so I spent many hours drawing up different designs and ideas of where everything would best fit in the bathroom.

katie ormerod bathroom before

We Can’t Believe How Fabulous Your Bathroom Transformation Is, Where Did You Pull Your Inspiration From?

katie ormerod bathroom before

I spent around 6 weeks finding inspiration and doing research to find out exactly what kind of bathroom I wanted. I knew that my bathroom was going to be one of the main features in my home, so didn’t want to rush any decisions in choosing what I wanted. 

I quickly found a passion for interior design after buying my house and I thoroughly enjoyed the process and took inspiration from multiple home magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. 

bathroom mood board

I quickly found that I loved the contemporary designs with black features and taps, so I knew that this was something I wanted for my bathroom. 

I loved the minimalist look, so spent time choosing products that not only looked great, but also fit comfortably and saved space where I could – which is why I made decisions such as choosing a wall-hung sink over a more traditional styled one. 

modern basin

I wanted the overall finish to be modern and classy, so decided to pair flat white metro tiles with black grout, but also leave 2 of the walls only half tiled so that I could add a splash of colour to the walls above. 

I really wanted a pale pink room and decided that the bathroom would be perfect for that as it pairs beautifully with the black and white features. 

traditional tiles

I also wanted to add a bit of a traditional style into the bathroom, so chose Victorian style patterned floor tiles, which go perfectly with the rest of the bathroom.

I had to be bold and decisive when making decisions for my bathroom and as no one I know has a bathroom even close to being similar to the style that I wanted, so I had to be brave and trust my vision – It paid off!

Honest Answer, Has A Freestanding Bathtub Changed Your Life?

Yes! I love my freestanding bathtub! It is so comfortable and relaxing and makes taking a bath feel so much more luxurious than before. It is also an eye-catcher to visitors and guests – everybody loves it.

irwell freestanding bath

What’s Your Favourite Product From Big Bathroom Shop & Why?

I must’ve looked at every online bath shop there is but found that Big Bathroom Shop had everything that I wanted in my bathroom vision.

I love all my products, but in particular the Milano Nero – Modern Freestanding bath shower mixer tap with hand shower. It couldn’t be more perfect for my bathroom and the house as a whole as it puts a modern twist on a traditional design.

Freestanding bath tap

Shower area

Shop The Look

Milano Irwell – White Modern Oval Double-Ended Freestanding Bath – 1595mm x 740mm

Milano Irwell Bath

Milano Nero – Modern Freestanding Bath Shower Mixer Tap with Hand Shower – Black

Modern Freestanding Bath Shower Mixer Tap

Milano Nero – Black Quadrant Shower Enclosure – Choice of Sizes

Milano Farington - White Modern Rectangular Wall Hung Basin - 460mm x 420mm (1 Tap-Hole)

Milano Nero – Mono Basin Mixer Tap – Black

Milano Nero - Mono Basin Mixer Tap - Black

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