Inspiring ideas for a flush or walk-in shower
The popularity of flush shower trays
One of the most popular bathroom trends at the moment is the flush shower tray, an elegant and versatile solution with a contemporary aesthetic and simple design that works with any style and almost any layout.
In simple terms, a flush shower tray is installed at floor level, meaning there are no ledges or lips to step over. In this article, we look at the advantages of this type of shower and share 4 inspiring and stylish examples of modern bathroom showers.
A flush shower tray is an elegant design element that can completely transform a bathroom. It is also extremely practical, and with its built-in structure, easy to clean and maintain.
There are a host of further advantages that make it an ideal choice if you are looking for a shower that delivers on design credentials but without having to completely pull your bathroom to bits.
- The sense of fluidity in your décor
- Practical and accessible
- Versatility in terms of size and material
- Aesthetically pleasing
With such advantages, it is little wonder that interior designers and architects are huge fans, so let’s take a look at some examples of designer bathrooms featuring a flush shower.
As we explained earlier, a flush shower in inserted directly into the floor so that there is no change of level and you get a wonderful fluid look throughout the entire space.
This makes a flush shower an excellent solution for smaller bathrooms where every centimetre counts and even the four raised sides of a more traditional shower tray eat into your valuable floor space. And, because there is no visual interruption, the entire bathroom will seem larger and ultimately less cluttered. If you choose the same material for your shower tray and the surrounding floor, this effect will be even more pronounced.
This dark bathroom is by no means tight on space, but there is no doubt that the flush shower tray plays a role in creating the sense of a luxuriously vast bathroom. The choice of dark chocolatey brown Pietra d’Avola limestone creates the perfect canvas for a moody, theatrical atmosphere, with a honed finish on the floor, Raw texture on the walls, and again on the slats of the shower tray, making for a stylish and practical non-slip surface.
One of the key characteristics of a floor-flush shower is its accessibility, with no barriers to step over making it ideal for households with young children or family members with limited mobility. And, depending on the dimensions, it can make an enormous difference for anyone who is wheelchair-bound.
This gorgeous walk-in shower in Gris du Marais® marble from top to toe is not only practical from an access point of view, but also when it comes to cleaning. With no glass to wipe, all you need to do is run a squeegee quickly down the walls. Then, for a more thorough cleaning routine every now and then, you simply lift the stone slats up and underneath you have a hard-wearing stainless steel tray.
Once you’ve finished showering, you simply walk out and reach for your towel, conveniently placed on another piece of design that combines practicality and style, in the form of a Fontane Bianche hook, shaped out of a single piece of exquisite natural stone.
One of the great advantages of this type of shower solution is that most of the rules go out the window when it comes to size and shape, meaning you can install it in small or oddly-shaped bathrooms. It is, in fact, often the perfect way to utilise what might otherwise simply be a dead space.
The world is pretty much your oyster, as you are not restricted by standard sizes and formats. As if that weren’t enough, you also have plenty of freedom in terms of material. Obviously, much of this comes down to personal taste, so you can play around with colour and textures here, depending on the effect you want to create.
If you prefer a discreet, uniform look so that you have an almost uninterrupted surface, you should opt for a shower tray in the same material and tones as the rest of the floor, as per the examples we have already looked at. However, if you want to make a bit more of a design statement, there is nothing stopping you from choosing a contrasting colour.
This bathroom shows how such an approach can make for eye-catching results, with its pair of vast Filo Flush shower trays in Bianco Carrara making a visual splash against the floor in Pietra d’Avola Cotone, but perfectly in harmony with the walls, again in Carrara, but in a Raw texture for added depth and interest.
As each of the bathrooms we have shared demonstrates, a flush or walk-in shower floor is a winning aesthetic element, and absolutely on point if you are looking to create a modern bathroom.
Its beauty comes not only from its clean lines and the way it creates a pared-back harmonious environment, but also from the type of materials it is made from.
We finish with an example that shows how a simple shower can be transformed into a stunning space, without the need for metal profiles, glass doors or any other structural components that can interrupt the visual. Beauty really does lie in simplicity. Here we have a Total Look in eternally elegant Bianco Carrara marble on the floor, walls and shower tray in a classic honed finish, and then just a lovely unconventional flourish in the form of our Chevron texture on one wall.