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A Tub in the Shower? Wet Rooms are the Newest Trend in Bathroom Renos



In today’s blog, I’d like to talk about one of the newest trends in bathroom design and renovation: the wet room. And if the term “wet room” scarily reminds you of the time your basement flooded (that was indeed a wet room), rest assured, that is not what we’re discussing today.

Nope. The wet rooms I’m talking about are purposely designed showering and bathing areas that are meant to get wet.

Some wet rooms are constructed floor to ceiling with water-friendly materials and include the shower, tub, sink and toilet all in one space.

And others, like the ones I’ll be showing you today, divide the room into wet and dry areas by separating the tub and shower from the sink and toilet area with a minimal glass structure.


Love this minimal but stylish His & Hers wet room, complete with matching shower heads and nooks.


Architectural Digest

More beautiful steel-framed doors enclose the shower and tub in Jessica Alba’s home. Love the wooden floors and windows, too.


Looks cool, but why would I want one?

Besides looking sophisticated and cool, wet rooms offer several other advantages.

THEY SAVE SPACE. Don’t have room for both a shower and a tub? A wet room is the perfect small space solution since it allows maximum amenities in a snug space. But make no mistake, wet rooms are a highly popular trend in luxury bathrooms and in hotel bathrooms, too.

THEY ARE ACCESSIBLE. Since wet rooms eliminate the need for a shower tray making access to the shower easy, they are an excellent choice for someone who is aging in place or whose movement is restricted in some way.

THEY INCREASE YOUR HOME’S VALUE. Because you add waterpoofing to a wet room, you automatically increase the value of your home. In a normal bathroom, moisture builds up in walls and crevices, however, in a wet room, the design allows all water to channel through a central drain. Investing in high-quality glass panels will add value, too.

THEY ENCOURAGE CREATIVE DESIGN. Because the areas are less defined in a wet room, it’s easier to create a beautiful continuity and flow throughout the space. And because many wet rooms incorporate some sort of transparent glass to separate the toilet and shower/bathing areas, the opportunity to showcase a luxurious modern freestanding tub and stunning tile is amazing.

So, have we piqued your interest? Maybe one of these fabulous wet rooms will whet your whistle.


Small but Mighty

These wet rooms utilize every inch of their small footprint.

Design by Emily Henderson Photo by David Tsay


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Fabulous freestanding tubs and a creative and showstopping use of beautiful tile make these wet rooms true standouts.

Loving the gorgeous gray and white tile focal walls in these wet rooms.

And the dark, moody tile in these wet rooms is just as striking.

Wet rooms are the perfect stage for pattern play.

Whonen Mit Klassikern

From the frosted glass blocks in the window, to the wall down to the flooring, the patterns make the design in this all white wet room.


Clay Imports

This wet room actually does include a step up into the shower so not as great for access but super cool patterned tile floor!


You can never go wrong with classic black and white, whether it’s in a traditional or contemporary setting.

And colored tile always packs a special punch; especially this ocean blue hue.

How phenomenal are these ceilings? Very cool architectural detail!

Sleek + Modern

There’s no denying that a wet room can be very sophisticated and modern.

Or it can be industrially chic.


This shower was outfitted with cement walls and floor.



Love this deep, dark tile.



And finally, how fabulous is this? Part of an architectural restoration project by Palomba Serafina Associati, this magical space resides within the 19th-century Palazzo Daniele located in Gagliano del Capo, a village in Salento, Italy.  CLICK HERE to see more of this spectacular hotel that marries minimalism with majesty.

Wet rooms can be anything you make them. Which one speaks to you? If you’re ready to “get your feet wet” and create a wet room in your home, give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to send us an email. We’d love to help you build the perfect bath for you.

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