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Introduction To Wet Room Designs

By: Brian Snelson

A couple of years ago some friends of mine were remodelling their bathroom. They decided to turn it into a wet room. I didn’t really know what that was, so I just nodded. However, like anything else, once I had heard the phrase “wet room,” it started to come up over and over again. Wet rooms continue to be among the most popular trends for contemporary bathrooms. In this article, I will go over various wet room designs along with its origins.

What Is A Wet Room?

It is basically a tiled showed area inside a room that doesn’t include an enclosed, built-in shower cubicle. Instead, the shower enclosure is actually the bathroom itself. Because of this, the bathroom needs to be completely waterproofed. To achieve this, wet rooms often are tiled from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. Another important factor to think about is drainage when you are considering putting in a wet room. It will need some form of slope or gradient that runs toward the drain hole.

The concept of the wet room got its start in Scandinavia. For many decades, most Scandinavian houses have contained wet rooms as a standard feature. Their popularity continues to grow world wide. These days, interior design programmes frequently feature wet rooms, and this helps to generate even more interest for them.

Wet Room Advantages

Wet rooms have many advantages. They use space very effectively and can provide a small bathroom with a nice touch of luxury. This is especially true when it comes to small bathrooms where it isn’t easy to fit a shower cubicle. The walk in style of a wet room also offers a minimalistic and simple appearance for any bathroom. They are also very hygienic. They are very easy to clean since there are no nooks or crannies. For individuals with mobility issues, they are very practical, since it isn’t necessary to maneuver in and out of a shower cubicle. The spacious feel is another thing that many people appreciate, along with the overall sense of well-being that they provide. It is like having a personal spa of your own inside your home.

Wet Room Examples

Stone and Chrome has all the experience necessary to design and install wet rooms. We’re very happy to provide you with a few examples here.

The bathroom featured at the start of the article is loaded with luxury features. The luxury walk in shower features heated seating, a wall hung LAUFEN Pro WC, ILBAGNOALESSI One basin and storage recesses with LED accent lighting. Full details can be seen here. The slick black finish perfectly compliments the wet room’s openness. The overall feeling is one of contemporary minimalist chic.

On the right is an image from an ensuite bathroom. We created this room by featuring a spacious wet floor showering area and freestanding cast marble bath. The room is painted in Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Balls. The tiles are silver grey limestone. Click here to view more of this gorgeous bathroom. Note that the bathroom’s wet room element combines beautifully with the other elements. To prevent splashing, it is partially screened off, yet it still maintains a wet room open plan feeling.

Our third example is a beautiful silver grey limestone tiled bathroom that includes a wet floor. There is a small stud wall in the room the separates the shower from the remainder of the bathroom. The wall hung WC is also housed there. In this bathroom, we designed a feature wall made of quartz decopanel. It is quite stunning and perfectly complements the Svedbergs bathroom furniture.

Wet room designs to fit awkward angles

At its simplest, a wet room is just that, a totally watertight room with a shower.

Designs vary enormously, and some wet rooms do contain screens and shower trays. However, many are free from any sort of enclosure or cubicle. Instead, they’re entirely open and fully watertight throughout.

The advantage of a wet room without any tray or enclosure is that it can be formed from a small or unusually shaped space. Because it doesn’t need to conform to a structure, it can be created to fill the most awkward of angles.

There’s no required minimum or maximum size for a wet room. This makes them an ideal solution for otherwise unusable areas. Wet rooms have been built in under stair cupboards and loft conversions.

Why choose a wet room

Not only are they easy to clean and maintain, wet rooms are also highly convenient. They’re perfect for anyone with a mobility problem, and they also offer straightforward access for children. Wet rooms can add value to a house, although perhaps not at the expense of removing a bath.

A wet room can be as compact or as spacious as you choose. You can turn a large bathroom into a wet room, complete with shower, basin and toilet. It’s not as advisable to change a tiny bathroom into a wet room as everything, including towels and toilet roll, will end up getting wet.

The main benefit of a wet room is that it can make the most of an impractical area where it’s impossible to create an entire second bathroom. Rather than trying to squeeze all your bathroom components into a cramped space, just focus on creating a luxurious shower room.

Call in the professionals

Clearly, creating a totally watertight environment is the main priority in constructing a wet room.

Floor and wall tiles must be properly grouted; though this does not make them completely watertight. A tanking system must be applied beneath them, and there are several ways to tackle this. Laying a membrane before tiling integrates the walls with the floor, providing a continuous water-resistant layer. A concealed sunken tray that can be tiled and sealed is another option.

Designing and installing a wet room should be done by professionals. The floor of the wet room needs to be subtly styled so it has a gradient that channels water to drain away. Ventilation must also be taken into consideration. Extractor fans are vital to reduce humidity and stop mildew forming.

Sleek and stylish wet room designs

Wet rooms naturally have a contemporary feel due to their streamlined and open plan design. Work with this in mind when you choose tiles. And remember, tiles can cover a multitude of sins. Ignore what the walls are like now and try to imagine them fully tiled from ceiling to floor.

There are a wide variety of wet room tiles to choose from. Ceramic, porcelain, even glass tiles can be used to conjure up every type of image, from a Mediterranean mosaic pattern to a recreation of a Grecian temple. As well as looking good, your tiles should also be slip-resistant.

Natural stone is a popular choice as it never dates and gives a classically elegant appearance. The other benefit of natural stone is that it has a riven texture, which provides surface grip. Tiles are the most essential element in any wet room design as they are generally used throughout.

In summary, wet rooms are great for transforming an odd space into a practical and stylish feature. They not only add value to a property, they also change a functional shower into a luxurious experience.