Bathroom Ideas: Shower Curtain or Shower Doors?
f you don’t have the space (or budget) for a separate shower enclosure and bath, you’ve probably decided on a combined shower-bath. But should you go with a shower curtain or glass shower doors to enclose it? Some of us might gravitate toward the softer look of a colorful piece of waterproof fabric that can be changed at will, while others might love the no-nonsense efficiency of a sheer pane of glass. To help point you in the right direction, here are five benefits each of shower curtains and glass doors.
1. Soften the surfaces. Great swaths of fabric (waterproofed or backed with a water-resistant liner) can temper the overall aesthetic of a bathroom that’s in danger of becoming too harsh or sterile. This classic, serene design, with a harmonious blend of marble, tiles and dove-gray paint, is softer and less clinical thanks to the beautiful floor-length shower curtain that runs the length of the bath.
Make sure your curtain — or at least the outer fabric section — can be washed at home, so any hint of mildew or staining can be nipped in the bud.
Be bold with color in the bathroom and remember, you don’t have to stick with top-to-bottom white for a fresh feel. I love the brave accents of acid yellow in this bathroom, which glow against the dotted shower curtain in a neutral, earthy hue.
I love the muted, earthy palette of tobacco, biscuit and putty here, which gives this traditional bathroom a classy, timeless look all its own.
Finish the look off with some floral-print wallpaper and a pair of cute lamps, and you might just want to stay put all day.
It’s a chic, barely there curtain that’s almost as invisible as any glass screen, but with just a hint of shimmer to add another layer of texture to the graphic brown and white look.
1. Go for a full enclosure. There’s no fear of water escaping from this recessed bath, as the sliding doors fully enclose the tub in a neat, no-nonsense fashion.
Sliding panels of glass are also a good option where space is at a premium, as they don’t need to hinge or pivot outward, eating into valuable floor inches and making fixtures and fittings awkward to use.
Your best bet is to opt for a custom shower screen (lots of companies now offer them), which can accommodate tricky recesses and angles as well as nonstandard heights. You might well pay extra for this made-to-measure item, but for a neat, splashproof solution, it’s worth its weight in gold.
Look for glass that has been finished with a special coating so dirt and limescale won’t accumulate and make it hard to keep clean. It might bump up the overall price of the screen, but it will save you lots of elbow grease.
This bathroom has a larger-than-standard glass screen made of two hinged sections. This makes getting in and out a cinch, and the screen folds out of the way when not in use.