Miami based interior designer Francis Dominguez from EFE Creative Lab, has shared some before and after photos of a master bathroom renovation that was done for a downtown Miami loft.
The original bathroom was old, dated, and had a bulky bathtub.
Francis proposed a focused on using simple materials that created contrast without being overwhelming.
Subway tiles with dark grout, and custom built wood elements were added to the space. A concrete countertop was added to the wood vanity to complement the industrial theme throughout the loft apartment, that also features polished concrete floors and exposed concrete ceilings.
Francis also designed a custom shelving unit that was built by local wood furniture designer/maker Robert Cortes from Grove And Anchor.
Matte black large format hexagonal tiles were used in the new walk-in shower and on the floor.
A built-in shower niche provides a place for keeping soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
On the wall opposite the vanity, black hooks and a towel rack create a space to hang towels and clothes.
All design proposal, execution and photography by Francis Domínguez Founder/Designer of EFE Creative Lab.
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If you want your shower to look more like a spa than a storage place for various shampoo bottles and soaps, then consider installing a shower niche in your bathroom.
A shower niche is a built-in shelf that’s recessed into the wall of the shower to provide storage space for bathroom products. It replaces the need for a caddy hanging from the showerhead, a corner shelf that’s hard to clean, or bottles sitting on the shower floor. It allows you to keep your shower looking clean and organized, and provides a more luxurious appearance.
Now it’s time for some design inspiration. Below, you’ll find examples that show a variety of ways that shower niches can be designed, from almost completely blending in, to standing out with hidden lighting, to multiple niches, as well as ones with glass shelves inside them.
1. Horizontal Shower Niche
A horizontal shower niche is one that’s longer than it is higher. This is ideal if you have a larger shower and want to take advantage of the wall space.
LEFT – See more photos of this modern wood house – here. Designed by InForm Design. // RIGHT – See more photos of this West Hollywood house – here. Designed by AUX Architecture. Photo by Hunter Kerhart.
2. Vertical Shower Niche
Taller than it is wide, a vertical shower niche is often a good choice when there’s a smaller shower stall.
LEFT – See more photos of this open plan bathroom and walk-in closet – here. Design by LA Closet Design. // RIGHT – See more photos of this house in Australia – here. Designed by MAKE Architecture. Photo by Peter Bennetts.
3. Shower Niches That Blend In
If you want your shower niche to have a seamless finish, consider using the exact same tile that you have on the walls that surround it. This way the shower niche will blend in, and not draw attention away from other focal points, like the hexagonal tile accent wall or the vertical window in the bathroom photos below.
LEFT – See more photos of this grey bathroom – here. Designed by GIA renovations. Photo by Martina Gemmola. // RIGHT – See more photos of this renovated house – here. Designed by Min | Day and Burks Toma Architects, renovated by Schwartz and Architecture. Photo by Matthew Millman.
4. Contrasting Shower Niche
A shower niche that’s lined with contrasting material or color draws attention to the shower. To create a contrasting look, choose the opposite color. For example, if you have lighter shower walls, line your shower niche with a darker material, alternatively, if you have darker shower walls, use lighter materials.
LEFT – See more photos of this modern bathroom – here. Designed by Biasol. Photo by Derek Swalwell. // RIGHT – See more photos of this modern grey and white bathroom – here. Designed by Amberth Interiors.
5. Shower Niche With Hidden Lighting
Lighting in the shower is a design choice that is often overlooked. If you want to add lighting to your shower, but also want to highlight your shower niche, you can install waterproof LED lighting. By installing a strip of LED lights, the shower niche becomes a focal point in the bathroom, and adds a warm relaxing glow, helping to achieve a spa-like bathroom experience.
LEFT – See more photos of this apartment – here. Designed by Cartelle Design. // RIGHT – See more photos of this monochromatic bathroom – here. Designed by Minosa Design.
6. Framed Shower Niche
One way to make your shower niche stand out is to frame it. In the example below, the niche has been highlighted with a black frame that complements other black details, like the shower frame and shower wand.
See more photos of this brick house extension – here. Designed by Woodrow Architects. Photo by Will Scott Photography.
7. Multiple Shower Niches
Why have just one, when you can have two? Having multiple shower niches allows for more storage, and if you share a bathroom, each person can have their own shelf. Multiple shower niches positioned vertically can also solve the problem of having shelves at different heights for taller and shorter family members.
LEFT – See more photos of this renovated bathroom – here. Designed by Paul K Stewart. Photo by Brandon Barre. // RIGHT – See more photos of this New York apartment – here. Designed by Jordan Parnass Architecture. Photography by Frank Oudeman and Sean Karns.
8. Shower Niche Designs With Shelves
If you do decide to go with a vertical shower niche, and you want to make the most of the available height, consider including shelves. These can be made from the same material that you’re covering your shower niche with, or you can have glass shelves installed.
LEFT – See more photos of this renovated master bathroom – here. Built by KraftMaster Renovations. Designed by Kim Platt – Kitchen Intuitions. Photo by Chris Veith. // RIGHT – See more photos of this renovated house – here. Designed by ONE SEED Architecture + Interiors and Myriam Freedman Designs. Photo by Janis Nicolay.
9. Multi-Height Shower Niche
To accommodate multiple height bottles, you might want to think about a niche that combines both a vertical and horizontal design. This allows taller bottles to have plenty of height, while smaller bottles and soaps can be placed on the smaller shelf.
See more photos of this modern wood house in Seattle – here. Designed by First Lamp. Photo by Tim Bies Photography.
Learn more about shower niches here: How To Build A Shower Niche What Is The Standard Height For A Shower Niche?
If you’re interested in seeing more photos of bathroom and shower niches, we’ve included some below.
An all white bathroom with wood accents in a modern house designed by Davey McEathron Architecture. Photography by Leonis Furmansky and Dave McEathron Architecture.
A modern blue and white bathroom designed by Barker Associates Architecture Office (BAAO Architects). Photography by Francis Dzikowski/OTTO.
A penny tile shower designed by VFA Architecture + Design. Photography by Scott Norsworthy.
A narrow bathroom designed by Paulo Martins Arquitectura & Design. Photography by Ivo Tavares Studio
A decorative accent niche in a bathroom renovation by KraftMaster Renovations. Photography by Chris Veith, Builder: KraftMaster Renovations, Designer: Kim Platt – Kitchen Intuitions.
A shower niche in a bathroom renovation by KraftMaster Renovations. Photography by Chris Veith, Builder: KraftMaster Renovations, Designer: Kim Platt – Kitchen Intuitions.
A shower covered in grey penny tiles in a modern house designed by Desai Chia Architecture. Photography by Paul Warchol.
A modern bathroom with two built-in shower niches, that can be found in an apartment interior by FILD. Photography by Andrey Bezuglov.
When Barker Associates Architecture Office was designing the renovation of a townhouse in New York, they created this bright and welcoming bathroom that combines blue and white tiles with gold accents and a white vanity.
Let’s take a closer look at the design elements they used in this bathroom.
The design of the bathroom includes a vaulted ceiling that guides the eye up to the skylight, making the space feel large and open.
The white vanity has clean lines that form a rectangular shape, a built-in sloped sink, gold hardware in the form of the faucet, taps, drain, and drawer pulls.
It’s decorated with an orchid, adding a pop of green and purple to the space, while soap and moisturizer bottles have been left clear to keep the focus on the bathroom design.
A white tube sconce with gold accents is mounted above the mirror, drawing the eye upwards, and creating a soft glow for the bathroom.
Complementing the gold hardware on the vanity and lighting are the other hardware items found through the bathroom, like the towel holder, the supports that hold the glass shower screen in place, the shower head, taps, and hand-held shower. These items sourced from Watermark Designs, add a touch of glamour to the bathroom, creating a sense of luxury.
The Shower Niche
In the shower there’s a built-in shower niche with a simple white frame that’s tiled in the same tile that surrounds it. The shower niche provides a dedicated place to house shampoo bottles and soap, keeping them from gathering on the floor or in a shower caddy.
Throughout the bathroom, the tiles have been kept to three different colors and two tile types. In the shower, there’s scalloped tiles (also known as fish scale tiles) that transition from white on the upper half of the shower, into blue tiles that line the lower half. Both the scalloped tiles wrap around the walls of the bathroom. To complement the blue tiles on the walls, lighter blue square tiles were used to line the shower floor.
Photography by Francis Dzikowski/OTTO | Architect: Barker Associates Architecture Office (BAAO Architects), Alexandra Barker, principal | General Contractor: Mark Chan, GTN Construction | Structural Engineer: Albanna Engineers | Expediter: Philip Ferrara | Consultant: Ginette Dean
When Best Practice Architecture was renovating a house in Seattle, Washington, they decided to include a new and modern master suite with a balcony, walk-through closet, and en-suite bathroom.
Working with interior designer Leah Steen, the architects designed the bedroom with a large sliding glass door that provides plenty of natural light and opens up to a balcony. Adjacent to the sliding door is the walk-through closet.
The walk-through closet has custom wood cabinetry with a dark gray wood paneling finish. A tall window at the end of the closet keeps the space bright, while a gap in the closet on the left side acts as a small bench or place to put an outfit when getting ready.
Black hardware such as leather pulls and light switches have been used so they somewhat blend in with the dark grey finish of the closets.
The master bathroom, which can be accessed from both the closet and the bedroom, has been clad in grey marble. A built-in bathtub and glass-enclosed shower line one wall of the bathroom, while the toilet is hidden from view behind a partition wall at the end.
On the wall opposite the shower and bath, is the vanity. A minimalist white vanity with dual sinks and black hardware sits below a mirror that wraps around the corner and is highlighted with accent lighting.
Here’s a look at the floor plan of the bedroom that shows how all three areas are connected.
Photography: Rafael Soldi | Architect: Best Practice Architecture | Contractor: Craftsman Builders | Interior Design: Leah Steen Interior Design | Custom Lighting: Fixture LLC
Coates Design Architects has completed a bathroom with a sunken bathtub as part of an overall house project on Bainbridge Island in the State of Washington.
The bathroom has a number of design elements that work together to create a calming environment. Clear stained fir plywood adds a natural touch to the space. At one end of the bathroom is the shower, with a white and light grey mosaic tile shower, that even features tiles on the ceiling.
At the other end of the bathroom is a 4ft x 9ft window that frames a spectacular view of the Seattle Skyline from across Elliot Bay.
Enjoying the view is the ‘ofuro’ or Japanese style soaking tub. The custom one-of-a-kind bathtub measures in at 3.5′ long x 4.5′ wide x 4′ deep and is made from cast-in-place concrete.
The bathtub has a small step to aid getting into the tub, while a built-in seat and an inline heater that helps keep the water warm adds a touch of comfort.
The floors throughout the bathroom are concrete with a soy based stain and sealer, while a shag rug adds a soft touch underfoot.
The floating wood vanity features an open shelf and drawers, a waterfall edge counter made from Ceasarstone in mocha with a small fleck pattern, an under-mount sink, and a Hansgrohe faucet.
SDH Studio Architecture + Design recently completed a new house in Bal Harbour, Florida, and as part of the interior, they created a large master bathroom suite.
The bathroom, which features a floating double-sink vanity, wood-like tile floors and walls, and frosted doors, also has a glass enclosed wet room.
The wet room is home to both the shower and the freestanding bathtub, allowing the main area of the bathroom to be kept dry. The glass walls allow the natural light from the horizontal windows to filter through to the remainder of the room, keeping it bright and feeling open.
Photography by Robin Hill | Architecture: SDH Studio Architecture + Design
Architecture firm Fieldwork has designed a modern en-suite bathroom as part of an overall home in Melbourne, Australia.
The color palette of the bathroom draws inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape found outside the home. The floating wood dual-sink vanity is made from spotted gum timber topped with a terrazzo style textured stone surface. Above the vanity is a tri panel mirror that reflects the light from the window in the bedroom.
The vanity also features the Zen Basin from Apaiser Bathware with bathroom fixtures from Brodware. Adjacent to the vanity is a glass shower screen that provides a textural element, and above the vanity is small shelf that travels through to the show and creates a place for displaying plants and decorative objects.
Between the vanity and the black-framed window is a rainfall shower and a built-in bathtub. Small grey square tiles cover the upper half of the bathroom walls, while large format terrazzo-style tiles are showcased on the lower portion of the walls and floor, where a linear shower drain can be found.
Photography by Tess Kelly | Architect: Fieldwork | Developer: HIP V. HYPE | ESD Consultant: HIP V. HYPE Sustainability
Metallic bathroom hardware, like these collections from Anthropologie, are one way that you can add a luxurious design element to your bathroom interior. Let’s take a look at at some of their designs.
1. The Streamline Collection
The Streamline Collection has a soft curve to its design. The brass finish suits a variety of bathroom styles and would complement any wall color.
2. The Elspeth Collection
The Elspeth Bathroom Collection includes a variety of hardware, like a towel bar, wall hooks, a toilet paper holder, and a towel ring. Made from bronze, each piece of the hardware collection includes a teak accent.
3. The Bridgette Collection
The delicate appearance of the Bridgette Collection is due to the brass finish. The collection includes a towel hook, towel bar, toilet paper holder, and a towel ring.
There’s also a matching glass shelf for showcasing a few candles or holding soap.
4. The Jardin Collection
A simple decorative motif allows the Jardin Collection to add an artistic element to any bathroom. Understated in its design, the delicate detail is accentuated by the mirrored background, that also contrasts the brass finish.
5. The Alden Collection
If two-tone metallic finishes sounds interesting, the Alden Collection is just that. The collection, which includes a towel ring, wall hook, towel bar, and toilet paper holder, has a gold base, however there’s also a silver accent.
6. The Darwin Collection
The Darwin Collection has two-tone appearance that allows for the combining of the brass and silver finishes.