Minimalism in the bathroom – the aesthetics of simplicity
Minimalism became fashionable in the ‘60s of the twentieth century. The style as adopted was greatly influenced by the culture of Japan, based on the absence of superfluous details and valuing functionality. Minimalist style as we perceive it is based on similar principles. For a time it was called Predominantly Male style. However, over the years the boundaries of gender have become erased, including those related to interior design.
Minimalism is especially relevant today in the design of bathrooms and toilets. It is characterised by simplicity, functionality, succinctness, being monochrome, and with only a small number or total absence of decorative items. The style also relies on the use of design techniques of areas being zoned and the maximum conservation of free space.
Small bathrooms and en-suite bathrooms created in minimalist style will usually have experts recommending that console toilets and furniture be installed. This will visually expand space. It is best to install a corner sink to save space. The overall style must be complemented by the taps. Minimalist bathrooms tend to best show off graphic designs for mixer taps, without classic rounded shapes and ornate decoration.
Instead of a bath you should choose a shower cabin. Its shape plays an important role in minimalist design. The ideal fit with the concept of this style is a rectangular cabin with a minimal number of chromium-plated fittings and fixtures. An excellent example is the minimalist Walk-in collection of bathroom items from Radaway. If you prefer a classic bath to a shower cabin, choose one with dynamic design and minimum roundness.
Glass and ceramics are ideal finishing materials in functional bathrooms. Minimalism allows a combination of incongruous items. For example, the use of wooden elements in glass and porcelain interior concepts.
Glass shower cabin
Nowadays glass shower cabins are of phenomenal popularity and this is justified as installed in any bathroom – in a house, apartment or even hotel room – it will harmoniously become a part of stylish interior.
Glass shower cabin may emphasize beauty of bathroom decoration: due to high transparency of glass all the details of ornaments on tiles, trim stone or other material will be given a good showing. Besides, installing a glass shower cabin is an excellent way to give your bathroom hi-tech or modern style. On the glass surface of a shower cabin or divider you may implement the most unusual designer ideas and make them either matted or combined, coloured or monochrome, make ingenious lighting or paint some image on the glass.
Glass shower cabins with swing doors are considered as classical ones. That is why choice of accessories for such construction is the widest and offers maximum variants of creating a unique design.
Moreover, among the other variants of glass shower cabins this one is available in the biggest number of various shapes and configurations (straight, corner, trapeze, radial, etc.).
Glass shower cabins with sliding doors are a wonderful variant of stylish and ingenious design for your bathroom. This variant is ideal for small rooms where swing door is impossible (you need at least 550mm to open the door).
Doors of such a construction are hanged on the track tightly connected to walls and adjoining tight segments of a shower cabin (load bearing sheets of glass).
Glass door of a shower cabin. A shower cabin in its configuration is not always entirely made of glass. Quite often one wall of the cabin is the bathroom wall and if the situation demands it, you can make a shower cabin with only one glass sheet, which would be the door to the cabin. In any case, glass door will visually add to the room space, make it lighter and will become an indispensable part of the design.
Glass divider for a shower. Sometimes a shower cabin is not really necessary, so you can install a shower divider in the place where the shower is located, which will protect the rest of the room from splashes of water. The divider may be manufactured from matted or transparent glass in various nuances. It is fixed to the floor by the special aluminium flank or jointers “wall-to-glass”.
Glass shower divider is a simple but very elegant solution for both private houses and public places like swimming pools, aqua parks, fitness clubs.
Shower cabins without shower trays: ingenious solution for fashionable design
Modern shower cabins more and more often resemble complex constructions with multiple supplementary functions like hydromassage, sauna, music playback, aromatherapy, etc. However, despite technical perfection of such cabins their design can hardly be described as attractive: massive trays, thick walls, big control panel add to cumbersomeness of such a cabin and eat up bathroom’s space.
Since al modern interiors tend to simplicity and featheriness, designers have developed dramatically new shower enclosure without shower trays. They are not cabins in the direct sense of the word as thin, often transparent walls are installed right above the bathroom floor dur to which the box becomes an integral element of design.
A shower cabin without tray
Glass sheets without shower tray
Tiled shower enclosure without shower tray
Shower cabins without tray in the bathroom interior
Shower cabin without a tray is an excellent solution for both large bathroom and small one. In the bathroom interior a shower cabin of such type gives freedom to implementation of the boldest designer ideas. As the walls of the cabin are usually made of transparent or matted glass, the construction looks feather-light. Apart from “weightless” design you will need minimum space for organising shower box.
Arrangement of a shower cabin without shower tray
Shower enclosure without shower tray
Shower cabins without shower tray
Organic matted or transparent glass is usually used as divider for such a shower cabin type since water does not leave any traces of water on its surface. However, depending on interior design of the bathroom you can install shower cabin without a tray with plastic panels, stone or block walls, etc. If you crave for something truly unusual and unique, you can enclose space by double glass walls with lighting or LED decoration inside of it. If, on the contrary, you want the maximum simple design you may decorate corner shower without a shower tray with the help of shower screens or shower curtains.
Corner shower with glass divider
Corner shower with glass door
Shower cabin without shower tray with curtain
Corner shower without shower tray
Design of a shower cabin without shower tray may be varied by experimenting with floor coating. The floor is to be coated with ceramic tile, however, it does not necessarily mean it has to repeat the general bathroom decoration. For example, mosaic floor decorated with images, ornaments or decorative styling will look very beautifully.
Shower cabins without shower trays in the bathroom interior
Shower screens, no shower tray
Open shower cabin with mosaic design
Shower cabin without shower tray on podium
Installation of a shower cabin without shower tray
Despite visual simplicity of organization of a shower cabin without tray installation of this construction is quite laborious. Since the cabin needs not less than 15 additional centimetres of floor height, it is easier to plan it at the stage of making house project. However, it does not mean impossibility of installing such a cabin without shower tray in a city apartment or in already accomplished bathroom. It only means you will have to conduct additional works.
If you are installing open shower cabin without a step in the already accomplished bathroom, you need raising the floor level in the room. Simpler installation is possible if shower space would be made as a low step.
Big shower cabin without tray
Organisation of shower cabin without tray
Waterproofing of a shower cabin without tray
Corner shower cabin without tray
Since the shower cabin floor acts as both a shower tray and drain its configuration is quite a complex system. First, you will have to do careful heat insulating, then lay the screed above it. After that, you will have to do waterproofing of the shower cabin without tray, which will protect it against leaking. Above waterproofing you lay the screed again and finish layer – tiles, pebbles or any other no slippery material.
Finish layer is to be laid at small slant and at the lowest point shower drain is placed. Keep in mind that for comfortable exploitation of the open shower cabin the drain must be easy to open so that you you can clean pipes if necessary. Also sometimes at drain location shower gutters are installed. However, you can install a gutter for drain in any other place like in the centre or in the corner.
Sometimes in case of non-observance of installation method for shower cabins without tray you can face such a problem as unpleasant smell. To avoid it you may install ventilation trap or build-in additional hydraulic seal into gutters.
Shower cabin without tray in the bedroom
Shower cabin without tray
Glass shower enclosure
Shower enclosure without tray in the bathroom
Advantages and disadvantages of shower cabins without tray
Cabins of this type are often met in hotels and inns. Popularity of open shower cabins are explained not only by their wonderful design but by convenience as well. Since there is no elevation it can be also used by people with reduced capabilities.
Corner shower with glass divider
Shower cabin in the bedroom, no tray
Corner shower without tray
Main advantage of open shower cabin is its long endurance period. It is well known that the more details construction has the sooner it breaks. But since this type of cabin is, in fact, a complete element there is nothing to be broken in it, especially if at installation process all the instruction were observed and materials used were of high quality.
Corner shower with glass doors, no shower tray
Besides, every housemaker will appreciate how easy and simple it is to take care after the open shower cabin:
- Firstly, to keep such a shower cabin clean you will need no additional detergents, which are usually needed for shower tray cleaning.
- Secondly, since the bathroom floor and shower cabin floor are one and the same zone, care of the corner shower means just washing the floor and cleaning the walls.
Disadvantage of the shower cabin without tray is possibility of leaking. However, this can happen only in case of incorrect installation.
Modern shower enclosure without shower tray
Shower enclosure without shower tray is an excellent choice for any bathroom. Apart from ingenious and stylish design they are unbelievably easy to use.
Varieties of shower cabins
Assortment of modern shower cabins offered by the market to the customers boggles the imagination. They differ in functions, dimensions, and cost as well as in external appearance, shape, peculiarities of construction and materials they are manufactured from.
Today you may find on the market:
- completely closed models (boxes);
- open cabins without roof;
- multifunctional models;
There are models with swing or sliding doors manufactured from different materials such as glass, plastic and others. You can make a decision on what cabin to choose only having studied model’s parameters, having seen photos and taken into account interior design of the bathroom and apartment/house on the whole.
Economical and practical variants
If you consider a shower cabin from practical point of view, it is an enclosed corner with a shower mixer in it. You can block it off someone’s eyes with ordinary curtains or by special glass or acryl doors. You can assess attractiveness of such constructions on the pictures.
For the safety purposes shatterproof glass is used in the bathroom interior. Shower tray must also be manufactured from high quality materials, have a special coating against slipperiness. In the modern interiors both types of shower cabins are used: with shower tray and without it. In the latter case drain is installed right in the floor. Such a design is the most economical one, however, it is not always the most convenient one.
Pay attention to the floor tile: the floor is to be covered with anti-slippery effect tiles, otherwise, use the bathmat.
Walls in such a room may be decorated with ceramic tiles, tiles, mosaic, natural stone and other materials. Such a method of accomplishment is useful when you have to place everything needed on several square metres. You may also install ready-to-use shower cabin with two walls and a door into the corner of the room.
Depending on the place of installation, there are corner and rectangular constructions. The first ones are convenient if you have a combination bathroom and lack of free space. Which of the models shown on the photos to choose? It is up to you to choose keeping in mind peculiarities of your bathroom and interior design.
While choosing think of comfort of all the family members. Possibly you might need additional equipment like shower panel or special seat for shower cabin.
Shower cabins for large area apartments
If room’s dimensions allow it and budget for bathroom decoration is not really limited, you are welcome to consider more expensive variants of comfortable shower cabins interior of which will impress even the biggest perfectionists. Custom shower cabins would meet the house style, your needs and high quality of all characteristics.
In contrast to primitive constructions consisting of two walls and a door installed at direct contact with the room wall there are other models of sanitary engineering. Those models are called boxes and they are installed without any problems even in the centre of the room if you wish so and if the room area allows it. Besides, they are completely closed, have four walls and a roof.
It is not wise to buy shower box for small bathroom, as it is too massive for its modest dimensions.
Boxes are more complicated in configuration standing out with essential weight, massive dimensions and quite the high prices. They might be used as a home sauna as it is equipped with multiples useful functions, such as hydromassage, chromotherapy, radio, music, pleasant lighting, etc. Boxes will look good in large rooms. They harmoniously integrate in the interiors of cottages and summer country houses.
It is not wise to buy shower box for small bathroom, as it is too massive for its modest dimensions.
Working on design
Photos of shower cabins in bathroom interior will allow you to see the full picture and understand which one of them will ideally fit in your interior. This will help you make a right choice. Nowadays the market offers shower cabins of all kinds and shapes, such as rounded, rectangular and even prismatic ones. Your fantasy defines the construction design.
To make small room interior more ingenious and elegant is possible if you make one of the walls mirrored instead of an ordinary one or if you install a glass divider. Models with dividers produced from tinted, ribbed or ornamental glass. Photos of such cabins are shown below. They look wonderfully practically in any designer interior adding to it a hint of luxury and elegance.
Mirrors visually give additional space to small room, transparent or matted glass will add light.
If your bathroom lacks free space it is necessary to use each square metre with maximum efficiency: external walls of the shower cabin might be used for placing mini-shelves or hooks for clothes on them. Choose a corner shower cabin, preferably models with a sliding door or two. By installing the cabin in the corner of a small room you save free space and make your interior more elegant.
Materials of shower cabins may vary but the most often used are glass or plastic decorated in various methods available. Height of the whole construction should correspond to the room’s ceiling height. There are some rules to observe while choosing a shower cabin.
Pay attention on how the cabin you wish to buy fits in the overall interior matching it in colour, style and texture.
Do not choose massive cabins with tinted walls for small bathrooms. Dark hues eat up space in already small room. Glass shower cabins decorated with mirrors will help visually broaden the space. You can either choose on your own or trust it to a professional designer who will carefully think over design solutions, provide you with photo-report on the work and will be able to foresee all the important aspects and detail.