Your Guide To Styling Wet Rooms
There are many myths about wet rooms. We find people are often filled with questions such as “Are wet rooms expensive?”, “Are wet rooms slippery?”, “Wet room or a traditional bathroom?” and more. All of which, we aim to answer in this super simple guide.
So, in this post, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about wet rooms if you’re considering transforming your bathroom away from the more traditional shower and bath combination.
What Is A Wet Room?
A wet room is a fully waterproofed bathroom with a shower area at the same level as the rest of the floor, achieving a clean, contemporary look. A fully open plan wet room has no need for shower doors or glass screens to prevent water splashing though, in smaller spaces, these may be required.
Shower screens will help limit water from the shower area transferring across the rest of the room which in a small bathroom, could become a problem.
Why Are Wet Rooms Better Thans Shower Cubicle?
There are many benefits to installing a wet room to your home. Compared to a shower, wet rooms are typically the super stylish upgrade. It can, therefore, revamp your home and transform a small toilet space into an ultra sleek bathroom which gives the illusion of increased space.
1. Adds Value To Your Home
If you’re looking to add value to your home, it’s suggested by many property enthusiasts that a new bathroom can add extra value of only around 3%, but adding a wet room is likely to exceed this percentage.
2. Reduces Upkeep Cost & Time
With the minimal lines and furnishings in wet rooms, it means you can save time maintaining the upkeep of the room, as well as reducing its cleaning costs. All in all, it makes for a worthwhile investment and gives you more time to enjoy your new wet room.
3. Easy Use for Lesser Abilities
Wet rooms have an inclusive design which means they’re suitable for all ages and abilities. This is largely due to the showering area of a wet room at the same level as the rest of the floor. You get easy access and in lots of cases, the open plan design gives you more space to include a bench or seating for individuals who require it.
4. Installed in Various Places
Many people believe the myth that wet rooms are limited to the ground level of your home. However, this is certainly not that case. Wet rooms can be fitted throughout the house on either timber or concrete floors if used with the appropriate floor formers and drainage.
How Do Wet Rooms Work?
Once finished a wet room can be very deceiving. You may think it’s just a selection of tiles, neatly lined and flatly laid, although the components working underneath these tiles can get a little complicated.
There are two main components under the floor, the floor former and the draining system. These are the vital cogs that ensure your wet room functions properly. The floor former acts the same way as a shower tray, draining the water away after the shower.
By installing your floor former on a slant you can steer all water down towards the drainage. This is then collected and drained safely and securely using a tanking system or drainage system. A tanking system ensures your room is 100% watertight, by safely transporting the water away without leakages.
NoMorePly is a great alternative to help you create a wet room in your home with a clean, waterproofed finish.
How To Style Your Wet Room
1. For Small Spaces
Wet rooms are ideal for enlarging a small bathroom with their open plan, seamless layout leaving no need for glass doors or other room dividers. To make the most of this space, we recommend using our neutral, even-toned Flysch Beige or Flysch Nacar tiles for a stylish, subtle look.
“Calm, neutral rooms fool the eye into thinking they're more spacious than they are.” - House Beautiful
However, it’s important to decorate the room by adding patterns and textures to stop your new wet room from falling flat.
An alternative neutral-toned tile for your new wet room is our range of Dotti floor tiles. These have great anti-slip properties that make them well suited for individuals who require additional support.
2. For Large Spaces
In large wet rooms, you get more space to play with textures and patterns within the room. So, we recommend adding our Chatsworth floor tiles to create a rich and elegant feel to your room, tapping into the luxurious connotations associated with wet rooms in general.
Match this highly pattern floor tile with plain white glazed wall tiles and decorate with plants and geometric accessories.
Good To Know: Our Chatsworth tile is part of the Homes & Gardens range. Homes & Gardens is a monthly interior design and garden design magazine published by IPC Media.
3. With Natural Stone
A highly popular trend with wet rooms is to use natural stone. An example of this is our Cappucino Light Polished Marble tile. You can see how to style this below.
Using natural stone does have a slight downside. These tiles can become slightly slippy and so, it’s important to take this into careful consideration if incorporating natural stone in a bathroom environment.
However, mosaics can be used alongside natural stone to help reduce the chance of slipping, as well as defining the shower area within a wet room.
Important: It’s important to understand that natural stone may need sealing to prevent any staining from soaps, shampoos and similar.
Add an extra sparkle to the room by incorporating MapeGlitter grout in between the tiles to create an eye-catching, modern finish. Style with emerald greens and sparkling silver accessories.
Though wet rooms used to be perceived as a highly expensive addition to your home, with our affordable yet stylish choice of tiles and wet room system, this luxurious room is available to all.
Why Tile Giant?
We offer extremely competitive pricing on our entire range of tiles and likewise, these wet room tiles are both competitive for retail and trade. Our stock is widely available in our 100+ showrooms which are open to browse at your leisure.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to shop patterned tiles online, we can supply you with samples delivered for free.
Not only that but Tile Giant also offer a buyback service on any unused tiles, meaning you get great value for money.