Looking to bring your bathroom bang up to date? We explore 8 modern bath and shower options which could be perfect for your needs.
As the old Bob Dylan song goes “The times they are a-changing”, and when it comes to the nation’s bathrooms, no truer word could be said (or sung, for that matter!). More and more of us are ditching our conventional bathtubs for a space and water-saving shower. With the busy lives we lead, it’s often much quicker and more convenient to simply hop under an invigorating jet of water, rather than spending time filling a bath for our morning wash.
The days when whole families took turns to have a weekly wash in the tub are gone and people now expect a shower to be in place pretty much wherever they live. And for those with restricted mobility, such as the elderly, climbing into a bath simply isn't practical.
However, if you still love a long relaxing soak, this certainly doesn’t mean consigning your bath to scrapheap. Far from it! In fact, when it comes to luxurious, practical bathtubs, there are more options than ever to choose from.
No need for compromise
Whilst a shower potentially takes up less space, a bathtub may still be a necessity, especially when it comes to young children who need their daily bath routine, and as we get older, a bath is very welcome addition when it comes to soothing away those aches and pains.
1. A combined L shaped shower bath offers you the best of both worlds, in terms of practical showering and luxurious bathing
With specially designed shower baths, that come with extra space at the shower end and a screen to prevent splashing, coupled with robust and beautiful tiling, you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to bathing and showering. Even a regular straight bath can be adapted with a handy folding bath screen, to house a modern shower.
The great thing is, these days, there is a choice to suit almost anyone when it comes to the design of your bathroom.
Modern shower options
If it's a shower you're after, there are now a variety of walk-in shower enclosures, which come with very low shower trays and no doors, to help aid accessibility.
2. A walk in shower not only opens up a bathroom space, it also provides easy access for those with restricted mobility
You can even choose to create a wetroom which means no shower tray is required at all. This may be a more costly option as it will require the room to be waterproofed, but in the long run there are many benefits and it can add value to your home—especially where you have 2 bathrooms.
3. With level, step-free access, a wet room is the ultimate in both luxury and convenience
Shower cabins are also a great option, providing a luxury spa-like experience with body jets and a complete enclosure, keeping steam and warmth in. There are also a range of extras such as towel rails and showers with built-in shelves which give you everything you need close to hand. No awkward bending down or reaching for toiletries.
4. As all-in-one packages go, a shower cabin can’t be beaten
No matter what shape your bathroom is, there will be a modern shower enclosure to suit, from simple sliding doors to space-saving corner enclosures.
Modern bath options
Replacing a bath with a shower certainly isn't ideal for everyone. If you go to resell your house, a home without a tub could bring the value of your home down as buyers traditionally tend to look for this.
5. With a double ended bath, no one ends up stuck at the tap end!
A good quality, straight bath can be purchased for very little these days, plus there are much fancier options available if you can stretch your budget and have the space. A double ended bath means no tap end and a much more comfortable experience—especially suitable where you may have a number of young children who require an evening bath.
For the ultimate luxury, a freestanding bath or traditional roll top bath adds a real statement piece to your bathroom. You can choose from a variety of different designs in a range of styles and colours, from vintage models to on-trend contemporary tubs.
6. If you have the space to spare, a modern freestanding bath will create a real style statement in your bathroom
For those with limited space, corner baths provide a great option. Your bath can be accessorised with wood effect panels in different colours to match existing or even new bathroom furniture.
7. With a corner bath, awkwardly-shaped bathrooms needn’t be a problem
Finally, for the ultimate in luxurious modern bathing, you may wish to consider a whirlpool bath. Once the reserve of the rich and famous, spa baths are now much more affordable and could be just the thing you need, especially if you’re the type of person who likes to keep active.
Featuring an arrangement of powerful jets which mix air into the water, the benefits of a whirlpool bath are clear, helping aid relaxation and boosting your circulation.
And, the great thing is, no matter how big or small your bathroom may be, you’ll find an option to suit, with corner and shower bath models available.
8. How inviting does this look? Enjoy your very own spa bath without paying spa resort prices
So, whichever option you choose, it is reassuring to know that there is a modern bath or shower option tailor-made to your needs.
Shop modern baths and showers
Whatever your needs may be, at Victoria Plum you’ll find a modern bath or shower that fits with your lifestyle.
If you’re considering replacing your bath with a shower, why not browse our full range of enclosures? From easy access walk ins to fully enclosed shower cabins, discover a variety of beautiful shower options in a range of sizes to suit your space. Click on the image below to begin browsing.
For those who appreciate the relaxation a bath can provide, we have a wide variety of models to choose from. Whether you’re simply looking to replace your straight bath with something economical or pushing the boat out a little with a freestanding designer tub, you’re bound to find a modern bath that matches even the most exacting of specifications.