Interested in a Wet Room? Learn More About This Hot Bathroom Style

Before you opt for a wet room in your home, get your feet wet with some inspiration and information about this trendy bathroom style.

Wet rooms are gaining in popularity, especially in high-end bathrooms, thanks to their sleek use of materials and ease of use. But they're not a good fit for every home or every person. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of this bathroom trend.

Contemporary Bathroom

Freestanding Bathtub with a View

A stylish freestanding bathtub is strategically placed under an oversized picture window offering spectacular views from this chic, contemporary bathroom. Floors made of limestone create a spa-like atmosphere. The shower, with mosaic multi-toned marble, is designed to be romantic and occupied by two.

Photo by: Windermere Real Estate Southern California, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Windermere Real Estate Southern California, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

What is a Wet Room?

A wet room is a space fully constructed with materials designed to get wet. Sometimes this means outfitting an entire bathroom in water-friendly materials. Many new wet rooms include a shower space and freestanding tub in their own glass enclosure separate from the sink and toilet areas.

Why Are They Popular?

Ultra Spa Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom

The wet room creates a spa like feel to the master bath. Carrera Marble in varying sizes and formats create continuity and interest. The Bain Ultra tub and multiple showerheads add to the message of pure relaxation.

Photo by: Susan Schwab, Design by company kd

Susan Schwab, Design by company kd

Kristi Dinner, a principal designer at Company KD in Denver, designed her first wet room 10 years ago when working on a bathroom space with size constraints in a 1960s home. Combining the tub and shower into one area allowed Dinner to include all desired amenities in the snug space.

Wet rooms continue to be a smart solution for small spaces, but they're also turning up in luxury bathrooms. It's a natural step from the freestanding tub trend which gained momentum a few years ago, Dinner says.

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Freestanding Tub and Floating Sink

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Wet Room

This contemporary bathroom is complete with a wet room that features a freestanding tub and two shower heads. A floating sink and sleek mirrored cabinets take the place of a traditional vanity.

Photo by: Ilija Karlusic

Ilija Karlusic

"It's both a function of how the water from the tubs is affecting these spaces but also the aesthetic of these tubs," she says. "We’re able to highlight a lot of sculptural tubs (with wet rooms)."

What Are the Benefits?

Sculpted Limestone Bathtub in White Modern Spa Bathroom

Sculpted Limestone Bathtub in White Modern Spa Bathroom

The custom sculptured limestone soaking tub becomes the perfect focal point for this white modern spa bathroom. Glass walls allow natural light to flow through the space and enhance the serene and airy feel, while separate vanities divide the room.

Photo by: Lauren Levant Bland

Lauren Levant Bland

Many luxury freestanding tubs are paired with floor-mounted tub fillers, an elegant feature that may invite some extra splashes and spillage. These beautiful tubs and fillers aren't meant to be hidden, though, so a compromise is to include them in a wet room defined by simple, clean glass walls.

"It gives you a really stunning visual behind the glass," Dinner says. "You can make the most of the materials."

What's the Catch?

Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Walk-In Shower & White Tub

Transitional Spa Bathroom Features Freestanding Bathtub

A walk-in shower and freestanding bathtub side-by-side create a spa-like oasis in this bathroom. A brown mosaic tile accent wall with a gray marble trim adds to the soothing color palette.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter, Design by Inspired Interiors

Chipper Hatter, Design by Inspired Interiors

Layout, size and plumbing setup may make a wet room a tough fit in some bathrooms. Including a shower and tub in a single space is also a highly personal preference and could affect resale value if that is a concern you have for your home.

For those who are interested in adding a wet room, Dinner stresses that it's important to work with professional designers and architects on the project. A designer can both help you determine if a wet room is a good fit for the space and ensure that the correct materials are used for the project.

White Bathroom With Double Shower and Freestanding Tub

Enclosed Glass Shower and Tub in a Luxurious White and Gray Bathroom

Enclosed behind glass is a marble-tiled oversized double shower and freestanding bathtub. The space is designed for the eye to flow through the space, creating an open, opulent bathroom.

In a room where everything can be wet, you really have to know what you're doing," Dinner says. "You need to work with people who can make sure you're using the right products."

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