And we’re back! We’re now in the full swings of summer and I made it through the other side of a project deadline. The summer heat has me constantly thinking about the master bathroom design in #ThisOldHouse. Particularly, the detail at the shower alcove to hold soaps and other shower necessities without it appearing to be an afterthought. Open shelf or recessed shower alcove? One shelf or many? Time to look at some inspiration images!
This is the latest in a weekly post of residential architecture inspiration. If you want to see past weeks, you can go here. If you want to see them curated on my pinterest (sometimes before they even hit the blog), go here.
The simplicity of this shower alcove…or really a shelf…has me swooning. It looks so calm and peaceful. The glass divider sits at the shelf, allowing the shelf line to run out into the vanity space. While there are a lot of details happening, it’s all done so well that it doesn’t look busy.
This tile appears much busier…not necessarily something I’d recommend. Looking specifically at the shower alcove, though, you can see they designed it to be the height of the tile so as to not have to cut the tile in weird heights.
The muted colors of this shower alcove are fantastic. I love the contrasting grout color to make the penny tile pop. Again, the alcove is the height of the adjacent tile, though it appears they remembered this too late in the game and cut the lower alcove tile at the main wall.
Another shelf design acting as a shower alcove. While the shelf continues into the vanity space, the line is broken by a straight, vertical wall for the glass divider. Unfortunate that it breaks the horizontal line, but practical in its ability to recess the medicine cabinet and not require a special cut on the glass.
Another round of busy tile, but an interesting design where the window bench cutout also creates depth for a shower alcove.
Oh man this shower alcove is so simple and yet so moody. I think this might be my favorite. It appears that they maintained the cutout for the recess, which just shows a fantastic attention to detail.