How to Renovate Your Shower


Renovating any room in the home is exciting but it can be an overwhelming and costly job. If your shower area is starting to look drab and dreary, have a think about your budget and what you can afford to do to spruce it up.

There are so many options when it comes to redecorating your shower area that it can seem like a daunting task. Read on for a few ideas, including how using wet wall shower panels can turn your shower area in to mini-haven in your home.

Choose shower wall panels over tiles

Instead of messing about with grout and tile spacers, save yourself the hassle by investing in some shower wall panels. They are so easy to apply to the wall and are decorative, allowing you to add a sense of style to your bathroom. Available in an array of colours and finishes, they’re a great way to easily update your shower area without breaking the bank.

Forget about time-consuming cleaning and maintenance too, as shower wall panels are easily cleaned using a damp cloth – no need for specialist grout cleaners and a scrubbing brush. Also, because they are 100% waterproof, there’s no need to worry about water damage becoming a problem. Excessive moisture is inevitable in bathrooms but these panels are kept in perfect condition so you can enjoy your new bathroom for years to come.

Swap your shower

Electric showers are amongst the cheapest options if you’re looking to revamp on a budget, as they provide water separately from the mains cold water supply and heat water on demand. However, they tend not to reach the level of power provided by those showers connected to the mains.

Power showers are the most expensive option. They are connected to an integral pump to boost flow rate — however they are not compatible with combi boilers as they need a supply from both a cold-water cistern and a hot water cylinder.

Luckily, with all the different shower options out there, you are bound to find one that fits both your requirements and your budget.

Install a wet room

This style of bathroom has become very popular over the last few years. A wet room is effectively a sealed bathroom, so water cannot seep out. Wet rooms are great as there is no shower tray and you can install a sloping floor to allow excess water to drain away. Wet wall shower splash panels can be applied with minimal fuss, to add a bright, modern feel to the wet room, without the need for grout.

It’s also a great option for smaller bathrooms – if you don’t want or need a bath, there’s no need for a bulky shower enclosure to intrude upon the little space that you have. They are stylish and are minimalist in design, making them attractive to potential home buyers.

Change the taps

You could make a massive difference to your shower area by simply replacing the old bath taps, shower heads and control handles for new ones (rather than redoing the entire valve plumbing) using a simple replacement kit. Do take into account water flow as low pressure doesn’t work well with huge power showers. If you can’t afford to replace the taps, a lime scale remover should do the trick in getting rid of soap scum and making your taps shine like new.

Update the colour

For a quick fix, update your colour scheme and go for some punchy colours for a dramatic look. By going light and bright in small spaces, you’ll instantly make your shower area feel bigger. Don’t forget to use a specialist bathroom paint to protect against mould.

Invest in a new shower curtain

Soap scum tends to stain the bottom of your curtain and leaves behind streaky marks, despite your best efforts to clean it. And don’t mention the black scum that builds up, even after washing. Shower screens are much more expensive and can be tricky to fit. A new coloured shower curtain will soon brighten up the shower area.

These are just a few tips which can help you renovate your shower with minimal fuss. If you need any further support on product selection, or installation, feel free to get in touch with DBS Bathrooms and see if we can contribute to making your design a reality.