Accent Wall Ideas

Wainscoting wall with freestanding bathtubAccent walls are a great way to infuse life into a room, without committing to a bold design or color for the entire space.

Adding texture or color to a wall can give the space direction, as well as a focal point. You’ll want to take into consideration what’s adjacent to the wall, and also color schemes in neighboring rooms, to avoid the accent making the space too busy.

In this bathroom, we looked at several options for the accent wall behind the bathtub. We settled on the wainscoting, in this case made up of 2×4 beams, with the main wall painted white and the rest of the walls a soft gray. It was an economical way to create interest and add to the soothing aesthetic of the bathroom, while making the bathtub the focal point. Using tile is also a very popular option for bathroom accent walls, and you don’t have to worry about repainting it down the road.

Accent walls are just part of the equation when it’s time to re-imagine your bathroom. You can always set up a time to meet with a designer to talk about your primary bathroom plans, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to find inspiration for bathrooms, and beyond.



Doorless Shower Designs

Doorless white shower with blue stripeDoorless showers are chic and great for creating a spacious more open feel, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re set on having one. The first is that the shower either has to have a curb, or be pitched to have the water drain properly.  If you don’t want a curb and you are trying to retrofit the shower into an existing bathroom, it’s going to involve breaking joists to pitch the floor.

Traditional style white bathroom with tile doorless showerWith no door to trap in steam, doorless showers have a tendency to feel drafty at times. Draftiness can be reduced with the installation of heat lamps, towel warmers and heated flooring. Doorless showers also require more floor space than a standard tub or shower stall and placement needs to be strategic in order to keep the rest of the bathroom dry.

Chicago condo with doorless shower

Oftentimes, homeowners will opt for a glass frame wall to provide the feeling of openness and reap the benefits of having the glass to catch the water and keep the heat in.  For those still willing to install one of these walk-in wonders, you’ll love the benefits.  In addition to the space looking larger and creating a very open, spa-like experience for your bathroom, you’ll also have the added bonus of no door to scrub.

If you’re ready to ditch that shower door, or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time with one of our designers to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about bathrooms and other remodeling projects on our photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.


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