Should I Go for a Frosted or Clear Shower Screen Glass?

Posted on: 14 December 2016

When you are trying to decide what type of shower screen glass you want, you have to decide whether to use a clear or frosted glass. Here are some of the pros and cons of each option. 

Clear shower screen 

Clear shower screens make the room look bigger by not creating any visual barriers. That makes them a very popular option in small bathrooms. This also allows natural light or light from your light fittings to reflect around the room, creating a better environment for grooming and styling. Clear shower screens have a more modern look and can suit a bright and modern home. You can use a clear shower screen to highlight other features around the shower such as feature tiling. 

On the other hand, the limited privacy of a shower screen can be awkward for a larger household where people may be using the bathroom for other reasons, such as grooming or toileting, whilst someone else is showering. Clear shower screens can also very quickly show soap scum, fingerprints or buildup which can make the bathroom appear dirty and need more regular cleaning. 

Frosted shower screens

Frosted shower screens provide additional privacy while still allowing a lot of light into the bathroom. (This privacy is good not only while you are showering, but also limits the amounts of visibility on your bath and shower products for guests — so they don't need to know if you have an issue with dandruff or use a hair growth stimulating shampoo!) They can provide a light visual barrier which can help to make the room look larger than a solid barrier but smaller than a fully clear screen. Some frosted glass finishes can look a little dated compared to the classic appearance of a fully clear screen. 

Frosted glass also tends to absorb more of the normal smudges and marks that come up during normal bathroom usage. It can also visually mark off the shower area in a larger bathroom. 

Depending on the size of your bathroom and the style of your bathroom renovation, either clear glass or frosted glass can be a good option. You can sometimes discuss using a combination approach with your installer where the screen has a frosted privacy portion in the middle of the screen, with clear sections above and below the privacy section. Why not chat to a bathroom installer to discuss which option might look best in your home?