Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Shower Shine

The shower can be the oasis of the home. A hot shower after a long Winter's day, or a cool, refreshing shower after a hot, summer day in the garden. It's a place to pamper and relax.

As the water conscious moves from bath to showers, oversized his and her showers and simple wet rooms are becoming more popular, so careful choices in designing the area is imperative. There are many types of shower screens, taps and accessories available to suit all bathrooms, but it is important to choose the ones that are both practical and asthetic to your bathroom.

The most important things to consider are the shower frame, wall tiles, fixtures and storage. To create a elegant and timeless feel, I'd recommend a frameless shower screen and tiles in a neutral colour, then jazz it up with some feature tiles and upmarket fixtures. It's a simple and easy technique to create the wow factor in your shower.

A framed shower screen suits bathrooms where the shower recess needs to be clearly defined. With a range of colours, the frame can be matched to the bathroom colours.  A semi framed or frameless shower creates a streamlined and luxury appeal. Simple and elegant, it creates a feeling of open space.

There is an endless range of tapware and fixtures for showers. Water saving showerheads, shower rails, mixers and hinges all combine to create an overall look for your shower. Chrome and stainless steel will create a sleek and contemporary look. Consider storage when designing your shower. A place for soap, shampoos and body brushes are important so think about niches in the wall.

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