’lf you’re lucky enough to own a freestanding bath, make it the focal point of the bathroom with this traditional style exposed shower system and all round curtain rail for added wow factor’, says Barrie Cutchie, design director at BC Designs. ’It’s shown here in chrome, or you can choose from two new finishes brass and gold depending on your scheme.’
1 . Enjoy the total coverage of a 50x50cm surface. Raindream showerhead in polished stainless steel, £600, Roca 2. Water-powered LED lights cycle through different colours for a de-stressing atmosphere. Premier LED fixed showerhead, £129.95, Victorian Plumbing 3. A soft bulb creates a relaxing glow, while the wide rim has a soothing rainfall effect. AXOR Nendo’l jet wall-mounted showerhead with lamp, £1,790, CP Hart
For a boutique hotel style atmosphere, a shower that creates the sensation of summer rain is the ultimate indulgence. Despite its gag drenching appeal, this sleek design % featu res Air Drive water saving technology. It also has the option of a concealed valve, which can be placed away from the shower for a streamlined look particularly useful if you’re limited on space.
NEW FITTINGS I SIMPLE FIX
Replacing just your showerhead is a quick and easy way to transform your bathroom. Fixed ceiling options are better suited to small spaces, as the water flows straight down. A wall mounted design is preferable if your ceilings are low. Don’t forget to include the price of the mounting arm it’s an essential, but usually sold separately.
I PRESSURE POINT
Many older homes still run on gravity fuelled systems with low water pressure, which can rule out certain fittings. Discuss your options with your plumber can you switch to a mains pressure system or add a pump? Also check your water tank’s capacity compared with the shower’s flow rates.
I THINK ECO
Water saving shower fittings reduce consumption without limiting pressure. Some restrict water flow by injecting air into the stream, or pulsing the flow, which is undetectable but still saves water.
I GO DIGITAL
Modern technology lets you operate your shower remotely. A control panel in the bathroom communicates with the power unit in the loft or airing cupboard. This adjusts temperature and flow, so no need for a valve to be plumbed into the bathroom wall.
I LUXE IT UP
Luxurious effects turn a shower into a fabulous boutique hotel experience. Hydrotherapy showers feature nozzles that jet water from many directions to give a massage like feel. There’s also the option of added extras, such as changeablelighting (powered by the water flow, so there’s no wasted energy), steam settings and built in speakers.
For a modern twist on country style, swap chrome for an on—trend matt—black finish. Crafted from the highest quality brass, Fired Earth’s Haus range has a distinctive industrial feel; subtle detailing on the exposed fitting complements period features, yet stands out beautifully against a muted tiled backdrop.
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