Okay, so you might not think of the shower as the most stylish area of your home, but it’s one of the most used, and if you're planning to renovate your bathroom there are more things to consider when buying a new shower than you might think. We spoke to the in-house experts at luxury bathroom designer Ripples for the ten things to consider before making that purchase.
The brand have just launched their Style Guide – a new style magazine dedicated to all things bathrooms that can be downloaded online or ordered to your door for free. Whether you're in the middle of a home restoration or are simply looking for some interiors inspiration for the bathroom, it's worth a look. To celebrate the launch, Ripples have teamed up with The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa to host a competition giving you the chance to win an overnight stay in a suite with breakfast and champagne afternoon tea. Keep an eye out on the Ripples website for more information.
In the meantime, if you're in the market to upgrade, read on for the ten things to think about before shower shopping...
Before you jump straight in, take the time to think about who will be using the shower and how you use the shower. It might sound silly, but knowing whether it’s for children, adults or guests will help you make an informed decision.
Though you might like the hotel-inspired look of an overhead shower it’s worth thinking about your options. Perhaps, for a variety of reasons, this won’t work in the space, or maybe you want to incorporate a hand-held shower, ideal if you don’t always wet your hair and for rinsing out the shower afterwards.
Your Water Pressure
Do you have a gravity fed system, combination boiler or pressurized system? Is the size of your water tank large enough? If there are any problems, this step might feed into a few more renovations than just a new shower, but get the water pressure right and you’ll be grateful in the long term.
If this is your forever home then you should consider ways to future-proof the shower, making it ready for children or older relatives. Think about non-slip tiles, grab bars (which, you might be shocked to hear, can actually be surprisingly stylish) and maybe even a seat area – it may not sound glamorous, but to give your seat a more luxurious feel, top with mosaics or stone.
It’s fairly straightforward, when it comes to the bathroom you should create the biggest shower you can out of the amount of space you have. Whether that’s a walk-in shower or a shower enclosure, both can be designed to work in different rooms and can be styled the way you want.
Think about the layout of the whole room, if you’re going for a walk-in shower then place furniture away from the shower so you minimize how wet items get – if you don’t have enough space to do so, a walk-in shower might not be the best approach. If you have windows, consider the lighting of the room and whether they’re suitably private.
If you can avoid it, try not to have a step into your shower. Instead, go for a flush level floor, which can be achieved with a very shallow tray or a tiled gradient floor.
Think about adding under floor heating and wall heating (yes, really) to dry up moisture and give off a low-level heat. Plus, it feels luxurious when you step out of the shower into a warm room.
Discuss whether it’s possible to create a shower recess to store your bottles. They’re a practical and stylish storage solution to the products that might normally clutter the floor of your shower.
You probably haven’t considered it, but there’s a range of bespoke lighting solutions available for your shower. From dim lighting to spa-inspired spotlights to lighting placed on a timer or on a PIR sensor (so that when someone steps in the shower, it automatically comes on), there’s a host of options to consider.
For more information on Ripples' bathrooms, download the Style Guide for FREE here.