Shower power

Step­ping un­der a cas­cad­ing shower can be one of the most lux­u­ri­ous feel­ings in the world. Homes & Liv­ing found some of the finest

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

The power of a good shower should not be un­der­es­ti­mated. The right one can awaken the senses and leave us in­vig­o­rated and ready to face the de­mands of the day.

Nearly 90% of UK house­holds, ac­cord­ing to AMA Re­search, have at least one shower in their home, and with de­mand for su­per-stylish sys­tems con­tin­u­ing to grow, lead­ing bath­room spe­cial­ists now of­fer an ar­ray of solutions for both tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors.

“The bath­room con­tin­ues to be a key el­e­ment of our homes, play­ing a much greater role be­yond that of its tra­di­tional func­tion as just an­other part of the daily rou­tine,” says Robin Le­vien, in­ter­na­tional de­signer at Ideal Stan­dard.

“It has be­come both multi-pur­pose and multi-func­tional, an oa­sis of es­capism and re­lax­ation. A place for rein­vig­o­ra­tion, trans­for­ma­tion and even some­where to pose, pon­der and play.”

Dream­ing of a shower up­grade? The first stage in the plan­ning process is to ad­dress a num­ber of key is­sues, such as wa­ter pres­sure, the fab­ric of the build­ing and ceil­ing height.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to en­sure you choose a shower sys­tem that’s com­pat­i­ble with your wa­ter sup­ply, to make sure you have suf­fi­cient wa­ter pres­sure to give op­ti­mal show­er­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Joe Stephens, prod­uct de­signer at Roper Rhodes.

Once the prac­ti­cal points have been ad­dressed, you can drench your­self in the fun bits.

Aqua­glass and Sphere Tinted Slider, from £890, Front­line Bath­rooms, see www. front­linebath­rooms.co.uk for near­est stock­ist

Mo­ments shower col­umn, from £350, available from Ideal Stan­dard, see www.ideal-stan­dard. co.uk for near­est stock­ist

The con­cept free­dom dual shower, from £636, with M1 rain­shower, fixed riser, M3 hand­spray and pin han­dles, all Ideal Stan­dard

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