How to cre­ate your per­fect shower

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in­vig­o­rat­ing spray that kick-starts the morn­ing to an en­velop­ing wa­ter­fall that washes away a long day, to­day’s show­ers of­fer lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­ri­ences to meet ev­ery de­sire. With a lit­tle plan­ning and the right prod­ucts, you can cre­ate a per­sonal oa­sis. Even small choices, like show­er­heads and ac­ces­sories, can in­stantly up­grade any bath­room.

“Show­er­heads have be­come in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated,” says Rob Lar­son, di­rec­tor of business de­vel­op­ment for Danze, a man­u­fac­turer of dec­o­ra­tive plumb­ing prod­ucts, fix­tures and bath fur­ni­ture. “Whether it’s wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, func­tion­al­ity or a spa-like ex­pe­ri­ence that is your pri­or­ity, you can eas­ily cus­tom­ize the ex­pe­ri­ence by mix­ing and match­ing dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories and sprays.”

A green stream

For home­own­ers look­ing to con­serve wa­ter, new show­er­head tech­nol­ogy is of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of ef­fi­cient wa­ter flows with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. Cre­at­ing a lux­u­ri­ous spray no longer trans­lates into wasted wa­ter.

“We’ve worked tire­lessly to de­sign show­er­heads that push wa­ter out with greater force, max­i­miz­ing wa­ter flow re­gard­less of wa­ter pres­sure,” Lar­son says. “It’s now pos­si­ble to save wa­ter and en­ergy with­out sac­ri­fic­ing your shower ex­pe­ri­ence, but you do need to do your home­work. Not all ef­fi­cient show­er­heads have the tech­nol­ogy needed to de­liver on per­for­mance.”

Lar­son rec­om­mends pres­sure-equal­iz­ing show­er­heads and novel spray pat­terns, each of which can pro­vide op­ti­mal per­for­mance at flow rates up to 40 per­cent lower than the 2.5 gal­lon-per-minute fed­eral man­date.

More flex­i­ble flow

When func­tion­al­ity is a pri­or­ity, hand­held show­er­heads with slide­bar mount­ing sys­tems on the wall of­fer a great so­lu­tion, as it can cater to a va­ri­ety of needs.

“Slide-bar shower sys­tems are a ver­sa­tile op­tion for any home­owner be­cause the spray di­rec­tion is so easy to ma­nip­u­late,” Lar­son says. “You not only have the abil­ity to pair a wide va­ri­ety of hand­held show­er­heads with them, but they also cater to di­verse heights and ac­com­mo­date phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Of­ten paired with a wall- or ceil­ing-mounted show­er­head, hand­held show­ers are par­tic­u­larly use­ful when wash­ing your hair, rins­ing off legs, bathing chil­dren or even clean­ing the shower.”

Slide-bars come in a va­ri­ety of styles, fin­ishes and sizes to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery shower en­clo­sure. Danze, for in­stance, of­fers 24- and 30-inch sys­tems with mul­ti­func­tion show­er­heads to en­sure the per­fect cus­tom com­bi­na­tion.

The H2Oa­sis

If you’re hop­ing to cre­ate a spa-like ex­pe­ri­ence, to­day’s cus­tom shower sys­tems of­ten com­bine wall-mounted body sprays, hand­held sprayers and high-per­for­mance show­er­heads to trans­form the shower into a re­lax­ing get­away.

“For those days when you want to es­cape and truly wash it all away, cus­tom sys­tems are the ideal shower so­lu­tion,” says Lar­son. “Ad­justable, wall-mounted body sprays added to a shower al­low you to di­rect the wa­ter flow in your pre­ferred po­si­tion to com­ple­ment the other el­e­ments of your shower.”

Many cus­tom sys­tems of­fer a va­ri­ety of styles and fin­ishes that also co­or­di­nate with bath­room faucets and ac­ces­sories to cre­ate a co­he­sive decor. The sleek, sculp­tural Sir­ius Col­lec­tion from Danze, in­cludes a shower sys­tem, faucets, and ac­ces­sories like towel bars and shelves to carry your unique style beyond the shower walls.

To­day’s cus­tom shower sys­tems of­ten com­bine wall­mounted body sprays, hand­held sprayers and high-per­for­mance show­er­heads

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