Singing in the shower
There’s more to it than sticking your head under the water, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
This awardwinning bathroom by Minosa Design includes a niche for storage, skylight and a smart and stylish monochromatic colour palette.
The days of simply turning on a tap and getting wet in order to get clean are well and truly over. While once we might have squeezed into a 900mm by 900mm cubicle with a shower curtain and a single shower rose, the new breed of showers are more akin to an experience at a day spa.
Award-winning bathroom designer Darren Genner of Minosa Design says these days, showers are all about the benefits of water.
“We’re really in a revolution of water because over the past century we’ve realised that bathing is really about cleanliness, which has evolved into wellness,” he says.
“We’re at a point now where we’re doing everything we can with water and shower heads to make them bigger, to oscillate, to colour change and to spray.”
Darren says showers are now about our connection with the healing powers of water, cleanliness and relaxation.
Within shower spaces now, Darren says they’re keen to install both an adjustable shower rail and a shower soaker — a rain shower that comes down from the roof or off a wall. He says it’s usually the soaker that gets used the most.
“The soaker is so good to use — it’s so nice to have a good spray of warm water hitting you,” he says. “It’s really relaxing, it’s really calming — and it’s getting you clean.
“In my experience, the shower soaker gets used all the time.
“With the shower heads that come off the wall, you can have a normal rain shower, or you could have a waterfall that comes out of the wall and hits you. It’s very therapeutic.”
Make mine built-in
Niches in the wall and built-in seats are common requests from Minosa Design clients while lighting is helping to create a sense of calm in showers. While skylights can bring abundant light into the space in the daytime, more subtle options are also available to use at any time of day.
“We’re now doing waterproof LED lights inside niches, just to get a soft light while you’re in the shower,” Darren says.
“As bathrooms as wellness centres become more popular and demands get bigger and people realise what it does for their psychology, lighting will play a massive part in the shower.”
For those ready to take their shower to the next level, Darren says lights are also available within shower heads.
“They’re turbine controlled and so when the water goes through the turbine it generates its own electricity, it produces a light which lights up the shower,” he says. “As soon as the water stops and the electricity goes out of the turbine, the light goes off.
A shower and bath combination in this spa-like space by John R Dean Constructions is finished with a hanging plant. This parents’ retreat ensuite by Minosa Design includes two rain showers and a shower rail in black, which offers a contrast with the white bathroom.