Singing in the shower

There’s more to it than stick­ing your head un­der the wa­ter, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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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.

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