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Bathrooms April showers

This chrome plated, thermostatic bath shower mixer from The Radiator and Bathroom Gallery features a curved shower arm, 23cm shower rose, diverter, cradle and soap basket. Minimum bar pressure required is 1. It costs £917

Shower power

The allure of showers comes down to design as well as practicality

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s the popularity of showers has grown so we have become more selective in what we’re buying. It’s no longer enough to simply be practical and offer a quick way of washing, showers today have to look good and perform. Design – as in all other areas of the home – has forged its way into the bathroom and whether your taste is traditional, minimalist, cutting edge or kitsch, showers have to fit their décor. And it’s not just the overall look we’re talking about here, but the shape and style of the individual components, explains David Osborne, managing director of Roman Showers: “The look and design of the showerhead has become just as

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important as the performance. Larger drench heads have become a popular style choice, as they give a more dramatic look to the showering space.” Functionality is also key, says David. “Our most popular styles are those that offer multifunction. So alongside the attractive drench head, which offers a lovely rainfall effect, people also want a multi-mode hand shower. This then offers massage settings and is height adjustable, making it perfect for the entire family.” Body jets, waterfall spouts, chromatherapy, aromatherapy, the choice is limitless when it comes to design, whether you’re after a compact enclosure for an en suite, or creating a home spa sanctuary.

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Advances in technology have also had an impact – thermostatic valves eliminate scalding risk, aerating the water creates larger droplets, helping conserve resources and remote digital controls enable users to programme in preferred shower settings, switch the shower on and off, and control temperature, even from another room. Finally, with ever decreasing natural resources and ever increasing household bills, showers – compared to baths – are a way to save water and save money. According to the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, a shower uses around 40% less water than a bath, and with a bath requiring a minimum of 100 litres of water, that’s quite a saving.

Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013  
Traditional Homes & Interiors Magazine April 2013