Bath, Tapware and Shower System Trends to Consider
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It's impossible to feel anything but happiness as you sink into a bath. Here, you can take the weight off your feet and surrender to one of life's simple pleasures. Something not to be rushed, bathing is all about the art of immersing yourself in the moment. A bath helps create a sanctuary, makes the bathroom look inviting, like a day spa at home.
Today's baths combine body-hugging designs and sculptural good looks in a dramatic fusion of form and function. Curvaceous shapes are a recurring theme, and the latest designs bring a whole new level of luxury to the bathroom. Partner them with elegant tapware for the ultimate in bathing beauty.
Freestanding baths suit large, open bathrooms best. You need to be able to move freely around them. There may be state or local government rules about their installation, so check with your builder. Consider also how water will be delivered to the tub. If your bath is near a wall, you can use standard wall-mounted fixtures. If not, you'll need a floor-mounted filler, incorporating a spout and mixer, that sits beside the bath. Alternatively, you can build a plinth, hob or pedestal at one end of the bath and fit it with a standard mixer spout.
While freestanding baths create a centrepiece, inset (built-in) baths allow you to place soap and shampoo, perhaps even a wine glass, on the surrounding surface. Built-in baths are now available in contemporary designs with defining lines. They’re the popular alternative to traditional rectangular baths.
The simplest way to update bath tapware is to replace it with a designer spout. Check out spouts that create novel flow effects.
The right shower can turn your bathroom into a true spa experience.
How much space?
It's important to think about the size and layout of your bathroom as these will impact your shower system choice. Drawing a rough sketch of your bathroom will allow you to see clearly how much space you have. This will highlight any constraints and help you determine the possibilities.
Define your aims.
What do you want in a shower? Pure practicality, luxurious retreat or somewhere in between? With your aims in mind, consider factors such as opening, drainage, cleaning time and available space. You'll be well on your way to creating your perfect shower.
There are so many options when it comes to shower aesthetics, from wet rooms to curved, cornered, framed, semi-frameless, fully frameless and more! The colour, frame style and shape you choose can blend your shower seamlessly into your bathroom or make a striking statement. Get inspired and explore the possibilities on social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram before finalising your decision.
Sliding doors or corner entry sliding doors are ideal.
Need a great alternative to tiles?
Consider acrylic shower walls. They're easy to cut and install and a breeze to clean.
Framed-frames or semi-frameless?
Frame screens have the highest adjustment range, which is best for out-of-plumb walls. Frameless provide a clean, modern look but lack adjustment, semi-frameless screens give you the best of both worlds — minimal screen with a reasonable adjustment range.
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