luxury shower accessories

Showers aren’t just for hygiene anymore. They’re daily spa experiences that can happen at practically any hour. You don’t even need a huge budget or a large bathroom. Just a few choice purchases, like a steam shower or whirlpool bathtub, along with a few accessories are enough to turn any 10 minute shower experience into a deep relaxation session.

Heat Detecting Shower Head

Photo: improvenet.com

Photo: improvenet.com

Is this heat detecting LED shower head not the best invention ever? Ok, maybe there are other inventions, like medicine, that might rank slightly higher. Seriously though, how many times have you stepped into the shower only to find the water too hot or too cold? This product solves that problem. The shower head senses the water temperature then lights up according to whether it’s hot, warm or cold!

Scented Candles

scented candles

 

One of the simplest ways of adding ambiance and achieving a super relaxing environment, there’s no easier way to go than by adding a few scented candles. Choose a scent that you love, light the candles and soak up the good feelings.

The Tub Table

Photo: aelida.com

Photo: aelida.com

This tub table is beautiful and functional. It’s the perfect accessory for those long soaks when you also want to read or catch up on some work.

Over to you: What are your most relaxing shower and bath accessories?

 

shower tapsShower controls are not just one more piece of the shower puzzle. They’re one of the most important parts. Most of us will focus on whether we like the design of the shower or its other elements, like the tile or shower head. In the midst of a bathroom renovation, most people spend more time thinking about whether they want a steam shower, a jacuzzi bathtub or both than on exactly what kind of shower control they want.

But, think about it for a moment. The shower control and where it’s located is one of the most important keys to achieving a soothing, stress-free shower experience.

Steam showers have become a very popular addition to many bathrooms because they’re so good at bringing the spa experience into your very own home for a reasonable price. So, whether you’re looking at installing a steam shower or a regular shower, consider what kind of shower controls are most comfortable for you to use and where they’re best placed.

no more cold showers

Typical shower controls force you to move through the cold spray before reaching those perfect warm to hot temperatures that make for a great shower. Usually, that perfect temperature is situated right in the middle of the dial. It’s not a big deal if you turn the spray on before you step into the shower. But, if you happen to already be in there, that jolt of cold is anything but ideal.

Consider also where those controls are placed. Near the entryway is usually the best place. Ideally, you’ll want to place them where they can be easily reached … without having to get wet. If your shower features a seating area, then placing the controls there.

multiple shower heads, multiple confusion

Sometimes, you just don’t have a choice. Because of heating ducts, existing plumbing, doorways and anything else that might get in the way, placing controls so that they’re easy to reach and easy to figure out isn’t always an option. If you can, though, arrange the controls in close proximity to the shower heads they control. For guests, especially, it makes using your shower that much more comfortable. There’s probably little worse than turning a knob and expecting the spray to come from overhead only to feel it jab you in your lower back.

hand-held configurations

Hand-held shower heads have lots of advantages. But, in some ways, they are the ones that require the most consideration. If your shower is built for one person only or is simply on the small size, you’re definitely going to want to consider the nature of the cord that attaches to the hand-held. How long will it be? Will it drag on the shower floor perhaps causing a tripping hazard? Hand-held cords are made to be flexible, but even they have limitations. Many of these cords will want to naturally bend at about 8 inches from the shower head. Consider whether that bend will interfere with how you move in the shower.

the finish

Once you’ve decided on the kind of shower control you want, the next decision you’ll have to make is what kind of finish do you want that shower control to be made out of. As with many bathroom elements now, the options are nearly endless. You can choose nickel, stainless steel, bronze, brass and probably a host of other unique finishes. Before you make the choice of finish for the shower, consider whether you’re going to be replacing all the fixtures in the bathroom. If you’re interested in doing that, then you’ll have to match the sink and bathtub fixtures, as well as any other existing fixtures, like towel racks. If that’s just too big a job for you at the present time, or you just simply really like the look of your existing fixtures, make sure you choose shower controls that match.

Over to you: Which shower controls would you want in your dream bathroom?

 

books for the bathroomWe often hear that we spend a third of our lives sleeping. I have no idea how much time we spend in the bathroom. I’m not even going to hazard a guess. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you enjoy the time you spend in there. Spa-like steam showers, beautiful artwork, and books.

Yes, books. Who doesn’t read or do crossword puzzles in the bathroom? So, for all of us who prefer to use those minutes to stretch our imaginations in one way or another, I’ve compiled a list of 5 books that are sure to keep you otherwise occupied in that most private of spaces.

1. Bathroom: Guest Book Knock Knock.

Photo: amazon.com

This is a very fancy-looking journal that will definitely surprise. It’s full of fun writing prompts, doodle space, and blank pages allowing visitors to record their thoughts and have fun while in your bathroom.

2. Bathroom Graffiti Mark Ferem.

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The author here is an experienced photojournalist who decided to turn to documenting the graffiti we see in bathrooms. What kind of thoughts to people have when the bathroom stall door is closed and locked? Ferem reveals it all.

3. Fierce Pajamas The New Yorker.

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This collection of short and humorous stories and sketches will have you giggling out loud.

4. What’s In A Name Woody Vincent.

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Haven’t you always wanted to know the stories behind some of the most famous companies? Who invented the Ponzi scheme? Where did the name Coca-Cola come from? You may not spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but there’s no reason why you can’t expand your knowledge while you’re there.

5. Toilet Paper Origami On A Roll: Decorative Folds and Flourishes for Over-The-Top Hospitality Linda Wright.

Photo: Barnesandnoble.com

This one is just too much fun. Reading in the bathroom is great. But, sometimes, you just want to do something with your hands. The best part is that all you need to create beautiful artwork is right there at your disposal … toilet paper!

What do you like to read in the bathroom?