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Pulling Back the Curtain: Five Trendy Ways to Spruce Up Your Showers

Do you look forward to showers? I know I do. A hot shower (or a cold one, in weather like this) is a luxury I try not to take for granted. In our busy lives, though, carving out a moment to make the most of small pleasures can be difficult. That’s why it is definitely worth the effort to make sure your shower is a part of your home you enjoy spending¬†time in. Here are a few ideas to make it sleek, trendy, and convenient.

A Clear Enclosure 

Glass-enclosed showers are sleek, stylish, and clean. (By Jonathan Raith Inc., photo by Nantucket Architectural Photography)
Glass-enclosed showers are sleek, stylish, and clean. (By Jonathan Raith Inc, photo by Nantucket Architectural Photography)

Baths, bathrooms, and showers may be the parts of your home that get the most frequent and vigorous use, even if you live alone. Showers especially are susceptible to water stains, limescale buildup, and rust. Anything that makes a shower a little bit easier to clean is, in my opinion, worth it. An all-glass shower enclosure can be easily wiped down, and won’t have a tendency to warp and mold like a shower curtain. Glass showers are trendy and contemporary and bright, and can help make your bathroom look larger than it actually is.

Halfway There

Soleil Frameless Pivot Door Shield TDR982 from Aston Global
Soleil Frameless Pivot Door Shield TDR982 from Aston Global

This is a set-up I have only ever seen a few times in person, but I like it so much. The sleek, cut-out effect of the frameless shower door is a contemporary and unique way to spruce up a combination bath and shower. A frameless shower door doesn’t offer much in the way of barriers, but in the privacy of your own home and behind a locked door, that ceases to be much of an issue. Just make sure you position things so the water ends up in the bath and not on the floor!

A Two-Faucet System

A detachable shower head is a simple and convenient improvement. (Martha O'Hara Interiors)
A detachable shower head is a simple and convenient improvement. (Martha O’Hara Interiors)

Two is often better than one, and this wisdom can also apply to shower heads. Detachable shower heads are common and fairly inexpensive nowadays, and can help save you from a whole lot of painful contorting while you bathe. The one in the picture above comes separate, one head on each wall, but many come built in together. If your shower is going to be used by anyone considerably taller than average, it may be worth looking into.

From On-High

An overhead shower head is a unique and creative touch. (By ART Design Build, photo by Tsantes Photography)
An rain shower head is a unique and creative touch. (By ART Design Build, photo by Tsantes Photography)

Another shower enhancement with science fiction aesthetic, although I suppose there is nothing particularly fanciful about water coming out of the ceiling. It’s just cool and unique, and could be a practical enhancement as well, since water coming straight down means less hits the walls, which in turn means less hard water buildup. If the location of your pipes or position of your shower makes this accent impossible, there are shower heads that simulate it, hanging from the ceiling rather than the wall.

Rethinking the Curtain

Spice up a combined shower/bath with a trendy shower curtain. (By Rethink Design Studio)
Spice up a combined shower/bath with a trendy shower curtain. (By Rethink Design Studio)

In the end you may in fact to go the shower curtain route. Practical, considering they are affordable and there are literally thousands to choose from, in every pattern and color imaginable. With a little creativity, you can jazz up your shower curtain aesthetic. I really like what has been done in the picture above–the curtain gathered on either side, rather than just shucked back and forth like your average curtain.

When remodeling a shower, the first step is deciding what style best suits your needs and going from there. Multiple elements factor in to the decision–the size of your shower, the style, the positions of the pipes in your bathroom. Whatever the situation, you are sure to find something that fits your lifestyle, and upgrades your shower experience.