Spotlight on: showers and enclosures
September 6, 2023
Whether you’re after that luxe wetroom look, space-saving solution or statement screen, follow our showers and enclosures guide to choosing the right products for your dream scheme.
Make it family friendly
A shower screen that folds back completely against the wall provides easier access during bathtimes, while a separate handset is ideal for washing the kids’ hair or muddy pets. A niche is a great idea for stashing toiletries rather than them getting knocked off the side of the bath.
Pictured: 3 Control Landscape thermostatic valve in Brushed Gold £ 743.17; Easy Clean hand shower head in Brushed Gold £ 81.62; Toughened Glass Two-Panel double hinged bath screen in Brushed Gold, £ 1,006.25, Traditional 8-Inch shower head in Brushed Gold £215.95, all Ripples
Create a focal point
Put your shower centrestage with an on-trend Crittall-style enclosure. The black steel frame adds an industrial edge while striking monochrome tiles create extra wow factor. For a further touch of luxe, the owners in this project installed a customisable rainshower system for a spa-like experience at home.
Pictured: Gessi Tondo 300 Multifunction shower system, £2,174.40; Drench Crittall-style shower enclosure, POA, and Maté hexagonal tiles, £247.09 per sq m, all available from CP Hart.
Upgrade your screen
Add a touch of luxe and textural interest to your shower scheme by swapping standard clear panels for a reeded glass design. The bonus is you get an added layer of privacy, making it a good choice for en suites.
Pictured: Harbour Contour Fluted glass screen in Brushed Brass, £379.99, Drench
Pair dramatic dark tiles with striking brassware for a statement look – consider mixing contemporary metro tiles with a traditional-style shower head and exposed valves for further interest.
Pictured: Keswick exposed valve shower system in Brushed Brass with 200mm shower head in Brushed Brass, £1,150, Roper Rhodes.
A curvy quadrant shower with sliding doors is a great space-saving solution for compact bathrooms and en suites, providing more room both in and out of the shower without eating up valuable floor space.
Pictured: Hamburg Easy Clean 8mm Quadrant shower enclosure in Chrome, £259.99, Bathroom Mountain.
Looking for a more sustainable shower design? Check out Duravit’s new shower tray made from recycled materials. It can also be recycled at the end of its lifespan, or returned to Duravit where it’ll be reused to manufacture new shower trays. It’s ideal for multigenerational homes too, with its flat, rimless design allowing it to be installed flush with the floor.
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Pictured: Sustano DuraSolid Nature shower tray, from £334, Duravit.
If you love a shower but you don’t have space for a separate enclosure in your main bathroom, an L- or P-shaped shower-bath combo that offers more room for showering at one end is a great compromise.
Pictured: BC-Solid Blue P-shape shower bath, £322 and Victrion Triple Valve shower and spout bath filler in Chrome, £935, both BC Designs.
Let it slide
If your shower is set in a recess, opt for a sleek sliding enclosure over a hinged door that opens outwards to ensure you’ve got a more usable footprint. Make it feel more contemporary with a black-framed design and match with black accessories.
Pictured: UK Bathrooms Essentials Volta 2000 sliding door in Matt Black, from £310.91, UK Bathrooms.
For a bespoke finish, opt for a shower screen with tinted glass. Keep the tiling neutral to allow the screen to really pop. Matki’s metallic mesh screen adds a touch of luxury, with elegant brass framing completing the look.
Pictured: EWMP800GM Gold Mesh screen with Brushed Brass frame, £4,628.40, Matki.
TOP TIP: Choose metallic finishes for your hinges, frames and handles, such as brass, bronze or copper for a more bespoke look and a warmer feel.
SMART IDEA: Got low water pressure? Opt for a water-saving shower head – the air-injection technology creates a silky smooth water flow and more powerful spray.
STYLE STEAL: For a streamlined look, use concealed shower valves – they’ll create the illusion of more space in smaller enclosures.
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