Master bathrooms serve as striking extensions of master bedrooms. They make an impression and accommodate a variety of needs with features such as high-end flooring, double sinks, long countertops, clawfoot tubs, luxury finishes, and technology. In such an elegant and efficient bathroom space, the shower head is one commonly overlooked detail.
It is quite surprising how little attention people pay to something they use every day. If you want a hygienic, refreshing, and joyful shower experience, then you should invest some thought and money into your shower head. Here are some general rules you might want to adhere to.
Some people easily become overwhelmed due to the vast array of styles, specifications, features, and options. So, here is how to select the product that works the best for your master bathroom and ensure a rejuvenating water blast.
There are three different types of shower heads.
Fixed shower heads are mounted on the wall of the shower unit. They are not the most flexible solution; however, there are fixed products that can be height-adjusted. The main advantage of fixed shower heads, is that the hands are free. Some people do not fancy these shower heads, so always consider the needs of all those who are going to use the space.
In case you are not bothered by having at least one hand occupied, then hand-held shower head could be a suitable option for you. It is attached to a tube or hose, which is flexible and allows a range of motion. One key thing to note is that it can hang of a fixed mount bracket (cradle), which means it doubles as a fixed shower.
Usually, hand-held showerheads are a better choice due to their versatility and flexible movement. They come in handy when bathing pets and children. Also, they make cleaning the tub much easier compared to their fixed counterparts. Choosing between fixed and hand held shower heads can be difficult; however, you can go for a 2-in-1 unit. Basically, you get the best of both worlds as a handheld showerhead is merged with a fixed one.
This is not to say that our work is done. We will cover some other opulent products that have rolled in recently. Shower heads are undergoing a real resurgence in popularity and design attention, so keep your options open.
One of the crucial considerations is related to the material. A bulk of products is made from stainless steel, solid brass, or plastic. In the light of master bathroom design, I would argue that plastic should be ruled out. That leaves us with brass and metal, as well as different finishes.
To be more precise, modern shower heads most often feature a chrome or colored finish. These finishes are important from a maintenance, but also a visual standpoint, as they complement other hardware and décor elements in the bathroom. It goes without saying that they should all come together seamlessly and give off a cohesive feel.
Some of the most popular choices are oil-rubbed bronze, brushed or polished chrome, brushed or polished nickel, copper, polished or antique brass, white off-white, etc. These different finishes emit different vibes and they should echo your own taste. Use them to turn simple hygiene into an ornate ritual, your favorite part of the day.
For many people, showers can and should serve an almost sacred role. They are an integral part of the time spent in sanctuaries of relaxation. You can shut the outside world down and reconnect with your inner self. Once you open your eyes again, you want to see a shower head that is in tune with the surroundings. All that matters is how the shower feels to you.
Thus, whatever floats your boat, a classic savor or contemporary edge, you should make the shower head really count.
The water splendor
There are some other factors you might want to take into account when making the call.
It is a good idea cherry-pick a shower head with a spray pattern that can be easily adjusted. Otherwise, you are stuck with one pattern and in my opinion, these conventional, single-spray shower heads are a budget option that should not satisfy most master bathroom owners. So, keep an eye on whether the product has a wide coverage, which is suitable for everyday use, as well as a drenching spray and a targeted pattern function.
The main dilemma comes down to you wanting a firm spray or rather a water massage. This brings us to one of the most exciting products, a rain shower system. As the name suggests, it emulates a feeling of downpour descending from above. The water pressure is actually light and the beauty of it is that a large diameter is covered with a steady flow of water. You can enjoy your shower without moving a lot and even while sitting on your bathroom stool and bench.
Along the similar lines, we have another top contender, a ceiling mount shower head. It is a top-of-the-line product for those who want to make the most of their master bathrooms and witness them looking ultra-trendy. Similarly to rain system, the even flow of water comes from above and also calls for special plumbing to work. Ceiling mount blends with the bathroom design and oozes contemporary minimalism.
Last, but not the least, we present a luxury option that is tailored to pampering yourself— a body spray shower head. Naturally, it is quite expensive and also requires an extensive renovation in order to be installed. But, if you ask me, it is more than worth it. The outlets are fitted from the top to bottom, either on parallel or adjacent walls. This kind of configuration gives your body a massaging and invigorating delight.
You should not be surprised to find these full-on shower systems costing around $2,000. What you are paying for is an in-house spa feeling that can be invaluable after a stressful day.
There are some practical issues that should not be missed. Remember that some products come with additional features like pressure-balance, LED lights, anti-scald, and built-in wireless speakers. The latter marvel of modern tech can play your favorite tunes or broadcast morning news while you relax. It also syncs via Bluetooth with your devices and last hours before needing a recharge.
Before browsing these features, however, you should check the level of water pressure in your bathroom. Households with strong water pressure make shower heads with 2.5 GPM or less a prudent choice. Contrariwise, a higher GPM is necessary if your bathroom has lower water pressure. Once that is sorted out, you can move to factor in other aspects and take the plunge.
Also, purchasing water-efficient, low-flow shower heads makes sense for those who want to embrace a green lifestyle. You might not care about saving the planet that much, but saving your household budget in the long-term deserves some attention.
The most important thing, of course, is that the style of the showerhead reflects your sense of style and matches your personality. It should also maximize your satisfaction. Designer bathrooms usually have enough space for systems like body spray and ceiling mounts. When the budget is of no concern, then imagination can run wild.
That being said, make sure to weigh all the different factors we have mentioned and take your time when shopping around. Advertising can make even the lackluster products look amazing. Therefore, rely on trusted brands and you cannot go wrong (unless you overlook the technicalities).
In any event, bear in mind that your choice matters. In fact, this is your chance to change your bathing experience forever.
Different strokes for different folks
Showerheads may not be the most glam centerpiece in a bathroom, but they pay off in more than one way. You could say they are the ultimate upgrade to a master bathroom setting. Indeed, a well-chosen shower head makes all the difference. There is no better way to start the day than with an invigorating shower.
So, I would encourage you to splurge on a top-notch showerhead that will allow you to enjoy and elevate your mood like never before. A premium price tag comes with stunning features and high-grade materials and finishes.
To make the right call, familiarize yourself with different types of shower heads and pick the one that suits your needs and expectations. Consider different factors such as material, type, spray pattern, water pressure, and other practical stuff.
Whatever you fancy, go for it and you will not regret it. The ultimate reward comes when you forge your personal oasis, immerse in water bliss, and make all your worries go away.