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Victoria Lombard of Ripples guides us through the latest shower designs

PUBLISHED: 16:29 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:29 26 March 2014

New for 2014 The Axor LampShower –  A one-of-a-kind showering experience. A water jet rains down from the rim of the lampshade, completely enveloping the body (£1,500)

New for 2014 The Axor LampShower – A one-of-a-kind showering experience. A water jet rains down from the rim of the lampshade, completely enveloping the body (£1,500)


Showering has become much more about an experience rather than pure functionality and these days there is a shower option to suit every bathroom whatever the size.

Hansgrohe Raindance E300 Select combines fixed overhead shower with hand held shower (£1776)Hansgrohe Raindance E300 Select combines fixed overhead shower with hand held shower (£1776)

When adding a shower to your home you need to take into consideration a number of key factors to ensure you get the most out of your showering experience, these include drainage, water pressure, ceiling height and ventilation.

Once these issues have been addressed, it is worth considering design styles. Do you want a walk-in shower, an enclosure shower or a wet room? Typically, space will dictate which option will work best in any given room but it is always worth exploring all the options as technology and innovation are moving rapidly in the bathroom industry.

Showerheads are another aspect to consider. These fall into two main categories: fixed head or hand held. Fixed showerheads are attached to a shower arm and mounted permanently to the wall or to the ceiling with the piping hidden away. Hand showers are attached to the wall with flexible tubing, which makes it easier to manoeuvre water where you want it. The head can be placed in a cradle to serve as a conventional wall-mounted shower. Hand showers are ideal for washing children and pets and they make cleaning the shower easier.

Chrome is currently the most popular finish for shower and bathroom fittings but is by no means the only choice available. If you want something a little different then consider finishes such as stainless steel, polished nickel or antique gold which can be used to great effect.

Ceiling height may seem obvious but this is an area often overlooked at the planning stage. The ceiling height will naturally determine the suitability of a particular type of shower head. This is especially relevant when planning a shower in an attic room or room with a sloping ceiling. Loss of head room may ultimately indicate that a hand shower on a riser rail is the only option.

To see any of the above or to get more advice visit Ripples Showroom, 34-36 Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 9AS

Tel: 01202 766886 or visit


Top Tip

If you live in a hard water area its worth considering the installation of a water softener. Also specify ‘rub it clean’ nodules on the shower head to prevent the build-up of lime scale which can block nozzles and reduce the effectiveness of the shower.


Must Have…

The New Raindance Select E300 three jet showerpipe by Hansgrohe combines elegance and functionality at the touch of a button. Whether you are choosing one of the six spray types on your hand or overhead shower, or you simply want to switch the water on or off, it all works at the press of a finger. The Select buttons can be found on the hand and overhead showers as well as on the thermostat, making your showering even easier.


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