It seems like the world is speeding up every day, with people getting so busy and their schedules so hectic that we’re all getting stressed and overwhelmed. With this increase in the demands being placed on us, there is a growing trend of people investing in their homes to make them into a sanctuary, a place where they can escape to at the end of a long and grueling day.
And really, isn’t that just what homes are for? Aren’t they supposed to be your safe haven? Creating a space that helps you unwind is so important, especially nowadays.
Want to know one of the best things you can focus on to help you shake off the day? Your shower. Seriously.
This is the place where you prepare for your day and wash off the day—the place where you put on your best concerts (did you know singing in the shower is shown to help reduce stress?), the place where you sometimes just stand and let the warm water rinse you clean of your tiredness, your tension, your worries.
How do you make your shower into a mini spa-escape? It’s never been easier with the wide range of products available for just this purpose.
Does your relaxing shower turn into a scalding torture device when someone in your house flushes the toilet? If this is the case, you need to have a pressure-balance valve installed in your shower. It will prevent these surges in extreme water temperatures, and not being afraid of being iced or burned is definitely Step One to enjoying your shower.
You’ll want to consider the showerhead itself, to decide what suits you best. A lot of people are stepping up their shower game by installing more than one showerhead in their shower. Consider how lovely it would feel to have a waterfall showerhead cascading warm, soothing water from above you, then a gentle regular shower in front of you. With today’s water-saving showerheads, this kind of indulgence is not at the cost of the environment or your water bill.
Apart from the type of water flow, there are also different placements for your shower head(s). Above, wall-mounted, hand-held, body mist showers, and the very appealing shower panels, where one part of your shower has jets for giving massages — talk about relaxing!
Another cool modern update is turning your shower into a steam shower. It doesn’t get more spa-inspired than this. It’s a great way to loosen tense muscles, clear your sinuses, and simply relax. And when you want to cool off, you can just turn on the shower itself.
Steaming is an add-on to a shower, and you control it through a digital panel added to the shower with this upgrade. It doesn’t require a lot of water to create the steam, but it sure feels luxurious.
Adding nice tiling to your shower will give it the visual appeal of a spa, and with the wide selection of tile options now available, you’ll be able to give your shower the look you want at a price that suits your budget.
Comfort and extras like a steam shower are an investment, not just in your home (where you will see the return value at re-sale time) but also in yourself.
You work hard; let your home be the place where you relax and remember what it is you’re working for.
Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald - October 16, 2014
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.