April 19, 2014

HOME & GARDEN: Shower spruce-ups

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Easy shower fix-ups create a calming oasis without a major remodel. (Photo courtesy of Pfister)

Easy shower fix-ups create a calming oasis without a major remodel. (Photo courtesy of Pfister)

By Sharon Naylor

Creators.com

Your shower is your oasis. Make your shower a place of pure relaxation and rejuvenation with a few easy refurbishing projects that don’t take a pricey remodeling project.

Here are eight easy additions to spruce up your shower.

Sensational Showerhead

A new showerhead is easy to install, using manufacturer instructions and the installation videos found on some manufacturer websites. You can change your old-fashioned spray showerhead into an indulgent waterfall showerhead, and with a twist of the wide circular disk, choose from gentle rainfall-type spray to a more massaging shiatsu-style stream. Taller homeowners can even choose a new showerhead with an extender arm to raise the showerhead up above their head.

Shower Curtain Rod

You may have experienced the airy, roomier shower in a luxury hotel, with an arched curtain rod moving that curtain liner further away from your body so that you can move freely without bumping into that liner. It’s an easy installation project requiring just a screwdriver in most cases, and your new, arched rod can then be dressed up with new, easy-slide metal ball or disk curtain rings holding your new, luxe shower curtain.

Fixtures

A little bit more plumbing talent is often required for this task, or you could have a plumber come in to install new, non-rusted shower handles or single shower pull. Plumbing experts say that older turnstile shower knobs can sometimes rust inside the connection, which can cost expensive leaks inside your wall down to the level below. So changing out your shower knob fixtures could wind up saving you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. A new, more modern style of fixtures adds to the luxury of your shower.

Chromatherapy

It sounds space-age, but some top shower supply companies now offer showerheads that project relaxing colors of light, such as purple, blue or green in a relaxing pattern meant to stimulate the de-stressing sensors of the brain. Also in the holistic realm — and pricey — is the “healing power of crystals via Ondine’s Krystal ELS, boasting Swarovski crystals around the perimeter.” If you don’t have the budget for crystals in your showerhead, think about colored light options in your overhead shower light fixture.

Fix That Grout

It can be a do-it-yourself project, using the grout-eliminating attachment in your Dremel tool and a practiced hand with fresh caulking application, or you can hire a pro to knock this job out for you in a fraction of the time. Whichever method you choose, fresh, white grout and caulk create the impression of a new shower and add value to your home.

De-Clutter

Just removing that collection of mostly-used shampoo bottles and conditioners from your shower shelf and shower organizing caddy, leaving just one shampoo and conditioner set and body wash in a soothing scent removes the stressful energy of clutter and creates a more calming atmosphere.

Plants

Freshen up the air in your bathroom with live plants chosen for their love of a steamy environment and also the amount of light you get in your shower room. Having plants in your shower space adds to the spa-like atmosphere.

Sound

As great as your shower singing voice might be, it can be immensely relaxing to set your iPod in a dock on your bathroom countertop — safely distanced from water — and play calming instrumental spa music or the sounds of a rainforest to create a soothing experience before, during and after your shower.

Some of these shower spruce-ups are free, some cost less than $30, and some might cost $200 or so, but the improved experience of your shower oasis will be worth it.

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