I HATE MY SHOWER! Well, actually, it’s my showerhead that I don’t like. Granted, it’s better than the standard fixture that most bathrooms come with and does offer a few water-pressure options, but really, does anybody ever use more than one setting?
So I’ve been in the market to buy one of those oversized “rain” showerheads, but finding the right one can be time-consuming. I liken it to trying to search for a new lipstick shade at a Sephora cosmetics store. Ladies reading this will know very well what I mean.
Rain showerheads can wash your entire body with a “rainfall-effect” from above as opposed to the more vertical water stream of older models, like mine. If you’ve ever been to a day spa for a treatment and then escorted to a shower afterward, that’s what a rain shower looks and feels like. Simply glorious!
I’ve decided that I want something sophisticated and stylish but still within my price point, under $150. I’d like an oil-rubbed bronze unit similar to the one that my mom recently installed in her downstairs powder room. Yes, she still insists on referring to it as “the powder room,” which I never understood since I’ve never seen any powder in there.
Anyway, the showerhead was part of a complete bathroom remodel she did a few months back that included tiling the bathroom walls with earth-toned tumbled Travertine and granite inside the shower. Adding the Travertine has given the bathroom a warm, Tuscan vibe. She also installed a wall-mounted, oil-rubbed bronze rain showerhead. It’s the size of a dinner plate designed by Grohe and yes, it came with a hefty price tag; however, there are some similar choices that are more appropriate for my wallet.
For example, FaucetDepot.com, Moen, Delta and Price Pfister, all offer wall-mounted oil-rubbed bronze or brushed copper finished rain showerheads for around $130 and under, and they can be found at home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot.
By installing a new rain showerhead, I can update my bathroom quickly and rather inexpensively. I not only get a new look (good-bye dangling hand-held), but I don’t have to look up at that ugly silver showerhead in my face—literally.
Other simple ways to add some zip to an older bathroom’s appearance without spending a fortune may include installing a new towel rack, updating faucets, swapping out light fixtures, or adding a fresh coat of paint.
As soon as I have some free time, that old silver showerhead and Waterpik hand-held are going to be history. And no, I won’t save the hand-held to hook up to my kitchen faucet to wash my dog. She thinks it’s ugly, too.
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